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Before you pack the car, be sure to use your key to free entertainment. A Plano Public Library card is your ticket to check out books – audio and digital from home straight to your smartphone or tablet. Check out our selection of emagazines for those long airport layovers. Find popular titles such as People Magazine, Essence, Forbes, Time, Men's Health, Rolling Stone, Motor Trend, Seventeen and many more. Subscribe and be notified when the next issue arrives. If video is more your thing, we’ve got streamed documentaries plus classic, indie and foreign films. Get your free library card online and start downloading today.
Pet Proof Your House This Holiday
While you are busy making festive plans for the holidays, don't forget to include your pets. A little precaution and prevention makes the holidays a happy time for everyone. Some common holiday pet hazards include:
  • Bones: The holiday turkey or chicken leaves a lot of tantalizing bones but don't feed them to your pet. Beware of steak bones too. Small bones or chips can lodge in the throat, stomach and intestinal tract. 
  • Fat: Those wonderful potato latkes (watch the hot oil), gravies and poultry skin can cause severe gastrointestinal upset as well.
  • Holiday plants: Holly and mistletoe are poisonous when eaten. The lovely poinsettia may not be truly poisonous but its milky white sap and leaves can certainly cause severe gastric distress. With so many hybrid varieties available each year, the best approach is to keep the plants out of your pet's reach.
  • Electrical cords: Holiday lights mean more electrical cords for kittens and puppies to chew. Be sure you have cords safely secured out of the way.
  • Candles: Lighted candles should never be left unattended, especially at kitty's eye level or within puppy's chewing zone. An exuberant tail, a swat of a paw and candles with hot wax can quickly cause a disaster. Anchor candles securely and away from curious faces and feet.
  • Pine needles: Check holiday trees and greenery frequently. Ingested pine needles can puncture your pet's intestines if sharp enough.
  • Holiday tree: Make sure your tree is well secured. If you have a tree climbing cat or a large dog with a happy tail, anchor the top of the tree to the wall with a strong cord or rope. Preservatives often used in the water in a tree stand can cause gastric upset, so be sure it is not accessible or not used. Avoid sugar and aspirin additives in the water as well.
  • Ornaments: Sharp or breakable ornaments, dreidels and even aluminum foil should be kept out of reach. String objects, especially tinsel and ribbons, are to be safeguarded at all costs. They are thin and sharp and can wrap around intestines or ball up in the stomach.
  • Stress and company: Make sure your pets have collars and tags on in case of escape. Ask guests to keep an eye out for pets underfoot and remind them your normally friendly dog or cat may be less than willing to deal with enthusiastic children and rooms full of unfamiliar people. Provide a special quiet place with a blanket and fresh water for your pets to retreat to when the festivities get too stressful.

Happy holidays from your Plano Animal Shelter ! We look forward to helping you find a new furry family member in the new year.
Plan Ahead for Weekend Water Bill System Maintenance
If you wait for the weekend to pay your water bill online, be aware the City of Plano's water bill system is undergoing scheduled maintenance. Payments cannot be accepted online from 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 through 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Please plan accordingly. Thank you!
Angie Wins November #LovePlano Photo Contest
Angie is our November #LovePlano photo contest winner. She has won a $100 gift card to Rodeo Goat and a $100 gift card to Flying Fish .

Share your photos in the December #LovePlano photo contest and you just might win a gift card for two to experience The Void at Cinemark . You cannot win if you don't hashtag your moments with #LovePlano on Instagram and Twitter.
Happenings

This month's podcast goes behind the scenes with Volunteers in Plano's Corina Sadler. Learn about upcoming holiday events, the teen podcasting class and holiday boredom busters.


Tour the building and check out the renovation.

Thursday, Dec. 6
3-5 p.m.

Fire Administration Building
1901 K Ave.


Saturday, Dec. 8
9-11 a.m.

From the Plano ISD Administration down Independence Parkway to Plano Senior High School

Follow the event link for specific streets.

Make room for your holiday gifts with Recycle it! This tool helps you recycle more. Simply type in the item and get local recycling options.

If you love trees, you'll be happy to know we do too. Our urban forester keeps track of our trees. She guides us when trees must be replaced and helps us choose the right trees for the location.


Win recognition and prizes in the 2019 competition. The theme for your design is "My next stop is ____." Kindergartners through seniors can participate. Entries are due Friday, Jan. 25.

Package theft is everywhere this holiday season. Don't be a victim.
Plan ahead with tips from this Plano Police Department video!

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