MARCH 2020
Get Ahead with College and Career Prep for Teens

For teens looking to sharpen skills for college and career, check out several interesting workshops at Plano Public Library over Spring Break. Texting with abbreviations may be convenient, but it will take more than that to impress college recruiters and potential employers. Learn how to write clear and effective emails with More Than Emojis: Write to Get Ahead at Haggard Library on Monday, March 9 at 3 p.m. (grades 6-12).

High schoolers, how can you stand out from the crowd and make yourself compelling and unique? Find out during Make an Impression in 30 Seconds at Schimelpfenig Library on Tuesday, March 10 at 3 p.m. (grades 9-12).

For fun ways of learning about managing your own money, check out Game of Life or Light it Up . These programs are presented in partnership with the University of Texas at Dallas, University of North Texas Student Money Management Center and Chaos2Results Business Coaching. 
Money: Education and Tools for All Ages

Learn how to make smart financial choices that prepare you for whatever the future brings at Money Smart programs throughout the year. This spring at Haggard Library :

  • Game of Life – See how far your first paycheck can take you as you prepare for college on Wednesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. (grades 6-12).
  • Setting & Achieving Financial Goals – Presented by Bank of America on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. (adults).
  • Party Planning – Learn to make smart decisions and consider costs in planning the best party for you and your friends on Saturday, April 4 at 3 p.m. (grades K-5).
  • Building Wealth – Budget, save and invest on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. (adults).

Find more opportunities to boost your financial and career skills in Engage .
Explore Digital Tools for Voice, Print and Photos

Add digital creativity skills to your toolbox with classes at Plano Public Library. Tell your story through Audition, promote a product or organization using InDesign, or restore and refresh photos with Photoshop. All digital creativity classes are free and held in the Digital Creation Spaces at Haggard Library and Parr Library . The spaces are open to library cardholders ages 13+ (use by kids 13-17 requires parent/guardian permission):

  • Audition: Voice Over Basics Parr Library; Wednesday, March 11 at 3 p.m.
  • InDesign: Create a Flyer Parr Library; Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m.
  • Photoshop: Photo Restoration  Haggard Library; Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Lightroom: Basics Parr Library; Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

See the full list of classes offered through May 27 in Engage .
Jumpstart Learning in the First Year

Children start learning long before entering school. Plano Public Library offers added support for families with young children with two Family Place Library locations, Schimelpfenig Library and Harrington Library . Family Place Libraries nurture children's development and early learning with welcoming spaces and offer support for parents. This includes an expanded play area, parent-child playgroups, early learning toys and resources, enhanced librarian training and an expanded parenting collection in multiple languages.

Register in person for our Family Place Playgroups , designed to help your children develop social skills and connect you with resources. Community resource professionals visit each session to answer parents’ questions. For children ages 0-3 and a parent or caregiver:

  • Family Place Playgroup Harrington Library; Thursdays at 10 a.m. starting March 19. Registration open.
  • Pajama Playgroup Schimelpfenig Library; Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. starting April 23. Registration opens April 6.

Find information about Family Place Libraries and additional early literacy programs in Engage .
Admire Local Art at the Library

Plano Public Library has been shining a light on local artists for almost half a decade with dedicated exhibition spaces and artist encounters year round. Check out one of these exhibits on your next visit:

  • Haggard Library – Wayne Podulka, a Plano Art Association member, creates oil paintings of various subjects, including landscapes and still life. Sean Castaneda, a Plano resident, specializes in digital paintings.

  • Harrington Library – The Plano East Senior High National Art Honor Society shares a collection of student artwork in mixed media. Dallas-based artist Ziesook You works to express happiness through the coexistence of humans and nature in her photography collection.

  • Parr Library – Plano husband and wife duo Flynt and Lisa Moreland present a joint exhibit featuring works in a range of media from photography to watercolor.

  • Davis Library – Brenda McKinney, the acting curator to the Discovery Gallery at Texas Discovery Garden, crafts mixed media mandalas that inspire deep contemplation.

Interested in showing your own work? Visit the Art in the Library page on the Plano Public Library website for more details.
March 10
March 9
March 7
Request the #morethanbooks outreach van for your adult or
family-focused event.

Schedule a small group class at the Library for scouts, home schoolers or early learners.
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