Plano North May 2021

Start Your Summer at the Library Kick off your summer learning goals with Plano Public Library (PPL) from Wednesday, June 2, to Saturday, June 5! Learn about programs and pick up your Summer Learning

Plano Public Library Earns 2021 Library of the Future Award Plano Public Library (PPL) received the American Library Association’s 2021 Library of the Future Award. The award recognizes innovative planning, application or develop- ment of focused patron support relating to information technology in libraries.

Sam Johnson Rec Center Expands Hours

Download the New Library Mobile App Introducing the new Plano Library app! Enjoy more features, such as storing your library card number, checking out with your mobile device camera, setting language preferences, setting up virtual porch pick-up and accessing your account. 1. Go to the app store on your phone or mobile device

kickoff bag including bubbles to blow, a fan to keep cool, a reading log and activity sheet to get you started (while supplies last) at all five libraries. R E A D

Reading is an important part of summer learning! This year, our goal is your goal. Come up with the number of minutes you want to read this summer and keep track using our reading log. Once you complete your reading logs, fill out our online form for a personalized certificate. Check our blog for great reading recommendations. D I S COV E R Discover something new! PPL has workshops and activities all summer long. . Coding Camp: Design a Video Game using Unity – 4-day program for teens and adults . Discover Mars and Solar Viewing with NASAAmbassador Les Murray . Learn the basics of coding and circuits – 5-session program for children age 11-13 led by UTD and SMU college students involved in the Society of Women Engineers . Virtual Fan Fest – Teen Street Team event . Safety programs – led by Plano Police Officer Chris Bianez . Take It & Make It STEAM Connections – each week take home a kit to participate in a fun, virtual family activity . Finance Classes – Gain perspective on financial choices . Business Classes – Prepare to start a small business Watch for more options at or subscribe to our eNewsletter, Check it Out! E X P LOR E Explore the library this summer with guided activities. Learn more about your local library and all the available resources for summer fun and learning. Complete activities focused on family or teen/adult learning (or both!). Then fill out our online form for a certificate of completion.

2. Search for “Plano Public Library” 3. Download the “Plano Public Library” app to your mobile device If you were using the previous

PPL was selected for its creative use of technology to provide training to underserved adults through outreach classes. Utilizing library devices, library staff and corporate volunteers, PPL served partners including Chase Oaks Family Center, Brain Injury Network of Dallas (BIND) and local senior living facilities. . PPL bilingual staff provided tech classes for English language learners at Chase Oaks Family Center following their ESL classes. The nonprofit’s staff provided childcare for students and translation assistance. Library staff focused on computer and technology skills. . Strengthening an existing

On May 1, in its second reopening phase, the Sam Johnson Recreation Center for Adults 50+ (SJC) expanded its hours to:

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. - noon

“PPL to Go” app, update it through your app settings.

If you are a member, you can now access the center's fitness room, billiards and lounge areas. Other amenities remain limited while Texas Health Resources continues to use the Lone Star Ballroom to administer vaccinations. To purchase a $15 annual SJC membership or to renew an existing one, visit and click on the “Registration” button. Thank you for your patience as we carefully and safely return to full operations at Sam Johnson Recreation Center.

Check for how-to videos to help you make the most of the new app. The videos cover signing in, using the “My Barcodes” feature, placing holds, accessing digital content and connecting with us.

partnership, PPL added monthly tech training for Brain Injury Network of Dallas. The nonprofit’s members are rebuilding skills after experiencing brain injury, cancer or stroke, and some are preparing to reenter the work force. Library staff provided one-on-one assistance during technology training classes.

Save the Date! Sunday July 4 6 P.M.

Dog Parks 101 It can be difficult to tell the difference between play and

aggression. Watch your dog’s and the other dog's body language at all times for signs of trouble. If you have any doubts your dog or other dogs are acting appropriately, or your dog just isn't having fun, leave the park. Your pet will thank you! Review our dog park rules at

. Multiple senior living facilities received visits from library staff to engage residents with digital technology such as eBooks and other online learning resources. Staff provided seniors with one-on-one instruction and assistance. Participants learned how to access the library's free eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines.

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