While the library is closed, we’re offering virtual program opportunities to learn at home on our Facebook page!
Over the past week we put together a variety of science and art activities you can do at home with some common supplies. Watch the videos below to see what each activity is, and download our instruction guides with additional resources online here.
Be sure to check the City of Plano calendar of events to see what’s happening with the Library and other City departments.
Virtual Field Trip: Dallas Arboretum
Ready to travel? To virtually explore the world? Join us on a virtual field trip to the Dallas Arboretum! To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps – Street View.
See our blog post for step-by-step instructions and additional activities.
Microsoft Excel 101 Workshop
Learn the basic structure of a worksheet and workbook, along with basic formatting, functions and other data types. Sign up for a one month trial of Microsoft Office to follow along with the class.
Podcasting with Audacity Workshop
Learn to produce your own podcast using Audacity (freeware available for PC, Mac, or Linux). We’ll cover basic microphone information, recording and editing your podcast, and how to post it for other to enjoy!
Let’s Zoom! Workshop
Learn the features of Zoom to connect with friends and family.
See the Plano Library Learns blog for this recording and additional Zoom learning resources available from the library.
Simple machines are mechanical devices that help us do more work with less effort. There are six different types of simple machines, and today we are going to talk about the lever. Let’s use our knowledge of levers to engineer a puppet whose arms and legs move when we tug on a string.
Genealogy: Scouting Military Records Workshop
Learn what databases, books and other sources can provide.
Math in Nature
About 800 years ago, and Italian mathematician named Leonardo of Pisa, also known as Fibonacci, wrote a paper based on an interesting observation. He noticed that the same numbers keep popping up in nature, and the numbers formed a calculable sequence. In this activity, you’ll learn about the Fibonacci Sequence and how this sometimes result in visually appealing spirals and compositions.
Create a Book Workshop
Learn the basics of formatting a book in Adobe InDesign. Sign up a free 7 day trial of Adobe Creative Cloud to follow along with the class.
How Lungs Work
As we breathe in – and out – our respiratory system is hard at work with help from the lungs. Breathe in very deeply. You will feel your chest getting slightly bigger. Now breathe out the air, and feel your chest opening up again. Today’s activity will help you understand what is going on inside your body as with take in or inhale oxygen and exhale, or breathe out, carbon dioxide.
Get your Business on Google Search and Maps Workshop
A free Business Profile on Google helps a business stand out on Google Search and Maps. Learn different features to attract and engage customers. Create a free Google account (google.com) or sign in to your account to follow along with the class.