Early Learning

Plano Public Library offers a variety of age appropriate storytimes and other early learning events that teach early literacy and reading readiness skills for children.


Online Learning

We have tons of eBooks, kids video streaming and more – free with your library card!

Kids eBooks and eAudiobooks on Overdrive (Getting Started with Overdrive Guide here)

eMagazines for kids on PressReader (Getting Started with PressReader Guide here):
Highlights, U.S. Edition
Highlights High Five
Highlights Hello
Highlights High Five, Bilingual Edition

Kids Kanopy video streaming (Getting Started with Kanopy Guide here)

Kids’ Crafts on the Hobbies & Crafts database (Getting Started Guide here)

Reading recommendations on K-8 NoveList (Getting Started Guide here)

Language learning beginning with preschoolers on Pronunciator (Getting Started Guide here)


Communicating with your Baby or Toddler

One way to communicate with your little one is through sign language. Learn how to get started, access library resources and an ongoing series of baby sign language videos.

Another way to communicate is in multiple languages. Check our our Dual Language Learners page to read about the benefits of language learning at an early age, and library resources to help you along the way.


DIY Literacy with Library Make

Want to learn about fun, easy literacy activities? Then it’s time for Library Make, a video tutorial series brought to you by Plano Public Library! To see Library Make activities and tutorials, check out all our posts tagged “Library Make” or see the full archive on our YouTube page.


Early Literacy in Action

Check out our series of videos showcasing early literacy activities you can do at home to boost early learning skills.

Handouts with step-by-step instructions and reading recommendations included.


Early Literacy Tips

Learn a variety of tips to get your child ready to read. This is an ongoing video series.

You can also check out Tech Tips for Kids series for tips on using technology as educational tools.


Every Child Ready to Read

Learn how to incorporate reading, singing, playing, talking and writing into your child’s daily routines at home, on the go and at the library.


Family Place Library

Click the link about for information about the Family Place Library designations and the two locations within Plano Public Library: at Harrington and Schimelpfenig libraries. This designation means we provide a welcoming community environment with resources to help families nurture their children’s development and early learning during the critical first years of life. More information about the Playgroups and in-house resources are below:

Family Place Library Components

Family Place Playgroups


Flannel Activities

Flannel or felt stories are a fun and inexpensive way to encourage your child’s play. Learn about the benefits of flannel stories, see some in action and learn how to make your own.


Reading Lists

Texas Library Association puts out two reading lists each year, 2×2 (recommended books for children age two to grade 2) and Texas Bluebonnet Award (grades 3 – 6). Your Plano Public Library has all books available either in print or digital.

Search the catalog for any interesting titles.


SNAP at Home

SNAP refers to Special Needs and Autism-Friendly Programming, a category which includes a selection of specialty programs for a very important audience. These blog posts have activities, reading suggestions and more for on-the-go and at-home exploring.


STEAM for Your Preschooler

STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, is a major focus area for your Plano Public Library, and the world of education as a whole. We have many resources available to you to begin or expand your STEAM journey.

See our STEAM Learning page for STEAM resources for older kids.


Storytime at the Library

Visit our website for descriptions of each of our almost-daily storytime sessions to find the perfect fit for your family. Storytime is offered year-round. *Note: during library closures, we are hosting virtual storytime on our YouTube channel and live Preschool Storytime on Zoom.

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