Summer Learning 2021: Explore at Your Library

Summer is here again, and it’s time to Explore at Your Library with Summer Learning 2021. Join us for reading, programs (online and in person) and activity challenges throughout the summer. 

For more information about Summer Learning 2021, join us for our kickoff event from Wednesday, June 2 to Saturday, June 5 at all five library locations. You can learn more about our programs and pick up your Summer Learning kickoff bag with bubbles, a fan to keep cool, a reading log, activity sheets and more. 

Here’s what you can expect throughout the summer: 

Set Your Own Reading Goal 

Set your own goal for how many minutes you want to read this summer. You can download our reading log or make one of your own to help track your minutes. Once you’ve reached your goal, let us know. You’ll get a personalized certificate recognizing your accomplishment. 

Explore at Your Library Challenge Cards 

Check out our activity challenge  cards to inspire your learning and exploration this summer. You can download a card for family learning or explore teen/adult content. From exploring our collections to joining one of our programs, discover some of the programs and services available every day at your library. Let us know when you’ve completed a challenge card for a personalized certificate. 

Take It & Make It Activities 

Throughout the summer, we’ll continue offering our Take It & Make It program.  Supplies are available on a first come, first served basis at all library locations a few days before the program airs. You can pick up your kits while supplies last either by visiting the library or requesting a kit via our Porch Pickup service. Join us Saturdays at 10:30 here on the blog and on our YouTube channel to see the program in action and follow along. 

In-Person Programs 

Beginning in June, we’ll be hosting in-person programs with limited attendance, including: 

  • STEAM Programs for Families: Join us for programs on a variety of topics, including circuits, coding, science and engineering. Programs are ticketed, and tickets are available one per family 30 minutes prior to the program beginning.
  • Come-and-Go STEAM Programs: Join us for self-paced exploration for STEAM topics like LEGO engineering and art. Join us for as long (or as short) as your family is interested (not ticketed). 
  • Storytimes: Storytimes will be available for all ages, from babies through families – no registration nor tickets required.

Virtual Programs 

We’ll continue to host programs on Zoom and our YouTube channel.  Check out our programming calendar for complete details about our upcoming programs.  Topics include STEAM programming, book clubs, technology training, and programs for teens, adults and seniors. Here are some featured programs this summer: 

  • Coding Camp: Design a video game using Unity. This 4-day program for teens and adults will walk you through the process of building your own game. 
  • Coding and Circuits: Learn the basics of coding and circuits in this 5-session program for kids 11-13, led by students from UTD and SMU involved in the Society of Women Engineers 
  • Virtual Fan Fest: A Teen Street Team event with a variety of activities. 
  • Safety Programs led by Plano Police officer Chris Bianez 

For the latest updates and information, be sure to check out our website and follow us on social media. 

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