Welcome to Plano Library Speaks, the podcast of Plano Public Library!
In this episode, your hosts, Rachel and Bob chat with library staff about a variety of topics, including Financial Literacy Month and how you can boost your financial capability, STEAM programs and exhibits, and our monthly Memory Keepers program.
We speak with Development Coordinator Kristin Linscott about ongoing financial literacy skill-building.
Upcoming Financial Literacy Programs
A Plan for My Money (All Ages) | April 2 at 2pm at Parr Library
Ever wonder how money works? Join us for activities about earning, spending, and saving your money. Ticketed event
Introduction to Value Line (Adult) | April 4 at 1pm via Zoom – Register here
Learn how to access Value Line and use it to evaluate stock trading information
Building Wealth – Beginner’s Guide (Teen, Adult) | April 5 at 7pm via Zoom – Register here
Secure your financial future by taking control of your financial choices. You can create personal wealth and meet your financial goals by using basic concepts to launch you towards the future you want
Also meets April 9 at 3pm at Parr Library. Ticketed event
10 Ways to Earn Extra Cash (Adult) | April 21 at 6:30pm via Zoom – Register here
We can all use some extra cash from time to time – whether it’s to take care of necessities, pay down debt or save for something special. Here are 10 ways to make some extra money. Presented by Bank of America
Salud Financiera Familiar: Conceptos Básicos Financieros (Teen, Adult) | April 23 at 2pm at Haggard Library
Usando conceptos básicos de dinero y tomando el control de sus opciones financieras para lanzarlo hacia el futuro que desea. Ticketed event
We talk with Instructor Ellen Solomon about the Art Shop program the library hosts often to help kids and families learn the basics of budgeting while being creative.
What can you create with $5.00? Browse our art shop for supplies to make your masterpiece! With play money received at the store entrance, purchase paper, markers, glue and scissors, and specialty supplies to make your work of art spectacular. Spend however you like, but budget wisely.
Art Shop is scheduled to happen this summer, along with programs like Counting Coins, Art of Money, Party Planning and A Plan for My Money. The next sessions for Art Shop are:
- Wednesday, May 11 at 3pm at Schimelpfenig Library
- Wednesday, July 13 at 6pm at Haggard Library
- Wednesday, August 24 at 6pm at Haggard Library
Art Shop is a ticketed event. Tickets are available in-person beginning 30 minutes before the program starts.
We speak with Librarian Bethany Ross about the Memory Keepers program, which has been running since 2019. During Memory Keepers, attendees share memories with guided prompts in a relaxing space. This program is for people who are experiencing early-stage dementia and a family member or care partner.
Memory Keepers meets monthly on the third Monday at 10:30am via Zoom. You will need to register to attend.
- April 18: Music
- May 16: Travel
- June 20: Summer Fun
- July 18: Gamer
- August 15: School
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resources | Tuesday, June 14 at 11am via Zoom – Register here
Learn the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and discover resources and programs for living well. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association and Plano Public Library
Dementia Conversations | Thursday, June 30 at 11am via Zoom – Register here
When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family can be challenging and uncomfortable. Learn tips for breaking the ice with your family to address difficult-to-discuss issues including seeing a doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care. Presented in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association
Dementia-Friendly Programs in North Texas | Tuesday, July 12 at 11am via Zoom – Register here
Socializing, sharing and collecting memories, and enjoying informal conversation are important strategies for individuals experiencing dementia and their families to combat isolation and depression. Hear about local programs from these North Texas organizations: Meadows Museum, Plano Public Library and The Wellness Center. Moderated by the Alzheimer’s Association
We talk with Librarian Lauren Stotts about the variety of projects she does around the library, including storytime, scheduling and facilitating STEAM programs, and developing Spark Space interactive learning exhibits.
littleBits Challenge | Saturday, April 2 at 3pm at Haggard Library
Explore circuits through different challenges. This is a ticketed event
Paper Roller Coaster Challenge | Saturday, April 16 at 3pm at Haggard Library
Design, build and test your own roller coaster in this engineering challenge. This is a ticketed event
Earthquake! (Grades K-5) | Saturday, April 23 at 3pm at Schimelpfenig Library
Every year there are thousands of earthquakes around the globe! Learn how scientists know how strong they are and how engineers design structures to withstand the effects of an earthquake. This is a ticketed event
Collecting Stardust (Grades K-5) | Saturday, April 30 at 3pm at Haggard Library
Build a mini-satellite to collect stardust in this space exploration challenge. This is a ticketed event