Plano Library Speaks: Podcast Episode #11

Welcome to Plano Library Speaks, the podcast of Plano Public Library!

In this episode, your hosts, Rachel and Bob chat about skill building with Workforce Solutions, early literacy of flannel activities and safety tips with Officer Bianez.


Danielle Davis and Brandi Harrison Totter of Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas discuss the needs of employers, the job market, what skills to work on for today’s workforce, and how to use Workforce Solutions as a resource for job seeking and career building. Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas website: https://www.dfwjobs.com/

Get you resume checked out, work on interview skills and more with the library’s Job Seeker’s Toolkit series this August:

From finding the right opportunity to crafting your resume, job searching can be complicated. Learn how to break down the steps of your job search and find tools to get started with these four virtual sessions. Then participate in related workshops to build your skills and receive feedback from hiring professionals

Virtual Sessions
Tuesdays – 3pm
In-Person Workshops

Resume Review: Bring your current resume for review by an HR professional or recruiter, and receive feedback that can help you meet your goals. Presented in partnership with Capital One, The Container Store, Collin College, the City of Plano and others. Appointment sign-up begins on site 30 minutes in advance
Haggard – Friday, August 12 – 1-3pm

Targeted Job Search: Discover strategies for narrowing your search and finding job postings that match your skills. Library staff offer assistance exploring targeted job search options using library computers. Appointment sign-up begins on site 30 minutes in advance
Haggard – Friday, August  19 – 1-3pm   

Mock Interviews: Prepare to present your experience and skills through a mock interview with an HR professional or recruiter, and gain confidence for your opportunities with practice and feedback. Presented in partnership with Capital One, The Container Store, the City of Plano, Foster Williams: “The Job Father”, and others. Appointment sign-up begins on site 30 minutes in advance
Haggard – Friday, August  26 – 1-3pm


Librarian Sharon Forinash talks about the importance of early learning and literacy, and how flannel activities during storytime help with preparing little ones to read, speak and more. Check out the Plano Public Library’s YouTube channel for flannel activities and songs you can watch at home and on the go.

Sharon recorded this flannel in summer 2020 when our storytime sessions were virtual:

Flannels are included in our almost-daily storytimes across our five libraries. Learn more about reading readiness and get the current storytime schedule on our website.


Plano Police Officer Chris Bianez offers personal and property safety classes through the library (and beyond). Learn some of his top safety tips, including how to avoid fraud and scams. Here are his upcoming workshops:

  • Personal Safety for College-Bound Students, August 2 at 6pm at Davis Library
  • Personal Safety, August 16 at 6pm at Davis Library
  • Protect Yourself from Identity Theft, Fraud and Scams, October 3 at 6pm at Davis Library

Not sure you can make these? You can see previously recorded workshops with Officer Bianez on the library’s YouTube channel.

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