Babies at the ‘Brary
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Babies at the ‘Brary

Getting your young babies out of the house can be daunting – but the library is a great place to test-drive your outings! Plano Public Library has resources for parents, books to check out, play spaces and fun activities year-round (like storytime!). Continue reading to learn more.

Upcoming Events

Babes in Arms (0-9 months)

Babes in Arms is a storytime for caregivers and their 0-9-month-old babies. This is a lapsit storytime to introduce the sounds and rhythms of language, develop motor skills and give babies a head start on learning. Storytime is followed by a brief playtime with toys, bubbles and socialization for caregivers and babies. Babes in Arms is for pre-walkers who are not yet highly mobile; siblings are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal or doll. Here’s the May-August 2023 schedule:

  • Mondays at 9:30am, Harrington
  • Mondays at 1:30pm, Davis
  • Tuesdays at 11am, Haggard
  • Thursdays at 10am, Schimelpfenig
  • Fridays at 11am, Davis

Summer Family Place Playgroup (ages 0-3 years)

Spend time together, play, make friends and talk one-on-one with child development specialists. For ages 0-3 years Registration is required in person at Harrington and opens May 15. Playgroup is a five-week series.

  • Thursdays, June 1-29 at 10am, Harrington

Busy Babies (0-18 months)

Gather with us at the library for early literacy learning and developmentally appropriate sensory play. Caregivers will have the opportunity to create a sensory manipulative to continue the learning at home. Best for babies who are able to sit up on their own or are beginning to be mobile. This is a ticketed event, with free tickets available 30 minutes before the program begins.

  • Thursday, May 4 at 10:30am, Davis
  • Wednesday, June 21 at 10:30am, Parr
  • Monday, July 24 at 11am, Haggard
  • Thursday, August 17 at 10am, Harrington

Baby Bach (0-18 months)

Explore the magic of music with your baby. Music makes a big difference to the baby’s brain by helping develop neural pathways necessary for listening and speaking.

  • Wednesday, May 24 at 10:30am, Parr
  • Wednesday, June 7 at 10:30am, Schimelpfenig
  • Monday, June 26 at 11am, Haggard
  • Thursday, July 13 at 10am, Harrington
  • Thursday, August 10 at 10:30am, Davis – this session is ticketed, with free tickets available 30 minutes before the program begins

Baby Picasso (0-18 months)

Did you know doing artwork with your baby is good for their motor and cognitive development? Explore the benefits of doing art with your child! Wear clothing that is paint and mess-friendly. This is a ticketed event, with free tickets available 30 minutes before the program begins.

  • Wednesday, May 17 at 10:30am, Schimelpfenig
  • Wednesday, June 14 at 10:30am, Parr
  • Thursday, July 6 at 10am, Harrington
  • Thursday, August 3 at 10:30am, Davis
  • Monday, August 21 at 11am, Haggard

Snuggle Time (0-18 months)

Put on PJs and bring your baby and their blankie or stuffed animal for an evening of snuggles, sleepytime books, lullabies and bedtime tips for caregivers. This is a ticketed event, with free tickets available 30 minutes before the program begins.

  • Thursday, July 13 at 6:30pm, Haggard
  • Thursday, August 17 at 6:30pm, Haggard
  • Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30pm, Parr

Move Baby (0-24 months)

Movement is the foundation for early development. Join us for an active storytime filled with fun ways to encourage movement exploration. This is a ticketed event, with free tickets available 30 minutes before the program begins.

  • Wednesday, May 10 at 10:30am, Parr
  • Thursday, May 25 at 10:30am, Davis
  • Thursday, July 20 at 10am, Harrington
  • Wednesday, August 9 at 10:30am, Schimelpfenig

Parenting Resources

Parenting Collection

New to parenthood or need help with a specific parenting issue? Plano Public Library’s curated collection of parenting materials gives you access to hundreds of books and DVDs on all aspects of parenting. Discover a wealth of information on nutrition, baby care, early learning, child development, parenthood and more with materials in English, Chinese and Spanish. You can find the bulk of the Parenting Collection at Harrington and Schimelpfenig libraries, but all libraries have this collection. You can also browse the collection online to easily place holds.

Early Literacy Tips

Learn how to incorporate literacy into your child’s daily routines at home, on the go, and at the library. Playing, Reading, Singing, Talking, and Writing are important pre-reading practices. Early Literacy Tips is a video series, and we have more in-depth blog posts under the Early Literacy tag.

Workstations

Grocery store H-E-B/Central Market donated two workstations to Plano Public Library, located at Haggard Library. Library goers with a baby or toddler now have a simple and safe way to use a computer on-site and keep the little one close! H-E-B provided two produce-themed workstations with side-by-side connectivity as the primary feature. Engaging visuals and activities in the space keep babies and toddlers curious, exploring and amused. The child space includes a large mirror, games to develop motor skills and a peek-a-boo wall.

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