29 Feb, 2024

Girl Scout Badge-Earning Opportunities

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Many of our Plano Public Library programs match up with Girl Scout badge requirements! Stop by your local library to have fun learning… and earn a few badges along the way! All events are free and open to the public. A free ticket is required for some limited-space events as noted, ask at the circulation desk.

For badge-earning opportunities at home, check out this list of STEAM kits and library videos that support Girl Scout badge work!

For more great programs, check out our Engage Brochure, or place a small-group program request to have a workshop facilitated for just your troop.

December 2023

December 29 – Paper Airplane Challenge (All ages/Families)

Up, up, and away! Learn how to make different kinds of paper airplanes and helicopters and see if they can survive our obstacle course.

3-4pm – Schimelpfenig Library

Meets requirements for Brownie Fling Flyer


December 29 – Pick a Pet (All ages/Families)

Do you have a pet at home or do you want one? Learn about different pets and the costs and responsibilities of owning one.

3-4pm – Harrington Library

Meets requirements for Brownie Pets


January 2024


January 3 – Pick a Pet (All ages/Families)

Do you have a pet at home or do you want one? Learn about different pets and the costs and responsibilities of owning one.

3-4pm – Schimelpfenig Library

Meets requirements for Brownie Pets


January 4 – Build a Skimmer (Grades 3-5)

Ready, set, glide! Design a sail for your skimmer and see how different sail shapes impact your skimmer’s performance

3-4pm – Parr Library

Meets requirements for Junior Mechanical Engineering: Paddleboat


January 6 – Party Planning (Grades K-5)

Discover the secrets of throwing an epic birthday party on a budget! Learn how to make financial decisions about cake and entertainment while planning a memorable celebration for you and your friends.

3-4pm – Haggard Library

Meets requirements for Daisy My Money Choices and Brownie My Own Budget


January 8 – Nature Journaling: Ecosystem Connections (Grades K-5)

3pm – Harrington Library

Everything in nature is interconnected in an ecosystem. Learn about nature journaling and the ecosystem around you.

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only

Meets some requirements for Daisy Eco Learner and Brownie Eco Friend


January 14 – Talented Trunks (Grades K-2)

2pm – Parr Library

Let’s make art like an elephant! Did you know that some elephants are artists? Learn all about elephants and create an elephant masterpiece


January 14 – Counting Coins (K-5)

Enjoy hands-on activities that strengthen your child’s knowledge of money and how to count it through hands-on activities.

2-3pm – Harrington Library

Meets requirements for Daisy Money Explorer


January 20 – Art Shop (All ages/Families)

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 perhaps some specialty supplies to make your work of art spectacular. Spend however you like, but budget wisely.

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only

3-4pm – Davis Library

Meets requirements for Daisy My Money Choices, Brownie Budget Builder and My Own Budget


February 2024

February 10 – Navigate Your Future (Grades 6-12)

Do you wonder what the job market is like? Learn ways to think about careers and navigate the educational paths to get there.

3pm – Harrington Library

Meets requirements for Cadette STEM Career Exploration, Senior STEM Career Exploration, Ambassador STEM Career Exploration (and general interest)


February 10 – X Marks the Spot (All ages)

Explore the significance of sequencing in coding and apply your new knowledge in a screen-free challenge.

3pm – Haggard Library

Meets requirements for Daisy Coding for Good and Brownie Coding for Good


February 17 – Party Planning (Grades K-5)

Discover the secrets of throwing an epic birthday party on a budget! Learn how to make financial decisions about cake and entertainment while planning a memorable celebration for you and your friends.

3-4pm – Davis Library

Meets requirements for Daisy My Money Choices and Brownie My Own Budget


February 19 – Nature Outside Your Door (Grades K-5)

You might think a city is the last place you would find nature – but if you look close enough, you can find nature right outside your door!

3pm – Schimelpfenig Library

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only

Meets some requirements for Daisy Eco Learner and Brownie Eco Friend


February 19 – Art Shop (All ages/Families)

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 perhaps some specialty supplies to make your work of art spectacular. Spend however you like, but budget wisely.

3-4pm – Davis Library

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only

Meets requirements for Daisy My Money Choices, Brownie Budget Builder and My Own Budget


February 24 – Clean Creeks, Cool Science (Grades 3-5)

Who lives in the creek and how clean is their water? Get a closeup look at our aquatic nature friends. Presented by City of Plano Sustainability and Environmental Education Division

3pm – Davis Library

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only

Meets some requirements for Brownie World of Water Journey, Brownie Eco Friend, Junior Animal Habitats


February 29 – Roadmap to Business Startup Success (Ages 16+)

Don Walter, SCORE mentor, reviews the steps that need to be followed to successfully launch a business – from the genesis of the idea through the legal aspects, competition research, financing, marketing and launch. Registration required.

6:30pm – Virtual and Davis Library, registration required

Meets requirements for Senior Business Startup, Ambassador Entrepreneur Accelerator


March 2024

March 2 – Stretch Your Dollars (Grades 6-12)

Are you up for the challenge of balancing a budget? Teens will be given a job profile and challenged to make their budget balance as they visit different spending stations.

3pm – Schimelpfenig Library

Meets requirements for Cadette Budget Manager, Senior Savvy Saver


March 9 – Build a Birds Nest (Grades K-5)

Learn all about bird nests and work with a group to build a safe, sturdy nest.

3pm – Davis Library

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only

Meets some/most requirements for Daisy Animal Observer, Junior Animal Habitats


March 11 – Feather Science (All ages)

Learn about how feathers protect birds, keep them warm, and help them fly. Apply your knowledge to design your own feathers.

3pm – Harrington Library

Meets requirements for Daisy Animal Observer


March 11 – Financial Intelligence Training for Teens (Grades 6-12)

Set goals and spending plans, manage credit and debt, and plan for your future. Financial Intelligence Training (JR) is a personal finance class led by college students from the University of North Texas, and is ideal for preparing teens for financial independence. Receive a Financial Intelligence Training (JR) certificate upon completion.

3pm – Davis Library

Meets requirements for Cadette My Money Habits, Senior Savvy Saver, Senior My Financial Power, Ambassador My Financial Independence, Ambassador My Financial Planner


March 12 – Art Shop (All ages/Families)

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 perhaps some specialty supplies to make your work of art spectacular. Spend however you like, but budget wisely.

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only

3-4pm – Haggard Library

Meets requirements for Daisy My Money Choices, Brownie Budget Builder and My Own Budget


March 23 – Small Spaces, Big Successes: Container Gardening for Everyone! (All ages)

No land for gardening? No problem! If you have sunshine and water, you can still grow beautiful flowers, herbs and vegetables in a smaller space. Presented by City of Plano Sustainability and Environmental Education Division.

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only

3pm – Haggard Library

Meets requirements for Junior Gardening


March 24 – Pick a Pet (All ages/Families)

Do you have a pet at home or do you want one? Learn about different pets and the costs and responsibilities of owning one.

2-3pm – Davis Library

Meets requirements for Brownie Pets


March 28 – Car Buying 101 (Ages 16+)

Gain confidence by understanding the basics of the car buying process. Learn about loans, the impact of your credit score on your purchase and how to set a budget for a car you can afford. Presented by Capital One.

4:30pm – Virtual, registration required

Meets requirements for Senior Savvy Saver and Ambassador My Financial Planner


March 29 – Art Shop (All ages/Families)

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 perhaps some specialty supplies to make your work of art spectacular. Spend however you like, but budget wisely.

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only

3-4pm – Schimelpfenig Library

Meets requirements for Daisy My Money Choices, Brownie Budget Builder and My Own Budget


March 30 – … And Straight on ‘Til Morning (Grades 4-8)

Let the stars guide you as we learn about constellations in the night sky and create your own constellation model.

3-4pm – Haggard Library

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only

Meets some requirements for Junior Space Science, Cadette Space Science


March 30 – Exploring Eco Art (Grades 4-8)

Join Teen Street Team and discover the magic of creating art while exploring eco-friendly materials and techniques that help protect our planet.

3-4pm – Harrington Library

Meets most/all requirements for Junior Outdoor Art, Cadette Outdoor Art


April 2024

April 6 – Get Your Act Together (Grades 6-12)

Discover the actor within you and experience the magic of the stage. Don’t miss this opportunity to unleash your creativity and connect with fellow theatre enthusiasts!

3pm – Davis Library

Meets requirements for Senior Troupe Performer


April 14 – Recycled Art (All ages)

Create Garden Critters using recycled materials

2pm – Harrington Library

Meets some requirements for Daisy Outdoor Art, Brownie Outdoor Art, Junior Outdoor Art


April 15 – Create a Constellation (Grades K-2)

The night sky is full of stars! Pictures made by a group of stars are called constellations. Learn how constellations form around the world and create your very own.

2pm – Parr Library

Meets some requirements for Daisy Space Science Explorer and Brownie Space Science Adventurer


April 20 – Bag to Bracelet (Grades K-5)

Help solve the problem of plastic waste! Design your own Earth-friendly bracelet using a plastic bag.

3pm – Haggard Library

Meets some requirements for Daisy Eco Learner, Daisy Outdoor Art, Brownie Eco Friend, Brownie Outdoor Art


April 22 – Building Wealth for Teens (Grades 6-12)

Do you know how much basic living expenses cost? Learn financial concepts and develop a plan to reach your short and long term financial goals.

3pm – Schimelpfenig Library

Meets requirements for Cadette Budget Manager, Senior Savvy Saver, Ambassador My Financial Independence, My Financial Planner


April 25 – Investments: Getting Started (Ages 16+)

With so many investment possibilities, how do you choose? Gain confidence by learning the language and basic concepts of investing. Start by considering your goals, risk tolerance, time horizon and liquidity needs. Knowing what you want to achieve will help you make investment decisions that fit. Presented by Bank of America. Registration required.

6:30 pm – Virtual and Davis Library, registration required

Meets requirements for Senior My Financial Power, Ambassador My Financial Independence


April 27 – Counting Coins (K-5)

Enjoy hands-on activities that strengthen your child’s knowledge of money and how to count it.

3-4pm – Davis Library

Meets requirements for Daisy Money Explorer


Also coming this spring: Solar Eclipse Spectacular!

These events may or may not fill badge requirements, but for troops/girls interested in the total solar eclipse on April 8, we have lots of things planned!

January 2 – Build a Rover (Grades 3-5)

Kick off the year of the eclipse by learning about and building your own space rover.

3pm – Haggard Library

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only


January 7 – Blast Off! (All ages)

Count down the days until the total solar eclipse in April by making your own rocket and sending it flying!

2pm – Parr Library


February 25 – Eclipse Ahead: Total Solar Eclipse and Safe Viewing (All ages)

Learn about the April 2024 total solar eclipse that will pass over the DFW metroplex. Learn how to safely observe and how eclipses work, plus the incredible science that came from past solar eclipses.
Presented by NASA Solar System Ambassador Les Murray

2pm – Parr Library

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only


March 14 – 3D Printing: TinkerCAD Eclipse Theater (All ages)

Learn how to design your own eclipse viewer using TinkerCAD. Create a box viewer or pinhole projector to view the partial phases of the April 2024 Solar Eclipse!

3pm – Haggard Library

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only


March 23 – Eclipse Ahead: Total Solar Eclipse and Safe Viewing (All ages)

Learn about the April 2024 total solar eclipse that will pass over the DFW metroplex. Learn how to safely observe and how eclipses work, plus the incredible science that came from past solar eclipses.
Presented by NASA Solar System Ambassador Les Murray

3pm – Harrington Library

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only


March 29 – Solar Halo Forecast (All ages)

Discover the fascinating science behind solar coronas and learn how to safely observe these celestial wonders just in time for the eclipse.

3pm – Davis Library

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only


April 6 – Touchdown! Lunar Lander (Grades 3-5)

With the eclipse on the horizon come explore gravity, motion and forces as you design and build a lunar lander that will protect two astronauts as they land on the moon.

3pm – Harrington Library

 Tickets available 30 minutes prior to program, available in-person only


April 8 – Total Solar Eclipse

Step in the shadow of wonder and join us as we experience the awe-inspiring celestial event known as a total solar eclipse. Limited supply of viewing glasses available at all five Plano Libraries. More information about viewing locations around the city can be found at bit.ly/TotalEclipseWatchPartyPlano

1pm — all libraries

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