This week we highlight the Plano Public Library System’s Explore Plano challenges. This summer is all about reading. The library challenges everyone to read a book, visit the digital creation spaces, download an e-book or borrow something that’s “Too Hot to Hold.” Whether you prefer a paperback or eBook, the Plano Public Library System has got it.

Forget what you thought you knew about the library. The Plano Public Library System has evolved into more than just a place to checkout your latest paperback. Libraries across the country have been challenged to keep up with the rise of the digital age and Plano libraries have accepted and excelled at meeting the challenge. The Plano Libraries offer opportunities to participate in a wide variety of programs, get back to your roots at the Genealogy Center, bring your design to life with the 3-D printer, get connected with free Wi-Fi, and checkout a limitless number of paperback and e-books.

Visit any Plano library, sign up for the Summer Reading Program and let your imagination run wild as you dive into a new book. Not only does reading educate and expand your creativity, but it’s also a great way to improve your vocabulary and exercise the brain. The library offers every genre whether you prefer fiction or non-fiction. Stop in today and challenge yourself to do some summer reading!

Do you have a passion for graphic design, photography or videography? Check out the digital creation spaces at Haggard and Parr libraries. These digital creation spaces offer a number of professional design features and applications. Get free access to the tools used by professionals: Adobe Creative Suite, digital drawing and sound equipment. You can even reserve the green screen for shooting video. Parr Library offers sound equipment for all of your mixing needs. Anyone can request access to use the digital creation stations by contacting Haggard or Parr Library.

If you prefer to do your reading on your tablet, you can choose to download more than 25,000 eBooks. You can also borrow something that’s “Too Hot to Hold” at any Plano library. Find reading recommendations by visiting the Plano Library Pinterest.

Plano residents can pick up a free library card so swing by your nearest Plano library today. Not a Plano resident? No problem, simply pick up a non-resident card for $50/year. For these and other Explore Plano challenges, visit plano.gov/exploreplano. Get social and share your work and your progress by using hashtag #exploreplano.”

Todd Rice

Todd Rice is the Senior Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the City of Plano. He has been working in municipal marketing and media relations since 2013. He grew up in Dallas, TX and attended the...