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March 2007 Webletter

Special Events

Spring Break March 5 – 9 Activities

Spring Break Family Movies

Tuesday, March 6, Harrington Library, 2pm

A selection of Seuss short films will be shown.

Wednesday, March 7, Haggard Library, 2pm

Join us for popcorn and a recently-released animated movie about automobiles!

Thursday, March 8, Harrington Library, 2pm

The newest animated version of Little Red Riding Hood will be featured.

Teen Tech Week™

Statistics have shown that 86% of all teens ages 8 – 18 now have computers in their homes and are consistently using them as non-print resources. The Young Adult Division of the American Library Association will begin a new celebration this year entitled, Teen Tech Week™, with the goal of getting teens to visit their libraries, showing them the various electronic resources available, and encouraging them to view librarians as trusted resources who can help them develop skills to use these available resources.

Teens are encouraged to visit the Plano libraries during Spring Break and enjoy playing video and board games! Each library will feature Dance Dance Revolution, MarioKart Double Dash, and many more.

Monday, March 5

Tuesday, March 6

Wednesday, March 7

Thursday, March 8

Friday, March 9












Chinese Film Festival

Davis Library will host the Chinese Film Festival each Sunday during March from 2 – 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 4

This film tells the love stories of three generations of women in one family by comparing them to jasmine flowers. It traces the lives of a grandmother, mother, and daughter during the prime of their lives in Shanghai, China from 1930 – 1980. The grandmother and mother cannot change their desperate miserable lives until the daughter grows up and determines her own fate.

Sunday, March 11

A psychologist and a police officer join together to catch the Hypnosis Bandit. In the struggle between the two men and their enemy, their fates become entwined.

Sunday, March 18


A Chinese monk leads his protectors on a long journey to India in search of the "Script of Wisdom and Truth." Upon reaching Flame Mountain, they must fight the evil spider queen and test their courage, wisdom, and strength.

Sunday, March 25

When a shy small-town boy heads to Beijing for violin lessons, he discovers a new world filled with first loves, lasting friendships, and a secret that will change his life forever.

Decluttering Your Home

Well, is that stack of papers on the countertop beginning to lean? Do you look at articles on Feng Shui and yearn for that look in your own home? Do you need to reduce the allergens in your home? Sounds like you would enjoy listening to Carrie Brazeal, Texas Cooperative Extension county agent. Haggard Library will host "Decluttering Your Home" on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. Ms. Brazeal will share easy remedies and new ideas on how to organize your home and finally get rid of those areas that are "collection magnets." She will show us how to sort and purge a room, how to assign a space for an item, and how to equalize things in your living areas.

For information, call 972.769.4250.


Donate Books to Friends of the Plano Public Library

Donations of gently-used books (hardback and paperback), magazines, CDs, DVDs, and audio tapes are sought by Friends of the Plano Public Library. Items can be dropped off at any of the five Plano libraries. Used materials are offered for sale in each library lobby and at the annual Friends Book Sale. An estimated 75,000 donated books were sold at the Friends Book Sale held this past July in Plano. Proceeds purchase books, furniture, and other items that are donated to the libraries for the benefit of all library patrons.

For more information about donating, call 972.208.8002.


Collin County Genealogical Society

The Genealogists Night Out will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 5:30 – 11pm at the Harrington Library. There is a $10 donation for the Benefits Book Fund. This is a great way to enjoy a fun, friendly night of relaxed research with people who share genealogical interests. Experienced researchers are available to help solve problems and answer questions. There are 30 Internet computers available (Bring your USB memory sticks or disks). For information, email Lockout819@aol.com.

Lloyd Bockstruck, supervisor of the Genealogy Section of the Dallas Public Library, will speak at the regular meeting to be held at Haggard Library on Wednesday, March 14 from 7 – 9 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.

There will be a free Problem Solving Workshop at the Harrington Library on Tuesday, March 27 from 7 – 9 p.m. You are invited to bring your genealogy research problems and get help from members of the Society.

For information, call 972.941.7175 or email ccgs_nl_editor@hotmail.com.

Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc.

Harrington Library will host Dr. Adrienne Caughfield presenting "True Women and Westward Expansion" on Saturday, March 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. This seminar is free and open to the public.

For information, call 972.941.9280 or visit www.rootsweb.com.


Library Volunteers

Your library needs you! Put your skills and talents to work. Volunteer positions are available in many areas of Plano Public Library System and other City departments. Call Robin Popik at Volunteers for the City of Plano at 972.941.7114 to apply. Volunteers may apply for positions listed below and more.

Friends of the Plano Public Library support legislative issues, assist at special events, help recruit new members, and can serve as Board members.  Super Sorters sort books throughout the year for the annual book sale.

Library Links with Seniors needs volunteers to provide literature-based programs to area nursing homes, independent care facilities, and assisted-living centers.  

Literacy for Life needs adult literacy tutors and occasional administrative assistance. Please see article about the next tutoring classes further in this Webletter.

The Genealogy area at Harrington Library needs knowledgeable genealogy assistance.

Circle of Success Homework Center meets at Harrington Library each Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5 – 6:30 p.m. This project provides free, after-school academic assistance for children in grades 1 – 8. The Center’s goal is to reinforce lessons taught in the classroom and provide tutoring in basic math and reading. Adult and teen mentors and volunteers are encouraged to assist with this program.

For information, call 972.941.7175.



Children’s Activities

PPLS Storytimes

Rhyme Time

Storytimes for birth – 23 months

No registration is required.

Session dates: January 22 – April 27

GH: Wednesday, 10:15am

LERS: Thursday, 10:15am

WOH: Friday, 10:15am

MMD: Friday, 10:15am, 11am

CAP: Friday, 10:15am

Tales For Twos

Storytimes for 2 year olds

Session dates: January 22 – March 2

Next session: March 19 – April 27

Registration required beginning March 5

GH: Monday, 10:15am, 11am

Tuesday, 7pm

LERS: Wednesday, 10:15am, 11am

WOH: Tuesday, 10:15am, 11am

MMD: Monday, 10:15am, 11am

Thursday, 10:15am, 11am

Wednesday, 7pm

CAP: Wednesday, 10:15am, 11am

Preschool Storytimes

Storytimes for 3 - 5 year olds

Session dates: January 22 – April 27

Morning Storytimes

GH: Tuesday/Thursday, 10:30am

LERS: Monday/Tuesday, 10:30am

WOH: Wednesday/Thursday, 10:30am

MMD: Tuesday/Wednesday, 10:30am

CAP: Monday/Thursday, 10:30am

Afternoon Storytime

LERS: Monday, 1:30pm

WOH: Tuesday, 1:30pm

Evening Storytimes

GH: Wednesday, 7pm

LERS: Wednesday, 7pm

WOH: Monday, 7pm

MMD: Thursday, 7pm

CAP: Tuesday, 7pm






Bilingual Preschool Storytimes

Storytimes for 3 – 5 year olds

Session dates: January 22 – April 27

Spanish/English Chinese/ English

LERS: 1st Wednesday, 7pm WOH: 3rd Tuesday, 7pm

March 7 March 20

April 4 April 17

GH: 2nd Wednesday, 7pm

March 14

April 11


Book Launch

LISTEN to a book

SHARE your ideas

ENJOY a craft or activity

Grades 1 – 3

Schimelpfenig Library Parr Library

Third Tuesday Third Wednesday

3:30 – 4:30pm 3:30 – 4:30pm

March 20 March 21

April 17 April 18

May 15 May 16

Teens & Tuesdays

1st Tuesday of the month

March 6, April 3, May 1

Schimelpfenig Library, 7 – 8:30pm

Video Gaming


Teens & Tuesdays

2nd Tuesday of the month

March 13, April 10, May 8

Haggard Library, 7 – 8:30pm

Come to the Zine Workshop!

Create a magazine about your favorite topic.

You can print, publish, and even e-mail it.


Teens & Thursdays

3rd Thursday of the month

March 15, April 19, May 17

Harrington Library, 7 – 8:30pm

March: Pizza Tasting. Pre-registration required.


NEW - Teens Read! Book Club

The Teens Read! Book Club

4th Wednesday through May

March 28, April 25, May 23

Grades 8 – 12, Haggard Library, 7 – 8:30pm

Teens are encouraged to bring a friend to this free event as they discuss the latest books they have read. Free snacks will be available.

For more information, call 972.769.4250 or visit www.planolibrary.org

Circle of Success Homework Center

The Circle of Success Homework Center provides free, after-school assistance for children in grades 1 – 8. The Center’s goal is to reinforce lessons taught in the classroom and provide tutoring in basic math and reading. It is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at Harrington Library.

The Circle of Success Homework Center will be closed the week of March 5 – 9 because of Spring Break in Plano and on March 13 – 14 and April 17 – 18 because of PISD TAKS Testing.


Adult Book Groups

New members always welcome! These groups are for all adult members of the community, 18 years and over, who love to read and discuss what they have read with others.  Participants are encouraged to read the featured book of the month, but it is not required for admission to the meeting.  No registration is required.

Who Picked This Book? Club

What are you reading now? Join the Who Picked This Book? Club and share information about the best books you’ve read lately. Discover new titles to read, hear about the forthcoming books that publishers predict will be on the next bestsellers list, and find out what other book clubs are reading. Books discussed at the meetings will be posted on a Plano Picks page on the PPLS web site. No fuss – and you get to read the books you want!

Haggard Library

1 – 2:30pm

March 5 April 2

May 7 June 4

July 2

Second Tuesday Book Discussion Group

Schimelpfenig Library

7:15 – 8:15pm

March 13

Marley & Me by John Grogan

April 10

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt


Brown Bag Book Club

Parr Library

4th Thursday of the month

12pm – 1:30pm

March 22

The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J. R. Moehringer

April 26

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking


The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Both by Malcolm Gladwell




PPLS Computer Class Schedule

*MS Office products classes are funded by a grant from the Loan Star Libraries program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.


The Gift of Literacy

Are you willing to bring an adult the gift of literacy? The Literacy for Life program does just that. If you would like to learn more about the program, how you can help, and what is involved in becoming a tutor, please attend one of the prospective tutor information sessions listed below:

Saturday, March 10

10 - 11am

Haggard Library

Wednesday, April 18

1 - 2pm

Harrington Library

Saturday, May 5

10 - 11am

Harrington Library

If after attending an information session you decide that becoming an adult literacy tutor is for you, you may register for the next tutor training workshop.

Saturday, March 10

11 - 4pm

Haggard Library

Saturday, May 5

11 - 4pm

Harrington Library

To register for either an information session and/or the training workshop, call 972.941.READ (7323) or email LFL@plano.gov.


Welcome to Small Talk

Join a small group of 10 to 12 people to just talk. "Small Talk" discussions range from magazine articles to children’s homework assignments to grocery store lists. All participants must be able to read and write English and be interested in improving their speaking skills. Note: Small Talk will be closed March 1 – 11.

Parr Library

Mondays, 7 - 8:30pm

Schimelpfenig Library

Tuesdays, 12:30 - 2pm

Haggard Library

Tuesdays 7 - 8:30pm

Harrington Library

Wednesdays, 1 - 2:30pm

Davis Library

Thursdays, 10 - 11:30am

If you know of someone who would qualify for this program, please contact the Small Talk coordinator at your nearby library or call 972.769.4300.


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