Posted on: February 8, 2016

Bobcat Sightings in Plano

There has been increased concern with bobcat sightings in Plano. We wanted to answer some of our most frequently asked questions we receive at Animal Services about these particular animals that call Plano home.

• Bobcats have never injured a single person in Plano’s history. Even children are too big to be considered a meal as the bobcats in this area hunt only animals that are rabbit sized or smaller.

• Pets that are bigger than a rabbit are not usually at...Read on...


Posted on: February 8, 2016

Bobcats and Coyotes Sightings in Plano

• Bobcats have never injured a single person in Plano’s history. Even children are too big to be considered a meal as the bobcats in this area hunt only animals that are rabbit sized or smaller.

• Pets that are bigger than a rabbit are not usually at ...Read on...


Posted on: January 6, 2017

Preparation and Sale of Homemade Foods

Have you ever wondered what you might be able to make at home and sell? The City of Plano Environmental Health Division has received several inquiries recently and would like to clarify the rules around homemade foods. The Texas Cottage Food Law does allo...

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Posted on: October 20, 2016

Plano Honors Six Food Establishments Ranked Highest in Food Safety

Selection of award finalists was based on routine inspection scores, types of food preparation processes, number of meal periods per day, and opening date of the establishment. Criteria related to routine inspections included: maintaining a score of “A”...Read on...


Posted on: January 3, 2017

Plano Resumes Recycling Program

Republic Services notified the City it will use the temporary site until a permanent solution can be found.

Posted on: December 30, 2016

Turn Cardboard Boxes into Texas Pure Products

Residents wishing to recycle cardboard only, can drop off boxes at the Texas Pure Products location at 9901 Custer Road. They will accept cardboard free of plastic, Styrofoam, packing materials, etc. Only clean cardboard will be accepted.

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Posted on: December 31, 2016

Enroll in the 2017 Citizens Fire Academy Today!

The dates are set for the 2017 Citizens Fire Academy and there are still openings in this class! Application for Enrollment.

The 40th session of the Plano Fire-Rescue’s Citizens Fire Academy will begin Thursday, March 2, 2017. The Citizens F...

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Posted on: October 24, 2016

2016-17 Fire Prevention Poster Winners

Congratulations to this year’s winners at the City Level for the Plano Fire-Rescue Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest! See the winning posters here

Congratulations to this year’s winners at the City Level for the Plano Fire-Rescue Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest! See the winning posters here.

These posters will move on to District Level competition at the spring District Meeting of the North...Read on

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Posted on: January 26, 2016

Plano Firefighter Exam Eligibility List - 01/21/2016

An examination for the position of firefighter was administered on January 21, 2016. The following eligibility roster is created as a result of that exam. This list shall be in effect for one year from this date unless exhausted earlier.

Plano Firefighter Exam Eligibility List

Posted on: November 18, 2016

Nearly $800,000 in Heritage Grant Funding Approved!

Plano Conservancy Cemetery Restoration - Funded by Plano Heritage Preservation Grant

Congratulations to the 2016-17 Heritage Preservation Grant recipients: Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation and Plano Art Association. Combined these organizations were awarded nearly $800,000 in grant funds. The City of ...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Apply for the 2017 Heritage Tax Exemption Program

Is your property historic? We are on the search for new participants for the 2017 Heritage Tax Exemption Program. Since 1984, Plano has offered tax exemptions for the purpose of providing tax relief needed to encourage preservation and maintenance of the ...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Prepare for Heritage Tax Exemption Site Assessments on Jan. 17

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We'd like to offer a friendly reminder to those properties who currently participate in the Heritage Tax Exemption Program. Heritage staff conducts yearly site assessments on Tuesday, Jan. 17, weather permitting. Please address any repair items noted in t...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Downtown Historic Resource Surveys Complete! Save Dec. 14 for National Register Kick-off Meeting

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The Heritage Commission, in conjunction with feedback from the public, our staff and preservation consultants, recently approved updated heritage resource surveys of all properties within the Downtown Heritage Resource District. We use Historic Resource S...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Did You Hear about the Heritage Farmstead Museum Carriage House Restoration Project?

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The Heritage Farmstead Museum is putting a $75,000 grant from the Plano Heritage Commission to work to repair the 125-year-old Carriage House. The restoration work began in August when the structure was lifted and moved off its sinking foundation.&am...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Bring on the Awards

Heritage Farmstead Museum 2016 Awards

We've got several new honors to celebrate in our heritage preservation community. The Heritage Farmstead Museum brought home the 2016 Texas American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award and the Collin McKinney Achievement Award. The City&a...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Certificates of Appropriateness Activity Keeps Rolling

The effects of the improved workflow for Certificates of Appropriateness (CAs) applications continue to be seen as 80 percent of CAs were approved by the Planning Department team without requiring Heritage Commission review.

Greater detail in the...

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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Meet the Preservation Review

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of the City of Plano Planning Department's Preservation Review quarterly newsletter. The name is a nod to The Plano Review, a newspaper established by R. J. Ridgell in 1884.

Preservation Review honors Plano's historic...Read on...

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Posted on: August 17, 2016

How Plano Got Started in Historic Preservation

What shapes Plano's identity? It's our history. In 1979, rapid population growth threatened our historic resources. That prompted Plano's forefathers to adopt a Historic Landmark Preservation Ordinance. The ordinance established the city's heritage progra...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Doing Work? Need a CA? We've Improved the Process

A CA, or Certificate of Appropriateness, is required prior to beginning any exterior improvement projects on locally-designated heritage properties or properties within the Haggard Park or Downtown Heritage Resource Districts. Over the past year, city sta...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2016

What's Your Sign? Maybe It's Time to Modify

At the request of the Downtown Plano merchants, two sign modifications to the Zoning Ordinance have been approved by City Council for the Downtown Business/Government District.

These modifications include:

  • Allowance for painted mural signs. Previous...
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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Changes Expedite CA Approvals

The effects of improved workflow for Certificates of Appropriateness (CAs) applications can be seen during the last quarter. Eighty-eight percent of CAs were approved by the Planning Department staff without requiring Heritage Commission review.

Great...Read on...


Posted on: January 5, 2017

18st AIRSpace Applications for Artist in Residence

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We are currently accepting applications for the 18st AIRSpace artist in residence program. Applications are due January 31, 2017 for residencies June 2017 – May 2018.

The 18st AIRSpace is the Plano Public Library System’s artist in residence program. The 18st AIRSpace provides hands-on opportunities for the artists and the community to engage with one another. The community can watch the artist at work, see t...

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Posted on: January 9, 2017

All Libraries Closed for Martin Luther King Day

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All libraries and book drops will be closed January 15 and 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Online resources and eLibrary will be available.

Posted on: January 3, 2017

Enter Our Bookmark Contest

Bookmark Contest

Gather your drawing tools and tell us Why Your Love the Library! Entry forms are available online and at the Plano Libraries for our annual bookmark contest.

The contest is open to all ages and there are winners in five categories. Winners receive a gift card and have their winning bookmark printed and distributed in the libraries and on the website! Entries are due by February 15 at any Plano Library.

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Entry Form

Posted on: January 3, 2017

Plano Resumes Recycling Program

The City of Plano resumed processing recyclables on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Republic Services is using a temporary site. By resuming processing, the City will prevent approximately 90 tons a day of materials from going to the landfill.

Republic Services notified the City it will use the temporary site until a permanent solution can be found.


Posted on: January 6, 2017

Preparation and Sale of Homemade Foods

The City of Plano Environmental Health Division has received several inquiries recently and would like to clarify the rules around homemade foods. The Texas Cottage Food Law does allow for certain homemade goods to be sold.

Have you ever wondered what you might be able to make at home and sell? The City of Plano Environmental Health Division has received several inquiries recently and would like to clarify the rules around homemade foods. The Texas Cottage Food Law does allo...

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Posted on: December 30, 2016

Turn Cardboard Boxes into Texas Pure Products

Residents wishing to recycle cardboard only, can drop off boxes at the Texas Pure Products location at 9901 Custer Road. They will accept cardboard free of plastic, Styrofoam, packing materials, etc. Only clean cardboard will be accepted.

Additional Info...
Posted on: December 14, 2016

Four Cities Unite to Request Water Rate Relief

The Mayors of Garland, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson, in an unprecedented move, today announced that their cities are asking the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to conduct a review of their water rates with the North Texas Municipal Water District.

The Mayors of Garland, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson, in an unprecedented move, today announced that their cities are asking the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to conduct a review of their water rates with the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD...

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

Get the scoop on Trash & Recycling Schedule Changes for the New Year

Some changes to the trash and recycling schedules are coming in January. Watch for cart tags beginning next week. If you are not impacted, you will not receive a cart tag.

About 9,700 of Plano’s 72,000 residential homes will be affected. Basic information was included the December Live Green in Plano newsletter mailer. Because the new year is a busy time, we want to make sure you know your new collection days.

For the homes ...

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Posted on: January 3, 2015

Plano City News - You're Invited to the State of the City Address

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Join us for State of the City, celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. and take your daughters dancing in this edition of Plano City News.

Plano City News is distributed every Tuesday to 2,500 subscribers by the City of Plano Marketing and Community Engagement Department. To receive a copy directly in your inbox, please subscribe. Thank you for your readership!

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Posted on: December 13, 2016

Are You Ready for Freezing Temperatures?

Winter has arrived. Prepare for freezing temperatures with tips from our Emergency Management team on the severe weather webpage. Learn how to assemble an emergency kit her too.

When the ice and snow arrive, neighborhood streets can get very scary. Take your time and drive with extra caution. City street sanding efforts focus on major thoroughfares at bridges, intersections and overpasses where we can do the most good with our re...

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Posted on: December 13, 2016

Could You Use a Freeze Sensor Rebate?

Leaving your lawn sprinkler system running during freezing temperatures can add to the dangers of icy sidewalks and streets. Please check your rain/freeze sensor before the cold weather arrives. Does your home's rain/freeze sensor needs to be replaced?

If your home's rain/freeze sensor needs to be replaced, you may be eligible for a $50 rebate (or more if installed by a licensed irrigation professional). Rebate money is credited to your water bill. Find the sensor rebate application, along with...

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Posted on: December 13, 2016

Explore Your City through Map It Plano

Experience our newest generation of interactive maps, Map It Plano, on plano.gov. We've upgraded to ArcGIS Online for more intuitive navigation and enhanced features.

Map It Plano embraces Google-like display and Story Maps to tell our City's story with photos and narration linked to an interactive map (go inside the  Heritage Resource Story Map). Old favorites are still available to help you locate an apartm...

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Posted on: October 24, 2016

Plan the Perfect Party with a Sustainable Twist

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Find the perfect rental for your holiday party in Plano! The City of Plano offers several convenient and affordable options.

The Environmental Education Center is our only sustainability-focused option. This Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum-certified building is surrounded by beautifully-landscaped grounds and an outdoor patio area perfect for relax...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2016

Planning a Neighborhood Party?

Neighborhood Party

Long before you book the band or set the menu for your neighborhood block party, take a gander at the Block Parties in Plano webpage.

Along with learning about the rules and permits required, reserve the City's Pop-Up Party Trailer for FREE. The Party Trailer is equipped with tables, chairs, ice chests, water coolers, trash and recycling cans, cones and barricades, and party games to ma...Read on...


Posted on: January 10, 2017

Adult Sports League Registration

Adult Sport League Now Open

Our spring adult league registration is now open. Relive your days on the playground with co-ed kickball. Play co-ed pickleball - one of America’s fastest growing recreational sports. Be the first to call your team the Dallas Cowboys in co-ed or...

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Adult Sports League Information
Posted on: January 3, 2017

Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance Returns to Plano Centre Feb. 4

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The 16th annual Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance brings glitter and glam back to Plano Centre on Saturday, February 4. This Valentine's gala for young ladies is a must-attend for locals and tickets are going fast. The dance runs from 7 p....

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

Winter/Spring Class Registration is Open

The 2017 Winter/Spring session begins the week of January 9 and runs through the end of May. Registration opened on Dec. 3, 2016 and is ongoing.

View the catalog online
Posted on: December 1, 2016

Buckhorn Park Playground is Open

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New playground equipment has been installed at Buckhorn Park and the playground is now open to the public. Renovations to the rest of the park should be completed by Spring 2017.  Renovations include include replacing weak-wooded trees and adding...

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Posted on: November 28, 2016

Preston Road Median Improvement Construction

TXDOT has begun construction to improve the medians along Preston Road from Dexter Drive to Highland Drive on the southern portion and Rasor Blvd./Headquarters Drive to Highway 121 on the northern end. In addition to designing the median landscape, TXDOT ...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Winterization Schedule for Parks Drinking Fountains and Restrooms

Parks and Recreation staff is currently shutting down the restrooms and drinking fountains that require closure over the winter to prevent freeze damage to the plumbing. We will begin reopening these drinking fountains and restrooms in March as temperatur...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Park Construction Projects

Many Plano parks are currently under design, construction and/or renovation over the next several years. For a complete list of these projects, visit the parks construction page at the link below which provides updates and photos of some of the work in p...Read on...

Park Construction Updates

Posted on: October 26, 2016

Winter Watering Guidelines Effective Beginning November 1

The 2016 Winter Watering Guidelines will go into effect November 1 and will run through March 31.

Plano’s watering schedule is based on the last digit of your service address. Addresses ending in zero are considered even. Irrigation systems operated by homeowner associations (HOAs) follow the even address schedule.

Turn off automatic sprinklers now...Read on...


Posted on: October 4, 2016

Bank of America Rolls Up Their Sleeves

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On Friday, September 30 six employees from one of Plano's Bank of America locations chose the Plano Animal Shelter for their volunteer day. Employees were excited to lend a hand in the kennels, help with laundry, wash many dog bowls and spend time togethe...Read on...

Posted on: October 4, 2016

Hyundai Capital Lends A Hand

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On Saturday, September 24th seven employees from Plano's Hyundai Capital office spent their morning volunteering at the Animal Shelter. Creating a team building event around service to the community is a great way to build comradery and motivate staff to ...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Capgemini Serve Plano

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On Friday, September 23 staff from Capgemini selected the Plano Community Garden and the Animal Shelter for their service day. Staff members rolled up their sleeves helped provide maintenance of the garden, weeding, turning compost piles, laying mulch and...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Capital One, A Dog's Best Friend

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On Friday, August 19 employees from Capital One spent the day volunteering at the Plano Animal Shelter. Corporate volunteers play a vital role in helping advocate for the shelter after they spend a day in the life of shelter staff. Groups are all smiles a...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2016

Cambria Hotel & Suites Supports Animal Shelter

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On Friday, September 9th staff from Cambria Hotel & Suites Plano rolled up their sleeves and spent the day volunteering at the Plano Animal Shelter. 9 Cambria employees enjoyed a day of service helping the shelter maintain a clean facility, provide se...Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2016

Frisco Roughriders lend a hand at Animal Shelter

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On Sunday, August 21 staff from the Frisco Roughriders donated a morning of service to the Plano Animal Shelter. They spent time helping with cleaning and maintenance of the facility which improves the customer experience and provides a safe environment f...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

Mi Cocina Helps Clean and Oranize Senior Center Kitchen

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Thank you to Mi Cocina Bent Tree for helping out at the Senior Center! The group spent a morning cleaning and organizing the Gazebo Cafe kitchen.

Posted on: May 25, 2016

Intel Security Braves Rain to Volunteer at Arbor Hills

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Despite the rainy weather, 35 Intel Security volunteers came out to Arbor Hills on May 19 to perform a day of service. Dressed in coats, ponchos, and boots, the volunteers pulled invasive plants that were encroaching on the park's shrubs and grasses. Thi...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Add VIP Event Alerts to Your Volunteer Calendar

Enjoy trying different volunteer roles? Like knowing what’s going on in Plano? Have an organization or corporate group looking for team-building opportunities? Sign up to be a special event volunteer today!

VIP Event Alerts are sent by email several ti...Read on...

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Bank of America Volunteers Plant Seedlings for Parks Department

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A big thank you goes out to the 10 Bank of America volunteers who planted 100 trees in the Russell Creek greenbelt for the Plano Parks Department.


Posted on: January 5, 2017

Library System Receives $115K From Friends

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Started in 1965, the Friends have been a library partner for more than 50 years. In the last decade, the organization donated more than $1 million to the Plano libraries. These funds support new technology for robotics, which teaches coding and programmin...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Play In The Library

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Thanks to a grant from the Texas State Libraries and Archives Commission, each Plano library offers a Play & Learn program. Play & Learn is an hour-long unstructured playtime where toddlers use their imagination while developing cognitive, social,...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Get Your Jam On and Shake Your Groove Thang

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Davis Library presents numerous cultural and entertaining musical acts this spring with even more to come this summer. There's something for everyone from Celtic Irish to Island steel drums; West African to classical, and we even have a Mariachi ...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Are You "Yarning" To Be A Novel Knitter?

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Winter scarves, hats, shawls, toys, baby blankets, booties and even potholders were lovingly crafted throughout the year and delivered to the outreach center last month. 

Knitters and crocheters worked on their special projects, shared new techniques ...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Libraries Gone Wild!

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This new three-week session investigates outdoorsy topics such as birds, bugs and water environments at different libraries. 

Project WILD is a nationwide conservation education initiative promoted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The early...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

On The Same Page: Plano Reads With Collin College

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Plano Public Library System and Collin College present a Plano Book in Common. This year's book is The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman.

The Book In Common program offers Plano community members the chance to read the same book and enjoy severa...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Libraries Are For Adults, Too!

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In the past few years, the Plano Public Library System has offered more programming opportunities to its adult patrons. Programs include car maintenance tips, estate planning, gardening for Texas landscapes, NaNo WriMo (short for National Novel Writing Mo...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

You + A Plano Librarian = Awesomesauce!

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Book a Librarian is an opportunity for Plano library cardholders to request one-on-one, uninterrupted help from one of our librarians. Sessions last 30 minutes and are tailored to your specific needs. Schedule a time at any one of the libraries convenient...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Where ART Thou?

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Add a little art to your life without leaving town - stop by a Plano library to enjoy original works of art created by your friends and neighbors. All five public libraries host rotating mixed media art exhibits highlighting works created by established a...

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