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at Harrington Library

1501 18th Street
972-941-7175
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at Schimelpfenig Library

5024 Custer Road
972-769-4200
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Due to the current health emergency there are no workshops at Harrington Library and Schimelpfenig Library
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Every Child Ready to Read

Plano Public Library has many resources to help your child enter school ready and able to learn. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop oral language and pre-literacy skills everyday that help them become readers. You can do literacy activities at home with your child that include Playing, Reading, Talking, Singing and Writing to help your child on a path to lifelong learning

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Early Literacy Resources

Plano Public Library has many resources to help your child enter school ready and able to learn, including Theme Bags, Bookpacks, Baby Sign Language, Literacy Tips and more

Launchpads

Check It Out - Launchpads at Plano Public Library
Launchpads are pre-loaded tablets with activities for kids, to extend their learning experience. Kids Launchpads come with learning apps in a variety of subjects (reading, intro to science and math, and more) for hours of interactive learning.
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Launchpads do not require physical batteries, nor Internet or a credit card. They may need to charge using a micro USB to work.
Search Launchpad in the library catalog

Theme Bags

Theme Bags at Plano Public Library
Theme bags are professionally designed storytime kits about popular themes. Each Theme Bag contains a picture books as well as a relevant activity like a flannel board story, puppet or toy

They are designed to be used with preschool-aged children. There are more than 40 topics including sensory, pets, potty training, new baby, bath time and weather. Search Theme Bookpack in the library catalog
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Bookpacks

Bookpacks at Plano Public Library
Bookpacks bring pre-loaded audio devices and print books perfect for following along for children of all ages. Bookpacks include classics like The Secret Garden and The Jungle Book, and favorites like Frog and Toad, Curious George, and many more

Bookpacks are the easiest way for emerging and struggling readers, auditory and special education learners, and ESL patrons to develop literacy skills. Search Bookpacks in the library catalog
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Bilingual Backpacks

Bilingual Backpacks at Plano Public Library
Exposure to a second language at a young age considerably improves a child's early literacy development. With a combination of flash cards, DVDs and games, the bilingual backpacks help English-speaking children learn a new language and support ESL children with their English skills
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Search bilingual backpack plano, tex in the catalog

Early Literacy Tips

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Learn how to incorporate reading, singing, playing, talking and writing into your child’s daily routines at home, on the go and at the library. Watch our Early Literacy Tips videos and discover tips and activities you can do with your child. Find more early literacy tips on or blog Plano Library Learns

Library Make

Library Make with Plano Public Library
Library Make videos provide fun, easy literacy activities you can do at home with your child. These activities will help you child get ready to read. Find more early literacy tips on or blog Plano Library Learns

Baby Sign Language

Watch Baby Sign Language videos on Plano Public Library's YouTube channel
Research suggests that signing gives a child a way to communicate months before they can talk and that children can understand sign language long before they begin to use it. Watch our Baby Sign Language videos and learn simply signs you can teach your child. Find more early literacy tips on or blog Plano Library Learns
Saturday Stories at the Farmstead
Saturday Stories at the Farmstead with Plano Public Library
Follow Plano Public Library on Facebook for our nine-week storytime series: Saturday Stories at the Farmstead! We worked with The Heritage Farmstead Museum to bring you storytime amongst the history and fun animals of this living museum.
Saturdays at 10:30 am September 26 - December 19

Virtual Early Learning Activities

Watch our virtual Early Learning videos to help your child grow and develop skills to enter school ready to learn. Find more early learning resources on our blog Plano Library Learns
Family Learning - Discovery Time Butterflies

Discovery Time - Butterflies

Learn about reflective symmetry through butterflies
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Family Learning Shadows with Plano Public Library

Discovery Time - Shadows

When the sun is shining, shadows are all around us. But what about inside? When an object passes in front of a light, it creates a shadow, and puppets are a great way to experiment with shadows. Watch how we made our own shadow puppets and played with light, so you can do it at home
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Discovery Time - Shake Up the Sounds with Plano Public Library

Discovery Time - Shake Up the Sounds

Sounds are all around us. We can make a loud sound or a quiet sound-but how are sounds created? Sound waves travel through the air as vibrations to our ears. Let’s make some sound waves of our own!
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Family Learning - Discovery Time Spiders

Discovery Time - Spiders

Learn about spiders and develop motor skills with fun activities
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Watch Mother Goose Mania Baa Baa Black Sheep

Mother Goose Mania - Baa Baa Black Sheep

Celebrate favorite nursery rhymes through exploration activities that promote early literacy 
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Mother Goose Mania Itsy Bitsy Spider with Plano Public Library

Mother Goose Mania - Itsy Bitsy Spider

This exploration activity features painting using string to make a spider web. Try different ways to make the web – even get messy and use your hands
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Mother Goose Mania - Mulberry Bush with Plano Public Library

Mother Goose Mania - Mulberry Bush

Nursery rhymes are an important early literacy tool as they introduce children to the rhymes and rhythms that make up language in ways beyond just sharing stories. Today’s program builds on nursery rhymes you already know and introduces new and expanded ways to explore those rhymes. We’ll be using common household items and simple craft supplies
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Family Learning Art in a Bag with Plano Public Library

Art in a Bag

Contain the mess by putting all your supplies in a bag. This mess art activity is perfect for infants and young children
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Family Learning Leaf Rubbing Collage with Plano Public Library

Citrus Painting

With a handful of citrus (oranges, limes, lemons), paint and paper you can make beautiful art at home
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Family Learning Kandinsky Inspired Art with Plano Public Library

Kandinsky Inspired Art

Kandinsky was an artist who combined colors, melodies and philosophy. He would listen to music and let the music inspire him and give him ideas to make his abstract art using lines, shapes and colors. It's time to turn on some tunes and get to making art!
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Family Learning Leaf Rubbing Collage with Plano Public Library

Leaf Rubbing Collage

The art project starts with a trip outside! Artists use crayons to rub patterns from found leaves onto a sheet of paper to explore textures. A great alternative to leaf rubbing is to use textured materials in various shapes and sizes, such as textured papers/ribbons, cut pieces of wallpaper and sandpaper 
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Family Learning - Ocean Lab

Ocean Lab

Journey under the sea with a trip to the ocean lab
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Family Learning Shape Finder Necklace with Plano Public Library

Shape Finder Necklace

Circles and triangles are often parts of letters. Being able to see shapes will help your child recognize letters later. In this Early Literacy in Action activity, we will be creating a shape necklace to help your child find shapes in the world around them
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Family Learning Tape Resist Art with Plano Public Library

Tape Resist Art

Artists place easily removable tape onto their paper, color or paint the paper and carefully remove tape to reveal ‘tape resist’ design. Pinching and pulling tape is a great activity for developing fine motor muscles in the hand. FYI, using color pencils or crayons is an easier-to-clean version of this activity 
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Family Learning - Tape Town

Tape Town

Engineer your own town out of tape, toys, and other household items 
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Family Learning Texture Treasure Hunt with Plano Public Library

Texture Treasure Hunt

Texture Treasure Hunt is a great opportunity for Play! Open-ended play allows children to be creative and make connections to the world around them. By exploring the textures of items inside their home and out in the world, they can learn more about the objects they see every day
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Family Learning Nature Walk with Plano Public Library

Nature Walk

Explore and learn about the outdoors with Plano Public Library and Plano Parks & Recreation! In this video, you'll learn how to make a personalized set of binoculars using household items like cardboard tubes, glue and various creative supplies; then, we'll go on a walk with Kelley at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. She offers some interesting information about trails and where they lead throughout the park, and the variety of insects, trees and flowers you can see in the park
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Family Place

Building Foundations for Early Learning at Harrington and Schimelpfenig Libraries

Harrington Library is a Family Place Library™, and Schimelpfenig Library receives the Family Place designation in 2020. Family Place Libraries™, a national network, provide a welcoming community environment with resources to help families nurture their children's development and early learning during the critical first years of life. To help ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn

 Harrington Library is a Family Place Library  Schimelpfenig Library is a Family Place Library

Family Place Offers:
  • A specially designed space in the children's area for families with young children to relax, play, share books and meet other families
  • Parent-Child Workshops - a five-week series of fun, play-based activities for toddlers and their parents and caregivers. Rich with toys, books and art activities, the workshops provide an opportunity for families to spend time together, make friends and talk one-on-one with specialists on various aspects of child development and early literacy
  • Collections of books, toys, music and multimedia materials for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, parents and caregivers
  • Librarians specially trained in child development and family support
Mother and child at Family Place Playgroup - Harrington Library
Children playing at Family Place Playgroup - Harrington Library

The Family Place Libraries™ model is now in over 400 libraries in 29 states serving thousands of young children and their parents/caregivers. Harrington and Schimelpfenig Libraries are proud to be among them. In our library, this expanded public library role is made possible with support from a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. (2019)

Current Parent-Child workshops are partnering with family-serving agencies and professionals specializing in:
  • Child Development 
  • Early Literacy
  • Speech Pathology
  • Nutrition
  • Professional Counseling
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