Art in the Library

Art in the Library

Art in the Library
ART in the Library on Exhibit


Plano Public Library supports art in the community by displaying artists’ work in each of the five libraries. We recognize that art in public places contributes to the life and vitality of our community and hope that you will visit the libraries and see what is on display. On Exhibit 
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Spotlight Art at Plano Public Library
Spotlight Art

Spotlight Art features artist demonstrations and artist-led workshops at all five libraries. The hands-on, interactive time with visiting artists allows people across the city to experience art at the library. More info
100 Art Resources - Plano Public Library

100 Art Resources

Plano Public Library has created a list of 100 art resources that you can access from home with your library card. This showcase of art resources includes Lynda.com courses, eMagazines, Great Courses, eBooks, movies, Plano Public Library YouTube videos and more


Exhibiting Art in the Library
Exhibiting at the Library


Artists should contact the exhibit coordinator at the library where they would like to display their work. More info
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2020 Bookmark Contest Winners see who won

2020 Bookmark Contest Winners

See who won the 2020 Bookmark Contest in each of the five divisions, watch the virtual celebration and download the winners’ poster. Get our list of 100 Art Resources you can access from home with your library card. A special thanks to the Friends of the Plano Public Library for sponsoring the contest. More info

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Virtual Field Trips

Ready to travel? To virtually explore the world? Join us on our virtual field trips

Virtual Field Trips Chichen Itza
Virtual Field Trip - Chichen Itza


Learn more about the ancient Mayan civilization with a trip to Chichen Itza

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Chichen Itza. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of Chichen Itza

Virtual Field Trip - Angkor Wat with Plano Public Library
Virtual Field Trip - Angkor Wat


Travel to Cambodia for this Virtual Field Trip to learn more about the ancient city of Angkor Wat

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Angkor Wat. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of Angkor Wat

Virtual Field Trips Colosseum and Capitoline Museum with Plano Public Library
Virtual Field Trip - Colosseum and Capitoline Museum


This two-part adventure will take us into the history of ancient Rome. Ancient Rome saw many ruling periods from a kingdom (753-509 BC) to a republic (509-27BC) to an empire (27 BC-476 AD). Within this expansive time in history came amazing pieces of stone art, useful tools and customs we still use today. And don’t forget about the impressive amphitheater, the Colosseum, where Romans went for entertainment

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Colosseum. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. For the second part of the trip, either Google Capitoline Museum or click and drag to the west – past the Roman Forum
  4. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the Colosseum or Capitoline Museum

Virtual Field Trip National Museum of Anthropology with Plano Public Library
Virtual Field Trip - National Museum of Anthropology


The National Museum of Anthropology, located in Mexico City, Mexico has 23 permanent exhibits and houses the world’s largest collection of ancient Mexican art. A few highlights in the museum include the Sun Stone or Aztec Calendar, a recreation of Pakal’s tomb in the Mayan exhibit room, and a jade mask of the Zapotec Bat God in the Oaxaca exhibit room

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google National Museum of Anthropology. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the National Museum of Anthropology
Virtual Field Trip Pyramids of Giza with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Pyramids of Giza


The Pyramids of Giza consist of the Great Pyramid of Giza built in 2500 BC, the somewhat smaller Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure and the Great Sphinx. Egyptologists (those who study ancient Egypt) believe the pyramids were not only to serve as a tomb for the pharaohs, but also as a storage space for all the items he would need in the afterlife

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Pyramids of Giza. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the Pyramids of Giza
 Virtual Field Trips - Grand Canal with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Grand Canal

The Grand Canal is the main waterway through Venice, Italy. Venice is a city which is made up of over 100 islands. There are no cars – just boats and gondolas

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Grand Canal Venice. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of Grand Canal Venice
 Virtual Field Trips - Machu Picchu with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan citadel. Now a World Heritage site, people from around the world can visit and walk through the ruins

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Machu Picchu. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of Machu Picchu
 Virtual Field Trips - Van Gogh Museum with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Van Gogh Museum

The museum dedicated to the famous Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh features many of his works and works of his contemporaries

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Van Gogh Museum. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the Van Gogh Museum
 Virtual Field Trip - Dallas Arboretum with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum is a local treasure. With many beautiful gardens, fountains, and seasonal displays, the botanical garden is worth a visit

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Dallas Arboretum. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the Dallas Arboretum
Virtual Field Trip - Grand Canyon with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is considered “to be the most extensive and impressive erosional canyon on the earth. With an average depth of more than 1,675 meters below the North Rim (1,375 meters below the South Rim) and a length of 350 kilometers, Grand Canyon is a feature that is readily identified even from outer space.” (Grand Canyon. By: Best, David M., Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science, 2017)

Use our EBSCO Discovery Service search box on the main library website to read more about the history and features of the Grand Canyon. This includes a Research Starter and links to various library resources which reference the Grand Canyon

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Grand Canyon. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the site
Virtual Field Trip - Vatican Museum with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Vatican Museum

“The Vatican, the Museum of Museums”, which conserve the immense collection of art amassed by the popes from the seventeenth century onwards

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Follow this link to the Vatican Museum’s virtual tours
  2. Click on each part of the museum and explore. Use the arrows to move around the museum
Virtual Field Trip - Palace of Versailles with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is a large, extravagant palace in France. The palace housed members of the aristocracy for many years, but today it is home to a vast collection of art and a museum of French history. Versailles came to symbolize the excess and wealth of the monarchy during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. (Palace of Versailles Research Starter by Reed Kalso, Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2019)

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Palace of Versailles. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the Palace and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore the museum
  4. When there is a blue dot, click that to find more information on the painting
  5. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the palace grounds
Virtual Field Trip - Ashikaga Flower Park with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Ashikaga Flower Park

The Ashikaga Flower Park is, according to TripAdvisor, “the largest wisteria garden in Japan with over 350 wisteria trees in a park of 94,000 m²”

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
Watch Virtual Field Trip - Ashikaga Flower Park

Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Google Ashikaga Flower Park. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the park and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore the park. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the palace grounds

Virtual Field Trip - British Museum with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - British Museum

The British Museum, located in London, England was founded in 1753. With 8 million objects, the museum’s artifacts come from all parts of the world and all parts of history

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. In Google, search for the British Museum
  2. Click on the Map view
  3. I’m going to zoom in to the museum by scrolling my mouse wheel or you can use the zoom tools on the bottom right. I want a nice close look into the Museum
  4. Now, let’s grab our street view friend by using the orange fellow on the bottom right. Click and drag the orange guy to the Hallway of Enlightenment. Look! We are inside. How cool!
  5. To explore, click on the arrows to walk forward and click on the x’s to stop and take a look at an artifact
  6. If you see a blue dot, click on it to find out more information about the artifact 
  7. Now, if you are ready to explore another part of the museum or stuck, click on the arrow in the black box at the top left
  8. Find another spot in the museum to drop the orange fellow and continue to explore