Outreach brings library staff into the community to share information about library resources, with a special emphasis on non-users and underserved communities in Plano. Plano Public Library is a dynamic community partner with innovative services and programs to meet a variety of needs. Career development, early learning, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and senior learning opportunities are cornerstones of our commitment to lifelong learning for all.
Scheduling a visit from the library outreach van for your organization or event provides participants the opportunity to meet library staff, interact and learn about the resources and services available at the library, and register for a library card.
The library connects with the community by partnering with dozens of local groups and nonprofit organizations. Partnerships enhance opportunities to reach diverse audiences and extend our capacity to provide vital information and resources. Program Partners, Community Partners and Funding Partners engage in library programs in a variety of ways, teaching classes, promoting library programs within the community and underwriting performers and unique programs.
Volunteers are vital to the library! Community needs for Plano Public Library’s educational, recreational and informational services are continually increasing. Working together, volunteers and paid staff are meeting these increased demands within a limited budget. Last year, 534 volunteers contributed 10,963 hours providing services such as shelving, book mending, genealogy assistance, language learning and math tutoring. Volunteers acquire new skills, meet interesting people and experience the satisfaction of sharing their talents with others.
Each summer, local businesses donate coupons and/or gift certificates that are distributed as incentives during our summer learning program.
To participate as a summer learning partner, contact us.
Monetary support from funding partners allows the library to enhance programs and collections beyond what is covered by the city budget.
Friends of the Plano Public Library - currently funds monthly family fun programs, special programs for adults, teens and children, summer reading special events for all ages, eBook vendor platform and content, and more.
Programs presented by local organizations and volunteers allow the library to offer a wide range of beneficial programs to the public without cost to the library.
AARP – provides volunteer tax assistance annually February to April
Collin County Elections Department – organizes use of the libraries as voting locations
Collin County Genealogical Society – provides genealogy programs
Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc. – provides genealogy programs
Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs – provides volunteers and dogs for children’s reading program
More Than a Teacher – provides SAT preparation programs for teens in spring and fall
UT Dallas/IntelliChoice, Inc. - provides volunteers for individualized math tutoring at Harrington Library
SAI Group – provides volunteers for individualized math tutoring at Schimelpfenig Library