Supporting Plano libraries since 1965

What We Do

Support our community

When you join Friends of the Plano Public Library, you are supporting a valuable resource open to all in our community. Last year the five Plano libraries checked out nearly 4 million items, had in excess of 1.5 million visits, and welcomed more than 100,000 people to free programs!

Enhance the libraries

Established in 1965 to support the library, Friends' first donation of $100 contributed to the purchase of a set of Encyclopedia Britannica.

In the last decade Friends have gifted almost $1 million to enhance the libraries with special programs and educational entertainment, eBooks and eMagazines, science kits, ESL and world language materials, thousands of books, and much, much more - see the 2001-2014 donation list.

Raise funds

  • Membership/donations
  • Annual Book Sale
  • Year-round lobby sales at all five Plano libraries
  • Online book sales

Advocate

You can help - speak up for the library!

Prepare a short “elevator speech” that can quickly convey the importance of the library. Be aware of library events by reading the current brochure and log on to the library website (www.planolibrary.org) to see how Plano Public Library System is making a difference in the community:

  • Job search resources help people find jobs
  • Computer classes teach people new skills
  • Language learning resources help new Americans to assimilate
  • Early literacy resources and storytimes help get children “school-ready”
  • Free Internet access offers equal opportunity to the economically disadvantaged
  • After school hours provide a constructive place for teens to go
  • Programs and educational events bring families together

Call or send an email to your local elected officials in Plano to let them know that you value the library.

Call or send an email to your state elected officials to let them know that you value the library.

Attend a Plano City Council meeting and take the opportunity to publicly thank the council members for supporting the library. The Plano City Council normally meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month with Executive Session beginning at 5 p.m., immediately followed by Preliminary Open Meeting, and the Regular Meeting at 7 p.m. in the Plano Municipal Center, Council Chamber, 1520 K Ave. During the month of July, Council meeting dates are revised.

Share the library story
at community groups that you belong to, such as the PTA, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, etc.

Send a letter to the editor
of the Dallas Morning News or Plano Star Courier expressing how valuable the library is to you and the Plano community:
The Dallas Morning News – http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/getpublished.html
Plano Star Courier – moaks@acnpapers.com

Read more
about library advocacy from the American Library Association.

 

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