Have you taken your kids to a Plano Library recently?  We have awesome library branches here in Plano.  I finally took my husband last weekend and I had a hard time getting him to leave.  Besides being a FREE (ok, so you’re paying for it via taxes) place to get books, magazines, music and movies, why is the library so great?  Here are a few highlights:

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In addition to borrowing books, CDs and DVDs you can also borrow science kits (ages 5+) from the Haggard Library.  They recommend you request them in advance, as sometimes there is a waiting list.  Just go to the online catalog and type “science kit” in as your search term.  You can read about the kits and see photos on this PDF.

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In addition to storytimes, crafts and puppet shows there are Lego workshops (including Mindstorms), science programs, podcasting/video tools and programming workshops.  Events are age-specific and range from babies to teens, plus family event.  Some events require registration, which opens up online two weeks before the event.  Visit their website and click on Events Brochure for current info.

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You can buy books, magazines and more for $3 0r less, and you can donate your gently used books, magazines, CDs and DVDs as well.

You can check out and return items to any library, and you can use the online catalog to reserve an item and have it sent to a specific library.

There is a library app where you can search their catalog, request books, check events and more.  It’s available on several phones.

Lastly, the video screen book return at the Parr Library is so cool my kids could have entertained themselves for hours by “returning” as many items as they could put in the slot!

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So go get a library card (or dust yours off)!  There are 4 branches, all about the same size with similar collections.  Pick one, grab your kids and go!