Friends of the Plano Public Library

Friends of the Plano Public Library Friends of the Plano Public Library is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to supporting the libraries in Plano, Texas 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, Texas 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! 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. We also raise funds through memberships and donations, our Annual Book Sale, the year-round lobby sales at all five Plano libraries, and online book sales.

Operating as usual

A Mighty Girl

A Mighty Girl

"A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone." -- Jo Goodwin

For this week's Banned Books Week​, we're honoring an author who has spent decades fighting against censorship: Judy Blume. As she once observed: "It's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.”

For two inspiring books about girls fighting against censorship in schools - both for ages 9 to 12 - we highly recommend "Property of the Rebel Librarian" ( and "Ban This Book" (

For a thought-provoking young adult novel exploring censorship, we recommend "Suggested Reading" for ages 14 and up at

For two excellent books about Mighty Girls who find hope by reading forbidden books - both for ages 12 and up - we recommend "Voices" ( and "The Book Thief" (

For stories about girls living in oppressive societies with little respect for freedom of expression, you can find many titles for children and teens in our "Oppression & Repression" book section at

And, for Mighty Girl stories that pay tribute to the transformative power of books, check out our blog post "Celebrating a Love of Reading: 35 Mighty Girl Stories about Books, Libraries, and Literacy" at

Bulk borrowing!

Bulk borrowing!

New at Plano Public Library: Book Bundles!

Discover new series, new authors and great reads with a set of preselected titles. Book Bundles are chosen to provide variety based on reading level.

Picking up your Book Bundle is easy:
1. Call the library when you arrive
2. Let us know the reading level you are interested in
3. We’ll place the bundle in the holds pickup area

See our website for details:

BREAKING NEWS The Friends of the Plano Public Library have announced the cancellation of the 2020 Book Sale, citing the ...
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BREAKING NEWS The Friends of the Plano Public Library have announced the cancellation of the 2020 Book Sale, citing the health and safety of shoppers and volunteers.

“We’re very disappointed to have to cancel this popular event, but our first priority is the health and safety of our shoppers as well as the volunteers who set up and service the sale,” said Scott Johnson, President of the Friends. “We anticipate the pandemic will be safely under control in time for the Book Sale in 2021.”

The annual sale, which was scheduled for the last weekend of July, represents the largest fundraiser for the volunteer organization, providing a significant portion of the up to $150,000 the Friends contribute each year for Plano Public Library programs, acquisitions, professional staff development and outreach activities. Since the group’s founding, the Friends’ contributions have totaled more than $2 million to the Plano Library. Proceeds from the 2019 sale enabled the Friends organization to contribute $127,000 to 2020 programs. As the largest such sale in the suburban Dallas area, the Book Sale in Plano has drawn hundreds of book lovers, teachers and used book resellers from throughout north Texas to the Plano Event Center each year.

One of the most visible signs of the Friends’ contributions is the #morethanbooks Library Outreach Van, paid for by money raised by the Friends in 2018. The popular blue van is a fixture at festivals and other gatherings in Plano. Other contributions have included the popular STEAM kits that were initially funded by the Friends. Most recently, the Friends funded a pilot of the Library’s e-newspapers program, providing greater access to news from around the country for patrons of the Plano Public Library.

Once the library re-opens its buildings to patrons, the Friends encourage donations of used books that will allow the group to resume used book sales in Library lobbies, another key source of fundraising for the organization. (Currently, the Plano library buildings are not open; access to materials is provided through online reservations and curbside pickup. Electronic lending of eBooks, audio books, magazines and newspapers is continuing through the Library’s app and website.)

The Friends of the Plano Public Library is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to supporting the libraries in Plano. Anyone may purchase a membership online at or at the sale. Yearly memberships are $25 for individuals and $40 for families. (Higher membership levels, with additional benefits, are available for those who’d like to donate more.)

Plano Public Library

Plano Public Library

Due to library closure over the last several weeks, the in-person 2020 Bookmark Contest Art Celebration was not held. We've been working diligently to make this celebration virtual for 2020!

A special Awards Announcement will be made on the Plano Public Library page at 7 pm on Thursday, May 21. Please join us on Facebook at that time to celebrate the 2020 Bookmark Contest winners, with a word from Mayor Pro Tem Rick Smith and Friends President Scott Johnson.

A special thanks to Friends of the Plano Public Library for sponsoring the contest. We look forward to sharing the winners and their artwork with everyone!

Plano Public Library
Plano Public Library

Plano Public Library

Plano Public Library COVID-19 Update: April 29, 2020
To help contain the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 within our community, all library facilities are currently closed.

- Starting May 4th at 9 a.m. book drops will reopen for item return and holds pick up service will resume porch side.

- Items currently on hold will need to be picked up by May 18.

- Items currently checked out will be due starting the week of June 1; please check your account for due dates.

Currently, access to digital resources is provided even if your account has overdue items:

Visit for the latest information.

Plano Public Library

Plano Public Library

*Please read for a change in service while the library is closed*

March 26, 2020 COVID-19 Update:

To help contain the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 within our community, all Plano Public Library facilities are closed through April 27, at which time the closure will be reassessed.

Bookdrops will close on Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m. – please keep books and materials you have checked out until we reopen. Any items you have checked out will not be due while the library is closed. Access to digital resources will be provided even if your account has overdue items:

Holds may be placed until Friday, March 20 at 6 p.m. and must be picked up by 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. After that time, items already on hold will stay on our shelves and your place in line remains. Procedures for picking up your hold are online here:

Remember, you can still place items on Hold and pick them up when ready at the Plano library.  Just call the library whe...

Remember, you can still place items on Hold and pick them up when ready at the Plano library. Just call the library when you arrive and ask to have your books left at the front door.

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Plano Public Library

Plano Public Library

Thanks to all who joined us for a Facebook Live Storytime this morning! We will continue reaching you on Facebook Live while closed with storytime and other family learning activities. Be sure to follow Plano Public Library to receive a notification when we go live so you won't miss a learning opportunity with your local library:

Mon • Wed • Fri at 11 a.m.
Preschool Storytime

Tue • Thu at 11 a.m.
Rhyme Time

Monday - Friday at 2 p.m.
Family Learning Fun

As a reminder, you can still place and pick up holds from our five locations. See our website for details:

Good info here on services still available - including holds and pickup - during the time while the libraries are closed...

Good info here on services still available - including holds and pickup - during the time while the libraries are closed.

3/20/2020 UPDATE: Holds may be placed until Friday, 3/20 at 6 p.m. and must be picked up by 5 p.m. on Saturday, 3/21. Bookdrops will close on Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m. See our website for details:

We have received a few questions from our community regarding what services are available while the library is closed. For all city service and COVID-19 questions and updates, please see the City of Plano, Texas Government page.

Q: Will items I’ve checked out from the library be due while the library is closed?
A: Library items will not be due at this time. Physical items are now set to check out for 30 days. Items previously checked out will not be due until the first week of May.

Q: Will the digital library still be available?
A: Yes, all online resources are still available to library card holders, such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, video streaming, newspapers and magazines, and the plethora of online databases. See the eBooks & More page for a list of eLibrary content ( and the Research and Learn page for databases (

Q: Can we return items to the library?
A: 3/20/20 Update - As of 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 you will not be able to return items to the library. Please keep items at home until this service is restored. Items will not be due while the library is closed.

Q: Can we pick up holds from the library?
A: 3/20/20 Update - You can place a hold through 6 p.m. on Friday, March 20 and must pick it up at the library by 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. All holds not picked up will remain on the shelves until the library resumes service:

1. Place items on hold online as you would normally in the library catalog:

2. Wait for notification that holds are ready for pickup (normal email or phone notification)

3. Please consider bringing a bag or other means to carry items to your car if you have multiple holds

4. Drive to the library you designated for pickup. Call the library’s main number and notify staff you are outside – only call when you have arrived

5. Provide your library card number or driver’s license number

6. Up to 20 items will be retrieved from the hold shelf for you

7. Staff will check out items currently on hold and place in the designated area just outside the library entrance, marked with your name. Please wait until items have been placed in the designated area to approach for pickup.

The Plano Public Library closes starting today at 5 p.m. until March 27.  Details below. Note: online content WILL be av...

The Plano Public Library closes starting today at 5 p.m. until March 27. Details below. Note: online content WILL be available during the closure.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Update: March 16, 2020 – 10:30 a.m.

Plano joins Neighbor Cities & Collin County in Declaring Public Health Emergency

The City of Plano today declared a local state of disaster for public health emergency. Extraordinary changes are required in City operations to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 within our community.

The following changes will go into effect at the end of business today (5:00 P.M.):
• The City of Plano will activate the Emergency Operations Center and will operate during normal business hours.

• All Parks and Recreation facilities are closed until March 27th at which time the closure will be re-assessed.

• All Library facilities are closed until March 27th at which time the closure will be reassessed.

• All City Board and Commission meetings, with the exception of Plano City Council, Planning and Zoning and any other meeting required by law, will be postponed until their normal May meeting.

• All sports leagues utilizing City of Plano fields/facilities will be suspended through March 27th for practice and play at which time the closure will be reassessed.

• All citizens are encouraged to watch City Council meetings online and submit comments of public interest or comments on agenda items electronically to the City of Plano City Secretary Lisa Henderson at [email protected].

• All meetings at the Plano Event Center, Special Events, and Facility rentals will be offered refunds of deposit and/or fees for events.

Collin County, along with our neighboring Cities of Allen, Frisco and McKinney are expected to make similar public health emergency declarations today. “This is an important declaration for a serious and changing situation,” said Plano City Manager Mark Israelson. “Plano, our neighboring cities and Collin County all recognize the importance of prudent and proactive actions at this time. We need all citizens and businesses to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

The City will be posting regular daily updates on all social channels and on the City’s dedicated COVID-19 website:

Plano Public Library
Plano Public Library

Plano Public Library

We are aware of an issue with the main search bar on our website. EBSCO is looking into the problem, and will hopefully have it back up and running soon. We appreciate your patience!

If you need to find an item in our collection, head to our catalog here:

If you need an article or database search, head to the Research & Learn page for the full list of available resources, free with your library card:

You can always reach out to our library staff - in person, over the phone, or online - for assistance. Use our Ask-a-Librarian form here to get reference assistance:

Honk if this was your idea of fun when you were a kid.

Honk if this was your idea of fun when you were a kid.

😍 Looks like some magic happening at the library

Plano Public Library

Plano Public Library

Rise and (Sun)shine! This morning your Plano Public Library Director Libby Holtmann and the Outreach team presented all about library services and resources to the Plano Sunshine Rotary Club. They learned about language learning resources like Bilingual Backpacks and Pronunciator; digital newspapers and magazines; the Genealogy Center and Digital Creation Spaces, and more.

Want the library to come to your Rotary, HOA, PTA or other meeting/event? Fill out our request form online:

Santa Monica Public Library
Santa Monica Public Library

Santa Monica Public Library

"Go to a library" tops the list of most common cultural activities engaged in by Americans, regardless of region, income, gender or age!

Q. Who visits libraries on vacation?

Q. Who visits libraries on vacation?

Santa Monica Public Library
Santa Monica Public Library

Santa Monica Public Library

Two grad students came up with a plan to preserve the rich history stored in the library's card catalog. "The scale is staggering, Lemley said; if they stacked the cards in a single pile, it would stretch more than a mile high." Anyone else love the old card catalogs?

Sharpen your pencils, folks!

Sharpen your pencils, folks!

It’s time to exercise your art skills during our annual Bookmark Contest, sponsored by Friends of the Plano Public Library. What design will you create? The contest runs through Saturday, February 15, 2020. All entries must be received by 6 pm on February 15 to be considered. Stop by an of our five locations to pick up an entry form. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

Read more about the contest rules, award ceremony and download a copy of the entry form on our blog:

Santa Monica Public Library
Santa Monica Public Library

Santa Monica Public Library

"Many of the elements that still make it feel like a theater are in place. Rather than sitting and enjoying a movie, however, you get to sit and enjoy a good book." Do you visit libraries and bookstores when you travel?

Contemplative Monk

Contemplative Monk


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I have another manuscript to be published , same Interesting story " The Once Powerful Talai Clan- A Trail of Tears". I need a publisher to publish the book.
On 4.8.2014, I assisted Mr. Alex Dyzenhous from the University of Oxford U.K , doing his degree thesis on African Political Science to give him Talai history & Challenges/ plight from pre , during & post colonial periods in Kenya. He really appreciated my assistance.
BBC interview of my father; "
Statement to BBC by one of the Historical Injustices who happens to be my father; "Brief Statement of my father a Gwassi Survivor STATEMENT 1. Name… Kibore Cheruiyot Ngasura 2. Date of birth….1924 3. I/D No..3867863 4. Clan…Talai 5. Village- Tugunon, Kipkelion 6. Tribe- Kipsigis/Kalenjin 7. Location- Kapseger 8. County- Kericho. -Where was your original home? Kimigik in Ainamoi -What is your current residence? Tugunon in Kipkelion -When was the eviction done? 1934 -Who carried the evictions? The Colonial administrators thro’ chiefs and their askaries known as Chepkusio or Kimanyata. -What happened during the evictions? Everything was chaotic, we were asked to move first to Kiptere, then later to Gwassi in 1934. -Can you describe what happened? The askaries and the chiefs visited Talai homes asked them to move immediately to Kiptere, those who refused were beaten up, some women were raped by the askaries. Reaching Kiptere we settled temporarily according to families, women and girls used to sleep in one house. The same askaries would come at night and rape our mothers. Some had miscarriages. -When being rounded up were you informed through writing or any other form that you will be moved? No, if they had done that some Talai would have escaped to other areas. -Did your people resist the eviction? No -Were lives threatened by the persons carrying out the evictions? Yes the askaries and chief threatened us saying that if we disobeyed their orders they would kill us. -Did you resist the orders? No. -Were there properties that were destroyed? Yes, like our millet, grains, calabashes, etc. -Were those facing evictions forced to abandon their homestead and belongings? Yes, we left our houses, food stores, some animals and other properties. -Were your abandoned properties protected? No -Do you have any written evidence ,testimonies, or information on the eviction? No documents but I saw everything, I experienced. - Did you have leaders and what happened to them? Yes we had, they were arrested and jailed. -What was the reason of your eviction? They said that Talai were big headed, they practiced witchcraft, they led the cattle raids and so many other bad things about us. -Were those true? No, the real reason they arrested our leaders & banished us all to Gwassi was because our leaders resisted the colonialists & their administration , in fact when we got to Gwassi, people there never complained of all those in fact they came to like us very much. Even when we came back some wanted us to stay. -How was Gwassi? Life was terrible, people died, animals died, there were a lot of screaming everyday because children/ someone had died and so on. -Did you get married there? No, after we (youths) protested we (45) were brought back to Kericho, a detention camp (Sigenge). Later we married and whenever one wanted to marry he was escorted by an armed askari to the place of the wedding. I was one of those who was escorted I got married in 1946.I worked for the Kericho magistrate Mr.Reade from 1947- 1952 as a houseboy cm cook.I wish I could meet his Children who are of the same age as my eldest children. Mr.Reade was a good "Bwana" (Sir). -How were you settled, were you given land? No, we were just asked to settle temporarily at Kericho Town, we were promised land at Kibulgeny, up to now we have not been given. -Does the State/County government monitor your situation?.. No, it is only recently that the Governor Mr. Paul Chepkwony (Timbiluet) came in to assist us to take our issue to the British govt. -Do you think the court will assist you? Yes, we know justice will be done to us. -What do you require the British govt to do to you?- We require them to compensate us for the losses we have suffered from 1934 until now, we require them to assist to educate our children, we require them to assist us to develop land if our governments (National & County) will give us, to construct roads, put up water system, electricity, hospitals and a home for the aged like me. -What else do you want them to do to you? We require them to Apologize and once they have done all that we will forgive them and forget of the past and shake our hands with them. - How soon do you want the compensation? As soon as possible, I need the compensation before I die. -Are there anymore eviction taking place for you and your people?..Yes, some of those who lived at Soin, their houses have been burnt.
Some foreign media institutions like the BBC, The Guardian, etc, who are covering the Talai vs British govt compensation case have said that the Talai book is a good material for a nonfiction action movie. David Ngasura Tuei- Eml:- [email protected] Phone:+254 722 619 901 ( Also WhatsApp No.)
The Foreward to the book was written by Grace Sullivan from Ireland who interviewed the historical Injustices Talai victims in 2015 in Kericho, Kenya.
I have stories of the Obamas in the book - Hussein Onyango Obama & former President Obama. How Laibon Kiboin arap Sitonik (Omuga) - a Talai prophet detained by the British colonial government of Kenya, blessed Hussein Onyango Obama from Kendu Bay in 1947 while at the Mfangano island in Lake Victoria ,that " for the whites to know that I am powerful, a child from your blood will rule the white men in future". President Obama confirmed the incident when he was in Kenya in 2015. While he addressed people at the Kasarani Stadium , Daily Newspaper on Tuesday 28/7/2015 reported with the heading " A BETTER HISTORY: Barak Obama"; ..President Obama said that his grandfather was in King's African Rifles during the second world war and was taken to the far reaches of the British Empire - all the way to Burma.And back home after the war, he was eventually, detained for a time because he was linked to a group that opposed British rule. And eventually be released..." - Ref; The Kipsigis Talai book page 106.
I'm so excited because my book was just nominated for the 2020 Readers Choice Awards contest by TCK Publishing! The book is under the (General Nonfiction Category)- "The Kipsigis Talai - Tragedy, Tribulation and Triumph of a Community in Kenya". Please vote for it at You can find the book in the Amazon link; " David Ngasura Tuei Eml- [email protected]
Kudos to the Plano Public Library staff. What an innovative and awesome event they organized - New Years countdown and activity party for kids and families. Kids to get to enjoy and have their own bubble machine countdown. Love our city and our library.
The amazing library staff that made it happen.