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Money Smart Week events at Plano Public Library

April 19, 2018

Money Smart Week is a national initiative held from April 21-28, 2018, and is a partnership between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to provide financial literacy programming to help members of your community better manage their personal finances. Libraries of all types participate, providing programming for all ages and all stages of life on topics such as: basic budgeting, managing debt, and how to prevent identity theft, to name a few.

The Plano Public Library is joining in by hosting events next week in English and Spanish. The events are part of a larger exploration being held throughout Spring and Summer of 2018 called “Thinking Money: A Financial Expedition.”

Thinking Money: The Art of Money
April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Haggard Library
Get ready for money making mania as we explore what money looks like around the world and then create our own currency designs. Who will you put on your dollar bills?
– All ages

Thinking Money: Las cuatro “C’s” del Credito
April 26, 2018, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Harrington Library
En este programa hablaremos sobre las “C” del credito. Cuales son y como le afectan. Tambien hablaremos sobre el report de credito. Consejos pare aumentar su puntacion. Presentado por Transformance, un servicio de educación financier y gestión de deudas sin fines de lucro.
– Adultos

Thinking Money: Art Shop
April 28, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Haggard Library
What can you create with $5.00? Browse our art shop for supplies to make your masterpiece! With play money received at the store entrance, purchase paper, markers, glue, and scissors, and perhaps even some specialty supplies to make your work of art spectacular. Spend however you like, but budget wisely.
– All ages

Thinking Money: Kick Off Celebration
May 21, 2018, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Haggard Library
Celebrate the opening of Thinking Money at the Haggard Library. Thinking Money is a museum quality traveling exhibition with an adventure themed storyline, interactive iPad content, and other fun, hands-on activities that let you explore the exhibit. Visit the exhibit and participate in some make-and-take money learning activities.
– All ages

More “Thinking Money” events can be found on the Spring Plano Library Engage brochure (link) on pages 4-5.

The events are made possible in thanks to a grant from FINRA Investor Education Foundation and American Library Association whose support made this exhibition possible.

3D Printing for Your Prototype at Plano Library

April 12, 2018

In John Brandon’s article “How to Join the 3-D-Printing Revolution Today” (link to article) from Inc. magazine, he says, “If you think 3-D printing doesn’t affect your business–think again. Entrepreneurs are already using it to manufacture almost anything you can imagine: toys, clothes, candy, prosthetic body parts–even cars and houses. The basics of so-called additive manufacturing have been around for decades: Machines ranging in size from large floor installations to office accessories spit out layers upon layers of plastic, molded into prototypes, components, or full products.”

The following steps are detailed in the article helping any entrepreneur go from designing a prototype to producing the final product. The Plano Public Library can be central to that process.

The Basics of 3-D Printing

Step 1. Design – Prototypes are increasingly popular, because they allow customers to test and order their ideal products.

Step 2. Upload – In order to design your prototype use free 3D design programs like Sculptris, or Tinkercad.

* Learn the software at one of our classes at the Davis Library this spring. There is a class Saturday April 21 at 10 am. *

Step 3. Print – Print at the Davis Library. Objects are printed in PLA or ABS thermoplastic in a single color with 3D Systems CubePro 3D printer or PolyPrinter. Size limit is 9”x9”x9” and cost is $.20/gram.

Step 4. Prep – You might have to sand or polish.

Step 5. Enjoy – You’ve got your prototype!


Go further at the Plano Public Library! Learn more about 3D printing at the library with classes, books, or the online library service


April 21 at 10 am at Davis Library

7501-B Independence Pkwy



Koch, Melissa. 3d Printing: The Revolution in Personalized Manufacturing. 2018 (link)
Horvath, Joan C. Mastering 3d Printing: [modeling, Printing and Prototyping with Reprap-Style 3d Printers]. 2014 (link) classes:

Learning 3D Printing (link)

This course draws a roadmap for getting started with 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing), from choosing a printer to learning about 3D modeling.

Rapid Prototyping for Product Design (link)

This course gives a solid understanding of the available prototyping processes, and knowledge of the machinery and tools to bring your product through the prototyping stage and into the real world.