Posted on: October 19, 2016

Halloween Adoption Special


Now through October 30, adopt a shelter dog for $40.00! Adopt a cat or kitten for $25.00!

Posted on: February 8, 2016

Bobcat Sightings in Plano

There has been increased concern with bobcat sightings in Plano. We wanted to answer some of our most frequently asked questions we receive at Animal Services about these particular animals that call Plano home.

• Bobcats have never injured a single person in Plano’s history. Even children are too big to be considered a meal as the bobcats in this area hunt only animals that are rabbit sized or smaller.

• Pets that are bigger than a rabbit are not usually at...Read on...

Posted on: February 8, 2016

Bobcats and Coyotes Sightings in Plano

• Bobcats have never injured a single person in Plano’s history. Even children are too big to be considered a meal as the bobcats in this area hunt only animals that are rabbit sized or smaller.

• Pets that are bigger than a rabbit are not usually at ...Read on...

Posted on: October 20, 2016

Plano Honors Six Food Establishments Ranked Highest in Food Safety

Selection of award finalists was based on routine inspection scores, types of food preparation processes, number of meal periods per day, and opening date of the establishment. Criteria related to routine inspections included: maintaining a score of “A”...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2016

Ways You Can Prevent Mosquito-borne Illness

We encourage you to follow the widely recommended 4 D’s:

DRAIN standing water in and around your home and neighborhood. Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water which can become a breeding location if stagnant for more than a week. If you have a pool...Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2016

2015-16 Fire Prevention Poster Winners

Congratulations to the District Winners of the Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest. You can click here to see the posters.

Please notice that the District places are noted in blue. These winning posters now move on to State Level competition at the state convention for the State Firefighters’ & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas in June. Good luck to you all! Read on...

Posted on: January 26, 2016

Plano Firefighter Exam Eligibility List - 01/21/2016

An examination for the position of firefighter was administered on January 21, 2016. The following eligibility roster is created as a result of that exam. This list shall be in effect for one year from this date unless exhausted earlier.

Plano Firefighter Exam Eligibility List

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Meet the Preservation Review


Welcome to the inaugural edition of the City of Plano Planning Department's Preservation Review quarterly newsletter. The name is a nod to The Plano Review, a newspaper established by R. J. Ridgell in 1884.

Preservation Review honors Plano's historic...Read on...

Read the Latest Issue of Preservation Review
Posted on: August 17, 2016

How Plano Got Started in Historic Preservation

What shapes Plano's identity? It's our history. In 1979, rapid population growth threatened our historic resources. That prompted Plano's forefathers to adopt a Historic Landmark Preservation Ordinance. The ordinance established the city's heritage progra...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Doing Work? Need a CA? We've Improved the Process

A CA, or Certificate of Appropriateness, is required prior to beginning any exterior improvement projects on locally-designated heritage properties or properties within the Haggard Park or Downtown Heritage Resource Districts. Over the past year, city sta...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2016

What's Your Sign? Maybe It's Time to Modify

At the request of the Downtown Plano merchants, two sign modifications to the Zoning Ordinance have been approved by City Council for the Downtown Business/Government District.

These modifications include:

  • Allowance for painted mural signs. Previous...
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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Changes Expedite CA Approvals

The effects of improved workflow for Certificates of Appropriateness (CAs) applications can be seen during the last quarter. Eighty-eight percent of CAs were approved by the Planning Department staff without requiring Heritage Commission review.

Great...Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2016

2016 Fall Programs and Classes at the Library

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Discover all the great classes and programs at the library in Engage. You may want to Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, challenge yourself to write a novel in 30 days during NaNoWriMo or learn on the go with a Launchpad.

Explore the art of book binding and creating storybook characters at the 18st AIRSpace. Vote for your favorite Elephant vs. Piggie character during October and then meet them in November. Come to a STEAM class to learn coding, robotics, 3D printing or cre...Read on...

Engage – Fall 2016
Posted on: June 13, 2016

Visit 18st AIRSpace

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The new 18st AIRSpace at Harrington Library is a place to learn, share, and create! The 18st AIRSpace provides opportunities for the community to engage with artists as they work in the AIRSpace.

We hope that these interactions will spark your creativity and that you’ll want to participate in a workshop or be spontaneous with make and take projects. The artists rotate monthly. Dates and times the artist is in residence are featured on the library...Read on...

Meet the Artists...

Posted on: January 3, 2015

Plano City News - Are You Ready for Curbside Clothing Recycling?

Oct. 11 Plano City News

Simple Recycling, Kids Night Out, Boo Bash, holiday rentals, Texas Music Series, Drug Take Back, Neighborhood Summit and more in this edition of Plano City News.

Plano City News is distributed every Tuesday to 2,250 subscribers by the City of Plano Marketing and Community Engagement Department. To receive a copy directly in your inbox, please subscribe through the link below. Thank you for your readership!Read on...

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Keep Drugs Off the Streets; Bring Them for Disposal

Fall Drug-Take Back Event

Did you know most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends? You could be a drug dealer and not even know it. Bring your unused and expired prescription medications to National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Trashing or flushing meds is not the right answer either. Drugs discarded in the trash can easily be retrieved from your cart to be resold and abused on the street. Flushing drugs contaminates our water supply. Proper disposal of old and unwanted drugs sa...Read on...

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Watch FREE Halloween-Themed Movies in October

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Bring your little pretties down to a creepy place we call Sundown Cinema at the Amphitheater at Oak Point Park. Enjoy a FREE family, friendly movie with a few of your newest friends.

Children must be supervised. Bring a cooler and make it a picnic. Leave Fido and his friends at home, only working-class service animals allowed.

These Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. Plan your October with us.
Oct. 22 - Disney's Hocus PocusOct. 29 ...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2016

Planning a Neighborhood Party?

Neighborhood Party

Long before you book the band or set the menu for your neighborhood block party, take a gander at the Block Parties in Plano webpage.

Along with learning about the rules and permits required, reserve the City's Pop-Up Party Trailer for FREE. The Party Trailer is equipped with tables, chairs, ice chests, water coolers, trash and recycling cans, cones and barricades, and party games to ma...Read on...

Posted on: October 18, 2016

Plano Christmas Market Opens Nov. 19

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The public is welcome to attend the Plano Christmas Market on Nov. 19 and 20 at Carpenter Park Recreation Center. This fun and FREE event will showcase handmade holiday gift items made of fabric, wood, ceramic, and glass. Other exhibitors will have jewel...Read on...

Posted on: August 11, 2016

North Texas Municipal Water District Construction at Arbor Hills

North Texas Municipal Water District has begun construction on the northeast corner of Arbor Hills Park and Nature Preserve. The erosive power of the water in the streams that run through the park have uncovered sanitary sewer lines and these lines must b...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Buckhorn Park Renovations

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Buckhorn Park, located at 3801 Mission Ridge Drive is currently closed for renovations. Renovations include replacing weak-wooded trees, adding a walking trail-loop to the interior of the park and installing new playground equipment. The playground area w...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2016

Plano Wins Governor’s Community Achievement Landscape Award

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The City of Plano recently won the Governor's Community Achievement Landscape Award of $310,000 for category 10 (population of 180,001+).

For more than two decades, Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the prestigious Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) to ten Texas communities with the best grassroots environmental...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2016

Plano Wins National Sustainability Award

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The National Environmental Health Association has awarded the Excellence in Sustainability Award to the City of Plano.

The NEHA is recognizing Plano for its water conservation efforts and public education campaign. A combination of pro-active tools including an online training module for proper use of irrigation systems, workshops, classes, and direct mail, resulted in s...Read on...

Posted on: October 4, 2016

Bank of America Rolls Up Their Sleeves


On Friday, September 30 six employees from one of Plano's Bank of America locations chose the Plano Animal Shelter for their volunteer day. Employees were excited to lend a hand in the kennels, help with laundry, wash many dog bowls and spend time togethe...Read on...

Posted on: October 4, 2016

Hyundai Capital Lends A Hand

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On Saturday, September 24th seven employees from Plano's Hyundai Capital office spent their morning volunteering at the Animal Shelter. Creating a team building event around service to the community is a great way to build comradery and motivate staff to ...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Capgemini Serve Plano


On Friday, September 23 staff from Capgemini selected the Plano Community Garden and the Animal Shelter for their service day. Staff members rolled up their sleeves helped provide maintenance of the garden, weeding, turning compost piles, laying mulch and...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Capital One, A Dog's Best Friend


On Friday, August 19 employees from Capital One spent the day volunteering at the Plano Animal Shelter. Corporate volunteers play a vital role in helping advocate for the shelter after they spend a day in the life of shelter staff. Groups are all smiles a...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2016

Cambria Hotel & Suites Supports Animal Shelter


On Friday, September 9th staff from Cambria Hotel & Suites Plano rolled up their sleeves and spent the day volunteering at the Plano Animal Shelter. 9 Cambria employees enjoyed a day of service helping the shelter maintain a clean facility, provide se...Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2016

Frisco Roughriders lend a hand at Animal Shelter

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On Sunday, August 21 staff from the Frisco Roughriders donated a morning of service to the Plano Animal Shelter. They spent time helping with cleaning and maintenance of the facility which improves the customer experience and provides a safe environment f...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

Mi Cocina Helps Clean and Oranize Senior Center Kitchen


Thank you to Mi Cocina Bent Tree for helping out at the Senior Center! The group spent a morning cleaning and organizing the Gazebo Cafe kitchen.

Posted on: May 25, 2016

Intel Security Braves Rain to Volunteer at Arbor Hills


Despite the rainy weather, 35 Intel Security volunteers came out to Arbor Hills on May 19 to perform a day of service. Dressed in coats, ponchos, and boots, the volunteers pulled invasive plants that were encroaching on the park's shrubs and grasses. Thi...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2016

Add VIP Event Alerts to Your Volunteer Calendar

Enjoy trying different volunteer roles? Like knowing what’s going on in Plano? Have an organization or corporate group looking for team-building opportunities? Sign up to be a special event volunteer today!

VIP Event Alerts are sent by email several ti...Read on...

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Bank of America Volunteers Plant Seedlings for Parks Department


A big thank you goes out to the 10 Bank of America volunteers who planted 100 trees in the Russell Creek greenbelt for the Plano Parks Department.

Posted on: October 30, 2015

Senior Center Volunteers Go Above and Beyond

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Volunteers were praised for going "Above and Beyond" to serve patrons at the Plano Senior Recreation Center's recognition event in October. Pictured left to right are Council Members David Downs and Angela Miner, Mary Jo Dolen, Darcy Koss, Bonni...Read on...

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Plano infoLINKS: A Librarian-Curated Guide To Local Resources


InfoLINKS streamlines your search with an easy-to-access directory of useful Internet links for all your information needs.

Librarians compiled hundreds of resource links into 10 easy categories: Business, Consumer, Government, Health, Law, Local, Olde...more

Posted on: October 5, 2016

WANTED: Time Travelers

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Meet your past and get acquainted with your family tree at the 6th Annual Genealogy Lock-In from Noon to 11 p.m. on Friday, October 21 at Haggard Library. With one-on-one assistance, eight webinars from libraries across Texas and live classes, you'll find...more

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Did You Know?


If you have a Plano library card, then you have FREE access to online resume/cover letter evaluations and online tutoring from Use your card to create a personal account to get started.

> Resumes & Cover Letter Evaluation Submit your res...more

Posted on: October 5, 2016

A Familiar Face, A New Library Director


Libby Holtmann, a longtime Plano resident, was recently promoted to Director of Libraries. She is focused on delivering service excellence from Plano's nationally-recognized, award-winning library system. "We see the library as a partner in the educa...more

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Calling All Hindi Speakers


Do you long to read books in Hindi? Do you seek to teach your child the language? Are the festivals in India an experience you want to recreate and share with your children? The Plano libraries bring India to Texas!

> Experience India! Diwali at Hag...more

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Ready, Set, NaNoWriMo!


November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and Parr Library is ready to celebrate. Participants start writing their novels on November 1 and have until 11:59 p.m. on November 30 to complete 50,000 words.

Parr Library offers three fun-filled ...more

Posted on: August 31, 2016

Hoping For Harvard? Pining For Princeton? Yearning For Yale?


The Plano Library offers FREE resources to support better standardized test scores, which means a better chance to gain acceptance into your preferred university.

Opportunities to practice both the SAT and ACT tests are offered this fall. Register onli...more

Posted on: August 31, 2016

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten


Reading is an important part of every child's growth and development. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an initiative designed to promote reading to young children and encourage parent and child bonding through reading.

The goal is to read 1,000 book...more

Check out this program on page 4 of Engage.
Posted on: August 31, 2016

Don't Miss It: 18st AIRSpace, History of Books Workshop Series

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Get creative in the 18st AIRSpace at Harrington Library with the History of Books workshop series featuring artist Sheila Cunningham.

> Create a Scroll Book and add a treasure map which guides readers to hidden treasure.

> Learn to construct ...more

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Posted on: August 31, 2016

Making Sense Of Sensory Storytime


Matthew is a four-year-old boy who would rather dive behind a couch than make eye contact with a new person. Bright lights and loud noises get him really agitated, so taking him to his older brother's soccer game can upset him. For Matthew, singing along ...more

For more information, check out KidsBrain.
Posted on: August 31, 2016

Inspire Your Reluctant {Mad} Scientist


With your Plano library card number, free science databases are just a click away and offer better support than a Google search. Library databases get information from professionals or experts. They're updated frequently and include dates of publication. ...more

Posted on: August 31, 2016

Argh, It's Mango!


Avast, me hearties! Can you talk like a PIRATE? Parley in the language of seafaring swashbucklers with Mango's hand-crafted Pirate course. Use Mango Languages and enjoy plenty of time to practice your Pirate speak before International Talk Like A Pirate D...more

Posted on: August 2, 2016

Full STEAM Ahead

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STEAM Kits (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) are a fun way for your family to explore and experiment at home. More than 50 different topics provide opportunities for hands-on learning. (See one in action!)

You can build a suspension brid...more

Posted on: August 2, 2016

Launchpads For Brain Gain


Launchpads are preloaded tablets featuring high quality learning apps. The programs are age appropriate, have no in-app purchasing options and don't require Wi-Fi. Children's topics include the ABCs, math, music, science, art and more.

The librari...more

Posted on: August 2, 2016

Secrets Of Storytime


Reading is essential for school success, but what are the best ways to help children learn? Most parents are surprised to discover the best ways to support a child's success in reading are through listening, talking, singing, writing and playing. During ...more

Posted on: August 2, 2016 Improving Life One Class At A Time


Simply set up a profile, create a playlist of the classes which interest you, then learn online at your own pace.

There are thousands of classes to choose from, including: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; QuickBooks; SharePoint; and Adobe InDesig...more