Art in the Library

Art in the Library

Art in the Library
ART in the Library on Exhibit


Plano Public Library supports art in the community by displaying artists’ work in each of the five libraries. We recognize that art in public places contributes to the life and vitality of our community and hope that you will visit the libraries and see what is on display. On Exhibit 
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Spotlight Art at Plano Public Library
Spotlight Art

Spotlight Art features artist demonstrations and artist-led workshops at all five libraries. The hands-on, interactive time with visiting artists allows people across the city to experience art at the library. More info
100 Art Resources - Plano Public Library

100 Art Resources

Plano Public Library has created a list of 100 art resources that you can access from home with your library card. This showcase of art resources includes Lynda.com courses, eMagazines, Great Courses, eBooks, movies, Plano Public Library YouTube videos and more


Exhibiting Art in the Library
Exhibiting at the Library


Artists should contact the exhibit coordinator at the library where they would like to display their work. More info
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2020 Bookmark Contest Winners see who won

2020 Bookmark Contest Winners

See who won the 2020 Bookmark Contest in each of the five divisions, watch the virtual celebration and download the winners’ poster. Get our list of 100 Art Resources you can access from home with your library card. A special thanks to the Friends of the Plano Public Library for sponsoring the contest. More info

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Virtual Field Trips

Ready to travel? To virtually explore the world? Join us on our virtual field trips
 Virtual Field Trips - Machu Picchu with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan citadel. Now a World Heritage site, people from around the world can visit and walk through the ruins

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Machu Picchu. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of Machu Picchu
 Virtual Field Trips - Van Gogh Museum with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Van Gogh Museum

The museum dedicated to the famous Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh features many of his works and works of his contemporaries

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Van Gogh Museum. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the Van Gogh Museum
 Virtual Field Trip - Dallas Arboretum with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum is a local treasure. With many beautiful gardens, fountains, and seasonal displays, the botanical garden is worth a visit

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Dallas Arboretum. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the Dallas Arboretum
Virtual Field Trip - Grand Canyon with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is considered “to be the most extensive and impressive erosional canyon on the earth. With an average depth of more than 1,675 meters below the North Rim (1,375 meters below the South Rim) and a length of 350 kilometers, Grand Canyon is a feature that is readily identified even from outer space.” (Grand Canyon. By: Best, David M., Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science, 2017)

Use our EBSCO Discovery Service search box on the main library website to read more about the history and features of the Grand Canyon. This includes a Research Starter and links to various library resources which reference the Grand Canyon

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Grand Canyon. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the site
Virtual Field Trip - Vatican Museum with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Vatican Museum

“The Vatican, the Museum of Museums”, which conserve the immense collection of art amassed by the popes from the seventeenth century onwards

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Follow this link to the Vatican Museum’s virtual tours
  2. Click on each part of the museum and explore. Use the arrows to move around the museum
Virtual Field Trip - Palace of Versailles with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is a large, extravagant palace in France. The palace housed members of the aristocracy for many years, but today it is home to a vast collection of art and a museum of French history. Versailles came to symbolize the excess and wealth of the monarchy during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. (Palace of Versailles Research Starter by Reed Kalso, Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2019)

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Google Palace of Versailles. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the Palace and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore the museum
  4. When there is a blue dot, click that to find more information on the painting
  5. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the palace grounds
Virtual Field Trip - Ashikaga Flower Park with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - Ashikaga Flower Park

The Ashikaga Flower Park is, according to TripAdvisor, “the largest wisteria garden in Japan with over 350 wisteria trees in a park of 94,000 m²”

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Google Ashikaga Flower Park. Click on the Map view
  2. Zoom in close to the park and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop
  3. Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore the park. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the palace grounds

Virtual Field Trip - British Museum with Plano Public Library

Virtual Field Trip - British Museum

The British Museum, located in London, England was founded in 1753. With 8 million objects, the museum’s artifacts come from all parts of the world and all parts of history

To follow along on this Virtual Field Trip, you will need a computer, Internet and use Google Maps - Street View
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Detailed step-by-step instructions, additional activities and library resources for this Virtual Field Trip are available on the Plano Library Learns blog

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. In Google, search for the British Museum
  2. Click on the Map view
  3. I’m going to zoom in to the museum by scrolling my mouse wheel or you can use the zoom tools on the bottom right. I want a nice close look into the Museum
  4. Now, let’s grab our street view friend by using the orange fellow on the bottom right. Click and drag the orange guy to the Hallway of Enlightenment. Look! We are inside. How cool!
  5. To explore, click on the arrows to walk forward and click on the x’s to stop and take a look at an artifact
  6. If you see a blue dot, click on it to find out more information about the artifact 
  7. Now, if you are ready to explore another part of the museum or stuck, click on the arrow in the black box at the top left
  8. Find another spot in the museum to drop the orange fellow and continue to explore