There are Digital Creation Spaces at two Plano Public Library locations. The Teen Digital Creation Space at Haggard Library is for teens in grades 6-12. The Digital Creation Space at Parr Library is for patrons 13 and up. All users are required to have accepted the Digital Creation Space policies on their library card application.

Both spaces come equipped with digital creation tools (cameras, drawing tablets, scanners, and more) as well as computers with Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, and more). Both libraries offer introductory classes so patrons can learn more about the tools and software in the Digital Creation Spaces, and you can become more comfortable working on digital projects.

Creative software for use at home, for free.

While it’s great to have the Adoble Creative Cloud software in the Digital Creation Space, you may want to do some creative work at home. Below you will find freeware and apps to help you get the job done on a budget!

Don’t forget that Plano Public Library makes available to you for online instruction in many of these software packages and topics.

Photo/Image Editing

  • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program):  GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems.
  • PIXLR: a web-based photo editing app for use within the Google Chrome browser.
  • Photoscape:  a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.
  • Sumopaint: Sumo Paint is an online image editor, without need to install anything to your device. It’s the most versatile photo editor and painting application that works in a browser. You can open and save images from your hard drive or save it to cloud.
  • Adobe Photoshop Express – ios/android/windows

Drawing/Image Creation

  • Inkscape: a free vector graphics application (like Adobe Illustrator), for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  • is comparable to PIXLR but vector-based. Web-based or download (Mac/Windows/Linux/Chromebook)
  • (Gravit Designer) – clean, intuitive interface. Online, Windows, Mac, Linux, Chromebook

Audio Editing

  • Audacity:  free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing,  for Windows, Mac, or Linux.
  • OcenAudio: a free audio editor for Windows, Mac, or Linux.
  • Hya-Wave: a web-based audio editor. Can’t do multiple tracks, but is good for basic editing.

Video Editing

  • OpenShot: an easy to use, quick to learn, and surprisingly powerful video editor.


DCS Intern Display

The Teen DCS interns at Haggard library have an excellent exhibit of their work from February – November, 2017 on display on the first floor of Haggard Library. Check it out!

Making Music

The DCS at our Parr location has Ableton Live Suite installed on its computers. Ableton is professional quality music production software, but can be used by beginners as well. By plugging MIDI instruments and controllers into the computer, you can use Ableton to create almost any instrument sound, control musical clips, create DJ sets, or compose music from scratch.

On November 13, 2017, at 7pm, Parr Library will offer an Ableton Basics class to get you going. You can also check out the tutorial on this page. 

Podcasting from September 23, 2017

Several times per season we teach Podcasting 101 in the Plano Public Library DCS labs. On September 23 we taught it in the Teen DCS at our Haggard Location. Participants learned about various kinds of microphones, file formats, editing software, editing techniques, and most importantly — WHAT IS A PODCAST.  They produced a short podcast clip using Adobe Audition, and uploaded the file to a free test account on

Besides podcasting, the audio recording and editing skills taught in the class can be quite useful for school projects and other hobbies.

You can play the short file here…

DCS Intern Videos

In February 2017, Haggard Library began a DCS Intern Program. Interested Teens applied via the Volunteers In Plano office, went through interviews, and were selected based on their interest in digital creativity.

For their first projects, the nine interns split into teams of three, and each team produced a video using the equipment and software available in the Teen Digital Creation Space.

iPad Stop Motion

This past summer during the week long Summer Tech Camp, we spent an afternoon doing stop motion animation with the iPads, using the Stop Motion Studio app and lots of craft materials. Here are some of the creations…

iPad Stop Motion Summer 2016



Three times per year the Digital Creation Spaces offer classes to introduce you to Adobe Creative Suite and Camtasia. These introductory classes will show you how to navigate the workspace, do some basic work, and give you the tools you need to begin your digital creation journey. While the instructors are available for one-on-one meetings, you should also check out the Tutorials page for more information on how to do basic things in Adobe Creative Suite and Camtasia!