Make a Friday Play Date with the library

SantaThe Purcell Public Library's newest activity for families with young children is its Friday Play Date, next taking place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in the Meeting Room.

This month's theme is "Christmas Fun," with crafts and activities to celebrate the upcoming holiday season.

The play dates are designed to encourage toddlers and preschool-age children to learn through play and will feature several centers, as well as a story and music. They'll be scheduled periodically throughout the winter.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Find out more about your family history with our help

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The Purcell Public Library invites local genealogy researchers to find help in providing information for members of the community tracking down their family history.

Staff will share research knowledge, as well as ideas and how-tos on the many resources available through the library in an Individual Genealogy Help session from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, in the Meeting Room of the library, to provide individual genealogy help. Registration is required in advance to have a time slot to meet.

And a session of genealogy help will go outside the doors of the library to the McClain County Historical Museum from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. The museum is at 203 W. Washington St. in downtown Purcell.

It's technology for teens at STEAM event

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The Purcell Public Library is presenting science, technology and the arts in a whole new way through an afternoon of Teen STEAM, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

It's an introduction to several of the Pioneer Library System's STEAM Power Maker Kits, including an EV3 Lego kit. There also will be several art projects available for teens. "STEAM" stands for the kits' focus on the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

Activities are for ages 12 through 18, and registration is not required in advance to attend.

Afterschool events to feature holiday crafts

Christmas byPublicDomainPicturesThe Purcell Public Library's weekly Tuesday afterschool series for children will finish up 2016 with two weeks of Come and Go Holiday Crafts, from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 6 and 13.

Elementary school-age children are invited to partake in a variety of holiday craft projects using supplies provided by the library. There also will be hot chocolate and cookies for participants while they work on their crafts.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.