Learn and grow at October's weekly story times

Child byskeezePreschool and Toddler Story Time provide stories and more for youngsters at the Purcell Public Library, with Story times set for 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday during October. Program dates are Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Each session of Preschool and Toddler Story will feature stories, rhymes, songs, games and other activities geared to toddlers and preschool-age children and their caregivers.

Registration is not required in advance to attend any of the programs.

Tuesday means fun and games

LegoQuestThe Purcell Public Library presents weekly Tuesday afterschool events throughout October from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. in its Meeting Room. Activities are for elementary school-age children and snacks will be provided at each event.

Themes and dates are:

Oct. 4 Fun and Games @ the Library, with a variety of video games, board games and card games;

Oct. 11Art Party for Kids: Paper crafts, with a variety of easy designs to make using paper;

Oct. 18We Do Legos, an afternoon of beginning Lego Robotics and basic programming;

Oct. 25Movies @ the Library, with featured shows rated either G or PG with movie titles available in advance by calling the library at 527-5546. Attendees can bring pillow or blanket if they wish;

Registration is not required to attend any of the programs.

OHAI presents series on healthy living choices

AdultLectureThe Purcell Public Library, working alongside the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative in a continuing partnership, presents the six-week series Healthier Choices, Healthier You, from 9:30 a.m. to noon beginning Thursday, Sept. 15, and running for six consecutive Thursdays at the library.

The class will provide ideas for coping with issues like pain, fatigue and inability to sleep. Instructors will share activities to help improve strength, endurance, provide ideas for exercise and promote safe use of medications.

The presentation also gives ideas for communicating effectively with family, friends and health care professionals.

The series is for ages 18 and up and registration in advance is required.

Find facts on your family's history with our help

Genealogy TreeThe precious stories and memories of family history can be expanded through genealogy research. But sometimes it's hard to know where to start, or where to look next.

The Purcell Public Library seeks to help local genealogy researchers find those answers with many resources for providing information for members of the community to track down their family history.

Staff will share research knowledge, as well as tips on the many resources available through the library in Individual Genealogy Help sessions from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 12 and 26, 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, Sept. 15. The museum is at 203 W. Washington St. in downtown Purcell.

Tai Chi series set in September, October

Tai ChiThe Purcell Public Library presents another session of its popular Tai Chi series – "Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance" – again in September and October.

The free classes will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Fridays, beginning on Sept. 7 and 9 and running weekly through Oct. 19 and 21, in the Meeting Room.

The goal of the classes is to improve participants' overall mind, body and spirit through a series of low-impact Tai Chi movements. New movements will be taught each session. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes and non-skid shoes.

The series is made possible thanks to the library's partnership with the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.

Registration is required in advance as the class size is limited.