Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with events

The Purcell Public Library continues its longtime community tradition of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in September and October, but this year is expanding the festivities from a one-night festival to four separate Thursday evening activities.

The events commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, which has been celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15 every year since 1988.

The schedule features:

Comida y Musica: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 – It’s a night of food and music with up-beat tunes and a variety of food vendors selling Hispanic favorites;

Noche de Pelicula y Arte: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 – It’s a family-friendly movie presentation that also will include themed crafts;

Cocina Festiva: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 – This interactive cooking program will help attendees make foods using an InstaPot or air fryer. All ingredients and appliances will be provided.

Espectaculo de Luces: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10Inspyral Circus will bring its glow show to the library for a Day of the Dead-themed presentation;

All ages are invited to each event, and no advance registration is required to attend.

Today is a great one at the library!

The Purcell Public Library houses thousands of books and perhaps even more stories of ways its services have helped members of the community over the years.

The library began service to the community in the early 1900s with various sites in use, including time as a Bookmobile stop in the early 1960s. The library moved into its current location at the Purcell Human Resources Center in May of 1978.

A feature in the library is its space and programming time dedicated to those interested in family history research. The library hosts Genealogy Help sessions at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, as well as a monthly presentation of Genealogy Help at the McClain County Historical Museum, 203 W. Washington St. The next session of the museum event will be 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

Children also have a special place at the library, both through their colorful and active dedicated space in the facility and a variety of programs. These include the weekly STEAM Preschool and Toddler Story Time, which takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. Children and families get to experience stories, rhymes and activities to engage with technology. Make sure to be here Tuesday, Sept. 10, when the Pioneer Library System’s Maker Mobile visits for a special program.

Teens can check into the “Teen Lounge” at 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday of the week, and also are invited to join their parents or caregivers for a look ahead to their future in the program “Are You Ready for College?” at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28.

There is plenty more going on, too. Find out about everything taking place this month in Purcell through the online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar inside the library.

Improve balance with Tai Chi series

The Purcell Public Library will begin a series of “Tai Chi for Better Balance” classes for adults at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the library.

Attendees will learn movements of Tai Chi in an effort to help reduce stress and increase balance and flexibility. The program is designed for people of all levels of mobility and can be performed either standing or sitting. Eight positions will be taught and built upon during the classes.

The series will continue at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays for 12 sessions, through Thursday, Oct. 17.

Space is limited so advance registration is required to attend.

Move genealogy research forward with the library’s help

Family TreeThe Purcell Public Library is helping families fill in the gaps in their family tree through its continuing series of Genealogy activities and the resources featured within the library and the Pioneer Library System.

The library offers a weekly Genealogy Help session from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays during September. An experienced genealogist will be available to answer any questions about family tree issues and resources for research.

And a similar version of the Genealogy Help will be offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the McClain County Historical Museum, 203 W. Washington St.

Ages 18 and up are invited to attend any of the programs, and no advance registration is required.