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.