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All PLS Libraries will be closed Monday, October 12 for a Staff Training Day.
We look forward to seeing you during normal hours of operation on Tuesday, October 13.


Pumpkins, Legos and more coming to the library for Fall Break

pumpkinThe Purcell Public Library invites local students to spend part of their Fall Break at the library with two afternoon activities during the break from school!

At 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, the library hosts a Pumpkin Decorating event that’s just like it sounds. The library will provide the pumpkins and art supplies and children up to age 11 will supply the creativity to decorate them! This is a come-and-go event running until 4 p.m.

At 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, it’s a different sort of creativity with the WeDO Legos program. Children up to age 11 will use a variety of Lego sets provided by the library to build and create masterpieces! 

The Lego kits have been provided to the library thanks to funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

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


Come to a Fun Story Time on Tuesday mornings

story timePreschool and Toddler Story Time brings fun and stories into the Purcell Public Library, at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday in October, on Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

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 to attend any of the programs. 

Genealogy research sessions offered

treeThe Purcell Public Library and Library Assistant Gary Rice are here for genealogy researchers in providing information for members of the community tracking down their family history. Rice will be available to share his knowledge of research, as well as tips on the many resources available through the library on several dates in October!

Rice sets aside time from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 5 and 19, in the Meeting Room of the library, to provide individual genealogy help. Registration is required in advance to have a time slot to meet.

Also, a session of genealogy help will go outside the doors of the library to the McClain County Historical Museum (located at 203 W. Washington St. in downtown Purcell) from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15

Make and create after school at the library

The Purcell Public Library kicks off another month filled with making and creating at its weekly Makers Space events with an introduction to Makey Makey Kits. The afterschool event is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the library.

The electronic Makey Makey Kits give young participants a chance to make their own unique inventions out of a variety of items!

Future presentations of Makers Space are set for each of these Thursdays in October, on Oct. 8, 22 and 29. Snacks will be provided for participants each week, and each week’s activity focuses on some sort of art, craft or technology theme! These programs are all for children

The activities are made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Registration is not required.


Free citizenship classes begin in September

The Purcell Public Library begins an 8-week series of free U.S. Citizenship Classes at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the library. Classes will continue at the same time on Wednesday nights for eight total weeks, through Oct. 21.

Classes are conducted by the McClain County Literacy Office, a part of the Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services Program, which provides English language learning and tutoring for adult students. These classes specifically have the goal of helping those interested in achieving their U.S. citizenship the tools they need. Everything is provided free of charge, but space is limited, so those interested need to register in advance. To register for the classes, call 701-2664, or click here to register online.

In the classes, participants will work from special study guides provided to the library from a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries funded through the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There also may be opportunities for guest speakers with experience on the citizenship process.

In addition to these classes, the grant has allowed the Pioneer Library System to establish “Citizenship Corners” inside five hometown libraries – Moore, Norman Central, Purcell, Shawnee and Southwest Oklahoma City.

Each will have information such as reference sheets, study guides contact numbers for organizations that can advise on specific questions on citizenship and information about the Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services program for adults.