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2015 Free Summer Lunch Program was a success!

What a great start for the branch’s first Free Summer Lunch program! The final statistics for the Purcell Library site showed that 1,600 free lunches were distributed at the library in Summer 2015!

Children and their families were able to enjoy library programs, read, play on learning computers and enjoy a nutritious free lunch 5 days a week. We welcomed new customers and enjoyed offering this nutritious lunch for all of the children who visited the library.

Many thanks to the Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services staff for their vision and leadership in applying for this new grant which funded the library and many other additional lunch sites for the first time. The library staff also applaud the Nation for sending such friendly helpful staff to distribute the meals. We are hopeful that the Chickasaw Nation’s funding for the grant program will be approved for next summer so that this program will grow and serve even more children in Purcell.

Create and explore at our Maker Faire event for teens and adults

The Purcell Public Library gets the community active in many ways to do and create with its Maker Faire extravaganza, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, and then the second Saturday of each month this fall. September's event will feature our new Lego Mindstorm Kits and K'NEX Kits.

The fall events will look into a variety of projects, including art, authors, gardening, technology, crafts, cooking and more. They are sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Registration is required to attend the programs. This program is for teens or adults, but the library also has maker events for children up to age 11 at its weekly Wednesday afternoon Maker Space events, generally taking place at 3 p.m. on Thursdays.

Bring your genealogy questions, find our answers

The Purcell Public Library continues to be a wealth of knowledge in providing information for members of the community researching their family history.

Library Assistant Gary 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 September. Rice sets aside time from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 14 and 28, in the Meeting Room of the library, to provide individual genealogy help. Registration is required to have a time slot to meet.

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. 17. The museum is at 203 W. Washington St. in downtown Purcell.

 

Afterschool Makers Space Thursdays in September

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.” 
― Albert Einstein

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The Purcell Public Library invites you to make and create with its new program series, Makers' Space. The library welcomes children 11 and below for the afterschool events at 3 p.m. each Thursday in September, on Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24, in the Meeting Room of the library.

The first activity on September 3rd will be exploring MaKey MaKeys. We will create a piano from vegetables and may play Pac Man using controllers we make from Play Doh! Other activities will include topics like art, crafts and technology, and all supplies, as well as an afterschool snack, will be provided by the library. 

Programs are made possible through the support of a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

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.