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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.

Story Time making a move to Tuesdays in September

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” ― Emilie Buchwald

Preschool and Toddler Story Time has a new look and date at the Purcell Public Library, with the weekly story times moving to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays this fall, beginning Sept. 1.

Each week Preschool and Toddler Story will feature stories, rhymes, songs, games and other activities geared to toddlers and preschool-age children and their caregivers, and they will offer a GLAR focus (Growing Like a Read). 

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

Heart of Oklahoma book group meets in September

The Purcell Public Library’s Heart of Oklahoma Book Discussion Group gets together again for its next meeting at noon Tuesday, Sept. 1 in the Meeting Room of the library.

The discussion group is for ages 18 and up looks at various business, finance and leadership topics with a monthly theme. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration is required in advance to attend.