Help your preschooler grow and learn

Dad reads to girlThe Purcell Public Library is offering families with young children a chance to enjoy the variety of programs and story times offered by the library during February.

Programs begin at 10:30 a.m. and the schedule for the month features:

Feb. 6 and Feb. 20Preschool and Toddler Story Time, featuring stories, songs and more activities for preschool-age children;

Feb. 13Story Time Play Date: Building, with play dough, K’Nex kits and much more;

Feb. 27Viva GLARt! Grow a Learner Through Art, a bilingual event with learning through art and play;

Registration is requested for each of the programs.

Join us afterschool on Tuesdays in February

Game controllerElementary school-age children are invited to the Purcell Public Library for Afterschool STEAM activities at 3:15 on Tuesday afternoons.

In February, the schedule includes the following events:

Feb. 6 Get Your Game On, with video games, board games, card games and more;

Feb. 13We Do Legos, with Lego project kits and laptops;

Feb. 20Arts and Crafts, using a variety of materials and media;

Feb. 27STEAM kits, exploring science and technology in a new way.

Registration is not required to attend any of the programs.

Dance the day away at annual Daddy Daughter Dance

Dad and daughterThe Purcell Public Library welcomes local dads and daughters for an annual tradition at the library, the Daddy Daughter Dance, set for 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the library.

The event will feature dancing, pictures, refreshments and more for daughters and their dads.

The dance is offered free of charge, but registration is required in advance beginning on Feb. 5. Both children and adults will need to register, and after registering, attendees will need to pick up free tickets for admission at the front desk of the library.

PLS Big Read focuses on "Five Skies"

Five Skies coverFor a 12th consecutive year, the Pioneer Library System will be celebrating literature with its PLS Big Read, inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts’ initiative, The Big Read.

The Big Read is a celebration of literature started by the NEA as a way for communities to get together for activities centered around classic literature. The featured book selected by PLS representatives for this year is Five Skies by Ron Carlson.

The Purcell Public Library will host a scholar-led discussion of the book at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Leading the discussion will be award-winning author Rilla Askew. Copies of the book are available from the library’s front desk in advance of the discussion.

Carlson is a longtime and award-winning short story writer who wrote Five Skies after a break of about 30 years from novel writing. It tells the story of three men from different backgrounds brought together for a summer construction project in the Rocky Mountains. It builds a story from how their collective pasts intertwine.

The NEA has funded five Big Read projects for PLS:  The Grapes of Wrath in 2007; Bless Me, Ultima in 2008; The Maltese Falcon in 2010, Old School in 2013 and A Wizard of Earthsea in 2015. PLS Big Reads produced solely with state and local funding include were To Kill a Mockingbird in 2009; The Things They Carried in 2011, The Joy Luck Club in 2012, True Grit in 2014, Fahrenheit 451 in 2016, Being Mortal in 2017 and this year’s project.

Sponsors for this year’s activities are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Norman Arts Council, Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Pioneer Library System.