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Hero University is in session

book jacket for Superhero School by Thierry RobberechtHero University is in session this summer to bring out the hero or heroine in children ages 9 - 12. The Purcell Public Library will host Hero University at 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoons throughout June.

Each week, you will learn new hero skills and practice them to become amazing super heros in your community. The schedule of Hero University classes are:

June 4 – Hero 101: Fun activities to bring out your inner hero;

June 11 – Practice: The crew from Juggle Whatever teach you to juggle and defy gravity

June 18 – How to Feed a Hero: Learn to be a healthy hero in the kitchen and build strength

June 25 – Train a Hero: Friends for Folks will teach you to train your canine sidekick

Registration is not required, but arrive early to make sure you get a seat in class! 

Preschool & Toddler Story Time on Fridays

book jacket for Ready for Summer by Marthe JocelynThe Purcell Public Library welcomes families with children ages 5 and under to its weekly Preschool and Toddler Story Time at 10:30 a.m. every Friday in June.

Story Time features books, games, dances, songs, craft time and more to promote pre-reading skills for children.

Parents and guardians will get tips to continue working on early literacy skills at home.

Registration is not required to attend any of the story times.

Doc Rogers telling magical, heroic tales

book jacket for calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii by Graham Salisbury

“Doc Rogers the Mind Bender,” portrayed by magician Doug Anderson, will perform his show “Every Hero Has a Story – Magic and Fun Show” at the Purcell Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday June 2. No registration is required.

In keeping with this year’s theme, the show is filled with a variety of super-heroic magical feats and stories highlighting a range of fictional and real-life heroes in the Rocket Patrol.

Interested in more heros and magic? Checkout some of the books about heros and/or books about magic tricks for children available at the library.

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Movie showing honors author Harold Keith

The Purcell Library celebrates the life and works of Newbery award winning author Harold Keith, with popcorn and a movie showing based upon his book “Brief Garland” at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7.

The book was made into a film by Robert Collector in 2006 and is based on a true story from a 1960s Oklahoma town and the dreams of a local basketball coach.

Keith’s accomplishments are wide-ranging, from being the University of Oklahoma’s first Sports Information Director to publishing more than 20 books for children and adults. He received the Newbery award for children’s literature in 1958 for his Civil War novel Rifles for Watie.

The festivities are sponsored by Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma and the Friends of the Norman Public Library.

Keith was honored earlier in May in a ceremony designating Norman Public Library Central as a Literary Landmark. He was honored during a ceremony May 3 at Norman Public Library Central, in which the library was designated as a national Literary Landmark. The designation is due to the display of the Newbery medal in the children’s department of the library, where it has resided since 1993.

Supervillains take over the library

two glass flasks with read and blue liquidThe Purcell Public Library welcomes the Oklahoma Museum Network for “The Science of Supervillains” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, for teens going into 7th through 12th grade. No registration is required.

Learn about the scientific origins of many supervillains - from the beginnings of Dr. Freeze manipulating the cold to Magneto's magnetic control. Several hands-on experiments will give you a chance to find your inner villain and learn the science that could make you unique and powerful.

The Oklahoma Museum Network is part of a group of facilities across the state that works together to provide hands-on learning for families. In addition to Science Museum Oklahoma, it features the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, Leonardo’s Children’s Museum in Enid, Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton, and the Tulsa Children’s Museum.

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