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Over the next couple of weeks we are making a switch to a new calendar & room booking system.

We greatly appreciate your patience as we make this transition. If you experience difficulties accessing our calendar or requesting a meeting room please contact your local library for assistance.

Purcell Friends to host Spring Book Sale

BooksaleFind a good deal for your book collection and support the Purcell Public Library while doing it at the Friends of the Purcell Library's Spring Book Sale.

The sale is set for Saturday, April 1, through Tuesday, April 4. The sale runs during library hours each day – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1, 1 to 5 p.m. April 2 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 3 and 4.

The sale features a variety of gently used materials in many genres and age groups. Prices will be cut on Sunday and further cut on Monday and Tuesday.

Proceeds go to help the Purcell Friends group in its support of library events throughout the year.

Find your inner child at adult coloring event

ColorPencils by9BombsThe Purcell Public Library invites local residents to relax with a morning centered on their creative side at its Adult Color and Craft event, at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1.

Participants can use coloring sheets and pencils provided by the library and also get ideas for using their completed projects for gifts or decorations.

Ages 18 and up are invited to attend. Registration is not required in advance.

FRONTLINE film, discussion upcoming in PLS Big Read

PLSBigReadLogoIf you were diagnosed with a serious life-limiting illness, what would be the things that would matter most to you and who would you want to know?

The Pioneer Library System is tackling that topic in its activities surrounding the 11th edition of its PLS Big Read, focusing on the novel Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

Each library will host a screening for the FRONTLINE film "Being Mortal," followed by a panel discussion. The 60-minute film was produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston. The Purcell Public Library's presentation will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26. Scholar Katheleen R. Guzman will lead the post-film discussion.

Being Mortal was the 2015 Indies Choice Book Award winner in the Adult Non-Fiction category. The author also is the recipient of the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science and two national magazine awards.

Sponsors for this year's PLS Big Read are the Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

It's a morning of Mad Science at our Friday Play date

KidWithCreationThe Purcell Public Library is making a Friday Play Date with local children and their families, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 24.

This month's program is all about Mad Science, with fizzing colors, magnets and much more.

The program is for preschoolers and toddlers and their caregivers. Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Use our resources to help with family research

Genealogy TreeThe Purcell Public Library invites local genealogy researchers to find help in providing information for members of the community tracking down their family history.

Staff will share research knowledge, as well as ideas and how-tos on the many resources available through the library in Individual Genealogy Help Sessions, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, March 13 and 27, in the Meeting Room of the library. Registration is required in advance to have a time slot to meet.

And 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, March 16. The museum is at 203 W. Washington St. in downtown Purcell.