Use Resistance Bands to increase strength and flexibility

Man working outThe Purcell Public Library shows a new idea in low-stress physical fitness its upcoming series Build Strength with Resistance Bands. The series takes place at 11 a.m. on Fridays, beginning June 2 and running for six weeks through July 14.

Participants will learn how to use resistance bands in multiple exercises that aim to increase their flexibility and strength. Bands will be provided.

The program is provided through the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.

Ages 18 and up may attend, and registration is required in advance.

Summer Tai Chi series to begin June 5

Tai ChiThe Purcell Public Library invites the community to its summer series “Build a Better Balance with Tai Chi.” The free classes are scheduled for six weeks beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, June 5, and running each Monday and Friday through Friday, July 21, for a total of 12 sessions.

Classes are for ages 18 and up and participants will be taught eight different Tai Chi forms and positions to help achieve better balance.

Space is limited so registration is required in advance to participate.

The class is presented in a partnership with the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.

Summer Reading going on the road for activities in Wayne, Byars

SRP BannerSummer Reading isn’t just confined to the space of the library. Staff from the Purcell Public Library will take the show on the road for events during June in Byars and Wayne.

Activities are planned at noon on Mondays in Byars and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Wayne at the high school library.

Weekly dates and themes are:

June 5, Byars SRP Kickoff; June 7, Wayne SRP Kickoff

June 12, Byars Legos Build a Better World; June 14, Wayne Build a Better World with Recycling

June 19, Byars Going to the Dogs; June 21, Wayne Build a Better World with Yoga

June 26, Byars SRP Wrapup with the Chickasaw Nation’s Get Fresh! Cooking program; June 28, Wayne Build a Better World through Construction

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, SONIC, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Thursday afternoons are all about tweens

SRP logoThe Purcell Public Library is building in many ways in its Thursday afternoon Tween events this June. Activities are planned for 2 p.m. each Thursday in June.

The programs are for ages 8 to 12. Themes for each week’s event are:

June 8 – Build a Better Garden, with participants planting a small garden they actually will take home with them;

June 15 – Build a Better World with Legos, featuring not just Legos but laptops to program Lego creations to do tasks;

June 22 – Build a Better Snack, with a visit from the Chickasaw Nation’s Get Fresh! Program to give a healthy cooking demonstration;

June 29 – Build a Better Structure with Magna Tiles, K’Nex and more, with a variety of building kits for projects;