Find a superhero in your family history

book jacket for Finding your Roots by Janice Lindgren SchultzThink you might have a superhero in your family tree?

Come to the Purcell Public Library and learn about our resources to uncover your family tree secrets. Register to attend either one or both workshops on Monday June 8 and June 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.

A third workshop will occur at the McClain County Historical Museum from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 25. The museum is at 203 W. Washington St. in downtown Purcell.

Library Assistant Gary Rice will be available to share his knowledge of research, as well as tips on the many resources available through the library.

Superhero Training for children

book jacket for Captain Awesome to the Rescue by Stan KirbyCalling all superheroes for Superhero Training!  Children ages 4 - 8 can take part in training each Thursday at 2 p.m. throughout June at the Purcell Public Library. You will build your superhero identity, perform science experiments, and thank local heroes each week.

June 4 – Reactions: Create a superhero character, dissolve moon rocks, and thank police officers

June 11 – Force: Explore magnetic force, build cuffs, and thank medical personnel 

June 18 – Power: Make a shield, build an air-powered car, and thank soldiers

June 25 – Strength: Test your strength in an obstacle course, earn a superhero cape, and thank firefighters

Registration is not required, but arrive early to get a spot at the training session.

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.