Summer tween series continues on Thursday afternoons

KidsThe Purcell Public Library welcomes tweens for activities at 2 p.m. on the first three Thursdays of July in the Meeting Room.

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

July 6Going to the Dogs – Participants will make treats and toys for their pets, and for those without a pet, their creations will be donated to a local animal shelter.

July 13Tweens Love Water – Rob Barossi, a Blue Thumb Educator from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, will bring a variety of water activities.

July 20Tweens Recycle – Turn trash into treasure in an event that teaches tweens about repurposing in a creative way.

Registration is not required to attend any of the programs.

Experience our Preschool and Toddler Story Times during July

Kids in tunnelSummer Reading is a great time to check out the Purcell Public Library’s Preschool and Toddler Story Time, taking place at 10:30 a.m. on each Thursday in July, beginning Thursday, July 6.

The event features stories, rhymes and other activities geared to children of preschool age. Each story time will focus on a different Growing Like a Read program skill and conclude with an art project that focuses on a different type of medium.

The July 13 program will be a bilingual event, ¡Viva GLART, Grow a Learner through Art! It stresses learning through art play and all materials are provided.

The ¡Viva GLART! series is part of the Pioneer Library System’s Growing Like a Read initiative and were made possible from a contribution from an anonymous donor to PLS in 2015.

Registration is not required to attend any of the events.

Make a Story Time Play Date with us

KidsThe Purcell Public Library invites families with young children to be part of its Story Time Play Date, next taking place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 29, at the library.

This month’s session of the event focuses on the art of yoga and how even young children can benefit from it. Jill Fox, a presenter from the Get Fresh! Program of the Chickasaw Nation will share a story while showing off some basic yoga moves appropriate for preschoolers and toddlers.

Space for the event is limited, so registration is required in advance.

Build with KEVA blocks in teen event

STEAM logoTeens will “Build a Better Building” with the Purcell Public Library at an upcoming Summer Reading event, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 27.

Participants will use KEVA blocks to make creations using plans of bridges, buildings and other projects.

The KEVA Blocks make up one of the newest STEAM Power Maker Kits the library uses as a way to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.

Registration is not required in advance, and the program is for ages 12 to 17.

"Science Unites" in summer presentation

SRP BannerThe Purcell Public Library welcomes Science Museum Oklahoma for the program “Science Unites!” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 27.

This program is specifically geared to children ages 11 and under. Participants will use the wonder of collaboration and teamwork through experiments and action in an effort to bring science alive.

Staff from Science Museum Oklahoma’s outreach wing travel outside the museum to provide programming in places like schools and libraries throughout the year. Each year’s library activities tie into both the theme for the annual Summer Reading Program as well as favorite books that relate to the program topic.

Find out more about the organization's activities in hometown libraries this summer here.

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.

Try to make your escape in Science Museum event

SMO sloganThe entertainment and education Science Museum Oklahoma brings to its events during the Summer Reading Program in hometown libraries isn’t just limited to children or teens.

There also is a chance for adults ages 18 and up to take in an activity just for them. The Purcell Public Library presents the SMO program “Escaping the Carroll House,” at 6 p.m. Monday, June 26.

The program is based off the idea of the escape rooms that are challenging people and growing in popularity. They will be a puzzling escape challenge to test the abilities of the group while the clock counts down to zero. Best of all, unlike the escape rooms that are popping up around Oklahoma, this activity is offered free of charge.

Space for the program is limited to 10, so registration in advance is required.

Read more about SMO here.

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;

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.

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.

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.