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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Kick off a super summer of reading

superhero girl with red hair and blue costumeIt’s time for a heroic summer of reading at the Purcell Public Library, as the annual Summer Reading Program starts off “super.”

This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story,” and local readers can begin writing their story at the library’s 2015 Summer Reading Kickoff from 10:30 a.m. - noon Friday, May 29

The event features a chance to sign up for Summer Reading at the library or online and enjoy a free snow cone.

Children will receive a bag with a reading log, stickers, bookmarks and a free book. Teens and adults will also get several reading incentives.

The slate of special programming for the summer runs throughout June and July, with activities set for children, teens or adults, as well as some family-friendly programs for all ages.

Several genealogy research opportunities

Family tree on parchment"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness." - Roots by Alex Haley

If you need assistance in locating a leaf for your family tree, then Purcell Public Library staff are available the following dates and times to assist you with your research:

Registration is encouraged for the May 4 and 26 sessions. Click the dates above to register.