Tuesday brings a day of activities for kids

CircuitsTuesdays are filled with activities for children of all ages inside the Purcell Public Library.

In the mornings, the library’s weekly Preschool Story Time brings stories, rhymes and more for children not yet of school age and their caregivers. Story Times are at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday of the month, with a special Story Time Playdate on Oct. 31, where children can come dressed in their Halloween costumes for a morning of fun.

After school, elementary-school age students are invited to the library’s After School STEAM series, beginning at 3:15 p.m. each Tuesday of the month except for Halloween. Participants can experiment with science and technology through a variety of programs.

And it’s a chance to see all the materials and other services available for families with children through the library and the Pioneer Library System.

Registration is required in advance to attend the preschool events.

Celebrate with our Hispanic Heritage Festival

DancersIn honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Purcell Public Library invites the community to a seasonal favorite event, its Hispanic Heritage Festival, set for Friday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the library.

The community event features something for all ages, including food, activities, games, bilingual story times, door prizes and music that celebrate the Hispanic culture. Staff members will demonstrate the library’s language learning tools that are available.

A new event this year is a Salsa Making Contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Purcell Library. Entries for the contest must be turned in from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the evening of the festival. Celebrity judges will be on hand to taste-test salsa entries, at 7 p.m., with winners to be announced between 8 and 8:15 p.m.

Other rules for the contest include: 

Safe food handling and/or canning processes must be followed;

Contestants must supply a minimum of one pint of salsa;

Salsa will be judged on appearance, taste and texture;

Containers must be marker with the entrant's name, and each entrant should pick up their container after the taste test. Salsa not used for judging will be made available for sampling.

This is the 14th year the library has hosted the festival, which is sponsored by the City of Purcell, the Pioneer Library System, and the Friends of the Purcell Library.

No advance registration is required for the event.

Afterschool activities coming each Tuesday

ChildThe Purcell Public Library invites local school-age children to take part in its weekly series of afterschool activities beginning at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesdays.

In September, the schedule features:

Sept. 5 – The Art of the Movie: a G or PG rated film showing, with popcorn and drink provided for participants.

Sept. 12 – We Do Legos: Take Lego building to a new level with We Do Lego kits and laptops.

Sept. 19 – Hispanic Heritage Crafts: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, make one of a variety of crafts reflecting the Hispanic culture.

Sept. 26 – Chocolate Loteria (Bingo): Learn a few Spanish words and win some tasty chocolate prizes in an afternoon bingo.

Ages 11 and up may attend, and registration is not required in advance.

OHAI to present Diabetes Self-Management series

DiscussionThe Purcell Public Library is bringing a discussion on health to the community with its Diabetes Self-Management Series, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 and running through Oct. 11, at the library.

This will be a six-week series of classes that go into skills for coping with diabetes, including meal planning, managing pain and fatigue, sleeplessness and more. Classes will be presented by representatives of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.

Ages 18 and up may attend. Registration is required in advance to participate.