Get the "Whole30" story on cooking

IngredientsThe Whole30 plan for eating has brought a healthier lifestyle to many who have tried it, and the Pioneer Library System will give a look into Whole30 in a summer series “Whole30 in Instant Pots or Slow Cookers” coming to the Purcell Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28.

Back in the library for another summer of educating on healthy eating are the experts from the Food for Thought Learning Institute. They’ll share their expertise on different recipes to try and also have items on site for participants to taste-test.

The workshop specifically will focus on ways to use slow cookers or instant pots to create dishes that are healthy and easy to prepare.

This program is for ages 18 and up, and registration is required in advance to attend.

More information on the Whole30 plan is available through its website.

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., Institute of Museum and Library Services,  the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

The zoo is sounding out in activity for kids

BobcatThe Purcell Public Library presents music in a whole different way with ROARchestra! a presentation of the Oklahoma City Zoo, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the library.

It’s a chance to hear the musicians of the jungle, prairie, ocean and forest demonstrate their many sounds in a performance unlike any other.

The program is geared to children ages 11 and under. Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Channel your artistic talents at events

PaintingThe Purcell Public Library is giving teens and adults a chance to create their own masterpiece at its Summer Reading program activity “Library Leonardos,” set for a pair of presentations.

The adult program for ages 18 and up will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, while the teen program for ages 12 to 17 is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, each taking place at the library.

The program will be led by Norman’s “Be Wild for Art,” and participants will go through all the steps to paint their own acrylic painting from a provided sample. Professional art instructors will lead the group, helping them in each step of the process.

All supplies will be provided and no previous skill in painting is necessary.

Each class will be capped at 20 painters so registration is required in advance to participate.

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., Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

See how skeletons are helping science

SRP logoJoin the experts from the Museum of Osteology as they visit the PurcellPublic Library for the Summer Reading Program presentation “Skeletal Pathologies,” taking place 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the library.

This program takes a hands-on look at the evidence of trauma and disease on the bones of animals. The research has proven to be useful both for veterinary and human medical perspectives. Replica human skulls cast from real skulls will be used.

The Museum of Osteology opened in 2010 and features hundreds of skulls and skeletons as part of the largest privately held collection of osteological specimens in the world. Its staff regularly makes outreach visits to libraries, schools and other

The program is geared to teens ages 12 to 17, and space is limited, so registration in advance will be required.

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., Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Go "extreme" with an animal adventure

SRP logoTake an adventure into the world of many types of animals with the group Extreme Animals in its visit to the Purcell Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 19.

The activity is for ages 11 and under and their caregivers and is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. It will feature visits from several exotic and domestic animals and a chance to learn a little more about the animals and how they live.

Extreme Animals is an Oklahoma City-based organization that works both in animal rescue and in exhibiting and exotic animals for educational and entertainment purposes. The group has performed throughout the region including in past Summer Reading Program activities.

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., Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Thursday mornings bring special activities for preschoolers

Boy playsThe Purcell Public Library is offering families with young children a chance to enjoy the variety of programs and story times offered by the library on Thursdays during June.

Programs begin at 10:30 a.m. and the schedule for the month features:

June 7 and 14Preschool and Toddler Story Time, featuring stories, songs and more activities for preschool-age children;

June 21Story Time Play Date, with the Chickasaw Nation visiting for a program on healthy eating;

June 28Viva GLARt! Grow a Learner Through Art, a bilingual event with learning through art and play;

Registration is requested in advance for each of the programs.

Let us help move your family history research forward

Family treeThe Purcell Public Library will offer its resources and the knowledge of an experienced genealogy researcher in a series of Genealogy Help programs on Wednesday afternoons during June.

Sessions will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 in the Meeting Room of the library.

Participants can bring their specific questions or just learn more about starting their family research and about all the resources the library has to offer.

Ages 18 and up may participate, and no advance registration is required.

Summer Reading going on the road to mulitple communities

SRP logoThe Purcell Public Library takes its Summer Reading Program show on the road during June for programming in multiple local communities.

Summer Reading activities are scheduled in Byars, Wayne and Wanette with the following schedule:

Byars Mondays at noon, with events taking place at Byars Baptist Church, 14341 Waterloo St.

Wayne Wednesdays at 10 a.m., with events taking place in the Wayne High School Library, 212 S. Seifreid St.

Wanette Mondays at 10 a.m., with activities at the Wanette School Library, 505 Martin Ave.

Activities are geared to children up to age 11, and no advance registration is required to participate.