Make an escape from the library “dungeon”

Solve the mystery and “Escape the Dungeon of Doom in an Escape Room activity with the Purcell Public Library at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.

School-age children will form a team to search for clues, solve puzzles and race for clues to try to escape the Database Dungeon of Doom.

Registration is required to participate.

Friends to host fall book sale

Find a great read for your home collection of books while supporting the library with the Friends of the Purcell Library Book Sale, taking place from Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 25 through Oct. 29, at the library.

The sale will take place during library hours each day: 9 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25; 9 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26; 9 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28; and 9 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.

Included will be a variety of gently used items in various genres, and all ages are invited to come and look through what is for sale.

Proceeds go to help the Friends group in its support of library programs throughout the year.

Boost Your Business with ReferenceUSA

The Purcell Public Library invites business owners to learn a resource for improving productivity and efficiency at the program “Boost Your Business with ReferenceUSA,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the library.

ReferenceUSA is a database of business information and resources available for Pioneer Library System cardholders. Bill Carlson with ReferenceUSA will lead this demonstration of the database, showing ways it can be used for such tasks as identifying new sales prospects, creating customizing business and consumer marketing lists, defining delivery routes and more.

Ages 18 and up may attend, and having a Pioneer library card is helpful but not a requirement.

Space for the program is limited, so advance registration will be required. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

The program is presented in a partnership with the Purcell Chamber of Commerce, Mid-America Technology Center and the REI Women’s Business Center.

Library initiative exercising mind and body

WalkingThe Purcell Public Library is launching a Healthy Challenge Program for the community, with an introductory event scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the library.

This is an eight-month series that will take participants through a variety of activities and lessons. Participants will learn the three questions they should always ask their doctors and will discuss the variety of health care professionals they work with beyond their primary care physician. In addition, participants will learn simple resistance band exercises that can help gain strength and flexibility.

Challenges for this month will be: practicing resistance band exercises learned in program; walking 10,000 steps three days a week; sharing information learned at this session with a friend or family; checking out a fitness DVD or health book from the collection.

This program is made possible from with a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Ages 18 and up may participate.

Space is limited so registration in advance is required.

We're helping you create your own jewelry

Accessorize in a personal way with the Purcell Public Library and its craft event “Your Creation: Jewelry,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the library.

Participants will use engravers, leather, chain, shrinky-dink plastic, wire and other materials to create a unique piece of jewelry.

Teens or adults may attend. Registration is required so enough materials are on hand.

Take your genealogy research to a new level with our help

The 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 October.

Sessions will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 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.

Afterschool Thursdays are active with STEAM events

The Purcell Public Library is connecting children with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) through its weekly Afterschool STEAM series, taking place each Thursday in October at 3:15 p.m.

Programs are for school-age children up to age 11 and the October themes are:

Oct. 4You Build It

Oct. 11We Love Legos, Yes We Do!

Oct. 18 Glow-in-the-Dark Slime

Oct. 25Escape the Dungeon of Doom: Escape Room

Registration is required separately for each of the activities.

It’s a morning of stories, learning and fun on Tuesdays

Kid and momThe Purcell Public Library is taking special time for toddlers and their families on Tuesday mornings with a variety of activities offered at 10:30 a.m. most Tuesdays the library is open.

Events scheduled during October are:

Oct. 2Preschool and Toddler Story Time, featuring stories, songs and more activities for preschool-age children;

Oct. 9Story Time Play Date: Money, Money, Money with a look at the basics of money;

Oct. 16 and 23 Preschool and Toddler Story Time;

Oct. 30Viva GLARt, Grow a Learner Through Art, a bilingual event with learning through art and play;

Registration is requested separately for each of the programs.