We’re talking tech in Thursday afterschool series

The Purcell Public Library is connecting children with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) through its weekly Afterschool STEAM series, taking place on each Thursday (except Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 22) during November.

Programs are for school-age children up to age 11 and begin at 3:15 each day. The themes for the months are:

Nov. 1Maker Mobile: String Climbing Racers

Nov. 8We Love Legos (WeDo2)

Nov. 15Crunchy Slime

Nov. 29Native American Fun

Registration is required separately for each of the activities.

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.

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.