Find resources tailored to African-American genealogy

Family TreeThe Purcell Public Library expands on its family history research opportunities in February with a special program, Genealogy Resources for African-American History Month, taking place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the library.

This workshop will look into several resources available through the library that are of particular value to genealogists researching African-American family trees. Attendees to the program will see examples of what can be shown by the resources and how to use them.

The library also offers a weekly Genealogy Help session from 2 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday during February. An experienced genealogist will be available to answer any questions about family tree issues and resources for research.

Ages 18 and up are invited to attend any of the activities, and no advance registration is required.

New book club to look back at the classics

ShelvesDive into some of the most famous books in literature with the Purcell Public Library and its new book discussion group, the Read the Classics Book Club. The group will have its first discussion at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Meeting Room of the library.

Each month, participants will read a classic title. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the library’s front desk in advance.

There will be coffee, tea and snacks for participants. Space is limited so registration in advance is required.

Heart of Oklahoma Chamber visits for ribbon cutting

Ribbon cuttingThe Purcell Public Library hosted this month's Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee event, which preceded a Chamber ribbon cutting celebrating the library's new public restrooms.

These new facilities replace restrooms that had been part of the original building construction in the late 1970s. They were opened to the public at the beginning of 2019. More than 30 local Chamber members and officials, including Purcell City Manager Dale Bunn and Purcell Public Schools Superintendent Jason Midkiff, attended the event, as well as several Pioneer Library System representatives.

The attendees were able to learn a little more about the library in a presentation from Branch Manager Rebekah Lynam and several PLS staff members prior to the ribbon cutting event.


Stop in at the library for activities, great books and more in the New Year

Purcell KidsLooking for great reads and ways to enjoy the winter months? The Purcell Public Library has you covered with the Pioneer Library System’s collection of more than 675,000 books, magazines, DVDs and downloadable items.

Materials can be transferred between PLS libraries within a matter of days and be in readers’ hands for a nice evening in from the cold with a captivating read.

The library also will begin the New Year with an array of program options for various ages and featuring many topics.

Among the upcoming offerings in early January are:

Tuesday mornings are a great time for families with young children to visit the library for activities set at 10:30 a.m. most weeks. Preschool and Toddler Story Time are offered on Jan. 8 and Jan. 22, with the bilingual activity Family Play Time/la hora de jugar, taking place Jan. 29.

A special event on Jan. 15 is Story Time Play Date, which focuses on the book “Snow Happy” by Patricia Hubble, with activities including stories, a hot cocoa snack and even a “snowball” fight.

Older children can attend the Thursday After School STEAM series scheduled at 3:15 p.m. each Thursday of the month. Topics will range from circuitry to slime making to creating with Legos.