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Cheyenne Belew | For The Chronicle
Events at the Elgin Library.
Events at the Elgin Library.

ELGIN — Juggling, hula hoops and many more fun activities are planned for Elgin locals.

Invited by Elgin Community Library, circus performer Chelsea Parks, with Inspyral Circus and Hooplahoma, will return to Elgin for the third time to demonstrate juggling acts and hula-hooping exercises in a hands-on workshop to be held next week.

Parks, a world-class juggler and hula-hooper, is also the only person in the Sooner State who performs with the Cyr wheel. Named after its creator, Daniel Cyr, the Cyr wheel is a single large ring made of aluminum or steel with a diameter approximately 10 to 15 cm taller than the performer.

Founder of Hooplahoma, a provider of custom-made hula hoops, Parks wishes “to spread the joy of learning and the healing power of hooping to Oklahoma and beyond,” Hooplahoma’s website states. Parks will demonstrate hoop dancing fitness exercises and teach hula-hooping and juggling tricks.

“Our library is always looking for fun, unique ways to benefit community health,” said Leslie Durham, director of Elgin Community Library. “Hula hoops are a full-body workout, and we try to bring events that encourage community participation and Circus Camp is open to anyone who would like to attend.”

Funding for Circus Camp is provided through a Health Literacy grant from Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Circus Camp will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, April 19 at Osborne Park, at the intersection of Keeney Road and Welch Road, half-a-mile south of Elgin.

“We’ve scheduled it after school so kids and adults alike will be able to attend,” Durham said.

Plant and Seed Swap recap

Durham said last week’s Plant and Seed Swap proved successful.

“We had a lot of plants brought in by various individuals and they all found new homes,” she said.

The Plant and Seed Swap was also funded through a health literacy grant from Oklahoma Department of Libraries and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Durham expressed special thanks to “gardening guru” Nealis Bradshaw for sharing his expertise, as well as Elgin Ace Hardware, Ross Seed Co. and Jeanne Cook for their support.

Looking ahead

In May and June, Great Plains Technology Center will conduct CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) classes at the library.

“It’s important that people learn basic CPR and first aid,” Durham said. “This way we are able to provide those vital lessons for free.”

For more information regarding services, programs and events, call Elgin Community Library at (580) 492-6650, visit, or follow Elgin Community Library and Friends of ECL on Facebook.