Martin County Library System Press Releases

February 24, 2010

See Zelda Fitzgerald at Hoke Library 3/12

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CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH 

 

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                       

DATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2009                                                                                                         

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                                    

ACTRESS TO PORTRAY ZELDA FITZGERALD

AT HOKE LIBRARY MARCH 12

WHO:          Sponsored by the Friends of the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach, Inc., in support of the Martin County Library System

WHAT:  Chautauqua South:  Muse to Madness

                    Presented by Debra Conner   

In celebration of Women’s History Month, actress and scholar Debra Conner will portray Zelda Fitzgerald in her original one-woman play, Muse to Madness, 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 12 in the Community Room of the Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach. The performance is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

 Zelda Fitzgerald and her husband, writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, were the golden couple of the 1920s, epitomizing the roaring promise of the decade. They were wealthy, glamorous and talented, and their pictures were splashed across newspapers and magazines worldwide. She was America’s first flapper and served as the model for Scott’s fictional heroines. Zelda and Scott’s brilliance and their excesses defined the age. And like the decade itself, their brief, tempestuous lives ended in calamity. Beginning at age thirty, Zelda spent much of her remaining years in mental hospitals, receiving treatment for schizophrenia. She perished at age 48 in a fire at Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.

Muse to Madness allows Zelda to tell the story of her glory and her disintegration. Zelda takes her guests on a journey through memory, recounting her life as wife and muse to one of America’s greatest writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby. It is, as one writer described it, “the saddest story you’ve ever heard.”

Debra Conner began portraying Emily Dickinson in 1997, thanks to a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then, she has performed for Humanities Councils in many states, including Maryland, Ohio and Arkansas. She also has toured with the Ohio Chautauqua program and since 1998 has been part of the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! Program. Debra also conducts workshops and residencies in creative writing. Her writing has appeared in many publications.

WHEN:      Friday, March 12, 2:00 p.m.

 WHERE:   Hoke Library, Community Room, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach

HOW:         Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

For more information call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any branch library, or visit the library Web site at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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Scarlett Fever!

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CHAUTAUQUA

SOUTH 

 

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                          

                    DATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2009                                                                                                             

                    CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403             

SCARLETT FEVER AT BLAKE LIBRARY MARCH 11

WHO:          Sponsored by the Friends of the Blake Library, Inc., in support of the Martin County Library System

 WHAT:  Chautauqua South

                  Scarlett Fever  

                  Presented by Debra Conner

In celebration of Great Women’s History Month, actress and scholar Debra Conner will portray Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell in her original one-woman play, “Scarlett Fever,” 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 11 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The performance is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind, published in 1935, and the movie that followed in 1939, brought the author fame and fortune. But Mitchell was a reluctant celebrity, astonished by the attention that her book brought. Moreover, she viewed the creation of the book and its publication as an accident.

In Conner’s Scarlett Fever, Margaret Mitchell, sassy and spirited as Scarlett herself, describes how her fascination with stories of the Old South led her to write Gone with the Wind and how its popularity turned her world upside down. In addition, she offers fascinating insights into the making of the movie.   

Debra Conner began portraying Emily Dickinson in 1997, thanks to a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then, she has performed for Humanties Councils in many states, including Maryland, Ohio and Arkansas. She also has toured with the Ohio Chautauqua program and since 1998 has been part of the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! Program. Debra also conducts workshops and residencies in creative writing. Her writing has appeared in many publications.

 

   

WHEN:      Thursday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

HOW:          Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

For more information call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any branch

library, or visit the library Web site at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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Meet Author Carol Matthews Rey and Book Subject, ‘Cracker Cowgirl’ Iris Wall

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Media contact:

Kelly Beard, New Growth Media

(772) 538-3222

kel_beard@att.net

 

Library Night Owls host Indiantown event to raise funds for bookmobile

Author Carol Matthews Rey guest speaker at Library After Hours, March 2 at Elisabeth Lahti Library

INDIANTOWN, Fla., Feb. 23, 2010 – The Library Night Owls are bringing back a piece of the Martin County Library System’s storied history.

“The Story Express,” the library system’s bookmobile, was purchased in 1985 and decommissioned in 2002. Now, a burdened economy and the increasing cost of fuel have created a heightened need for a new bookmobile to service Martin County’s community members unable to come to the library – including stops at local child care centers and eventually nursing homes and community centers.

The Library Night Owls, a sub-committee of The Friends of the Martin County Library System, is led by Justin and Kelly Beard, Tara Biek, Stephen Leighton, Jennifer Salas and Tori Savard with the support of The Friends of the Blake Library. The committee was established in 2009 to help raise money to maintain and operate a new bookmobile, as well as attract new patrons and increase awareness of library programs and resources.

The Library Night Owls organized a “Library After Hours” social networking event series rotating through each of the library system’s six branches. Money raised from the $10 admission charge, which includes two drinks, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment will go towards the “Bring Back the Story Express Fund.” With the success of the event series, the group has raised nearly $12,000 and recently presented the library system with a used bus to serve as The Story Express until funds can be raised for a new, state-of-the-art bookmobile.

The next Library After Hours event will take place Tuesday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 S.W. Adams Ave. in Indiantown. The featured guest speaker is Carol Matthews Rey, teacher and author of the alphabet book “I is for Indiantown.” She will be joined by Iris Wall, community leader and the subject of Rey’s latest book, “Little Cracker Cowgirl.” The event includes entertainment, refreshments, raffles and more. Call (772) 283-0019 to sponsor the event, volunteer, or for more information.

Library After Hours is made possible thanks to A Picky Gourmet, Barnes and Noble, ITS Telecom, The Friends of the Blake Library, The Friends of the Elisabeth Lahti Library, Leighton Security Management, Martin County Community Foundation, New Growth Media and Tara Biek Creative.

IF YOU GO

What: The Library Night Owls present “Library After Hours,” a social networking and fundraising event to bring back the Story Express bookmobile

When: Tuesday, March 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Elisabeth Lahti Library,

15200 S.W. Adams Ave., Indiantown

Cost: $10/person, includes two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, music

      For event or sponsorship information, call (772) 283-0019.

February 23, 2010

Professor Misantone to Discuss Judy Garland

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Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                       

DATE: FEBRUARY 23, 2009                                                                                                         

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403       

WHO:          Sponsored by the Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., in support of the Martin County Library System     

WHAT:   Chautauqua South: Lifelong Learning @ your library

                  IRSC Professor Series

                  Judy Garland:  Dark Clouds Under the Rainbow

                  Presented by Professor Anita M. Misantone

       

Anita M. Misantone, Associate Professor of English at Indian River State College, will present an illustrated talk, “Judy Garland:  Dark Clouds Under the Rainbow,” 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 in the Donahue Room of the Cummings Library.  There is no admission fee and tickets are not required.

Take a long trip down memory lane and follow the history and transformation of vaudeville star Frances Ethel Gumm to international star Judy Garland.

 

 

WHEN:      Wednesday, March 10, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:   Cummings Library, Donahue Room, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City

HOW:         No admission fee.  Tickets not required.

For more information call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any branch library, or visit the library Web site at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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February 22, 2010

Irish Musician Brendan Nolan to Perform at Elisabeth Lahti Library March 6

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CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DATE:  FEBRUARY 22, 2010

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

WHO:              Martin County Library System

WHAT:            Chautauqua South:  Irish musician Brendan Nolan

An enchanting evening is in store with Irish folk musician Brendan Nolan’s rich baritone voice, good humor, and masterful playing of acoustic guitar and bodhran.  The popular Irish festival headliner will sing both contemporary and traditional Celtic/Irish songs.

Born in Dublin, Brendan Nolan started his musical life as a drummer and later turned to folk and acoustic music, becoming well known in Canada and throughout the United States.  His latest of four critically acclaimed solo albums is Familiar Brew

WHEN:            Saturday, March 6, 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:          Elisabeth Lahti Library, Elisabeth Lahti Community Room, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown

WHY:              Sponsored by the Friends of the Elisabeth Lahti Library at Indiantown, Inc.

HOW:              Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

For details or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any branch library or visit the library Web sitewww.library.martin.fl.us

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February 19, 2010

Nine-Man Finnish Choir Performs at Blake 3/1

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DATE:  FEBRUARY 19, 2010                                                                                                        

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                                                                                                                                    

WHO:                    Martin County Library System

WHAT:                  Veikkoset Ensemble of the Uusikaupunki Finland Male Choir                       

Finnish singing ensemble VeikkoSet will perform 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 1 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.  

Founded in 1998 and performing under the direction of Pekka Harmovaara, this nine-member male choir from Uusikaupunki, Finland, extends a warm welcome to American audiences in its first concert abroad.  Included in its repertoire are Finnish and sea songs as well as international and American barbershop music.

WHEN:                  Monday, March 1, 7:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:               Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.

For more information call 772/221-1403.  To learn about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site at www.library.martin.fl.us

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February 17, 2010

Kids, Sign up Now for Feb. 27 Fossil Dig!

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DATE:  FEBRUARY 17, 2010                                             

CONTACT:  MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS, 772/221-1403              

WHO:              The Friends of the Robert Morgade Library, Inc., sponsor

WHAT:           Fossil Discovery Hour

Fred Mazza of Paleo Discoveries will present The Fossil Discovery Hour 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 27 at the Robert Morgade Library in Stuart.  This fun and educational exploration of our planet’s pre-history is presented at no charge and is open to elementary age children. 

The program includes a brief introduction to Florida geology and local fossils found in our state, a hands-on fossil exhibit and an opportunity for the children to find fossils on their own.

Pre-registration is required.  Group size limited to 30. 

WHEN:           Saturday, February 27, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:        Robert Morgade Library, Anderson Room, Indian River State College Chastain Campus, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart. 

HOW:              Presented at no charge.  Pre-registration required. Sign up at the library or call 772-463-3245.

For more information about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library, call (772) 221-1403, or visit the library Web site at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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February 15, 2010

Tom Sawyer Puppet Show at Four Martin Libraries

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DATE:  FEBRUARY 15, 2010

CONTACT: MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS, 772/221-1403

WHO:                    The Friends of the Palm City Library, Inc.; The Friends of the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach, Inc.; The Friends of the Hobe Sound Library, Inc.; and The Friends of the Elisabeth Lahti Library of Indiantown, Florida, Inc.

WHAT:                 The Big Read

Duck in the Truck Puppets: The Tom Sawyer Puppet Show

Duck in the Truck Puppets will present “The Tom Sawyer Puppet Show” as part of Martin County Library System’s Big Read Project at four Martin County libraries February 27 through March 24.  The roughly one-hour show is free and open to the public and recommended for ages 3-8. Free copies of classic and children’s versions of the Big Read book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain will be available while supplies last.

Professor O (David Opasik) introduces puppet characters Becky, Huck, Tom and Aunt Polly as well as famous author Mark Twain. The story unfolds as Speaker the Wonder Dog (Susan Opasik) assists with the shadow show. Watch out for Injun Joe!

The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.  For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.  To learn about other Big Read events planned in Martin County visit www.bigreadmartin.org

WHEN and

WHERE:             

1)  Saturday, February 27, 1:00 p.m., Cummings Library, Donahue Room, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City

2)  Wednesday, March 17, 6:30 p.m., Hoke Library, Community Room, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach

3)  Saturday, March 20, 1:00 p.m., Hobe Sound Public Library, Community Room, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound

4)  Wednesday, March 24, 6:30 p.m., Elisabeth Lahti Library, Elisabeth Lahti community Room, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown

HOW:                    Free and open to the public                            

For more information, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call 772.221-1403 or visit the MCLS Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.

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February 12, 2010

Betty Jean Steinshouer, as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Willa Cather, Tells About Twain

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Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       

DATE: FEBRUARY 12, 2010                                                                         

CONTACT:  MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS, 772/221-1403                                                          

WHO:                    Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., and The Friends of the Robert Morgade Library, Inc.

WHAT:                  Chautauqua South: The Big Read

Speaking of Twain: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Willa Cather

Presented by Betty Jean Steinshouer

Betty Jean Steinshouer will present her one-woman show, “Speaking of Twain: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Willa Cather,” at two Martin County libraries as part of the Chautauqua South arts and education series and The Big Read Project, appearing 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 4 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, and 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 5 in the Anderson Room of the Robert Morgade Library, Chastain Campus I.R.S.C., 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart. Admission is free. No tickets or reservations are required.

In this two-part play, the noted scholar and actress will tell engaging stories as Harriet Beecher Stowe, the acclaimed author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and a neighbor of Mark Twain during his years in Hartford, Connecticut.  Part two will be reflections of Twain’s later years by Willa Cather, the well-respected author of books such as O Pioneers! and My Antonia.   

Betty Jean Steinshouer has portrayed Willa Cather since 1988 and Harriet Beecher Stowe since 2000. The Florida Center for the Book has invited her to do many scholarly programs over the years, including perspectives on Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  She is familiar to Martin County Library System audiences as well for her portrayals of Marjorie Kinnan Rawling, Gertrude Stein and others. We are delighted that she has agreed to do this special discourse on Mark Twain for the library system’s Big Read project.

WHEN and WHERE:

1)       Thursday, March 4, 7:00 p.m., Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart  

 

2)       Friday,  March 5, 2:00 p.m., Robet Morgade Library, Anderson Room, Chastain Campus I.R. S.C., 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart

WHERE:               Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of

American culture.  For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.  To learn about

other Big Read events planned in Martin County visit www.bigreadmartin.org.

Complete Chautauqua schedules are available at all Martin County libraries.  For details or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.  

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February 11, 2010

Black History Month Celebrated with Talk and Song

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Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DATE:  FEBRUARY 11, 2010

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

WHO:              Sponsored by the Friends of the Robert Morgade Library, in support of the Martin County Library System

WHAT:           A History of Blacks in Martin County

                        Anthony Anderson with the Anderson Family Singers

 

In celebration of Black History Month Anthony Anderson will give a history of notable Martin County Blacks who have made significant contributions to the county. The Anderson Family Singers will perform gospel music sets during his presentation after which refreshments will be available. 

Mr. Anderson is a career specialist working with the Martin County School District in Adult Education in Indiantown.

WHEN:           Friday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:          Robert Morgade Library, Anderson Room, Chastain Campus, Indian River State College, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart

HOW:              Free and open to the public.

Complete Chautauqua schedules are available at all Martin County libraries and online.  For details or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.   

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