Martin County Library System Press Releases

April 27, 2010

Free Parenting Workshop May 13, 20 and 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                       

DATE:  APRIL 27, 2010                                                                                   

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403     

WHO:            Sponsored by The Law Firm of Rubin & Rubin in cooperation with the Martin County Library System, CHARACTER COUNTS! and United Way of Martin County, and Life Works.

WHAT:           Summertime Survival Tips: Redirect Your Child’s Behavior Toward a Phenomenal Summer—and Beyond!

                      

                       A parenting workshop presented by Susan Dockerill

Learn how to touch, move and inspire your family in this free three-part parenting workshop.  Susan Dockerill, certified International Network for Children and Families Trainer, and director and founder of Life Works Parenting Tools, will show you how to:

  • Reduce sibling rivalry
  • Solve conflicts peacefully and
  • Promote agreements

 

Redirecting Children’s Behavior textbooks and workbooks will be available for purchase ($25.00 per set) during check-in prior to each class.

WHEN:          Thursdays, May 13, 20 and 27, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

 

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

 

HOW:            Free.  Pre-registration is required.  To register or for further information, contact Holly Laiben at CHARACTER COUNTS!, 772/283-4800, ext. 234 or hlaiben@unitedwaymartincounty.org.

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 at http://www,library.martin.fl.us.  To learn more about CHARACTER COUNTS!, a program of United Way of Martin County, visit http://www.charactercounts.net.

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April 21, 2010

FOS Exec. Dir. Mark Perry Guest Speaker at 4/27 Library Fundraiser

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:               Genna Lunsford

Email:                    glunsford@fos-cc.org

Phone:                   (772) 225-0505 Ext 104

Florida Oceanographic Society to sponsor the Library Night Owls

in effort to enhance public awareness on how to STOP the discharges

 

April 21, 2010, Stuart, FL – The St. Lucie River Estuary and the Indian River Lagoon are now in critical condition due to large discharges of polluted freshwater from Lake Okeechobee and the agricultural canals! The water has high levels of nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen and is depositing an estimated 200 cubic yards of silt and sediment into the estuaries each day! Direct impacts of the discharges include fish with lesions, dying oyster populations and loss of seagrass habitat. Declines in tourism and in boating, fishing, and all water-related activities are causing a major economic impact on our community.

Several “protected” areas are now being impacted including two State Aquatic Preserves, the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary, NOAA Essential Fish Habitat, EPA Critical Habitat for Seagrass, the St. Lucie Inlet State Preserve Reefs, and the St. Lucie Nearshore Reefs nominated for National Marine Sanctuary designation. These estuaries and coastal ecosystems are habitat for over 4,000 species of plants and animals, including 33 endangered and threatened species.

Experience Library After Hours on Tuesday, April 27 from 6-8pm and hear Mark Perry, Executive Director of Florida Oceanographic Society, speak on the destruction caused by the discharges. Find out how you can help save Florida’s backyard!

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, April 27, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Blake Library,

2351 Southeast Monterey Road, Stuart 

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

Florida Oceanographic’s mission is to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s costal ecosystems through education and research. Our teaching and programming is designed to change the generational views of how we care for and preserve our unique environments. For more information on Florida Oceanographic or on the above lecture series, please visit our website at www.FloridaOceanographic.org or call (772) 225-0505.

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April 20, 2010

Don’t Miss Out on May 21 Middle School Lock-in!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       

APRIL 20, 2010

CONTACT: MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403      

WHO:   Martin County Library System in partnership with Martin County Parks and Recreation, with support from The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc. 

WHAT:                       Middle School Lock-In

           

Join Martin County Parks and Recreation and the Martin County Library System for a middle school lock-in! 

The fun begins 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 21 at the Blake Library and lasts till 8:00 a.m. Saturday, May 22.   Are you up for it?

 

Besides being with friends—old and new—you’ll enjoy a hip hop dance class, arts and crafts, and games.

You must pre-register for this FREE event as there is a 50-person maximum. 

 

Students must be in Middle School and show a valid school ID when registering. 

WHEN:   Friday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. TO  Saturday, May 22, 8:00 a.m.             

 

 

WHERE:   Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart                

HOW:   Call 772-463-2801 for more information or register online at http://econnect.martin.fl.us.               

 

To learn about the Martin County Library System call 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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One Year New! Celebrate Cummings Library Renovation Anniversary May 11!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               

DATE:  APRIL 20, 2010

CONTACT: PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

WHO:              Sponsored by The Friends of the Palm City Library in support of the Martin County Library System

WHAT:           ONE YEAR NEW!

                                   

Celebrate the first anniversary of the Cummings Library renovation.

Take a stroll around inside and see all the advancements!

Cake and punch will be served.

WHEN:           Tuesday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

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

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

For more information or 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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April 19, 2010

Dance Me a Story – FL Arts and Dance Presents Cinderella Story Time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                       

APRIL 19, 2010

CONTACT: MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403            

WHO:                                    Martin County Library System

WHAT:                                 Dance Me a Story: Bringing a Book to Life

“Cinderella”      

                                                               

Performed by the Florida Arts & Dance Company

Once upon a time, long, long ago…

Florida Arts and Dance Company will present “Cinderella,” a special story time, at two Martin County libraries: the Hobe Sound Public Library 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 and the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 19.  The programs are free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations are required.  Recommended for all ages.

Accompanied by lively narration, FADC Jr. Company dancers will bring a multicultural telling to the story of Cinderella.  Music, costumes and an enchanting story will engage even the youngest spectator.  Brought to you by Jr. Company co-directors Mina Hamilton and Peggy Finizio.

WHEN & WHERE:          

1) Wednesday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.

Hobe Sound Public Library, Community Room, 10595 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound

2) Wednesday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.

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

HOW:                                    Presented at no charge.  Tickets not required.  Open to the public. 

For more information or to learn about the Martin County Library System call 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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April 16, 2010

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mariachi Music at Elisabeth Lahti Library

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                   

APRIL 16, 2010

CONTACT: MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

WHO:             The Friends of the Elisabeth Lahti Library of Indiantown, Florida, Inc.                                 

WHAT:          Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown!

This colorful program features the voices and sounds of Mariachi Estrellas de Mexico, an authentic Mariachi band that plays Mexican folk songs on trumpets and guitars.

Especially for the children, there will be a traditional piñata filled with surprises.

WHEN:          Saturday, May 1, 2:00 p.m. 

 

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

HOW:             Free and open to the public.  Recommended for children of all ages

and their families.

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

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April 15, 2010

Lee Bryan (“That Puppet Guy!) Brings Captain Tater Tot to Two Libraries

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                       

APRIL 15, 2010

CONTACT: MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

WHO:     The Friends of the Palm City Library, Inc. and the Friends of the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach, Inc.  

WHAT:   Circus Fanta-Sea

Presented by Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy!

Atlanta puppeteer Lee Bryan (“That Puppet Guy!”) will present “Circus Fanta-Sea” 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 at the Cummings Library in Palm City and 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 at the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach. These 45-minute performances are free and open to the public and suggested for ages Pre-K through 5th grade and families. Each program concludes with a behind- the-scenes puppet demonstration.

Join Captain Tater Tot, the once great pirate captain and ringmaster, who loses all his circus cargo in a mighty storm at sea. This aquatic adventure features puppets made from recycled plastic bottles. Circus acts include a tap dancing octopus, a unicycist seahorse, and a tightrope walking starfish. But did Seymore the Shark come to join the circus… or just eat it?

Watch and see—you’ll get hooked!

Lee Bryan is a nationally recognized solo-puppeteer who combines live vocals and original music with innovative puppet designs for wholesome family fun. Since 1991 his work has been featured in theatres, libraries, school systems and corporate events across the southeast.

Lee is a two-time grant recipient from the prestigious Jim Henson Foundation, Inc. His  professional credits include feature film work with the Muppets® and an Emmy® nomination for his puppetry work for Public Broadcasting. 

WHEN AND WHERE:

 1) Tuesday, May 4, 4:00 p.m. – Cummings Library, Donahue Room, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City

 2) Wednesday, May 5, 6:00 p.m. – Hoke Library, Community Room, 2551 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach 

HOW:    Free and open to the public.  Recommended for children ages Pre-K through 5th grade.

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

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April 14, 2010

Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy!,” Brings Pinocchio to Life May 4

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       

DATE:  APRIL 14, 2010                                                                   

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403     

WHO:      The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., sponsor, in support of Martin County libraries 

WHAT:    Pinocchio!

                      Presented by Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy!

Lee Bryan (“That Puppet Guy!”) will present “Pinocchio!” 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 4 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. 

Lee Bryan and his puppets give recycled thrift store items new life in this fantastic, frenetic retelling based on the Collodi classic text. Puppet characters are constructed from various recycled things like kitchen utensils, baskets and tennis rackets.

In addition to the found-object puppets, this original one-man “tour de farce” combines authentic Italian music, Commedia-style mask work, and plenty of audience participation! 

“Pinocchio!” was produced with a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation.

Lee Bryan is a nationally recognized solo-puppeteer who combines live vocals and original music with innovative puppet designs for wholesome family fun.  Since 1991 his work has been featured in theatres, libraries, school systems and corporate events across the southeast.  Lee is known for his original stories as well as his clever adaptations of classic tales…with an educational punch!

Lee is also a two-time grant recipient from the prestigious Jim Henson Foundation, Inc.  His professional credits include feature film work with the Muppets® and an Emmy® nomination for his puppetry work for Public Broadcasting.

  

WHEN:    Tuesday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. 

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

                   Road, Stuart

 

HOW:       Free and open to the public.  Recommended for children ages Pre-K through 5th grade.

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

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April 9, 2010

MCLS Children’s World Story Times

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                          

DATE:  APRIL 9, 2010                                                                                     

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                                                                    

WHO:                                    Martin County Library System

 

WHAT:                              Children’s World

                                                Story Times

WHEN AND WHERE:     Blake Library, Exploration Lab, 2nd Floor, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart:

10:30 a.m. Mondays (24-36 months)

10:00 a.m. Tuesdays (0-24 months)

11:00 a.m.. Tuesdays (24-36 months)

10:30 a.m. Wednesdays (3 years)

1:00 p.m. Thursdays (4-5 years)

 

Cummings Library, Exploration Lab, 2nd Floor, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City: 

1:00 p.m. Tuesdays (3-5 years)

10:30 a.m. Thursdays (12-36 months)

11:30 a.m. Thursdays (0-12 months)

 

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

10:30 a.m. Tuesdays (0-24 months)

10:30 a.m. Thursdays (3-5 years)

Hobe Sound Public Library, Community Room, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound:

10:30 a.m. Tuesdays (3-5 years)

10:00 a.m. Thursdays (0-12 months)

11:00 a.m. Thursdays (12-36 months)

 

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

3:00 p.m. Tuesdays (3-5 years)

10:30 a.m. Thursdays (12-36 months)

11:30 a.m. Thursdays (0-12 months)

2:00 p.m. Fridays (12-36 months)

                                     

 

Robert Morgade Library, Anderson Room, Chastain Campus I.R.C.C., 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart

10:00 a.m. Tuesdays (12-36 months)

10:00 a.m. Thursdays (0-12 months)

11:00 a.m. Thursdays (3-5 years)

                                               

HOW:                                    Free.  No registration required.

For more information call 772-221-1407.  To learn more 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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April 8, 2010

April 11 Film Tells Inspiring Story of Blind Baseball Fans

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                      

DATE:  APRIL 8, 2010                                                                                                                       

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                

 

2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Presents

“Bleacher Boys” with Producer Karen Hunter

 

2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 11, Blake Library

 “Bleacher Boys” with Producer Karen Hunter

          

(Stuart, FL) – Martin County Library System will present “Bleacher Boys” with Producer Karen Hunter as part of the Southern Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2010 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL. Following the screening, the filmmaker will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and her work. Light refreshments will be served during the reception. Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

The final film in the library’s six-film Southern Circuit series, “Bleacher Boys” is the story of five men who shared a common boyhood dream of growing up and playing major league baseball, each of whose dreams were dashed at an early age due to blindness. Differing in detail yet sharing that one common element, their stories unfold in chapters like the innings of a baseball game. Each inning becomes a chapter from their lives as they relate the hardships of overcoming the painful reality of never seeing again and the struggle to create a new dream. All are masterful storytellers whose tales become easy for us to identify with and whose perseverance we admire. The line-up includes:

  • Ed Lucas, now a reporter for the New York Yankees. Ed lost his sight after being inspired by Bobby Thomson’s famous home run “heard ’round the world” in 1951. He and his friends were so excited that they took to the streets to play a pickup game of baseball and a line drive hit him between the eyes rendering him blind. His dream was shattered, but he never lost his love for the game.
  • Pat Cannon, who lost his sight more gradually as he, nonetheless, continued the struggle to keep his dream alive.
  • Neal Freeling, who was born without sight but fell in love with baseball announcer Mel Allen’s voice as his words brought the game to life. These radio voices became Neil’s “friends” since the boys in his neighborhood shunned him. The game of baseball became his true pastime.

 

  • Craig Lynch, who has never seen a baseball field in his life, but who now sits in the bleachers at Wrigley Field reporting on games for the Chicago Cubs he cannot see.
  • Paul Parravano, known as the MIT King and honored for his remarkable contributions to this prestigious university. His love of baseball motivated him to achieve greatness.

Karen Hunter is the founder of Rose Mountain Productions and the producer/cinematographer for three award-winning documentaries. After completing a year of intensive class work, she graduated in 2005, with a professional certificate in digital filmmaking. Karen launched her new career as an independent filmmaker with her final student project, “The Poetry of Steeples: Change Ringing in Boston,” a documentary about the history of the first English style bells that hung in the tower of the Old North Church and were rung by Paul Revere. By the beginning of 2009, Karen completed her first three award-winning feature-length documentaries as a producer – “Play-by-play Men and The Art of the Perfect Call,” “Henry O!” and “Bleacher Boys.” Karen’s documentaries have won several awards including the 29th Annual Breckenridge Festival of Film Best Latin Documentary, the Connecticut Film Festival award for Best Sports Documentary, the Beverly Hills Film Festival Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary, The Accolade Award of Excellence for Feature Documentary, and the New England Film and Video Festival award for Best Documentary Feature. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Hunter co-owned and operated a successful restaurant for ten years in Westborough, Massachusetts. Karen is a graduate of Quinsigimond Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Science for applied arts/graphic arts and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell with a BA in graphic design.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations The Arts Council, Inc., The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc. and the Martin County Tourist Development Council.  .  Southern Arts Federation is supported by funding and programming partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts and the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  Special support for Southern Circuit is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit www.southarts.org.

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, http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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