Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 25, 2013

Communities matter @ your library: celebrate National Library Week April 14-20

For immediate release:  March 25, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205


(STUART, FL) –The Martin County Library System joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week April 14-20. First introduced in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. 

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities’ needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Brett Lear, Martin County Library System Director. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”

The Martin County Library System is celebrating National Library Week by hosting various special events for children and adults alike at all six library branches, beginning April 13:

  • Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart
    • Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m., Never Everglades (Kids)
    • Saturday, April 20 at 3:00 p.m., Connect with Local Maps
  • Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City
    • Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m., Science Saturday: Nitromania (Kids)
    • Saturday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m., Stay in Touch with Skype
  • Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave., Indiantown
    • Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m., Science Saturday: Nitromania (Kids)
    • Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m., Conversation Circles
    • Wednesday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m., Pinning Into Knowledge
    • Thursday, April 18 at 10:00 a.m., Conversation Circles
  • Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound
    • Saturday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m., LEGO Club (Kids)
    • Wednesday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m., Sharing What You Learn with Evernote
  • Hoke Library; 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach
    • Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m., LEGO Club (Kids)
    • Wednesday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m., Connect with Social Media
    • Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 p.m., Earth Day: Create a Terrarium (Kids)
  • Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr., Stuart
    • Friday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m., Geocaching With Josh

For more information, pick up a Library Connection at any branch detailing all National Library Week events, call 772-221-1403, or visit the website at



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