Martin County Library System Press Releases

April 16, 2013

Martin County Library System is improving the community through commitment to humanities-based services, events and materials

For immediate release:  April 16, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205

(STUART, FL) – Among the fundamental priorities of the Martin County Library System (MCLS) are the promotion of literacy, access to information and lifelong learning opportunities. MCLS recognizes that an interest in or appreciation of the traditional branches of knowledge encompassed by the humanities extends beyond academia. In other words, you don’t have to be a humanities scholar to want to know more about the world or the events and ideas that have shaped history. Just as providing computer classes and access to the Internet offers the Martin County Library System an opportunity to augment digital literacy and bridge the technology divide, offering humanities-based events and materials enables MCLS to promote cultural, global and historical literacy. Being keenly aware of the transformative power of knowledge, MCLS recognizes the potential impact access to such content can have on a community.

Providing humanities-based programs, such as summer reading events, art exhibits, history lectures and music or dance performances, allows MCLS an opportunity to assert its importance in the landscape of community services. Successful events get community members thinking of libraries as places with offerings beyond those that are typically expected. More and more, the Martin County Library System is becoming the premiere hub of the community for free, quality entertainment.

“A deepened understanding of the diverse histories and cultures present in one’s community can foster appreciation for cultural diversity, tolerance and even empathy,” said Lesly Galiana, MCLS Humanities Librarian. “The events we have planned surrounding the Smithsonian Museum’s traveling exhibition Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories have the potential to accomplish just that.” As host to the exhibit, the Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown will showcase its distinct cultural panorama and various histories, as well as provide learning and enrichment opportunities for all of Martin County. Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories, made possible by the Florida Humanities Council, will be on display October 19 through November 30.

As part of the Museum on Main Street initiative, Galiana is scheduling 18 months of events exploring Journey Stories themes to take place at all Martin County libraries leading up to and immediately following the Smithsonian exhibit. Some of these events include:

  • Journey Stories Film Series – Six films depicting the six central themes of the exhibit – one film per month at each of our six libraries from May through September.
  • Indiantown Speaks – A discussion and lecture series focusing on the history of various cultures at the Elisabeth Lahti Library from April through October.
  • Journaling Your Journey – A three-part workshop series involving creative writing and scrapbooking at the Hoke Library in May and June.
  • Juneteenth Celebration – Held at the Blake Library on June 15, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Galiana received undergraduate degrees in Literature and Linguistics from the University of Florida and obtained her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. In 2005, as a result of her history of civic involvement, she was awarded an American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship, which is the ALA’s national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically-needed ethnic librarians. Galiana’s position with MCLS is generously funded by the Library Foundation of Martin County.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories traveling exhibit and these exciting events, pick up a Library Connection, visit the website at or call 772-221-1403. 




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