Martin County Library System Press Releases

May 31, 2013

Director invites community to Elisabeth Lahti Library for coffee and conversation June 13

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For immediate release:  May 31, 2013             
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205   
      
All are invited to the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown, on Thursday, June 13 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for coffee and conversation with Martin County Library System Director Brett Lear.

This is an opportunity for the public to ask questions and learn about the direction the Library is going. This free event is funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, call 772-221-1403 or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us

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May 30, 2013

Mad Science children’s shows dig into science June 8

For immediate release:  May 30, 2013                                        
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205   

 
   
Mad Science of Palm Beach presents Dig Into Science, a one-hour interactive performance for children, on Saturday, June 8 at three Martin County community libraries. Sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., the events are free and open to the public.

Show-times on June 8 are as follows:
• 11:00 a.m. Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Ave., Palm City 

• 2:00 p.m. Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 S.E. Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound

• 4:00 p.m. Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart

These events are designed to get kids excited about the science that happens underneath the ground. From the layers of the earth, to the critters that live in the soil, to natural phenomena that occur underground, children are going to discover amazing things by digging deep!

Mad Science encourages scientific literacy in children by creating hands-on science programming. Their approach to teaching invites children to pursue careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field.

To learn more about Summer Reading events throughout the Martin County Library System, pick up a Summer Reading booklet at any Martin County library, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403. 

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Indiantown Speaks discussion series continues June 8

For immediate release:  May 30, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations,  772-463-3205  
    
Learn about the distinct history of Indiantown’s Guatemalan community during Indiantown Speaks: Guatemalan Culture on Saturday, June 8 at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown. Discover when, why and how Guatemalans came to call Indiantown home. Free and open to the public, the event also features samples of traditional food.

Indiantown is home to people of various ethnicities and nationalities. This lecture and discussion series explores the many voices that make up the tapestry of Indiantown today.

This presentation, one of several Journey Stories events for adults, is brought to you by a grant received from the Florida Humanities Council, to complement the Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories traveling exhibition presented by the Smithsonian Museum. The exhibit will be on display at the Elisabeth Lahti Library October 19 through November 30. Eighteen months of events exploring Journey Stories themes will take place at Martin County libraries leading upto and immediately following the Smithsonian exhibit.

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

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May 29, 2013

Family bilingual story time series begins June 6

For immediate release:  May 29, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  

 
Visit the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown, every Thursday from June 6 through July 25 for Bilingual Family Story Time. Free and open to the public, each story time will be held from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

This is an excellent opportunity for families to teach their children both English and Spanish. Story time participants will be listening to wonderful stories, singing songs and doing fingerplays in both languages. For more information, please call 772-597-4200.

To learn 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 website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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Workshop teaches children how to take care of the earth and each other

For immediate release: May 29, 2013
Contact: Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205   
        
Join Marybeth Peña, RN, BSN, CDE, as she presents three sessions of Plant a Seed in the Garden of Kindness. Children in grades K-5 will learn about taking care of the earth and each other. Participants will also enjoy a puppet show, followed by painting pots and planting seeds.

Peña presents two of the three sessions on Thursday, June 6. The first event takes place at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration is required by calling 772-221-1407.

The second event takes place from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Hoke Library, located at 1150 NW Jack Williams Way in Jensen Beach. Registration is required by calling 772-463-2870.

The third and final session will be held at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown, on Tuesday, June 11 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Registration is required by calling 772-597-4200.   

To learn more about Summer Reading events throughout the Martin County Library System, pick up a Summer Reading booklet at any Martin County library, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403.

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Bestselling author and journalist to speak June 6

For immediate release:  May 29, 2013                                        
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205
   

Laurence Leamer, a bestselling author and journalist, discusses his latest book The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption on Thursday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event. The event is free and open to the public.

The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption details the fourteen-year struggle of two lawyers, Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley, to bring the most powerful coal baron in American history, Don Blankenship, to justice. Blankenship and his company Massey Energy willfully disregarded safety standards in the company’s mines, resulting in multiple deaths.

Advance praise for Leamer’s newest book has been extensive. Author John Grisham says, “Laurence Leamer does a superb job of condensing this 15-year legal brawl into a highly readable and entertaining narrative. Greed, arrogance, injustice, corruption – it has it all, and, sadly, it’s all true. Fortunately, it also has some heroes. This is a book I wish I had written.”

Judge Ken Starr, President of Baylor University, calls it “a gripping, suspenseful page-turner that reads like fiction and reinforces— with sometimes shocking, tragic clarity— the necessity of a fair justice system for all. This is an important, compelling, powerful book.”

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

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May 24, 2013

Artist details her view from both sides of the Florida Straits

For immediate release:  May 24, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  
    

Artist Cristina de la Vega presents “View from Both Sides of the Florida Straits” on Wednesday, June 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City. One of many children brought to the United States from Cuba as part of the Pedro Pan project, de la Vega details her journey to Florida and how her art brings together the two places she has called home.

Looking for a connection to her homeland, de la Vega turned to the natural landscapes of her adopted country, continually inspired by Florida’s open spaces. She paints untouched, wild places, capturing accurate accounts of time and place as well as the poetry of the landscape. Through her landscape paintings, she reconnects her viewers with the environment in its natural state. In 2009, she was named Hispanic Artist of the Year by Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

This presentation, one of several Journey Stories events for adults, is brought to you by a grant received from the Florida Humanities Council, to complement the Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories traveling exhibition presented by the Smithsonian Museum. The exhibit will be on display at the Elisabeth Lahti Library October 19 through November 30. Eighteen months of events exploring Journey Stories themes will take place at Martin County libraries leading up to and immediately following the Smithsonian exhibit.

To learn more about Summer Reading events, pick up a Summer Reading booklet at any Martin County library, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403.

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Monthly mystery book discussion series begins June 4

For immediate release:  May 24, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205 
  
The Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Avenue, Palm City, is host to the new monthly book discussion series I Love a Mystery. The series begins Tuesday, June 4 and continues on July 2, August 6 and September 3 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Facilitated by Harold Marr, former Cummings Library staff member, each month a different author of mystery books will be featured. Participants are asked to read any title by the author and come prepared to discuss their choice including plot summary, main characters and favorite part of the book.

June highlights Deborah Crombie, while July features author John Dunning. August covers Martha Grimes and September focuses on the works of M.C. Beaton.

For information about other Martin County Library System events, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call 772-221-1403, or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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May 23, 2013

Digging Science series for children set to begin June 3

Filed under: Children's programming,Summer Reading Program — mclswebblog @ 3:26 pm
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For immediate release:  May 23, 2013                                        
Contact: Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205   
   

 
The Blake Library, located at 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart, presents the children’s series Digging Science on Mondays, June 3, June 17 and July 8 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. A part of Summer Reading, this series is for children in grades K-5 and their parents.

Join library staff for fun, hands-on learning in an exciting environment! The event on June 3 features archaeology, while June 17 teaches about paleontology. July 8 rounds out the series with a focus on geology.

Registration is required by calling 772-221-1407.

To learn more about Summer Reading events throughout the Martin County Library System, pick up a Summer Reading booklet at any Martin County library, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403. 

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May 22, 2013

Workshop for girls teaches healthy habits, self-esteem

For immediate release:  May 22, 2013                                        
Contact: Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205   
        

Join Marybeth Peña, RN, BSN, CDE, for two sessions of Beneath the Surface: Put Your Best Face Forward, an exciting and interactive workshop for girls in grades 6-12.

Peña’s first workshop takes place on Saturday, June 1 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The second workshop will be held on Friday, June 7 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach.

Registration is required. Please call 772-221-1407 to register at the Blake Library or 772-463-2870 to register at the Hoke Library. 

This workshop offers techniques for physical health and explores issues related to self-esteem. Through the event, girls will identify personal habits that are part of a healthy lifestyle and acquire communication and decision-making skills. Hands-on activities include creating a vision board and preparing skin care remedies from natural products. A healthy meal will also be provided.
 
To learn more about Summer Reading events throughout the Martin County Library System, pick up a Summer Reading booklet at any Martin County library, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403. 

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