Martin County Library System Press Releases

May 9, 2013

Three-part Journaling Your Journey series begins May 25

For immediate release:  May 9, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  
Life is a journey worth savoring! Explore creative ways of recording your life story with the three-part workshop series Journaling Your Journey. The Hoke Library, located at 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach, is host to the series on Saturdays, May 25, June 1 and June 8 from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Registration is required by calling 772-463-2870. Each workshop is limited to 25 participants.

Part One features Mi Sun Donahue, author of The Journey of a Motherless Child, on May 25 as she shares the experiences that led her to pen her memoir. During the workshop, she will offer insights into the writing process and walk participants through writing exercises aimed at chronicling life’s adventures. Born into a prominent and powerful Korean family, Donahue’s mother passed away suddenly when Donahue was three years old. She was forever changed, suffering from hunger, poverty and cruelty at the hands of adults entrusted with her care. Despite these struggles, the strength of her spirit remained and she emerged from these experiences with keen insights into herself and the world around her.

In Part Two, art therapist Debra Rogers introduces the illuminated journal. Rogers describes the illuminated texts of history and walks participants through the process of creating an illuminated journal of their own. This June 1 workshop also includes writing exercises aimed at helping participants “illuminate” their creative selves. Participants are asked to bring in any picture of importance. Photocopies will be made to preserve originals.

Part Three teaches participants how to utilize the cherished mementos collected during their life through scrapbooking on June 8. Master scrapbooker Christine Garcia will demonstrate how to incorporate pictures, creative writings and souvenirs into a one-of-a-kind scrapbook. Paper materials will be provided. Participants are asked to bring in pictures and personal items.

This series, 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 the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call 772-221-1403 or visit the website at




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