Martin County Library System Press Releases

October 29, 2013

Learn About Cognitive Fitness for Your Infant or Toddler at the Blake Library Nov. 4

For immediate release: October 29, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations,
772-463-2863

 

Sheila Fernley of SAF Educational Solutions LLC will present “Cognitive Fitness for Your Infant or Toddler” on Monday, November 4 at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, at 6:00 pm.

Develop your child’s ability to think and understand. Parents learn simple exercises they can do with their infant or toddler, promoting cognitive development and focusing on their child’s future success in the areas of reading and writing.

Registration is required by calling 772-221-1407.

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

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Learn service dog etiquette, ADA laws at the Blake Library Nov. 7

For immediate release: October 28, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations,
772-463-2863

Laura Volpe of Stuart Pet Pals presents service dog etiquette and Florida and federal laws relating to service and medical alert animals on Thursday, November 7 at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, at 6:30 pm.

The National Epilepsy Foundation will provide additional information in support of National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

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

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Martin County Library System “Dear Bully” Event Article Appears in National Magazine

For immediate release: October 24, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863

An article about a 2012 event on bullying at the Blake Library in Stuart, FL, “Dear Bully Author Event Reaches, Teaches Community,” appears on pages 42 and 43 of the October 2013 issue of VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates), a library magazine serving those who serve young adults. The April 12 event, “Dear Bully,” was presented by the Martin County Library System in partnership with Martin County School District, mental health agency Tykes & Teens, Children’s Services Council and Character Counts of United Way, with support from Library Friends.

Part of a 2011-2012 parent workshop and seminar series held at Martin County libraries and sponsored by the above organizations, “Dear Bully” was attended by 101 adults and 75 teens from high schools and teen groups such as the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County, Martin County Parks and Recreation and other non-profit organizations. Among the speakers were four top authors for teens, all contributors to the Dear Bully book, which came about after the repeated bullying and subsequent suicide of a teenage girl in Boston.

Timely then and especially timely now, the anti-bullying message hit home for Tyler, a ten-year-old attendee and bullying target, who said, “People don’t know what I’m going through and I don’t know what they’re going through. Some people just need comfort.” Authors Megan Kelly Hall and Eric Luper visited local high schools in conjunction with the library talk. Echoing Tyler’s response, one Martin County High School student observed, “(Megan Kelley Hall’s) stories helped everyone to understand and view bullying as a major issue. She wants people to say something nice to an individual when they seem down. Megan believes that those few words may change their day and might save their lives.”

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, visit http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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Library System offers cancer awareness and resources

For immediate release: October 25, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863

The Martin County Library System (MCLS) is proud to offer educational resources for people of all ages dealing with cancer, including The Anne M. and Joel L. Pearl Cancer Resource Center, Treasure Coast Hospice events, Stitches of Kindness and multiple online websites and databases.

The Anne M. and Joel L. Pearl Cancer Resource Center opened in 2011 at the Blake Library in Stuart. The center is designed to educate community members on cancer awareness and prevention and is located in the Reference area on the library’s first floor. The center includes computers and reference materials on cancer prevention and treatment spanning medical texts and books on personal experience.

To make the center a more visible gathering place, the Tree of Love Honor and Remembrance Panel, designed and painted by artist Brenda Leigh, is a focal point for reflection and self-education. Donations to the center by the community in honor of loved ones are accepted by the Library Foundation of Martin County.

Treasure Coast Hospice partners with the library system to offer presentations to patrons needing help communicating their life wishes or learning how to cope with grief during the holidays. In November, they are presenting Coping with the Holidays and Remembering Departed Loved Ones at five Martin County libraries.

Presentation Schedule:
Nov. 5 – 10:30 am – Coping with the Holidays; Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart
Nov. 6 – 10:30 am – Remembering Departed Loved Ones; Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City
Nov. 6 – 1:30 pm – Remembering Departed Loved Ones; Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr, Stuart
Nov. 12 – 10:30 am – Coping with the Holidays; Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach
Nov. 13 – 1:30 pm – Remembering Departed Loved Ones; Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound

Offered at the Hobe Sound Public Library the fourth Wednesday of every month, Stitches of Kindness brings residents together for an afternoon of crocheting or knitting cancer caps to be donated to patrons in need. Stitches of Kindness also partners with Hospice House to participate in their veterans program. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no event in November.

The library website also provides a wealth of resources for those looking to peruse information electronically. Located under “Research Resources/Anne M. & Joel L. Pearl Cancer Resource Center,” information ranging from nursing homes to health conditions and prescription drugs can be found here.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System and these resources, visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403.

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October 23, 2013

20th Anniversary Edition of BookMania! Announced with New Date and Place

 

Priscilla Baldwin, President of the Library Foundation, Diane Kimes, BookMania! producer and Brett Lear, Library Director, met recently to begin planning the 20th anniversary edition of BookMania!

Priscilla Baldwin, President of the Library Foundation, Diane Kimes, BookMania! producer and Brett Lear, Library Director, met recently to begin planning the 20th anniversary edition of BookMania!

Stuart, FL –  The Library Foundation of Martin County is pleased to announce that the 20th anniversary edition of BookMania! will come alive on Saturday, March 8 and be held at the Wanda H. Yarboro Performing Arts Center of Martin County High School.

Priscilla Baldwin, President of the Library Foundation of Martin County, said the new date in March rather than in January as in prior years, is a better time of year with fewer event conflicts. The Library Foundation will also host the Kiplinger Literacy Award Luncheon on January 20 at Willoughby Golf Club.

“The Foundation is very pleased to continue sponsoring this event which is highly anticipated each year by authors and attendees alike,” Priscilla said.  Diane Kimes will be producing the event for the Library Foundation.

The one-day event features nationally prominent and emerging authors participating on stage throughout the day in readings, panel discussions and interviews. Book signings and sales follow each panel appearance.  Sponsorships supporting the event, which is free and open to the general public, are still available.

Authors over the years have included John Jakes, Rick Bragg, Mary Jane Clark, Reeve Lindbergh, Karin Slaughter, Arnold Scaasi, Jim Lehrer, Scott Eyman, Connie May Fowler, Frank Cerabino, Stuart Woods, Elmore Leonard and Janis Owens.

For more information about the Library Foundation, visit www.LibraryFoundationMC.org or phone 772-221-1409. 

 

Submitted by:

BB Jones Communications, Inc.

2682 SE Willoughby Blvd., Suite 201, Stuart, FL 34994

Phone 772-220-0444  Fax 772-220-0014

www.bbjonespr.com     beverly@bbjonespr.com

 

 

Library System awarded grant from Best Buy for teen robotics program

For immediate release:  October 23, 2013
Contact: Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-221-1403  

Digital Literacy Specialist Justin de la Cruz presents at the idea lab inside the Peter & Julie Cummings Library in Palm City.

Digital Literacy Specialist Justin de la Cruz presents at the idea lab inside the Peter & Julie Cummings Library in Palm City.

        

Martin County Library System (MCLS) announces it has received a Best Buy Children’s Foundation Community Grant to bring a teen robotics program to Palm City. The $3,200 grant will provide teens with opportunities to develop technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices. Events surrounding the program will be held in the idea lab of the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City, from January 2014 through August 2014.

“This program will give every teen, regardless of socio-economic background, a chance to access and interact with computer programming and robotics technology that is currently not available locally,” said MCLS Digital Literacy Specialist Justin de la Cruz. “This will provide a substantial advantage to Martin County teens in their preparation for a 21st century career.”

The events surrounding the program – robotics expo, programming camp and inventor’s showcase, to name a few – will teach local teens about computer hardware and software components, basic computer programming, and basic robotics assembly and execution. Teens will also benefit from staff support, invited presenters’ expertise, and local organizations’ involvement. Having access to robotics and programming tools will diversify their education, supplement their schoolwork and give them the opportunity to learn new skills through hands-on experience.

“I’m very excited to receive this grant and extend the offerings of the idea lab. This grant will give the community an opportunity to learn more about how machines work, how to assemble computer parts, and how to program computers to perform specific tasks,” said de la Cruz. “Skills like computer programming are in high demand and this grant will present a unique learning opportunity for teens to expand on their understanding of technology.”

The Best Buy Children’s Foundation strengthens communities through national and local grants to provide teens with places and opportunities to develop technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices. Their priority is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills which will result in richer lives and a better future.

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

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October 17, 2013

Treasure Coast Hospice teaches how to cope during the holidays at five Martin County libraries

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For immediate release:  October 17, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  

 

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Treasure Coast Hospice is visiting five Martin County libraries in November presenting Coping with the Holidays and Remembering Departed Loved Ones.

Presentation Schedule:
• Nov. 5 – 10:30 amCoping with the Holidays; Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart
• Nov. 6 – 10:30 amRemembering Departed Loved Ones; Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City
• Nov. 6 – 1:30 pmRemembering Departed Loved Ones; Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr, Stuart
• Nov. 12 – 10:30 amCoping with the Holidays; Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach
• Nov. 13 – 1:30 pmRemembering Departed Loved Ones; Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound

Steeped in tradition and fraught with expectations, the holidays present special challenges for those who grieve. During Coping with the Holidays, discover four steps designed to guide in creating your personal plan for making holiday time easier.

Remembering Departed Loved Ones teaches practical ideas for coping with grief as birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and other special occasions draw near.

Treasure Coast Hospice is a not-for-profit organization serving Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. They offer grief counseling services and bereavement programs through Treasure Coast Hospice Counseling Services. They can be reached at tchospice.org.

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

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October 16, 2013

Season’s Readings puts gift books into hands of young readers

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

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A child reads at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library in Palm City.

         
 
Please join the Friends of the Martin County Library System in putting a gift book into the hands of a deserving child this season. Our Season’s Readings goal is 300 books to be given to 3- to 5-year-olds enrolled in a Martin County program with the Early Learning Coalition. With your help it will be easy!

Beginning Nov. 5, just…
• Visit your local library and choose a paper gingerbread person bearing a child’s first name and age. Add your name and telephone number to the list in the notebook on the circulation counter.
• Using our recommended book list on the counter as a guide, purchase an age appropriate, nonreligious, hardcover book from your favorite bookseller.
• Return your book AND gingerbread person to the library circulation desk by Dec. 7.

A volunteer will see that your book is presented to the child you have chosen. Thank you for giving and spreading the joy of reading!

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

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October 9, 2013

Computer Art with Alex Forman

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Local computer expert Alex Forman created artwork based on the working parts of a computer. He will present and explain his artwork at two Martin County libraries.
 

When

  • Oct. 18 at 11am (Blake Library lobby)
  • Oct. 19 at 1pm (Blake Library lobby)
  • Nov. 9 at 1pm (Peter & Julie Cummings Library)

Where

  • BLAKE LIBRARY
    2351 SE MONTEREY RD
    STUART 34996
  • PETER & JULIE CUMMINGS LIBRARY
    2551 SW MATHESON AVE
    PALM CITY 34990
     
    772-221-1403

October 7, 2013

Grand opening festivities for Smithsonian traveling exhibit Journey Stories set for Oct. 19

For immediate release:  October 7, 2013             
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205

                                                                                         
Journey Stories logoCelebrate the arrival of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit Journey Stories during the grand opening Saturday, October 19 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave, Indiantown. The exhibit will be available at the library October 19 – November 30 and is free and open to the public.

Opening remarks from Library Director Brett Lear, County Administrator Taryn Kryzda and County Commissioner Anne Scott will begin at 11:00 am. The event also features performances by country line group Diamond Dancers, La Herencia Latina Orchestra, praise dancers R3 Outreach Program, singer Patricia Hagin, and music and dance using the marimba. Cultural groups, organizations and businesses will have tables set up. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs if desired.

Journey Stories depicts historical accounts of how we and our ancestors came to America. The exhibit examines the intersection between various means of travel and Americans’ desire to feel free to move. The stories are diverse and focus on immigration, migration, innovation and freedom.

The exhibit was made possible by a grant received from the Florida Humanities Council along with local funding from the Arts Foundation of Martin County and Women Supporting the Arts.

Events exploring the six Journey Stories themes have been taking place at all Martin County libraries and will continue in the months following the Smithsonian exhibit.

The Elisabeth Lahti Library is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm and Wednesday from noon – 8:00 pm. To reach the library by phone, call 772-597-4200.

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

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