Martin County Library System Press Releases

August 24, 2015

Pirates pillage Hobe Sound, Cummings Library for International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Filed under: News — mclswebblog @ 11:09 am

For immediate release: August 24, 2015
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Martin County, FL – The centers of the pirate universe on Saturday, Sept. 19, will be at the Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, and the Peter and Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City when buccaneers from all over the Treasure Coast gather for their annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day celebrations.
It’ll be a full day of movies, crafts, treasure hunting, fun – and of course – a boatload of buccaneers. Not to mention, it’s family friendly!
A schedule of the day’s events, separated by location follows:
Hobe Sound Public Library
Yo Ho Ho Family Day, 10:00am-5:30pm, All Ages
Ahoy mateys! Arrrr you ready for some swashbuckling fun? Join us for crafts, an obstacle course, a treasure Hunt, a movie marathon, and more! Don’t be a landlubber—come be a buccaneer for the day! Stop by anytime from 10:00am to 5:30pm for some high seas adventure!
Peter and Julie Cummings Library
Geocache Treasure Hunt, 12:00pm-5:00pm, All Ages
Navigate the seven seas, or just the Cummings Library, with our geocaching program! Starting outside the library, follow the clues to the treasure inside!
Movies @ Your Library: Talk Like a Pirate Day Edition, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Adults and Teens
Come watch a pirate-themed film at the Cummings Library and dress in your best buccaneer garb!
Talk Like a Pirate Day Drop-In Craft, 11:00am-3:00pm
Ahoy landlubbers! Drop in and join us, me mateys, for some swashbuckling pirate crafts. Everyone has permission to say “Arrrgh” as much as they’d like! And anyone who doesn’t participate? Well, those scallywags might just have to walk the plank.

Kids Movies @ Your Library: Talk Like a Pirate Day Edition, 11:00am-1:00pm, Kids and Families
Come watch a kid-friendly pirate-themed film at the Cummings Library and dress in your best buccaneer garb!

For more information, call (772) 219-4908, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at


A library card is the coolest card – September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Filed under: News — mclswebblog @ 11:08 am

For immediate release: August 24, 2015
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

STUART, FL – Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Martin County Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.

Resources at the Martin County Library System are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement. MCLS offers the Homework Helper program, early literacy computers and iPads, Science Fair Project resources, and so much more.

Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies, learn computer programming or just relax with peers. MCLS libraries offer access to a variety of print and digital resources, including e-books,, Khanacademy, and TumbleBooks that can be accessed in person or online.

“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” says Jayme Kostandinu, Children’s Assistant at the Blake Library. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and lap sit storytimes to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM ) programs and idea labs, and for older teens we have information and tools to help prepare for college. There’s really something for everyone and it’s all free with a library card.”

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit any MCLS library location in person or visit MCLS online at

Constitution Day Lecture by Noted Scholar and Author Dr. Marshall DeRosa at Blake Library September 17

Filed under: News — mclswebblog @ 11:08 am

For immediate release: August 21, 2015
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

STUART, FL – The U.S. Constitution: The Exceptional Sheath for the Sword of Liberty will be the topic of an address by noted Constitutional scholar Dr. Marshall DeRosa presented in The John F. Armstrong Wing at The Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, on Thursday, September 17. Doors will open at 6 pm with Dr. DeRosa’s talk beginning promptly at 6:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. DeRosa is a full professor in the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Virginia University and received both a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Houston. He holds membership a numerous organizations including The Philadelphia Society, The Abbeville Institute and The American Political Science Association.

As a frequent contributor to political and professional journals, Dr. DeRosa’s specializations are American Constitutional Law & Policymaking, International Law, Law & American Society and the Judicial Process. He has lectured in England, Austria and Ireland and throughout the United States and serves on the James Madison Institute’s Research Advisory Council.

His most recent book publication is The Enduring Relevance of Robert E. Lee: The Ideological Warfare Underpinning The American Civil War (2014).

“This is a great opportunity for the students of all ages who appreciate the relevance of our Constitution to hear one of the country’s leading Constitutional scholars,” said Kate Boland, president of the Center for Constitutional Values. “Dr. DeRosa really brings this document to life and shows how vitally important it is for all of us to understand the dynamic of this historic treatise.”

This program is sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Values in partnership with The Library Foundation of Martin County.

For more information, call (772) 219-4908, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at

August 19, 2015

Martin County joins nationwide effort to boost early reading prowess

Filed under: News — mclswebblog @ 2:20 pm

For immediate release: August 19, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Salas, Martin County Library System, 772-221-1410

STUART, FL – Martin County is one of 11 communities joining the nationwide Campaign for Grade-Level Reading this month, committing collaborative work for increasing the number of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
The Grade-Level Reading Communities Network (GLR Network) now includes organizations operating in 232 cities, counties and states. All told, cities and counties in 42 states across the country – plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — now have recognized this problem and are determined to do something about it.
National tests show that two-thirds of U.S. fourth graders, and four-fifths of those from low-income families, are not reading proficiently. Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a milestone on a child’s path to high school graduation and later success as it marks the transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Students who have not mastered reading by that time are more likely to drop out of school and struggle throughout their lives.
The partner organizations participating in Martin County’s campaign include the Shared Services Network, the Martin County School District, the Martin County Library System, United Way of Martin County, Children’s Services Council of Martin County, Martin County Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and many other funding, literacy and arts organizations within our community.
In joining the GLR Network, the partner organizations developed a formal plan to address three underlying challenges that can keep young children, especially those from low-income families, from learning to read well:
• School readiness — too many children are entering kindergarten already behind.
• School attendance — too many young children are missing too many days of school, especially in our early learning centers.
• Summer learning — too many children are losing ground academically over the summer.
Although Martin County can boast a higher than state average percentage of third grade students reading at third grade level, the reality is that 42% of our children are not performing at that level.
“We’re joining the Campaign because we know we have a problem here that can be addressed if we all work together,” said Dave Heaton, Executive Committee member of the Shared Services Network, which is leading the effort in Martin County. “All of us here have come to understand the critical importance of ensuring that our children gain the reading foundation they need before 4th grade.”
“Our public schools can’t do this on their own,” added Ralph Smith, managing director of the national GLR Campaign and senior vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “If we’re going to increase our graduation rates and close achievement gaps, we need mobilized communities working with schools, city agencies, nonprofits, civic leaders and parents to focus on third grade reading. It’s great to have Martin County on board.”
The GLR Communities Network is dedicated to narrowing the gap between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers. According to the U.S. Department of Education, that gap has widened significantly in recent years, with 80 percent of low-income kids failing to read proficiently in 4th grade compared to 49 percent of those from more affluent households.
Launched in May 2010, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort of funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation working to ensure that many more children succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship.

For media inquiries, contact Jennifer Salas at or 772-221-1410.

August 6, 2015

Shark myths debunked for families at Blake Library August 11

Filed under: News — mclswebblog @ 11:03 am

STUART, FL – Sharks may strike fear in the average Floridian’s mind, but do they really deserve such a bad rap? Michelle Byriel from the Florida Oceanographic Center will answer this and more at the Blake Library’s John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Moneterey Road, Stuart on Tuesday, August 11 from 11am-12pm with “The Truth About Sharks.” Families are welcome to join in on this educational presentation and hands-on exhibit as Byriel teaches the biology of sharks along with debunking myths and highlighting the important role these top predators play in the health of the food chain. No registration required.

For more information, call (772) 219-4908, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at


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