Martin County Library System Press Releases

December 2, 2013

Treasure Coast Classical Children’s Choir brings song and dance to Blake Library with holiday concert Dec. 13

A holiday concert, “Children of the Arts: Passing on the Legacy of Classical Expression,” will be held on Friday, December 13 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.

Featured performers are:

• Treasure Coast Classical Children’s Choir (Tc4)

• Redeemer Lutheran Handbell Choir

• Amazing Grace School of Dance

Admission is free. No tickets are required.

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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November 22, 2013

Take a caravan around the world at Hoke Library Nov. 30

For immediate release: November 22, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863

An instructor with All About Achieving Learning Centers will present Caravan Adventures Saturday, November 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Hoke Library community room, 1150 N.W. Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach. Funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, the event is free and open to grades 3-5

Children will travel the world collecting for a museum in an interactive group challenge. They will travel across high mountains, dry deserts, and rough seas all the while avoiding typhoons, Bedouin warriors, monsoons and killer bees.

Registration is required. Please call 772-463-2870.

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

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November 1, 2013

Martin County Library System adds Early Literacy Stations™ to all six children’s departments

For immediate release: October 31, 2013
Contact: Sara Johnson, Martin County Library System, 772-219-4908

(STUART, FL) – Martin County Library System announces the acquisition of six Early Literacy Stations™ (ELS), a comprehensive, turnkey educational solution loaded with over 60 educational software titles for kids ages 2–8. One ELS will be available at each library location. The Early Literacy Station™ offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging, and academically relevant for children. It is designed to support school readiness and technology access while making learning exciting.

The Early Literacy Station’s educational software covers seven curricular areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts and music, and reference. The system is designed to attract and educate toddlers through early elementary school ages. Many of the software programs contain disguised learning activities that expand the child’s experience through games and extension activities.

AWE’s Early Literacy Station™ educational software titles on Version 10 include:

• La Casa de Dora
• SpongeBob SquarePants Typing
• Giggles Kids My Musical World/ABCs and 123s
• Kid Pix 3D
• Math Doodles

• Know Your USA
• Sesame Street
• Speakaboos interactive storybooks
• World of Goo

The Early Literacy Station has an imaginative interface that encourages exploration by readers and pre-readers alike. Since it is a self-contained computer, the need for adult intervention and technical support is greatly minimized.

“The Early Literacy Station is an invaluable resource for our toddlers to 5th grade students,” says Jennifer Salas, Library Operations and Services Administrator. “The kids are having fun, and many times they don’t know they are learning!”

AWE’s Early Literacy Station, the company’s flagship product, is found in over 35% of public libraries across the United States as well as in many communities in Canada and abroad. AWE is a provider of digital learning solutions for young children that inspire a lifetime of learning. For more information, visit www.awelearning.com.

For more information, 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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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 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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October 4, 2013

Indiantown Speaks discussion series keeps its focus on elementary school Oct. 12

For immediate release:  October 4, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  

 

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Learn about Indiantown’s unique K-4 school during Indiantown Speaks: Warfield Elementary Story on Saturday, October 12 at 3:00 pm at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown. Lynda Swift, art teacher at Warfield Elementary School, details the school’s 85-year history.

Built in 1927 by Sam Matthews, the school is named after S. Davies Warfield who developed much of the land in Indiantown. In November 2007, Warfield Elementary was one of five schools in the nation featured on a U.S. Department of Education website called “Doing What Works” for its documented success in teaching literacy skills to English language learners. In 2013, Warfield Elementary School celebrated its 85th anniversary.

This presentation, one of several Journey Stories events for adults, is brought to you by a grant received from the Florida Humanities Council along with local funding from the Arts Foundation for Martin County and Women Supporting the Arts, to complement the Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories traveling exhibition presented by the Smithsonian Institution.

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 www.library.martin.fl.us.

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October 3, 2013

Library System, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County host Day for Kids in Indiantown Oct. 12

For immediate release:  October 3, 2013                                        
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205   

 
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Join Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County and Martin County Library System at Day for Kids, a free, fun-filled family event, on Saturday, October 12 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The event will be held in Indiantown at Post Family Park and the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue.

Families will enjoy live entertainment, food, sporting competitions, face painting, a dunk tank, and a health and wellness fair. Community partners will have booths set up. For more information, call 772-932-1374.

Formed in 1991, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County serves more than 3,000 at-risk youth ages 6 to 18 with after-school programs, a summer program, and community outreach activities. For more information, visit bgcmartin.org.
 
To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403. 

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August 23, 2013

Smithsonian traveling exhibit making its way to Martin County

For immediate release:  August 23, 2013             
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, (772) 463-3205        

 

Vernon Evans stands next to his family’s car during a stop along their journey from South Dakota in July 1936. (Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-130705)

Vernon Evans stands next to his family’s car during a stop along their journey from South Dakota to Oregon in July 1936. (Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-130705)

The Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown will be the proud host to the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories this fall. The exhibit depicts historical accounts of how we and our ancestors came to America, traces developments in modes of travel and transportation, and explores how these factors have played a significant role in shaping Americans’ identity, particularly sense of freedom. This insightful look into America’s history will be on hand at the library October 19 – November 30 and is free and open to the public.

The Journey Stories 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. Immigrants share their accounts of coming to America in search of promise in a new country. Individuals and families tell their stories of relocating in search of fortune, their own homestead or employment. Africans and Native Americans describe the harrowing journeys of their forced migrations. Others reveal their choice as simply fun and frolic on the open road.

A short video on the exhibit can be found by clicking here.

Journey Stories logoThe 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 Journey Stories themes have already begun taking place at all Martin County libraries and will continue in the months leading up to and following the Smithsonian exhibit.

Volunteers are needed to provide a welcoming environment and rewarding learning experience to patrons visiting the Journey Stories exhibit. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Terry Dick at (772) 219-4906 or tdick@martin.fl.us.

The Elisabeth Lahti Library, located at 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown, 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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August 19, 2013

Martin County Library System offers wealth of resources, savings to homeschool families

For immediate release:  August 19, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  

 

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The Turull children choose their latest books at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library August 16. From left: Olivia, Emma, Sophia and Jackson.

Though the Turull family lives in Port St. Lucie, the Martin County Library System (MCLS) has been their go-to place for books and research for the past 18 months. Shelley Turull, a mother of four, homeschools all of her children and utilizes the Peter & Julie Cummings Library in Palm City exclusively. “The Cummings Library is close to my home and has a good variety of books,” said Turull. “Plus, the interlibrary loan system is fantastic and I use it often. I simply go online, find the book I want, place a hold on it, and my book is sent to the library just a few days later. The system works so well and is really convenient.”

Reasons to homeschool vary based on the needs of the family. For the Turulls, the idea of one-on-one learning and letting their children explore, in greater depth, subjects that interest them was very appealing. They visit the library four to six times a month for homeschool purposes and find that it is a great way to break up the week and do some learning outside of the house. “The greatest benefit of using the library is the diversity of age-appropriate books for my children. I have a preteen daughter, a preschool son, and everything in between. Being able to find something that each one is interested in, and at their level of reading, is a tremendous blessing,” said Shelley.

Shelley’s 12-year-old daughter Olivia says the library has helped her learn a lot about history. “I read a lot about the Revolutionary War and the Civil War this summer. I really liked the books Broken Drum, and My Brother Sam is Dead.  I also loved learning about medieval history this past year. The Squire’s Tales were some of my favorite stories from that time period.” Not to be outdone, five-year-old Jackson added that he likes “learning about bugs, like the peanut-head bug whose wings look like eyes. I learned about beetles that can actually swim underwater and stuff too.”
 
Jennifer Woods of Jensen Beach has been homeschooling her two children for the past nine years and has been using Martin County libraries regularly since 2000. The Hoke Library is now her family’s library of choice, visiting at least twice per month. When her children, Tyler and Ryan, were younger they were also regular participants at the Blake Library’s story times and Exploration Lab. “We love that we have access to so many excellent resources. My children love to go to the library and have fostered a love of reading due to their exposure to so many good books,” said Woods.

Both families have also benefitted financially by using the library system. Turull estimates that in the last year alone she has saved nearly $700. Woods agrees saying, “I am sure that we have saved hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. We have definitely been able to avoid buying some items for our curriculum by utilizing the library collection, and we’ve been able to enhance the kids’ learning experiences.”

HomeschoolFairOffering another way to assist the homeschool community, the Martin County Library System will host its first Homeschool Fair on Saturday, September 14 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Featuring workshops, vendors and speakers, including two former Martin County Teachers of the Year, the event is free and open to parents and students alike. Anyone currently homeschooling their children, or just considering it, is encouraged to attend. Please register by calling 772-221-1407.

 

“We are very excited to host our first Homeschool Fair. There is a large community of homeschool families that use our libraries and we want to be able to provide additional resources for them,” said Melanie Daniels, MCLS Family Literacy Outreach Specialist. “This will be a great opportunity to get the word out and let them know what we can offer their children.”

When asked if they would recommend the Martin County Library System to other homeschool families, Turull and Woods both gave a resounding yes. As Woods described, “Martin County libraries have an excellent collection of resources. In the past, I have used some of the study rooms for co-op classes or book clubs as well. We appreciate the efforts the library system is making to reach and be more of a resource to homeschooling families in our area.”

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

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July 31, 2013

Florida Oceanographic Society explains all about sharks August 13 and 15

For immediate release:  July 31, 2013             
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, (772)463-3205

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Join Florida Oceanographic Society for “The Truth about Sharks” at two Martin County libraries in August. This one-hour outreach program will teach children and teens the biology of sharks, debunk myths about the animals, and highlight the important role these top predators play in the health of a food chain. Registration is not required.

Event dates and times are as follows:
• Tuesday, August 13 – 11:00 am, Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach
• Thursday, August 15 – 11:00 am, Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

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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