Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 4, 2015

Sign Up NOW for Free Exercise Seminar Mar. 28 at Cummings Library

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For immediate release:  February 24, 2015

Contact:  Samuel McKee,  Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

STUART, FL – Dr. Dick Shappell, Professor Emeritus of Exercise Science at Oxford College of Emory University will present a free exercise seminar titled “How to Exercise Correctly… Because Exercise Is Medicine,” March 28 from 11am to 1pm at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City. This event is free and open to the public, registration is required.

Dr. Shappell will teach why exercise is medicine when done correctly, how to exercise correctly, and the healthy way to lose weight, as well as give diet and nutrition tips and exercises for the elderly.  Dr. Shappell recommends attendees bring paper and a pencil.  Physicians and health care providers are encouraged to join the general public in this two-hour seminar.

Richard T. Shappell, Ph.D., taught at Emory University for thirty-two years.  He has conducted over two hundred seminars for the public as well as seminars for physicians.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at


February 3, 2015

MCLS and Pearl Cancer Resource Center present Avenue D Choir to entertain and raise awareness at Blake library Feb 9

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For immediate release:  February 3, 2015

Contact:  Samuel McKee,  Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

STUART, FL – In celebration of the Anne M. & Joel L. Pearl Cancer Resource Center’s four-year anniversary, the Avenue D Choir will perform February 9 from 6 to 7pm in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart. Tours of the center will be offered prior to the event. This event is free and open to the public.

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 provides computers and reference materials on cancer prevention and treatment including 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.

Since 2004 the Avenue D Choir has nurtured the souls and minds of young members of St. Lucie County to ensure bright futures for the leaders of tomorrow.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at

October 1, 2014

‘Wellness in Motion’ at five MCLS locations throughout October

For Breast Cancer Awareness month, Martin County Library System has teamed up with Jupiter Medical Center to provide digital mammogram screenings at five of their community library locations throughout the month of October.

Wellness in Motion is Jupiter Medical Center’s mobile mammography and health and wellness unit that travels around areas of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Wellness in Motion is a patient-friendly, comfortable, convenient and technologically sophisticated vehicle providing health services to the community.

Mammograms are performed by certified radiologic technologists and images are interpreted by board-certified radiologists. No prescription is necessary for a screening mammogram. Visit for more info on WIM’s provided services.

Some more details on the mammogram screenings:

-No physician prescription required (women ages 40+)

-Regular insurance coverage applies

-Discount pricing available for uninsured

-If possible, bring prior images to expedite your results

-Mammograms take only fifteen minutes to complete

-Walk-ons welcome (bring insurance card and photo ID)

**Pre-registration is recommended. To schedule your appointment or ask any questions, please call 561.263.4636.**

A schedule with locations follows:

Robert Morgade Library – Monday, October 13 from 9am4pm

Hoke Library – Thursday, October 16 from 9am4pm

Blake Library – Friday, October 17 from 9am4pm

Peter & Julie Cummings Library – Tuesday, October 21 from 9am4pm

Hobe Sound Public Library – Thursday, October 23 from 9am4pm

For more information about this event or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403 or visit



June 25, 2014

Come get a Taste of the Tropics at the Blake Library THIS SATURDAY June 28

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Experience the Fruit of the Tropics



UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Volunteer Mark Worden holds a fresh-picked avocado at the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead.  Mr. Worden cultivates a specific interest in fruit trees and is currently creating a food forest is his home landscape. Photo Credit:  Ann McCormick, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Volunteer


Press Release

June 23, 2014

Taste of the Tropics is an annual event sponsored by the University of Florida  (UF) IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardeners in cooperation with the Martin County Library System to educate the public about the abundant tropical fruits and vegetables that can be grown in south Florida. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who have a goal to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large by providing residents with environmentally sound, research-based gardening information. The following is a synopsis on some tropical trees, shrubs and vines that grow in our area.  Come to Taste of the Tropics to learn, and taste, more!  This event will be held at the Blake Library on Saturday, June 28, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.



The avocado, Persea americana, is native to tropical America and consists of three botanical races (Mexican, Guatemalan, and West Indian), each with definitive characteristics and adaptations. Horticulturists have selected trees with superior qualities to come up with many cultivated varieties, known as cultivars. These trees are propagated vegetatively, which is to say, not from seed. With adequate yard space, the homeowner could plant several different cultivars and create an opportunity for extended harvest. For example, the cultivar “Donnie” ripens from May to June, “Miguel” provides fruit from July to September and “Monroe” produces from November to February.

Jackfruit, Artocarpus heterophyllus, is native to India, and holds the record for the largest tree-borne fruit. The fruit can weigh up to 60 pounds! Typically, the fruit averages around 35 pounds. Trees typically grow to 30 to 40 feet, but with judicious pruning can be kept around 12 feet, and make beautiful landscape specimens. While jackfruits are difficult to clean, they are worth the effort. Jackfruit trees are cold sensitive and should be planted only in a protected area.

The familiar mango, Mangifera indica, is represented by hundreds of cultivars. Most of what we buy at the grocery has been grown for quantity, not quality. For the home landscape, there are numerous cultivars of excellent quality from which to choose that will also provide sufficient quantity for home use. Given sufficient space, by planting an early, mid and late season cultivar, a homeowner could enjoy an extended mango season. The 16-20 oz. “Edward” and 10-16 oz. “Florigon” will ripen from  May to July, while the  20-40 oz., Keitt will ripen from August to September. With proper pruning, mango trees can be maintained at a height of 6 to 15 feet.

Small Trees/Shrubs

Barbados cherry or Acerola, Malpighia emarginata, is known and grown for its high vitamin C content. This little tree produces fruit almost continually from May to November. The small, 3/4” berries have a tart cherry-like flavor and are best eaten out of hand.

Jaboticaba, Myrciaria cauliflora, a small multi-branched shrub-like tree native to Brazil, produces copious amounts of 1” grape like fruit along the trunk. Grown from seed, these trees take approximately eight years to bear fruit. Since most purchased trees already have several years growth, the wait might not be quite so long for those who want to use this tree in their landscape.


Passion fruit, Passiflora edulis, is a short lived (3-5 years), fast growing vine that produces intensely flavored 2” round fruit. Plant it on a fence and watch it grow! 

Pitaya, Hylocereus undatus, (and others) is a vine-like cactus that produces a 4 1/2” oblong fleshy berry that has a flavor similar to kiwi. This cactus must be grown on a trellis, rough-barked tree or structure since the vine is epiphytic.
The Mysore raspberry, Rubus niveus, is a tropical berry related to the blackberry. It is very easy to grow with nothing more than adequate fertilizer and water. The vine is best grown on a trellis to keep the thorns out of the way.

Article Contributed by Mark Worden, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Master Gardener Volunteer

All programs and related activities sponsored, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons without discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations.  Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/University of Florida/Dr. Nick Place Dean and Director for Extension

May 27, 2014

‘King’ of crime fiction to visit the Peter & Julie Cummings Library June 7

For immediate release: May 22, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-320-3205

Palm City, FL – Edgar-award winning author Jonathon King will be visiting the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City, to present Literary Elements: On the Crime Scene with Jonathon King on Saturday, June 7 from 2 to 3pm. This event is part of the Martin County Library System’s Summer Reading Program.

Meet author Jonathon King and discover the elements that make South Florida the perfect crime scene for storytellers. It’s no mystery that cops and criminals in this state make the best-seller lists and prime-time news. Jonathon King is the creator of the Max Freeman crime series set in the Everglades and on the hard streets of urban South Florida. In his previous career as a journalist, he was a police and court reporter for 24 years with the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale and the Philadelphia Daily News.

In 2000 King spent two wintry months alone in a mountain cabin in North Carolina hiding out and writing the manuscript for The Blue Edge of Midnight which won the 2002 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American author. After writing three more novels in the series, King quit journalism and now writes full time in South Florida. His most recent work, Midnight Guardians, continues the Freeman series and is set in King’s beloved Everglades where he canoes and airboats and tromps about regularly.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at



May 21, 2014

Poetry series begins May 27, continues June 10 and 17 with IRSC Literature Professor at Blake Library

For immediate release: May 21, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-320-3205

Stuart, FL – Beginning Tuesday May 27 and continuing on Tuesdays June 10 and 17 from 2 to 3:30 pm in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, IRSC Literature Professor Dr. Roderick Hofer will present a three-part poetry lecture series. A schedule follows:

May 27, Tuesday, 2-3:30pm
Dr. Hofer will cover imagery, the line, the stanza, and tonal patterns. He will also touch on the modes–narrative, lyric, and elegiac. Selected individual poems will illustrate these conditions and their effects.

June 10, Tuesday, 2-3:30pm
This presentation will begin with the Anglo-Saxon period and then move through the Middle English, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary periods. Selected works works will illustrate the general thematic tendencies and formal variety of each period.

June 17, Tuesday, 2-3:30pm
Dr. Hofer will present on what poetry reveals about language, the imagination, and the human impulse toward design.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at



April 23, 2014

2013 Best Florida Fiction winner Mary E. Dawson to discuss one of FL’s most beautiful roads May 3

For immediate release: April 23, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Palm City, FL – Come and explore the Martin Grade through photos and stories with award-winning author Mary E. Dawson, Saturday May 3 from 2 to 3pm at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City.

The Martin Grade in western Martin County was recently named one of Florida’s most beautiful roads. Discover its history; what you can do along the way, what makes the Grade’s magnificent tree canopy unique, and how designating it a Florida Scenic Highway can protect the trees and the “Martin County difference.”

Mary E. Dawson is the author of two prize-winning novels, “The River Way Home: The Adventures of the Cowboy, the Indian, and the Amazon Queen,” which is now available at and “Code Name Nanette,” which is in production. “The River Way Home” is a tale of old Florida for young and old alike. Rich in historical detail, it draws the reader deep into the beauty and mystery of Florida’s unique environment to experience her characters’ exploration of friendship, loss, and possibility.

A former professional photographer, editor for NASA, community activist, elected official, and attorney, Mary searched from New Orleans, to Seattle, to Houston, and Miami, before she found the place she calls home – a small remnant of Florida’s last frontier, which she shares with friends, family, and a black-and-tan hound that wandered out of the Allapattah Flats one sunny afternoon.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at



Book signing with acclaimed local author Carol Matthews Rey at Elisabeth Lahti Library May 3

For immediate release: April 23, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Indiantown, FL – Saturday May 3 from 1 to 4pm at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave, Indiantown, Martin County’s very own Carol Matthews Rey will be meeting-and-greeting fans for a book signing of her latest publication, Images of America: Indiantown. Come and enjoy the “old Florida” atmosphere for a reception and book signing. There will be music, refreshments, and lots of fun. Meet local residents mentioned in the book, make new friends and reconnect with old ones.

About the book:
Indiantown is named after the Seminole Indians who settled there in the early 1800s. Though the city is small in population and size, it boasts a rich and colorful history that includes connections to English royalty and the filming of Hollywood movies, and it is the birthplace of the only female Seminole tribal leader, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper. In 1924, railroad tycoon Solomon Davies Warfield built an extension of the Seaboard Air Line Railway from Coleman, Florida, to West Palm Beach, with a stop in Indiantown. Warfield envisioned Indiantown as the southern hub of the Seaboard rail line and planned a model city. He died in 1927 before his dreams were realized. Today, however, Indiantown boasts a thriving citrus and boating industry, is home to one of North America’s largest winter thoroughbred training facilities, and houses the world’s first hybrid solar energy plant.

About the author:
Before creating this book, author Carol Matthews Rey—Martin County’s 2007 Teacher of the Year—worked with colleagues and students on several Indiantown history projects, with the assistance of the Elisabeth Lahti Library archives in Indiantown, and conducted interviews with many longtime community members. Inspired by her connection and love for the community and its residents, Rey tells the story of this small but interesting town. Carol Matthews Rey’s last publication was Iris Wall, Cracker Cowgirl, released in 2012.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at



April 21, 2014

Final Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society concert of the season at Elisabeth Lahti Library April 26

For immediate release: April 21, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Indiantown, FL – Saturday April 26 at Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave, Indiantown at 3pm, the Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Orchestra will present a free concert of classical guitar selections, running the gambit from Renaissance to Modern and serious to folksy arrangements. No tickets or reservations are needed.

The volunteer amateur orchestra is composed of many of the area’s teachers as well as students and has been playing together for two years in the community, performing at libraries and area nursing homes. Conductor Jamie Thomas has been with the orchestra for the past year.

Current orchestra members are Rowdy Carlton, Joette Giorgis, Ed DePool, Al Orlando, Bill Rice, Jay Harris, Sarah Coleman, Ann Ashworth, Jane Helsing, Freeman Sherrill, Bob Swinton, BJ Panong, Connor Shann and Jan Wissmuller.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at



April 18, 2014

Journey Into Eternity w/ Dr. Susan L. Wallace

Journey Into Eternity w/ Dr. Susan L. Wallace

Join us for a fun, fact-filled afternoon as Dr. Susan L. Wallace presents a program on Egyptian art and culture covering stories of early twentieth century archaeology in Egypt, including gossip surrounding the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Wallace is a faculty member at Indian River State College and was Museum Curator and Chief Curator at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami. She is well travelled, both for research and leisure, and has made two trips to Egypt researching art, architecture and ancient Egyptian religion!

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