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 23, 2013

Playing With Books workshop takes on holiday theme at Cummings Library Dec. 7

For immediate release: November 23, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863

Martin County Library System will present Playing With Books, Holiday Edition II at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Road, Palm City, on Saturday, December 7 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in the Donahue Room.

Participants will upcycle, repurpose and reimage books for holiday decorations. Creating gift tags from maps is just one of the possibilities. Supplies will be provided–bring only your imagination!

The workshop is free and open to adults and teens.  No registration is 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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October 29, 2013

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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October 23, 2013

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 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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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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September 20, 2013

Volunteer Fair a first for Martin County Library System

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For immediate release:  September 20, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  

 

Want to make a difference in the community but don’t know how? Look no further than the Martin County Library System (MCLS). Visit MCLS’ first-ever Volunteer Fair on Saturday, October 5 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.

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Suzanne Dowd has been with the library system since 1999. She’s recorded over 1,700 volunteer service hours during that time.

Attendees will speak with representatives from American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin counties, Elliott Museum, Habitat for Humanity, House of Hope, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Martin County Library System, Safe Harbor, YMCA and many more. Volunteer opportunities are available to high school students and adults.

“The Volunteer Fair is an exciting event for us to host,” said MCLS Volunteer Coordinator Terry Dick. “We are making a difference by connecting potential volunteers with these great organizations along the Treasure Coast.”
 
House of Hope’s Volunteer Manager Kelly McIntyre said, “We are thrilled to partner with the Martin County Library System. Volunteers are the heart of House of Hope’s four service centers, including the food pantries and thrift stores. We rely on this wonderful team to keep things running smoothly in all areas.”

To learn more about the Volunteer 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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September 6, 2013

Monthly art club for teens begins September 20

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For immediate release:  September 6, 2013                                        
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205   
        
Teens ages 12 and up are invited to Teen Art Club the third Friday of every month from September to May at 4:00pm. The club will be held at the Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20, January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18 and May 16.

 Teen Art Club incorporates technology with the use of art blogs, digital art and peer interaction to promote artistic expression. It is a place for teens to meet and enhance art skills. For more information, contact the Hoke Library at 772-463-2870.

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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