Martin County Library System Press Releases

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 www.library.martin.fl.us.

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April 23, 2014

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 www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 24, 2014

Sea captain and author Don Cramer presents on 50-year career, wreck diving and more at Blake Library April 2

For immediate release: March 18, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

DON CRAMER awarded by SW Phile Dive Club

Wednesday, April 2 at 2 pm, in the John F. Armstrong Wing at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, seasoned sea captain Don Cramer will provide viewers with tales from his voyages in the Mid-Atlantic over a fifty year career, in correspondence with his autobiography SummerPlace: 101 Year History of Fishing & Wreck Diving. Hear about the zany characters who boarded his vessels, enjoy the explorations of Maryland and Virginia dive clubs, who ventured out with Don, visiting wrecks such as the Varranger, King Cobia, The MoonStone and Jacob Jones. Hear first-hand accounts of rescued treasure. The stories of the Cramer clan unwind through emerging sea towns and the ups and downs of marriage, life at sea and love and loss. This is event is presented in partnership with Journey Stories.

Donald Cramer is a 3rd generation captain. Loving the open seas, and the thrill of the “find” Don captained an oyster boat from the mid 1950’s to 1970’s before entering the dangerous world of wreck diving. He chartered treasure hunters on decades of voyages out of the Hereford Inlet in New Jersey. Don is one of a handful of captains to hold an Active Commercial License. With an astute memory, he retells his tales of treasure, woe and humor in his book SummerPlace: 101 Year History of Fishing & Wreck Diving.

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

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November 1, 2013

Join author Sandra J. Robson for high tea at the Blake Library Nov. 8

For immediate release: October 31, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863

You are invited to attend an afternoon tea with Sandra J. Robson, author of False As the Day Is Long, A Keegan Shaw Mystery, on Friday, November 8 at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Attendees will join the author in a chat about writing and her stories. Tea and cookies will be served. Books will be available for sale and signing. Registration is required by calling 772-288-5702, extension 5.

Now living full-time in Florida, Robson grew up in Iowa and spent many summers in England, which inspired events in her current mystery. Her earlier book False Impression will be re-released in the next few months by Rainbow Books, who has optioned her newest book False Promises, publishing date to be announced.

Learn more about Sandra at http://www.sandrarobson.com.

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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March 14, 2013

Yale University professor discusses ‘The Second Nuclear Age’ at Blake Library April 4

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit
         

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     
DATE:  MARCH 14, 2013
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772-221-1403
           

Paul Bracken, Ph.D., professor of management and political science at Yale University, presents his book The Second Nuclear Age on Thursday, April 4 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Blake Library. Professor Bracken discusses how nuclear weapons are changing the calculus of power politics, and he offers an incisive tour of the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia to underscore how the United States must not allow itself to be unprepared for managing such crises. The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Bracken is also the author of Managing Strategic Surprise, Fire in the East and The Command and Control of Nuclear Forces and numerous other books and articles. He serves on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel and chairs the Board of Advisors for the U.S. Naval War College. In 2012, The Princeton Review included Bracken in its book The Best 300 Professors in the United States. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Yale University. 

A part of the Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series, the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. The Blake Library is located at 2351 S.E. Monterey Rd., Stuart.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South events or the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, or visit the website at www.library.martin.fl.us

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February 7, 2013

Experience Ron Wiggins’ wettest and wildest wetlands adventures

CHAUTAUQUA
SOUTH
 
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: FEBRUARY 7, 2013
CONTACT: MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403

Hobe Sound Public Library to host retired Palm Beach Post humor columnist Ron Wiggins February 12
         

Ron Wiggins, retired humor columnist from The Palm Beach Post, will take you on his wettest and wildest wetlands adventures featured in his book Florida Authentica on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Hobe Sound Public Library. Ron’s 45-minute PowerPoint presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Signed copies of Florida Authentica will be available for purchase after the program.

A part of the Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series, the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. and is free and open to the public. The Hobe Sound Public Library is located at 10595 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound.

For details or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.  For information about Martin County library events for children, adults and teens, click on the Library Newsletter tab on the right-hand menu of the library website for the Online Connection of your choice.

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February 5, 2013

Noted author Gary Monroe tells history of Florida Highwaymen, shows original paintings Feb. 14 and 15

CHAUTAUQUA
SOUTH
 
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:  FEBRUARY 5, 2013      
CONTACT:  MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403

   
In celebration of Black History Month and as part of Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series, Gary Monroe will present a history of the Florida Highwaymen 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 14 at the Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, and 2:30 p.m. Friday, February 15 at the Hoke Library, Community Room, 1150 NW Williams Way, Jensen Beach. Sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., the events are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

Gary Monroe, author of the book that sparked the Highwaymen renaissance, will discuss the setting and origin of the once anonymous painters from our area who in the 1960s and 1970s showered the region and state with their glowing interpretations of Florida as the dream-state. His 50-minute PowerPoint-assisted presentation will introduce the artists, explore their banner years, and showcase an array of paintings.

Additionally, a selection of original paintings will be on hand courtesy of Lisa Stone Arts (www.lisastonearts.com). The audience is welcome to contribute their ideas and experiences with these paintings. The lively discussion will offer a historical context and a fresh interpretation to the Highwaymen’s unique imagery.

Monroe’s 2001 book, The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters, inspired museums to freshly consider these once dismissible paintings, individuals to collect them with gusto, magazines to initiate articles, and institutions to host the special Highwaymen events. Mr. Monroe’s book even inspired the artists to come out of retirement to paint again! 

Books will be available for purchase, which you may have autographed by the author. 

Gary Monroe is a professor of art at Daytona State College and the author of the seminal book about The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters, as well as two other Highwaymen books: Harold Newton: The Original Highwayman and The Highwaymen Murals: Al Black’s Concrete Dreams.

His first book was reviewed on the front page of the New York Times Lively Arts Section. Mr. Monroe successfully nominated the Highwaymen to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, a function of the Florida Department of State, in 2004 and, last year, served a National Public Radio crew as guide for NPR’s three-part Highwaymen series. Visit his website for more information at www.floridafolkart.net.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South events or the Martin County Library System, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the library website, http://www.library.martin.fl.us, where you may sign up to receive notification of events by email.

 

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October 1, 2012

Meet “The Pages” at October 22 “Eavesdropping” book launch/panel discussion

Dr. Kendra Brown and “The Pages” will introduce their book, Eavesdropping: As Real Women Talk About the Gifts and Challenges of Aging, Monday, October 22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road in Stuart. The event is free and open to the public. 

A group of women including psychologist Kendra T. Brown, Ph.D., met over a span of three years to examine common issues. The result of these get-togethers is a readable, fun guide to reinventing oneself throughout life, even in retirement years, with chapter titles such as “When Did I Stop Dancing?,” “Creating a Village,” and “You Never Know Where Sex Will Take You.” “Eavesdropping” also has thought-provoking and useful sections on writing an ethical will, safekeeping personal records, suggested books, and advice on starting your own group. 

Meet these adventurous “Pages” and author Kendra T. Brown, Ph.D., in a lively panel discussion facilitated by Edie Donohue, Ph.D. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Kendra T. Brown, Ph.D., is a psychologist in Stuart, Florida. She was formerly a teacher and human resources director. She has lectured, taught and written in the fields of psychology, sports enhancement, human resources, and hypnosis.

Edith M. Donohue, Ph.D., is a human resources professional who teaches, writes and offers career guidance services to individuals and organizations. She was selected as the Martin County Woman of Distinction in the Business Professional category in 1999. Edie is the co-author of “Life After Layoff: Six Proven Courses of Action.”

For more information or to learn more about 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 http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

September 19, 2012

Listen to award-winning author Marianne Berkes read from her two new books Oct. 11

For immediate release:  September 19, 2012                                        
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863   

Award-winning children’s book author and storyteller

Marianne Berkes to appear at Blake Library October 11

 

Martin County Library System will present a special story time with award-winning children’s book author Marianne Berkes on Thursday, October 11 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the second floor Exploration Lab at the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart.  The event is free and open to the public.

Ages 4-8 are invited to listen to Berkes read from her two new books, The Tree That Bear Climbed and Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek, and then to participate in a fun craft. Books will be available for sale and autographing. Registration is not required.

Written in cumulative verse, The Tree That Bear Climbed lends itself to further discussion with fun repetition and picture clues, stimulating a child’s curiosity. It also teaches the interdependence of nature and answers questions such as, “How do bees make honey?” and “How does a tree grow?” Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek introduces children to a woodland habitat with cut paper illustrations that encourage readers to leap like a squirrel, build like a beaver, and pounce like a fox.

Marianne Berkes’ 12 picture books are in libraries across the country and cover topics that include Australia, animal migration, the Arctic, planets, the jungle, seashells, and life in a marsh.

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

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June 25, 2012

Library Homework Helper Partnership with Extended Day Puts Books in Students’ Hands

For immediate release:  June 25, 2012
Contact:  Susan Opasik,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations,
772-463-2863  

Partnership Between Library Homework Helpers and Extended Day Program

 Is Out of This World!
         

Every summer Martin County Library System sends its homework helpers out to Extended Day sites to do story times and craft activities.  This year, thanks to this ongoing collaboration between the library system and the Martin County School District (MCSD), pre-K to second grade Extended Day students will experience not only stories and crafts but also imaginary travel to other planets. 

At the request of Patrick Murray, head of the Extended Day Program, the school district has purchased 500 copies of the award-winning book Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun, written by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Janeen Mason.  Copies will be distributed to every Extended Day student throughout the county the week of July 9. 

Illustrator Janeen Mason says, “I am delighted they’re providing to all of their students soft cover copies of Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun, which… is being featured this summer in all Florida libraries.  Marianne Berkes, the author, used to be a children’s librarian and she spent time in children’s theatre, so when she wrote this book she did so to the tune of ‘Over in the Meadow.’ (She’s simply brilliant.)  When I illustrated the book I used crayons on a pancake griddle.  There are tons of activities the kids can do with camp counselors, parents and teachers.  (And they’re featured in the back of the book.)”

Going Around the Sun was chosen by the State Library to represent the collaborative summer
reading program because it best exemplifies the theme, Dream Big READ.  Every library in the state participating in the program has received a copy.  The book also is a Florida Reading Association’s 2011-2012 Children’s Book Award Nominee and has received a Mom’s Choice Gold Award.

In addition to keeping kids working on literacy throughout the summer, the collaboration between Martin County Library System and Extended Day aims to develop the bond between students and homework helpers.  To ensure the familiarity and trust established with students in summer continues into the school year, the library system sends staff assigned to community library Homework Helper centers to the nearest Extended Day site.

Homework helpers are on hand to help children, teens and their parents with all their assignment and project needs at the Cummings Library in Palm City, Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown, Hobe Sound Public Library, Hoke Library in Jensen Beach and Robert Morgade Library in Stuart.  Blake Library will also have a Homework Helper by the start of the school year. 

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

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