Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 18, 2010

Page Turner Adventures’ Oddball Vaudeville Tops Off The Big Read 3/27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                           

DATE:  MARCH 17, 2010

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                                                                                         

WHO:                    The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.., in support of Martin County libraries

WHAT:                 The Big Read: The Big Read Finale 

Oddball Vaudeville – Presented by Page Turner Adventures

Riley Roam and Kenny Mikey of Page Turner Adventures will present “Oddball Vaudeville” 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 27 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road., Stuart.  The event is free and open to the public.  For kids and adults of all ages!

Join Kenny and Riley as they bring Martin County Library System’s Big Read project to a hilarious close with a sidesplitting show full of juggling, unicycling, physical comedy, magic and mystery.  Experience vaudeville entertainment the way Mark Twain might have seen it in his day!

Riley Roam is a former Fox 29 Kids Club Host.  Kenny Mikey is a former Ringling Brothers Juggler and clown.  Visit their Web site, www.PageTurnerAdventures.com.

 

WHEN:                 Saturday, March 27, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:               Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.  For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.  To learn about Martin County Library System’s Big Read events visit www.bigreadmartin.org.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System call

772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection, or visit the library Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 5, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist to Join Discussions After “Parallel Lives” Performances 3/19

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CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                          

DATE:  MARCH 5, 2010

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403            

WHO:                     Martin County Library System, with funding by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for The Big Read project, and additional support from The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc..

WHAT: Chautauqua South: Lifelong Learning and The Big Read  

Parallel Lives: Stories of a Divided World

A play by Beverly Coyle and Bill Maxwell; directed by Jerry Klein

 

Performance featuring Peg O’Keef and Joe Reed

Post-performance discussion with actors and Bill Maxwell

 

Actors Peg O’Keef and Joe Reed will give two performances of Parallel Lives: Stories of a Divided World Friday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road., Stuart, as part of Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series and The Big Read project.  The events are free and open to the public.  No reservations or tickets are required.  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Maxwell will join the actors in a discussion following each performance.  Because of language and subject matter, the shows are recommended for mature audiences.

Actors O’Keef and Reed will portray the play’s authors, Beverly Coyle and Bill Maxwell.  The protagonists grew up only miles apart but were segregated into different worlds.  Years later, the two unlikely colleagues tour Florida’s historic “lynching belt” to confront the legacy of Jim Crow in their pasts and just under their skins.  Filled with humor and courage, Parallel Lives creates thunderous resonance in these remarkable times. 

Co-authors Beverly Coyle and Bill Maxwell came together in 1998 when the Florida Humanities council commissioned each of them to write an essay recording their memories of being the last generation to grow up in legally segregated Florida.  In 2002, the St. Petersburg Times gave the Florida Humanities Council a grant so Coyle and Maxwell could turn their readings into a full-fledged play.  This production was remounted at Seminole Community College in 2008 and directed by Jerry Klein.

Peg O’Keef is a native Floridian.  Central Florida performance credits include The Lion in Winter, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Angels in America, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ?and many others.  Peg has directed numerous productions in the Orlando area.  She teaches at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida.  In her free time she gardens and edits materials for the Florida Film Festival.

Actor Joe Reed is both an active stage actor and accomplished screen actor with feature film, TV and major commercial credits.  A product of Asbury Park, NJ, Joe is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he was a pilot in Vietnam.  In addition to performing at Central Florida venues, he teaches college psych. 

Beverly Coyle is the author of three novels, each set in her native state of Florida.  In Troubled Waters was The New York Times “Notable Book selection and listed among “The Ten Best Novels of the Year’ named by the American Library Association in 1994.  Beverly was a full professor at Vassar College and taught there 25 years.  Her play The Smoking Gun is being work-shopped in New York City.

A Fort Lauderdale native who was reared in a migrant farming family, Bill Maxwell first joined the St. Petersburg Times in 1994 as an editorial writer.  He also wrote a twice-weekly column.  Before joining the Times, Bill spent six years writing a weekly column for the Gainesville Sun and The New York Times syndicate.  Before that, he was an investigative reporter for the Fort Pierce Tribune, where he focused on labor and migrant farm worker affairs. 

WHEN:                  Friday, March 19, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.        

WHERE:                Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                     Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.  For more

information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.  To learn about Big Read events planned in Martin County during 2010 visit www.bigreadmartin.org.  For additional information about Parallel Lives visit www.parallel-lives.net.

Chautauqua South brochures are available at all Martin County libraries.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection, or visit the library Web site, http://www.library.martin.fl.us.                    

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February 15, 2010

Tom Sawyer Puppet Show at Four Martin Libraries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               

DATE:  FEBRUARY 15, 2010

CONTACT: MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS, 772/221-1403

WHO:                    The Friends of the Palm City Library, Inc.; The Friends of the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach, Inc.; The Friends of the Hobe Sound Library, Inc.; and The Friends of the Elisabeth Lahti Library of Indiantown, Florida, Inc.

WHAT:                 The Big Read

Duck in the Truck Puppets: The Tom Sawyer Puppet Show

Duck in the Truck Puppets will present “The Tom Sawyer Puppet Show” as part of Martin County Library System’s Big Read Project at four Martin County libraries February 27 through March 24.  The roughly one-hour show is free and open to the public and recommended for ages 3-8. Free copies of classic and children’s versions of the Big Read book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain will be available while supplies last.

Professor O (David Opasik) introduces puppet characters Becky, Huck, Tom and Aunt Polly as well as famous author Mark Twain. The story unfolds as Speaker the Wonder Dog (Susan Opasik) assists with the shadow show. Watch out for Injun Joe!

The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.  For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.  To learn about other Big Read events planned in Martin County visit www.bigreadmartin.org

WHEN and

WHERE:             

1)  Saturday, February 27, 1:00 p.m., Cummings Library, Donahue Room, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City

2)  Wednesday, March 17, 6:30 p.m., Hoke Library, Community Room, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach

3)  Saturday, March 20, 1:00 p.m., Hobe Sound Public Library, Community Room, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound

4)  Wednesday, March 24, 6:30 p.m., Elisabeth Lahti Library, Elisabeth Lahti community Room, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown

HOW:                    Free and open to the public                            

For more information, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call 772.221-1403 or visit the MCLS Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.

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February 12, 2010

Betty Jean Steinshouer, as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Willa Cather, Tells About Twain

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CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       

DATE: FEBRUARY 12, 2010                                                                         

CONTACT:  MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS, 772/221-1403                                                          

WHO:                    Sponsored by The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., and The Friends of the Robert Morgade Library, Inc.

WHAT:                  Chautauqua South: The Big Read

Speaking of Twain: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Willa Cather

Presented by Betty Jean Steinshouer

Betty Jean Steinshouer will present her one-woman show, “Speaking of Twain: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Willa Cather,” at two Martin County libraries as part of the Chautauqua South arts and education series and The Big Read Project, appearing 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 4 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, and 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 5 in the Anderson Room of the Robert Morgade Library, Chastain Campus I.R.S.C., 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart. Admission is free. No tickets or reservations are required.

In this two-part play, the noted scholar and actress will tell engaging stories as Harriet Beecher Stowe, the acclaimed author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and a neighbor of Mark Twain during his years in Hartford, Connecticut.  Part two will be reflections of Twain’s later years by Willa Cather, the well-respected author of books such as O Pioneers! and My Antonia.   

Betty Jean Steinshouer has portrayed Willa Cather since 1988 and Harriet Beecher Stowe since 2000. The Florida Center for the Book has invited her to do many scholarly programs over the years, including perspectives on Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  She is familiar to Martin County Library System audiences as well for her portrayals of Marjorie Kinnan Rawling, Gertrude Stein and others. We are delighted that she has agreed to do this special discourse on Mark Twain for the library system’s Big Read project.

WHEN and WHERE:

1)       Thursday, March 4, 7:00 p.m., Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart  

 

2)       Friday,  March 5, 2:00 p.m., Robet Morgade Library, Anderson Room, Chastain Campus I.R. S.C., 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart

WHERE:               Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of

American culture.  For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.  To learn about

other Big Read events planned in Martin County visit www.bigreadmartin.org.

Complete Chautauqua schedules are available at all Martin County libraries.  For details or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.  

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February 10, 2010

Meet Becky, Huck, Tom, Aunt Polly and Mark Twain Himself!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               

DATE:  FEBRUARY 10, 2010

CONTACT: MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS, 772/221-1403

WHO:                    Martin County Library System and event sponsor The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc.

WHAT:                 The Big Read

Duck in the Truck Puppets: The Tom Sawyer Puppet Show

David and Susan Opasik of Duck in the Truck Puppets will present “The Tom Sawyer Puppet Show” as part of Martin County Library System’s Big Read Project 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 20 at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast at Indian RiverSide Park in Jensen Beach. The half-hour show is free and open to the public and recommended for ages 3-8. Free copies of classic and children’s versions of the Big Read book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain will be available while supplies last.

Professor O introduces puppet characters Becky, Huck, Tom and Aunt Polly as well as famous author Mark Twain. The story unfolds as Speaker the Wonder Dog assists with the shadow show. Watch out for Injun Joe!

David and Susan Opasik have been making puppets since 1978 and performing with them since 1989.  Duck in the Truck Puppets, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation formed in 1997, has received repeated funding from The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  The couple lives in Jensen Beach.

The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.  For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.  To learn about other Big Read events planned in Martin County visit www.bigreadmartin.org

WHEN:                 Saturday, February 20, 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

WHERE:              The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, Indian RiverSide Park, 1707 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach 34957

HOW:                    Free and open to the public                            

For more information, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call 772.221-1403 or visit the MCLS Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.

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February 4, 2010

Enjoy Old-fashioned Family Fun in Indiantown Feb. 13

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               

DATE:  February 4, 2010

 CONTACT: Lynn Warner 772-219-4975, lwarner@martin.fl.us      

WHO:                    Martin County Library System and event sponsors The Friends of the Library of Indiantown, Florida, Inc. and Martin County Parks and Recreation Department 

 WHAT:                 The Big Read: Family Fun Day

Enjoy old-fashioned community fun 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 13 at Post Family Park, adjacent to the Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown.

Activities for young families include:

  • Bean bag toss
  • Leapfrog
  • Sack races
  • Face painting
  • Creating homemade Valentine cards
  • Photo opportunities with costumed characters Dora and Diego 

 

Free copies of classic and children’s versions of the Big Read book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, will be available while supplies last.

The Big Read is an initiative of the NEA designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.  For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.  To learn about Big Read events planned in Martin County during 2010 visit www.bigreadmartin.org

WHEN:                 Saturday, February 13, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:              Post Family Park, adjacent to Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown

HOW:                    Free and open to the public                            

For more information, contact Lynn Warner 772-219-4975,  lwarner@martin.fl.us.

January 28, 2010

Veteran Chautauqua Scholar to Portray Mark Twain Feb. 10-12

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CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH

 Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DATE:  JANUARY 28, 2010                                                                            

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403

WHO:                    Sponsored by The Friends of the Elisabeth Lahti Library of Indiantown, Florida, and the Library Foundation of Martin County, in support of the Martin County Library System            

WHAT:                  Chautauqua South: Lifelong Learning and The Big Read

 

Mark Twain: A Literary Autobiography

Presented by George Frein, Ph.D.

Veteran Chautauqua performer and scholar George Frein, Ph.D., will portray author Mark Twain at three Martin County libraries February 10, 11 and 12 as part of the library system’s Chautauqua South arts and education series and The Big Read.  Copies of the Big Read book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, will be given away at each program while supplies last. 

Appearing in costume and in character as Mark Twain, Dr. Frein will present a 40-minute monologue in which he will help audience members see The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in the context of the rest of Twain’s major works.  Following the monologue, which is faithful to Twain’s published and unpublished works, will be two 15-minute Q&A sessions based on the best available Twain scholarship: an in-character question period in which “Mark Twain” entertains questions from the audience, giving answers based on what Twain has said and written; and an out-of-character discussion about Twain’s life and work.  Sometimes the audience learns about the lies Twain may have told earlier in the program. 

George Frein is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota and Adjunct Professor of Religion at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.  Dr. Frein portrayed Mark Twain for the Great Plains Chautauqua Society from 1994-1997, performing every summer in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas.  He has also presented Mark Twain around the country from the state of Washington to Florida for humanities councils, colleges, schools and libraries.  He is currently the director of the

National Chautauqua Tour, a group of humanities scholars making Chautauqua available nationwide. 

He is also the Greenville Chautauqua Society’s Artistic Director.  In addition to Mark Twain Dr. Frein has portrayed Herman Melville, Henry Adams, John James Audubon, Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Seuss.  George lives in Greenville with his wife Shelly Matthews, a professor at Furman University, and their two children.

WHEN and WHERE:

Wednesday, February 10, 4:00 p.m., Elisabeth Lahti Library, Community Room, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown (funding by The Friends of the Elisabeth Lahti Library of Indiantown, Florida)  

Thursday, February 11, 2:00 p.m., Hobe Sound Public Library, Community Room, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound (funding by the Library Foundation of Martin County)     

 

Friday, February 12, 4:00 p.m., Cummings Library, Donahue Room, 2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City (funding by the Library Foundation of Martin County)     

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of

American culture.  For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.  To learn about

other Big Read events planned in Martin County visit www.bigreadmartin.org.

Complete Chautauqua schedules are available at all Martin County libraries.  For details or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, www.library.martin.fl.us.  

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July 15, 2009

MCLS Awarded Big Read Grant

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 15, 2009 
CONTACT:   Lynn Warner
772-219-4975
lwarner@martin.fl.us

MARTIN COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
ONE OF 269 ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE
TO RECEIVE BIG READ GRANT FROM
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

Martin County to read and celebrate
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
during Big Read project


June 23, 2009 – Martin County – The Martin County Library System, under the auspices of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, today announced that it has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to host The Big Read in Martin County. MCLS is one of 269 nonprofits—including arts, culture, and science organizations; libraries; and municipalities—and one of only nine statewide to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2009 and June 2010. The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 30 selections from U.S. and world literature. The Big Read in Martin County will focus on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Martin County events featuring related activities and book distribution include: 
• January 9 kickoff at Jonathan Dickinson Park
• Big Read booth at ArtsFest January 30-31
• March 19 performance and discussion of the play Parallel Lives at the Blake Library

The latest Big Read grantees represent 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since the 2006 pilot program with ten participating organizations, the NEA has given more than 800 grants to support local Big Read projects.

“The Martin County Library System is excited to be the coordinating agency which will bring the Big Read to Martin County and values the importance of community coming together around literature,” said Donna Tunsoy, Martin County Library System Director.  “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer will provide the backdrop for all residents–children and adults–to participate in activities which will promote the joys of reading.”

“The Big Read highlights not only literature, but also what can be accomplished in partnership,” said NEA Acting Chairman Patrice Walker Powell. “I’m grateful to IMLS, Arts Midwest, and the many many nonprofits, local governments, and media outlets around the country that have partnered with the NEA to present hundreds of Big Read projects nationwide. We welcome our new community partners to The Big Read family and look forward to continuing this transformative dialogue between neighbors and across borders.”

 
The selected organizations will receive Big Read grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to promote and carry out community-based reading programs featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings, and performing arts events. Participating communities also receive high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title, including Reader’s, Teacher’s, and Audio Guides.

“The Institute is pleased to support The Big Read, which brings communities together to enjoy literature in their public libraries,” said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the NEA’s lead federal partner for The Big Read. “Libraries are community anchors that serve as centers of engagement, literacy, and lifelong learning. There is nothing better than to read a great book and share your delight and insights with others.”

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Transportation for The Big Read is provided by Ford.

For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.  To learn about Big Read events planned by Martin County Library System during 2010 visit www.bigreadmartin.org
 
The Martin County Library System is dedicated to meeting the educational, recreational, cultural, and intellectual needs of its diverse communities. In fulfilling this mission MCLS continues to provide free and equal access to information, lifelong learning resources and services to people of all ages and abilities.  For more information, please visit www.library.martin.fl.us.

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts—both new and established—bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. For more information, please visit www.arts.gov.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. For more information, please visit www.imls.gov.

Arts Midwest connects people throughout the Midwest and the world to meaningful arts opportunities, sharing creativity, knowledge, and understanding across boundaries. Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit www.artsmidwest.org.

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