Martin County Library System Press Releases

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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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 www.library.martin.fl.us.

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March 18, 2014

Seminole history and culture presentations at Elisabeth Lahti Library and Hobe Sound Public Library April 5

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

Saturday, April 5 at 11 am, at Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy,
Hobe Sound, and 3 pm at Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave,
Indiantown, representatives from the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum will give a presentation on Native American culture and customs, specifically regarding the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Attendees will gain greater sensitivity for the history and struggle of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and how they might better carry the message of our local heritage. This presentation is in partnership with Journey Stories.

Nestled in the heart of the Everglades on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum is home to more than 30,000 unique artifacts, archival items and experiences. There, one can learn about the Seminole people and their rich cultural and historical ties to the Southeast and Florida, as they have made Big Cypress their home for more thousands of years.

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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January 9, 2014

Treasure Coast Hospice to present at all six Martin County library locations beginning February 5

For immediate release: January 9, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Treasure Coast Hospice is visiting all six Martin County libraries beginning Wednesday, February 5 at Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr, Stuart and concluding Wednesday, May 21 at Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach. A schedule with descriptions follows.

Presentation Schedule:

Robert Morgade Library
February 5th @ 2pm
Start the Conversation: Thinking Through Your Healthcare Decisions
Many people struggle with how to talk with their loved ones about what matters most to them for end of life care. The Conversation Project© is dedicated to helping people begin to talk about their end of life care. This workshop provides practical tips to help you think about how to approach discussing your plans with your loved ones.

February 19th @ 2PM
Continue the Conversation: Tips on Talking to your Doctor so Your Wishes are Heard
Once you’ve talked with your loved ones, the next step is to have a conversation with your doctor. With help from The Conversation Project ©, this workshop will help you prepare yourself for the conversation with any member of your health care team.

Peter & Julie Cummings Library
February 13th @ 2PM
Pet Loss: Support and Guidance for Healing After the Death of a Pet
Faithful companions and treasured family members, pets bring joy and comfort to our lives. When a beloved pet dies, it is natural to grieve. If you are grieving the loss of a pet, we would like to share out comfort, support and guidance in your time of loss. In this program, you will learn the normal, natural symptoms of grief and receive practical advice for handling issues uniquely related to the loss of a four-legged friend.

Hoke Library
March 12th @ 11AM
Pet Loss: Support and Guidance for Healing After the Death of a Pet
**See above description**

May 21st @ 2PM
Grieving Beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Mourn
In their recent book, Kenneth Doka and Terry Martin tackle common stereotypes and misconceptions about grief and mourning. In this program, we will explore Doka and Martin’s “continuum of grief” and discuss what factors, including gender, influence how people experience and respond to loss.

Elisabeth Lahti Library
April 16th @ 6PM
Five Wishes
“Five Wishes” is an easy-to-understand workbook that will help you get down in writing your personal, medical, legal and spiritual wishes and then give them the effect of law. Representatives of Treasure Coast Hospice invite you to a hands-on workshop to discuss the choices of each “wish.” Whether you have had the conversation with your loved ones yet or not, this tool will be a great supplement to discussing your healthcare decisions. **Each participant will receive a Five Wishes workbook at no charge**
(Presenter is Bilingual at Lahti Location)

Blake Library
April 17th @ 10AM
Five Wishes
**See above description**

Hobe Sound Public Library
April 17th @ 2PM
Five Wishes
**See above description**

Treasure Coast Hospice is a not-for-profit organization serving Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. They offer grief counseling services and bereavement programs through Treasure Coast Hospice Counseling Services. They can be reached at tchospice.org.

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

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January 8, 2014

OrisiRisi African Folklore to perform Drum Stories at Elisabeth Lahti and Robert Morgade libraries Feb 1

For immediate release: January 7, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205

On Saturday, February 1, OrisiRisi African Folklore will be performing “Drum Stories” at two Martin County library locations. There will be a late-morning performance at Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr, Stuart, at 11 am and a mid-afternoon performance at Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave, Indiantown, at 3 pm. These performances encourage the attendance of all ages!

Pronounced (O-re-she-re-she), a Yoruba term meaning different things, African Folklore is a performing arts company formed in 1986 with the expressed purpose of sharing the beauty and poignancy of African life and culture. Having received critical acclaim far and wide for their unique, African-rooted, educational and entertaining presentations, Don Harrell and Nigerian born wife Tutu, co-produce and direct the many facets of their act. With varied African art OrisiRisi imparts different kinds of folk-knowledge and experiences to and for their audiences.

Drum Stories” is a joyous celebration including stories from the far corners of the African continent incorporating the tradition of audience participation with fun-filled call and response songs, spirited African drumming, and much more!

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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January 2, 2014

Alligators! Outlaws! And Tourists! with author Mary E. Dawson begins January 21

For immediate release: January 2, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, Public Relations,
772-463-3205

Beginning Tuesday, January 21 through April 12, Mary E. Dawson, award-winning author of The River Way Home: The Adventures of the Cowboy, the Indian & The Amazon Queen, will be taking attendees on a journey through the alligator-infested swamps and pristine rivers of western Martin County a hundred years ago-to the city of Stuart in the year it became a city. Through historical photographs and true stories, you’ll meet the real people and places that inspired her rollicking old-Florida adventure which was named Best Florida Fiction for 2013 by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. Plus, you’ll learn something fun and new about Martin County’s history!

Providing a vivid snapshot of Martin County in 1914, The River Way Home tells the story of three teens from different cultural backgrounds, a Cracker, a Seminole, and an African-American girl, when they lose their boat in a storm on Lake Okeechobee and must navigate their way back home through the Floridian jungle of western Martin County. History buffs will be excited to learn that the novel also includes a section dedicated to old photographs and historical essays that explain the origin of the characters’ issues, and events portrayed in the tale.

Mary E. Dawson will be presenting at all six Martin County Library Locations, a schedule follows:

January 21, 2:00-3:00 pm
Blake Library

February 12, 6:00-7:00 pm
Robert Morgade Library

February 28, 6:00-7:00 pm
Hoke Library

March 15, 3:00-4:00 pm
Elisabeth Lahti Library

March 29, 2:00-3:00 pm
Peter & Julie Cummings Library

April 12, 2:00-3:00 pm
Hobe Sound Public Library

To learn more 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 www.library.martin.fl.us.

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December 17, 2013

A call to artists for juried art show at Elisabeth Lahti Library, March through April 2014

For immediate release: December 12, 2013
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205

A juried art show, titled “Florida’s Cowboys and Indians,” will be held in the spring at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave, Indiantown, continuing the Martin County Library System’s focus on Florida’s rich and diverse history through the Journey Stories series. All Florida artists are eligible.

The exhibit will run from Saturday, March 15 through Saturday, April 12, with viewing hours Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 am-4:00 pm, as well as Wednesdays 12:00-4:00 pm.

The timeline for artwork submissions is as follows: on Tuesday, March 11 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm submissions may be dropped off at the Elisabeth Lahti Library. Submitted works will be selected the following Wednesday, March 12. Artists whose work has not been selected for exhibition will be notified on Thursday, March 13 by 4:00 pm (if artists are not notified, this means their work has been accepted). In the case that an artist’s work has not been selected, their pieces will be available for pick-up Friday, March 14 from 10:00am – 1:00pmThe exhibit will begin March 15, though the event’s opening reception will be held March 22 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm for the public.

Artists seeking to submit their work must be aware of the following stipulations: artwork must be no larger than 40” wide; artwork must be dry, framed and wired for hanging (no toothed brackets, Plexiglas only), artwork may be tagged NFS (Not For Sale), artwork may NOT be withdrawn before close of exhibit, and artwork must be labeled on the back with artist’s name, phone number, title, medium, size, and price. Finally, and most important of all, all artwork must pertain to the overarching theme of the exhibition: “Florida’s Cowboys and Indians.”

For more information call Donna Weiler, MCLS Humanities Librarian, at 772-288-5400 ext. 8284, or Gail Curcio at 772-597-3479.

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

 

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November 18, 2013

Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County offers help with healthcare at Martin County libraries

For immediate release: November 18, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863

The Martin County Library System is partnering with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County to provide healthcare information and enrollment assistance for citizens interested in signing up. A Certified Navigator will be at each session to answer questions about the Federal Healthcare Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act and to provide information on how to receive enrollment help. Each four-hour session is free and open to the public.

Presentation schedule:
• Nov. 13, 1:00-5:00 pm – Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave., Indiantown
• Nov. 18, 10:00 am-2:00 pm – Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr., Stuart
• Nov. 19, 3:00-7:00 pm – Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound
• Nov. 25, 1:00-5:00 pm – Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart
• Dec. 3, 1:00-5:00 pm – Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach
• Dec. 11, 1:00-5:00 pm – Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave., Palm City

Martin County Library System staff are not trained or licensed to provide advice or assistance in selecting a specific health plan, but can provide information and direction to public resources about the Affordable Care Act that will help consumers make informed healthcare decisions.

For more information on these presentations and to learn more on the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403 or visit the website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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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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