Martin County Library System Press Releases

February 25, 2014

Library director invites community to Robert Morgade Library for coffee and conversation March 17

For immediate release: February 25, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

All are invited to the Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr, Stuart, FL 34957, on Monday, March 17 from 10:0011:00 am for coffee and conversation with Martin County Library System Director Brett Lear. This is an opportunity for the public to ask questions and learn about the direction the Library is going. This free event is funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.

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

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January 29, 2014

Six-part Women in Literature book study group begins Feb. 19 at Blake Library

For immediate release:  January 28, 2014
Contact:  Susan Opasik,  Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863  

Women in Literature Part XV, a six-session book study group facilitated by Jeri Butler, Kim Carvel and Gail Johnson, will take place Wednesday, February 19 through March 26 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm at the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart.  Funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., the sessions are free and open to the public. A limited number of books are available at the Blake Library Circulation desk. Signup is not required.

Among the questions addressed during this series are: What characterizes women characters? How are they different from male characters? Are gender differences cultural or biological? What kinds of plots are associated with women, and how do they see their lives and possibilities?

Book discussion schedule:
Feb. 19 “The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Jeri Butler)
Feb. 26 “Persuasion” by Jane Austen (Kim Carvel)
March 5 “Short Stories,” Susan Cahill, editor (Gail Johnson)
March 12 “Italian Shoes” by Henning Mankell (Jeri Butler)
March 19 “The White” by Deborah Larsen (Kim Carvel)
March 26 “Short Stories,” Susan Cahill, editor (Gail Johnson)

    
For more information or to learn about the Martin County Library System, 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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January 9, 2014

Six-week women’s literature book study group begins Jan. 16 at Hoke Library

For immediate release:  January 7, 2014
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863 

              
Women in Literature Part XII, a six-session book study group facilitated by Gail Johnson, will take place 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Thursday, Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 6 and March 20 in the Community Room of the Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach. Funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., the events are free and open to the public.

These discussions center around books with issues of interest in today’s world. The books, usually by women authors, feature characters, conflicts and themes that resonate in our lives. A limited number of books are available at the Service Desk of the library. For assistance ask one of the Public Services library staff. Please call 772-463-2870 to register.

Book discussion schedule: 
Jan. 16 “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee; Jan. 30 “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” by Susan Vreeland; Feb. 6 “Women and Fiction” edited by Susan Cahill (five selected short stories from this anthology—to be assigned at first discussion); Feb. 20 “Drowning Ruth” by Christina Schwartz; March 6 “A Thread of Grace” by Mary Doria Russell;
March 20 “Enemy Women” by Paulette Jiles”  

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

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December 18, 2013

Director invites community to Hoke Library for coffee and conversation January 23

For immediate release: December 11, 2013
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205

All are invited to the Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach, FL 34957, on Thursday, January 23 from 10:0011:00 am for coffee and conversation with Martin County Library System Director Brett Lear. This is an opportunity for the public to ask questions and learn about the direction the library is going. This free event is funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.

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

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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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November 22, 2013

Take a caravan around the world at Hoke Library Nov. 30

For immediate release: November 22, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863

An instructor with All About Achieving Learning Centers will present Caravan Adventures Saturday, November 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Hoke Library community room, 1150 N.W. Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach. Funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, the event is free and open to grades 3-5

Children will travel the world collecting for a museum in an interactive group challenge. They will travel across high mountains, dry deserts, and rough seas all the while avoiding typhoons, Bedouin warriors, monsoons and killer bees.

Registration is required. Please call 772-463-2870.

For more information 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 http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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November 8, 2013

Director invites community to Hobe Sound Public Library for coffee and conversation November 15

For immediate release: November 8, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863

All are invited to the Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, on Friday, November 15 from 10:00-11:00 am for coffee and conversation with Martin County Library System Director Brett Lear. This is an opportunity for the public to ask questions and learn about the direction the Library is going.

This free event is funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.

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

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November 7, 2013

History lecture series continues November 8 at Peter & Julie Cummings Library

For immediate release: November 6, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863

Civil War 150th Anniversary: Chickamauga and Chattanooga is the next illustrated lecture in Josh Liller’s history series. Presented on Friday, November 8 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm, the event will be held in the Donahue Room of the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Road, Palm City.

The Georgia-Tennessee border was the site of two major battles in late 1863: Chickamauga in September and Chattanooga in November. Historian and recent FAU graduate Josh Liller will present a one-hour PowerPoint lecture about the battles and leaders, followed by a question and answer session.

Funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, the presentation event is free and open to the public.

For information about other Martin County Library System events, 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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July 11, 2013

Spend a delectable day at Taste of the Tropics

MC Master Gardeners

The Master Gardeners of Martin County are gearing up to present its special annual gift to the community from 9 a.m.- noon on July 27: Taste of the Tropics.

Members will share a wealth of knowledge about the huge variety of fruit-bearing plants that grow in Martin County’s subtropical climate.

The centerpiece of this free Saturday morning event is a fruit-tasting in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road in Stuart, which includes demonstrations of easy methods to cut and prepare fruit.

There will be many varieties of mango to taste, as well as unusual fruits you may not know, but which are popular in many countries of the tropics and subtropics.

This year, Master Gardeners are partnering with the Martin County Library System and Friends of the Martin County Library System to present the event in a new venue, the Blake Library, using space both inside the library and around the grounds.

There will be lemonade, steel drum band music and face-painting for children in the library courtyard.

Upstairs in the Exploration Lab, guest speakers will include Ira Smith, past president of the Rare Fruit Council in Palm Beach, local author Charles Boning and Dr. Jonathan Crane, tropical fruit crop specialist, UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center. Outside, a number of vendors will sell tropical fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, free-trade items, jewelry, garden treasures, books and more.

The majority of Florida’s tropical fruits mature and are ready for picking in the summer. Many will be included in the day’s interesting displays. There will also be information and displays of vegetables well-adapted to growing in the subtropics.

The Master Gardeners of Martin County offer this event yearly as a way to give back to the community. The University of Florida/IFAS Martin County Master Gardener program trains and maintains horticulture volunteers for the University of Florida/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service. The goals of this program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of Martin County through horticulture volunteer activities. Members also support and partner with a number of other not-for-profit organizations in the area.

There is always a big turnout, so come early and enjoy the goodies!

Submitted by Tess Everett on behalf of the Martin County Master Gardeners.

June 3, 2013

Barnes & Noble partners with Friends of the Martin County Library System for Jensen Beach book fair!

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For immediate release:  June 3, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  

(JENSEN BEACH, FL) – Friends of the Martin County Library System announces a book fair in partnership with Barnes & Noble Jensen Beach on Saturday, June 22. All are invited to attend this exciting and family friendly event! A portion of sales using the special promotion code from June 18 through June 27 will benefit the Friends of the Martin County Library System.

To kick off the book fair, there will be a children’s story time at 11:00 a.m. featuring The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and highlighting this year’s Martin County Library System’s (MCLS) children’s summer theme “Dig Into Reading.” Story time will not only include reading, but music, singing and movement as well. Children will have the opportunity to create their own puppet to go along with the story.

At 2:00 p.m. New York Times and international bestselling author Tami Hoag will speak, answer questions and autograph copies of her new book, The 9th Girl. With currently over 35 million books in print, Hoag is the author of fifteen consecutive New York Times Bestsellers and is published in more than 20 languages. The 9th Girl follows her fan favorite investigators, Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, as they unravel the most recent terrifying mystery.

The 9th Girl goes on sale at Barnes & Noble Jensen Beach on Tuesday, June 18 at 9:00 a.m. Fans may purchase the book early but must bring their Barnes & Noble receipt to the book fair on June 22. Tami Hoag is a special guest of the Friends of the Martin County Library System and a portion of sales will benefit the Friends.

Receive your promotion code at any Martin County library or at the Barnes & Noble book fair. A portion of book and NOOK sales at Barnes & Noble Jensen Beach, using the special promotion code from June 18 through June 27, will benefit the Friends of the Martin County Library System.

The Friends of the Martin County Library System is a membership-based organization made up of library supporters representing every library of MCLS. The Friends function as advocates, volunteers and fundraisers. For more information, please call 772-692-5285 or email mclsfriends@gmail.com.

Barnes & Noble is located at 3001 NE Federal Highway in Jensen Beach. For more information on supporting the Friends of the Martin County Library System through the Barnes & Noble partnership, please call Amanda Brack, Barnes & Noble Community Relations Manager, at 772-692-1801 or visit www.bn.com/bookfairs.

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