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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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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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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May 30, 2013

Indiantown Speaks discussion series continues June 8

For immediate release:  May 30, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations,  772-463-3205  
    
Learn about the distinct history of Indiantown’s Guatemalan community during Indiantown Speaks: Guatemalan Culture on Saturday, June 8 at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown. Discover when, why and how Guatemalans came to call Indiantown home. Free and open to the public, the event also features samples of traditional food.

Indiantown is home to people of various ethnicities and nationalities. This lecture and discussion series explores the many voices that make up the tapestry of Indiantown today.

This presentation, one of several Journey Stories events for adults, is brought to you by a grant received from the Florida Humanities Council, to complement the Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories traveling exhibition presented by the Smithsonian Museum. 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 upto 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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