Martin County Library System Press Releases

May 21, 2014

Poetry series begins May 27, continues June 10 and 17 with IRSC Literature Professor at Blake Library

For immediate release: May 21, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-320-3205

Stuart, FL – Beginning Tuesday May 27 and continuing on Tuesdays June 10 and 17 from 2 to 3:30 pm in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, IRSC Literature Professor Dr. Roderick Hofer will present a three-part poetry lecture series. A schedule follows:

May 27, Tuesday, 2-3:30pm
POETRY: ITS FORMS
Dr. Hofer will cover imagery, the line, the stanza, and tonal patterns. He will also touch on the modes–narrative, lyric, and elegiac. Selected individual poems will illustrate these conditions and their effects.

June 10, Tuesday, 2-3:30pm
POETRY: ITS HISTORY
This presentation will begin with the Anglo-Saxon period and then move through the Middle English, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary periods. Selected works works will illustrate the general thematic tendencies and formal variety of each period.

June 17, Tuesday, 2-3:30pm
POETRY: ITS VALUE
Dr. Hofer will present on what poetry reveals about language, the imagination, and the human impulse toward design.

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 4, 2014

Journey Stories brings celebrity chef Ron Duprat to the Blake Library April 11

For immediate release: April 4, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

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Friday April 11 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library at 11am, celebrity chef Ron Duprat will give an inspirational and informative presentation on the limitless possibilities of cooking, titled “My Journey of Cooking.” This event is in partnership with Journey Stories.

Chef Duprat, known as a fierce competitor on season six of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” is an expert in exotic flavors, a restaurateur, and the author of My Journey of Cooking. Duprat is affiliated with many organizations that contribute to communities and people all over the world including, American Culinary Federation, Real Men Charities, Inc., Black Culinarian Alliance, No Hungry Kids, the College of Culinary Arts in Miami, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign, and Basil Magazine’s Chef Council. Ron is a well-seasoned executive Chef, having cooked for varying establishments such as the Pelican Bay Foundation and the Montauk Yacht Club. He has cemented himself as an expert in exotic flavors—often incorporating his own Haitian Creole influences with French-Asian Fusion cuisine.

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 11, 2014

Dramatist Barbara Rinella brings life to Queen Elizabeth II’s history at Blake Library March 27

For immediate release: March 11, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Thursday, March 27 at 2 pm, in the John F. Armstrong Wing at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, “academic entertainer” Barbara Rinella presents a wonderful program on the book Elizabeth the Queen, The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith.

A Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II tells the story of the smart, disciplined, diligent Princess Lilibet, whose life changes dramatically at the age of ten, when her uncle Edward VIII abdicates the throne to marry Wallis Simpson and her father becomes King George VI. Please come to curtsy before a woman of strength, courage, confidence, and spectacular endurance as she shares her extraordinary life and leadership. God Save the Queen!

Barbara Rinella, a former teacher, defines herself as an “academic entertainer.” For many years she has been celebrating literature and learning through her delightful programs on current books.

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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February 25, 2014

Journey Stories presents Yale University premier a cappella group ‘Whim n’ Rhythm’ at Blake Library March 13

For immediate release: February 24, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205
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Thursday, March 13 from 6:30 to 7:15 pm, in the John F. Armstrong Wing at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, Yale University’s Whim n’ Rhythm a cappella group will be performing, in association with the Journey Stories Music Series. This all-female group, consisting of 14 members, represents the best and most experienced female musicians of the senior class. This performance is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcomed.

As of 1981, Yale’s vibrant a cappella scene featured a dozen underclassman groups of every variety. However, seven senior women felt that a key part of their musical experience was missing – a senior group. These seven seniors founded Whim n’ Rhythm as an answer to the decades-old tradition of The Whiffenpoofs. After over 30 years, Whim has continued to grow into a full-force presence on Yale’s campus and on both the national and international stages. The group tours domestically and in the greater New England area yearly, visiting locations from New York and Los Angeles to Hong Kong and Cairo, and recently founded a full-fledged Alumnae Board to help build the group’s legacy from beyond Yale’s campus.

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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February 18, 2014

Learn organizing tips from certified professional organizer at Blake Library March 6

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

Thursday, March 6 from 1 to 2 pm, in the John F. Armstrong Wing at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, join certified professional organizer, Michelle Katzman for ‘Tips to Organize Your Ever-Changing Life,’ an informative presentation with discussion to follow. Learn organizing tips that you can utilize at home or at work. Bring your questions on how to manage your time, pay bills online, or downsize your life.

Michelle Katzman, BS, MBA, Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®) is the owner of Katzman Consulting, LLC and provides organizational services to business, professional and residential clients in Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties of South Florida (other locations served upon request). She is one of only 16 certified professional organizers in Florida!

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 8, 2014

Special History & Culture Spot on the story of India beginning January 31 at Blake Library

For immediate release: January 8, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

As part of Jane Miller’s ongoing History & Culture Spot Film Series, three screenings will be held on The Story of India (parts 1, 2 and 3, respectively) beginning Friday, January 31 and concluding Friday, March 28 at 2:00 pm in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart.

Acclaimed documentarian Michael Wood takes viewers on a journey through the dramatic history of the world’s oldest and richest civilization. From the time before Sanskrit to the present day, Michael Wood explains historical events by travelling to the places where they took place, examining archaeological and historical evidence at first hand and interviewing historians and archaeologists, as well as talking with local people. With this landmark series, you will embark on a dazzling and exciting journey through today’s India, “seeking in the present for clues to her past, and in the past for clues to her future.”

A Schedule follows:
Friday, January 31, 2:00 pm
The Story of India – Part 1

Friday, February 28, 2:00 pm
The Story of India – Part 2

Friday, March 28, 2:00 pm
The Story of India – Part 3

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

              

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January 6, 2014

Atlantic Classical Orchestra to present three-part concert series at Blake library beginning January 18

For immediate release: January 6, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, Public Relations,
772-463-3205

Beginning Saturday, January 18 at 11 am in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart the Atlantic Classical Orchestra will present a Chamber Concert Series, part one titled Beethoven & Schubert Strings. Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. This will be the first of a three-part series; a schedule follows:

Saturday, February 22

11am Chamber Series Concert II: American Tradition Piano Trio

Saturday, March 22

11am Chamber Series Concert III: iAN & Ani Tango Plus (cello and piano)

Founded in 1991, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra is a classical size orchestra with thirty-two to thirty-six professional players. The orchestra has a secure place in the cultural scene of the tri-county area, performing a series of concerts each year in Stuart and Vero Beach.

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 18, 2013

Helen Sagan to present Discover Opera Lecture Series at the Blake Library beginning January 14

For immediate release: December 18, 2013
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205

 

Helen Sagan, a retired music teacher and member of Boston’s renowned Chorus pro Musica, will present a three-part “Discover Opera” lecture series from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, January 14, February 11 and March 4 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Using humor and anecdotes about opera stars as well as DVD excerpts with English translations, Sagan’s presentation is for all those interested in learning more about opera. The programs are free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

January 14
Verdi’s Macbeth
Based on Shakespeare’s play of betrayal and murder, is filled with exciting music and high drama which has thrilled audiences for generations. Paralleling the 2014 season of the Palm Beach Opera, this three-part series is intended for everyone interested in learning more about opera.

February 11
Rossini’s The Barber of Seville
In this comic opera, the old codger Don Bartolo plans to marry his beautiful ward, Rosina, but Count Almaviva, with the help of Figaro the barber, snatches her away just in time!

March 4
Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman
If you enjoy a bit of fantasy and a lot of beautiful music, you’ll be entertained by three episodes based on stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann, who wrote “The Nutcracker.”

Sagan has been giving opera lectures for more than 16 years and is a performer herself. As a member of the Boston’s renowned Chorus pro Musica, she has been in numerous staged and concert operas, appearing with such stars as Joan Sutherland, Leontyne Price, James McCracken and Jerry Hadley as well as Sarah Caldwell’s Opera Company of Boston. This will be Sagan’s fourth year of presenting opera lectures at the Blake Library.

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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December 17, 2013

Florida Oceanographic Society’s 2014 Coastal Lecture Series begins January 13 at Blake Library

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

Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS), in partnership with the Martin County Library
System, will present an eight-part lecture series at 6:30 pm on Mondays, Jan. 13, Jan.
27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Mar. 10, Mar. 24, Apr. 7 and Apr. 21 in the John F. Armstrong
Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The illustrated talks are
free and open to the public. A schedule follows.

January 13, 2014
Mark Perry, FOS Director, “Celebrating 50 Years of Environmental Stewardship”
The Florida Oceanographic Society was established on July 20, 1964 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3). The Society supported several research and educational programs from 1964 to 1970 including shark, bivalve, fish and educational publications. In the 1970s there were shrimp aquaculture programs and marine science teacher workshops. In 1978, under Mark Perry’s direction, the first St. Lucie Estuary Conference was held. The 1980s and 1990s ushered in a period of major construction including the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center on Hutchinson Island in great part due to the generosity of Frances Langford and the support of Martin County. Following the 50-year history of Florida Oceanographic in many ways is like a history of the county.

January 27, 2014
Steve Bass, “Land From the Sea: The History of South Florida’s Landscapes”
This presentation deals with how the Florida Peninsula got here in the first place, how it has developed over the last 40 million years, and the processes which produced the natural landforms we see today. Various south Florida localities will illustrate the talk. There will also be hands-on specimens of Florida fossils, rocks and minerals which will be circulated as the talk proceeds.

February 10 – Dr. Josh Voss, “Coral Reefs”

February 24 – Gene Lemire, “Mosquito Management”

March 10 – Blair & Dawn Witherington, “Florida’s Living Beaches”

March 24 – Nicole Kirchoff, “Tuna”

April 7 – Scott Taylor, “Specialized Habitat and Adaptations of Mangrove Killifish in Giant Land Crab Holes”

April 21 – Gabby Barbarite, “Vibrio Bacteria in the Indian River Lagoon”

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 location or visit http://www.library.martin.fl.us. To learn more about Florida Oceanographic Society, call 772-225-0505 or visit http://www.floridaocean.org.

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