Martin County Library System Press Releases

October 1, 2014

‘Wellness in Motion’ at five MCLS locations throughout October

For Breast Cancer Awareness month, Martin County Library System has teamed up with Jupiter Medical Center to provide digital mammogram screenings at five of their community library locations throughout the month of October.

Wellness in Motion is Jupiter Medical Center’s mobile mammography and health and wellness unit that travels around areas of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Wellness in Motion is a patient-friendly, comfortable, convenient and technologically sophisticated vehicle providing health services to the community.

Mammograms are performed by certified radiologic technologists and images are interpreted by board-certified radiologists. No prescription is necessary for a screening mammogram. Visit http://www.jupitermed.com/WIM for more info on WIM’s provided services.

Some more details on the mammogram screenings:

-No physician prescription required (women ages 40+)

-Regular insurance coverage applies

-Discount pricing available for uninsured

-If possible, bring prior images to expedite your results

-Mammograms take only fifteen minutes to complete

-Walk-ons welcome (bring insurance card and photo ID)

**Pre-registration is recommended. To schedule your appointment or ask any questions, please call 561.263.4636.**

A schedule with locations follows:

Robert Morgade Library – Monday, October 13 from 9am4pm

Hoke Library – Thursday, October 16 from 9am4pm

Blake Library – Friday, October 17 from 9am4pm

Peter & Julie Cummings Library – Tuesday, October 21 from 9am4pm

Hobe Sound Public Library – Thursday, October 23 from 9am4pm

For more information about this event or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403 or visit www.library.martin.fl.us.

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April 18, 2014

Learn Martin County local cuisine’s past, present and future at Cummings Library April 26

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

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Palm City, FL – David Vaina, Board Member of the Slow Food Movement of the Gold & Treasure Coast, will be presenting How We Eat: A History of Local Food in Martin County on Saturday, April 26 at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City, at 11am. Attendees are sure to leave with a better understanding of the food that has been grown and cooked in this county, from the food of pioneers who settled throughout Martin County to the local foods of present day.

The Slow Food Movement is a global network of over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth and food communities, they link the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make these pleasures possible.

Their mission as an international grassroots membership organization is good, clean and fair food for all.

David Vaina is an active member of the non-profit community of Martin County, having relocated to the area five years ago, after eight years in the Washington, D.C. area. He has been a board member of the Slow Food Movement of the Gold & Treasure Coast since 2013.

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 3, 2014

2014 Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series continues April 12 with Paraguayan Harpist Marcos Vega at Cummings Library

For immediate release: April 3, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

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Internationally known Paraguayan harpist Marcos Vega, joined by Clark Hower on guitar, will present a selection of Latin American music and other styles Saturday April 12 at 2pm at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City. This concert is the final part of a four-part concert series underwritten by Elisabeth Lahti.

Free tickets are required and available for pickup at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library beginning April 8.

Born in Paraguay, of Guarani, Italian and Spanish descent, Marcos Vega started playing the Paraguayan harp at age ten, when his father directed him to take lessons. He went on to study music at the Conservatory of Asuncion, Paraguay, and the Conservatory of Cincinnati. Vega toured throughout Mexico, Central and South America, and performed at the World International Fair in San Salvador, as well as several television program, and numerous nightclubs and hotels.

Since 1979, he has performed as a solo harpist at the Jupiter Beach Resort Hilton, The Breakers International Hotel, the Ritz Carlton Hotel, and the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, 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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March 12, 2014

MCLS welcomes new Blake Library Manager

For immediate release: March 12, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

The Martin County Library System is proud to announce the selection of Justin de la Cruz for the position of Blake Library Manager. Justin has been promoted to Library Manager from his position as the Digital Literacy Librarian at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, where he has been working for the past year.

In that short time, Justin has developed and implemented popular computer classes and helped hundreds of library members turn their digital ideas into reality. As a Manager at the Blake library and a member of the Library System’s Public Services Management Team, he will be able to design and implement similar excellent services on a much larger scale and at multiple locations.

Justin received an MLIS and an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Florida State University, where he spent his final year abroad, as the Library Supervisor for FSU’s academic library in Florence, Italy. He brings over six years of administrative and library work experience, and even speaks conversational Italian.

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 13, 2014

Art professor presents art lecture series at Cummings and Hobe Sound libraries beginning March 4

For immediate release: February 13, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Dr. Terryl Lawrence will present a two-part lecture series on art and its international expansion beginning Tuesday, March 4 at 2 pm in the Donahue room of the Peter and Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City.

Toulouse Lautrec & Montmartre,” the March 4 lecture, deals with the title artist and how more than any other artist he epitomized the spirit of Montmartre, the most vibrant and colorful quarter of 19th century Paris. He is one of those artists who has attracted interest not only for his art, but for the life he lived. The series continues Tuesday March 25 from 6 to 7 pm with “Gustav Klimt & Art Nouveau” at the Hobe Sound Public Library, where Dr. Lawrence will discuss how in the period referred to as the “fin de siecle” – the prosperous middle class of Europe were determined to live “the good life”. Klimt and 39 of his fellow artists established the Vienna Secession in 1897 for the purpose of raising the quality of Arts and Craft in Austria to the highest level of Art Nouveau.

Dr. Terryl Lawrence earned a doctoral degree from Columbia University. She has had numerous exhibitions of her paintings and photographs in New York and Florida and is the recipient of many awards including a national grant in the Humanities. She wrote the preface to Chaim Potok’s “Artist in Exile,” and taught photography, drawing and art history at CW Post College, SUNY Empire State College, FAU, and other public and private institutions. Currently she is a professor at The Digital Media Arts College in Boca Raton where she teaches art history, mythology, drawing and 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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January 22, 2014

2014 Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series continues March 1 with the Rowdy Micks at the Peter and Julie Cummings Library–TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

For immediate release: January 22, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

The Rowdy Micks will perform traditional celtic music March 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Peter and Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City, as part three of a four-part concert series underwritten by Elisabeth Lahti.

Free tickets are required and available for pickup at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library beginning February 25. [TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

The Rowdy Micks, together since 2002, perform traditional Celtic music along Florida’s Treasure Coast. The five-member group consists of Mick Geever, piper and lead singer; John Millroy, percussionist and vocalist; Kathy Porter-Zogran, fiddler and program director; Peggie O’Neill, fiddler; and Rowdy Carlton, guitarist and backup vocalist.

The next concert in the Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series will be Paraguayan harpist Marcos Vega with guitarist Clark Hower on April 12.

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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January 15, 2014

Author Elizabeth Coursen to conduct an autobiography workshop February 15 at Cummings library

For immediate release: January 15, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Saturday, February 15 from 11:00 am12:30 pm, author Elizabeth Coursen will present an autobiography workshop at Peter and Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City, titled Yes, You! An Entertaining Autobiography in Three Easy Steps in partnership with Journey Stories.

Miss Coursen will inspire her audience to write their autobiographies, using real life stories to illustrate her belief that everyone has led a life worthy of autobiography. Her lively presentation will provide an overview of the entire autobiography process, practical tips to get started, and the tools necessary to see the project through to completion. Topics include organizing illustrations, editing, working with an editor, book design, and self-publishing. Miss Coursen will provide a handout for each audience member. The presentation is based on Miss Coursen’s second book, The Complete Biography Workbook.

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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January 13, 2014

Cummings Library foreign film series continues Feb. 7

For immediate release: January 13, 2014 
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Focus on Foreign Film, the monthly cinema club, continues 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2 and June 6 in the Donahue Room of the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.E. Matheson Avenue, Palm City. Admission is free. Reservations are not needed.

Join other film aficionados in screening and discussing the movies you love, just like in a book club. The series features films from Ireland, France, Italy, England and Iran and is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc.

For movie details call 772-221-1403.

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 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 7, 2014

Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series continues February 1 at Cummings Library with international countertenor Terry Barber and friends

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

Saturday, February 1 at 2 pm, Terry Barber, countertenor, and friends will be performing as part of the Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series at the Peter and Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City, FL 34990. Terry Barber will be joined by a few of the most gifted young performers in the Artists for a Cause network. Free tickets are required and available for pickup at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library beginning January 28.

With an extraordinarily broad vocal range and natural fluency in a wide range of musical styles, Terry Barber is a performer in a class by himself. He’s been featured on some of the world’s most storied stages and has worked with many of the music industry’s most prestigious songwriters, composers and producers. Whether performing opera, jazz or popular favorites, he breathes new life into everything he sings and crafts what the Los Angeles Times calls “performances of great vitality and verve.”

The next concert in the Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series will be The Rowdy Micks on March 1, followed by Paraguayan harpist Marcos Vega with guitarist Clark Hower on April 12.

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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