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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March 27, 2014

Motorcycles in the library at Robert Morgade April 2

For immediate release: March 27, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Wednesday, April 2 at 6:00 pm, at Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr, Stuart, Mike Carter, Head Road Captain for the Treasure Coast Harley Owners Group, will be hosting a discussion, titled “Hog Talk,” where attendees will be provided with information to expand their motorcycle knowledge.

Whether you’re thinking about purchasing your first motorcycle, but don’t know where to begin, or you’ve been riding for years and are looking for new adventures or safety tips, “Hog Talk” is sure be a fun and informative event.

Mike will share safety tips, travel pictures from some of his rides, and information on the Treasure Coast Harley Owners Group. There will also be some bikes on display for you to check out!

Mike Carter is a retired motorcycle enthusiast, who has been riding since he was sixteen years old. He is the Head Road Captain for Treasure Coast Harley Owners Group, where his responsibilities involve scheduling and approving all chapter rides.

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 4, 2014

Do-It-Yourself Adult Events at four Martin County libraries beginning March 6

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

The Martin County Library System will be holding DIY-centered events throughout the month of March, beginning March 6 at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. These events will present you with the skills and knowledge to take certain tasks into your own hands, from keeping bees in your backyard, to tiling your floors, to organizing your work and home life. A schedule with descriptions follows:

March 6, Thursday 1-2pm
Blake Library
Tips to Organize your Ever Changing Life
Join certified professional organizer, Michelle Katzman for this 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.

March 15, Saturday 3pm
Robert Morgade Library
Backyard Beekeeping
Discover the first steps to becoming a backyard beekeeper and learn what equipment and resources you need to help you get started.

Hobe Sound Public Library
Kumihimo: Japanese Braiding
Learn the easy art of Japanese braiding using a disc loom. Part 1 will teach you how to make a basic bracelet of rayon cord with a simple clasp. Part II will enhance your creation by adding beads to your design.
Please call 772-546-2257 to register.
Part I – March 18, Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm
Part II – March 22, Saturday 2-4pm

March 29, Saturday 1-4pm
Blake Library
Wearable Art: Altered Style Denim Jacket
Join Stephanie Kimura, author of “Altered Style,” to create a work of art to wear. Combine quick and clever techniques with your denim jacket, shoes, jeans or backpack. Cut, paint, grommet, fabric glue, lace, ‘bling,’ vintage brooches, tattoo with sharpie pens, add images from T-shirts, buttons, safety pins and anything you can think of is fair game. Check out AlteredStyle.blogspot.com for inspiration and then come to this workshop and Do-It-Yourself!

March 29, Saturday 2pm
Hoke Library
Tips for Tiling by the Home Depot
A representative from the Jensen Beach Home Depot will help folks prepare for big tile projects with tips, suggestions and samples for viewing.

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

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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Learn to keep bees in your backyard at Robert Morgade Library March 15

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

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Saturday, March 15 at 3:00 pm at the Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr, Stuart; Tim and Rose Caspary will present Backyard Beekeeping, an installment of the Do It Yourself series.

During the course of this presentation, Tim and Rose will teach attendees how to start keeping bees in their backyard, the first steps to becoming a backyard beekeeper and the equipment and resources needed to help you get started.

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 31, 2014

CORRECTION: Free tax assistance available at four Martin County library locations

For immediate release:  January 31, 2014
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863 

REVISED: 

1) No tax assistance at Robert Morgade Library on Tuesday; help available only on Monday and Friday*

2) Tax assistance is NOT available at the Blake Library on Monday, March 17**

Martin County Library System is offering free tax assistance at four of its library locations from February 3 through April 11, 2014.  Following is a schedule with locations and times that tax help will be available:

 AARP Tax Assistance Schedule:

 Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart

Monday**         10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Wednesday      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Thursday         10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday              10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday          10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Avenue, Palm City

Tuesday           10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday         10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Hoke Library, 1150 N.W. Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach

Tuesday           10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Wednesday      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Thursday         10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

*Robert Morgade Library, 5851 S.E. Community Drive, Stuart

Monday           10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday              10:00 am – 2:00 pm

All tax assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Taxpayers are urged to ensure they have all required forms before arriving, including valid photo identification, social security card and the social security cards of any dependents. AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS and the Martin County Library System. 

For more information call 772-221-1403 or visit the Martin County Library System website at www.library.martin.fl.us.                                                                        

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January 15, 2014

Author Elizabeth Coursen to present on Florida in the time of segregation February 15 at Robert Morgade Library

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

Saturday, February 15 at 3:00 pm, author Elizabeth Coursen will present at Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr, Stuart, her newest project Shade in the Sunshine State: Reflections on Segregation in Florida in recognition of 2014 being the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and in partnership with Journey Stories. She will present first-person stories from her new anthology concerning what people observed during the times of segregation in Florida.

Shade in the Sunshine State: Reflections on Segregation in Florida is award-winning Sarasota author Elizabeth Coursen’s latest project. “Shade” is an exploration of segregated Florida, its laws and its customs. When you read “Shade,” one of two things will happen: either you’ll identify and remember what life was like during segregation, or you’ll be amazed that people actually lived under those circumstances and, in many cases, didn’t even think about questioning or changing the status quo.

Published in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Shade in the Sunshine State: Reflections on Segregation in Florida will make you think, make you shake your head, but ultimately make everyone understand that, as far as we very well have to come to ensure equal rights for all Americans, we have come a long, long, long way in 50 years.

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 9, 2014

The Met: Live in HD opera series discussion group continues at Robert Morgade Library Mar. 13

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

Greg Strahm, Metropolitan Opera HD Ambassador, will lecture, then lead a discussion on the historical period, composer, contemporary influences and excerpts from the Live in HD opera series on Thursdays, February 6, February 27, March 13, April 3, April 24 and May 8 from 2:003:30 pm at the Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart.

As a Met HD ambassador, Strahm uses video clips and relevant historical information to educate and bring the audience closer to the Met. The lectures take place just prior to each Live in HD broadcast and prepare attendees to watch live opera transmitted from the Met stage to local participating movie theaters. For more information, visit www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx.

Event Information:

Feb. 6 – Dvořák’s Rusalka.  The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and dynamic young maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium.

(Feb. 6th Lecture CANCELLED)

Feb. 27 – Borodin’s Prince Igor. Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.

(Feb. 27 Lecture CANCELLED)

Mar. 13 – Massenet’s Werther. Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met’s recent hit staging of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.

Apr. 3 – Puccini’s La Bohème. Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo.

Apr. 24 – Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.

May 8 – Rossini’s La Cenerentola. A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos joins forces in La Cenerentola—a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Flórez, as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score.

Greg Strahm’s career in the performing arts spans 40 years. He is a former ballet dancer, choreographer, teacher and musician. He currently lectures on opera for the Stuart chapter of the Brandeis National Committee. This is his first season as a Metropolitan Opera HD Ambassador.

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

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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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