Martin County Library System Press Releases

October 29, 2013

Martin County Library System “Dear Bully” Event Article Appears in National Magazine

For immediate release: October 24, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863

An article about a 2012 event on bullying at the Blake Library in Stuart, FL, “Dear Bully Author Event Reaches, Teaches Community,” appears on pages 42 and 43 of the October 2013 issue of VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates), a library magazine serving those who serve young adults. The April 12 event, “Dear Bully,” was presented by the Martin County Library System in partnership with Martin County School District, mental health agency Tykes & Teens, Children’s Services Council and Character Counts of United Way, with support from Library Friends.

Part of a 2011-2012 parent workshop and seminar series held at Martin County libraries and sponsored by the above organizations, “Dear Bully” was attended by 101 adults and 75 teens from high schools and teen groups such as the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County, Martin County Parks and Recreation and other non-profit organizations. Among the speakers were four top authors for teens, all contributors to the Dear Bully book, which came about after the repeated bullying and subsequent suicide of a teenage girl in Boston.

Timely then and especially timely now, the anti-bullying message hit home for Tyler, a ten-year-old attendee and bullying target, who said, “People don’t know what I’m going through and I don’t know what they’re going through. Some people just need comfort.” Authors Megan Kelly Hall and Eric Luper visited local high schools in conjunction with the library talk. Echoing Tyler’s response, one Martin County High School student observed, “(Megan Kelley Hall’s) stories helped everyone to understand and view bullying as a major issue. She wants people to say something nice to an individual when they seem down. Megan believes that those few words may change their day and might save their lives.”

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, visit http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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July 10, 2013

Teens get creative with amigurumi July 26

For immediate release:  July 10, 2013                                        
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205   
        
Join Martin County Library System staff as they guide teens in crocheting amigurumi creations at the Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach, on Friday, July 26 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The event is free and open for kids ages 12 and up. Registration is limited and required by calling 772-463-2870.

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals or dolls that have oversized heads or limbs, undersized bodies and exaggerated expressions. Participants need to know how to chain stitch, single crochet and securely finish a piece.
 
To learn more about Summer Reading events throughout the Martin County Library System, pick up a Summer Reading booklet at any Martin County library, visit www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403. 

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February 15, 2013

Teen dating and healthy relationships/Pareja adolecentes y relaciones saludables – Feb. 20 seminar for parents

For immediate release:  February 15, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205

 

Dr. Maria Elena Villar speaks to parents on their role in teen dating and healthy relationships Wednesday, February 20 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 S.W. Adams Avenue, Indiantown. Dr. Villar gives parents the resources necessary for communicating with their teens on respect, self-esteem and what dating means. The seminar will be conducted in Spanish.

Dr. Villar is assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University. In her career as a researcher, she has focused on diverse topics that range from social determinants of disease and health, family and youth violence, mental health and drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, evaluation of program outcomes and community coalitions for social change.  

A part of the Our Kids! Parent Seminar Series, the workshop is hosted by Tykes & Teens, CHARACTER COUNTS!, The Martin County Library System and The Martin County School District. It is free and open to the public.

To learn more information about the Martin County Library System 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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February 12, 2013

South Florida Science Museum presents Shark Tooth Lab Feb. 16 at Robert Morgade Library

For immediate release:  February 12, 2013             
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, (772) 463-3205

                                                                                         
Explore the fascinating world of sharks and their relatives at the Shark Tooth Lab presented by the South Florida Science Museum on Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Robert Morgade Library. Working together, students will take part in a variety of educational activities. Participants will sort and classify genuine fossil shark teeth, learn about the animal’s amazing senses and create their own shark-tooth necklace. Ages 8 and up are welcome and registration is required.

The Robert Morgade Library is located at 5851 S.E. Community Drive on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College, Stuart.  For further details and to register please call (772) 463-3245.    

This event, one of several Belle Glade Culture events for kids and teens, is brought to you by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., to complement the We Were Here Viva Florida 500 traveling exhibition presented by the Lawrence E. Will Museum: A Museum of the Belle Glades, on display at the Robert Morgade Library March 4-23.

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

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November 16, 2012

Learn building blocks your child needs to succeed

For immediate release:  November 14, 2012                                          
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863   
CHARACTER COUNTS!, Tykes & Teens, the Martin County Library System and the Martin County School District, in collaboration with Children’s Services Council of Martin County and United Way of Martin County, will host a parent training seminar, Building Blocks for Raising Healthy Youth, on Thursday, December 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart. The fourth of eight presentations in the Our Kids! Parent Seminar Series scheduled at Martin County libraries through April 2013, this seminar will be presented by Jill Sheppell, Facilitator for the Shared Services Network of Martin County. Pre-registration is required.  Please call 772-221-1407 to reserve your space.

More than four decades of research has identified 40 Building Blocks that are strongly linked to young people’s success in life, including academic interest and achievement, leadership, involvement in the community, and healthy and safe lifestyles. 

Since its creation in 1990, Search Institute’s framework of Developmental Assets has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.  Studies of more than 2.2 million young people consistently show that the more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive. 

The December 6 workshop is a presentation on the 40 Developmental Assets all kids need to succeed. This presentation will introduce the asset-building message to parents, inspiring future commitment and action toward creating healthy communities for youth.  This workshop will help participants:
• Understand the Developmental Assets, including why they are important and how to use them.
• Understand and apply the eight areas of developmental needs; support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies and positive identity.
• Learn from stories and concrete examples of community-based asset building and consider how to apply them to their own efforts.
• Accept the challenge of carrying the asset-building approach into their professional and /or personal life.
To learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.  For adult, children’s and teen library events, click on the Library Newsletter tab on the right-hand menu of the library website for the Online Connection of your choice.

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November 14, 2012

Looking for a job? Hoke Library to hold employment workshop for ages 16-21 Nov. 30

For immediate release:  November 14 , 2012                                        
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863   
 

Hoke Library to hold Young Adult Employment Workshop Nov. 30

 

Are you looking for an after school, weekend, or summer job?

The Hoke Library, located at1150 NW Jack Williams Way in Jensen Beach, will present a Young Adult Employment Workshop on Friday, November 30 from 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Community Room.

Find out some tips on professional dress, preparing a resume and cover letter, interviewing and follow-up information. Jodi Jenkins of Workforce Solutions will present this workshop. Registration is required. Please call 772-463-2870 to register. For ages 16-21.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.  For adult, children’s and teen library events, click on the Library Newsletter tab on the right-hand menu of the library website for the Online Connection of your choice.

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November 1, 2012

Teens, like to write? Join others at Hoke Library teen writer’s support group Nov. 9

For immediate release:  October 31, 2012                                        
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863

 

The Teen Advisory Board Teen Writer’s Support Group will meet from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 9 and monthly through May in the Middleton Conference Room of the Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach. The group also meets December 14, January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26 and May 24.  For more information please call 772-463-2870.

If you like to write and are between ages 13 and 18, you’re invited to come “write” in! We’ll be discussing works, giving critiques and help with plots and characters. This is a great way to start your writing and meet fellow writers. Please bring some of your work if you wish to share it or receive a critique.
For more information about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, visit http://www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403. For MCLS events (children’s, teen and adult), click on the Library Newsletter tab on the right-hand menu of the library website for the Online Connection of your choice.

 

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October 30, 2012

Does girl bullying hit home? Girls 8-18 invited to attend Nov. 15 talk, film at Blake Library

For immediate release:  October 30, 2012                                          
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863   
        
The third of eight presentations in the Our Kids! Parent Seminar Series scheduled at Martin County libraries through April 2013 will include a documentary on Girl Bullying, “FindingKind,” followed by a discussion hosted by Christi Matthews on Thursday, November 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart.  Girls ages 8 to 18 are encouraged to attend with their parents.  Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required.  Please call 772-221-1407 to register.

The free event is presented in collaboration with the Martin County Library System, CHARACTER COUNTS! a program of United Way of Martin County, Tykes & Teens, Children’s Services Council, the Martin County School District, and the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida.

Bullying is a serious issue that affects the everyday lives of kids who bully, those targeted, and bystanders.  With the constant pressures girls face to look and act a certain way, competition and jealousy have gotten in the way of functional friendships.  While males have been taught to compete in sports and to view each other as comrades, females have been taught to compete with each other, and view one another as threats. 

Working to make the world a better place for all girls with its anti-bullying programs, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida believes the film “FindingKind” will open a dialogue between parents and their daughters to help discover how bullying has affected their lives and how just being KIND can make a difference. 

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.  For MCLS children’s and teen events, click on the Library Newsletter tab on the right-hand menu of the library website for the Online Connection of your choice.

 

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October 4, 2012

Cyber safety expert to speak on Internet safety for youth Oct. 18 at Blake Library

For immediate release:  October 2, 2012                                        
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863   

Keith Dunn, KDCOP, cyber safety expert and speaker, will present information and resources on Internet safety for youth of all ages to parents Thursday, October 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart.  The event is free.  Pre-registration is required.  Please call 772-221-1407 to register.

During his work as an undercover investigator for Internet Crimes, Keith Dunn was at the forefront of the safety issues for your child’s cyber world of the Internet, gaming and communications.  His work with schools, law enforcement and the legal profession gives him a unique perspective on the many issues facing parents today.  Due to the sensitivity of the topic, this workshop is for adults only.

The second of eight presentations in the Our Kids! Parent Seminar Series scheduled at Martin County libraries through April 2013, this talk is presented in collaboration with the Martin County Library System, CHARACTER COUNTS! a program of United Way of  Tykes & Teens, Children’s Services Council, and the Martin County
School District.

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

 

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October 1, 2012

Cummings Library Teen Scene presents Destroy Your Diary Night October 19

For immediate release:  October 1, 2012                                        
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863   
 
Teens, join us Friday, October 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City, for Destroy Your Diary Night.

Teens will be given a blank book to fill in with random arts and craft projects, using a different art medium each time we meet—such as inking, stamping, rubbings, collages and using the idea lab.

Diaries will be provided along with snacks and drinks.   The event is free and open to grades 6 through 12.
For information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, visit http://www.library.martin.fl.us, or call 772-221-1403.

 

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