Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Calvert Library Hosting Money Smart Week Classes (press release)

 

Calvert Library Hosting Money Smart Week Classes

April 3, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Robyn Truslow
410-535-0291

 

Calvert Library Prince Frederick is teaming up with multiple partners to bring a wide range of financial classes to the community during Money Smart Week in April.  The first class is co-sponsored by Calvert County Family Network and Southern MD Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc. and will be held on Friday, April 20 at 2pm.  Attendees will learn the basics of setting financial goals and budgeting. HIPPY/Healthy Families is providing childcare in the room next to the class for this basic course on April 20 and registration is required through the library.

 

The following week, there will be 7pm courses on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  On Tuesday, April 24, the workshop will be Maximizing Your Credit Score taught by Dessie Herbert with Fitzgerald Financial.  Wednesday, April 25, volunteers from the BetterInvesting Maryland Chapter will teach attendees the need-to-know vocabulary relating to stocks and mutual funds.  They will also talk about the things to consider before you start investing.  On Thursday, April 26, Edward Jones Financial Advisor Lee Ritter and a successful DIY investor will talk about the pros and cons of DIY versus broker-supported investing.  Money Smart Week finishes up on Saturday, April 28 at 2pm with a First-Time Home Buying Workshop led by Home Towne Realtors Mike and Tina Benton.  Mortgage broker Billy Patriarca will also be available to answer questions.

 

Calvert Library regularly offers free classes like these to help our community.  Another closely related upcoming class will be held on reverse mortgages on Thursday, May 24 at 6pm at Calvert Library Prince Frederick and co-sponsored by Calvert NAACP.  For those entrepreneurs and particularly those interested in government contracting, you might have missed the business plan training, but don’t miss the Small Business Resources Workshop on May 7 at 9:30am, co-sponsored by Calvert County Minority Business Alliance and Calvert Library in celebration of Business Appreciation Week.  If you can’t attend our classes, you can always chat with a librarian who will help connect you to useful resources like the Small Business Development Center and Economic Development staff.

For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.

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Robyn Truslow

Public Relations Coordinator

Calvert Library

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-0291

410-535-3022 (fax)

Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Twin Beaches Branch Proposal Presentations Changed to April 16

 

Twin Beaches Branch Proposal Presentations Changed to April 16

March 28, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Robyn Truslow
410-535-0291

 

The decision about where the new Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch will be located has experienced another jog in the process.  To be able to qualify for a state capital grant, the library was told that either the library or the county needed to own the land on which the library would be built. During the period that the towns could ask questions in advance of the March 28 presentation, one of the towns asked a question about an aspect of land ownership.  Initially, it was believed that the land could revert to the municipality once there was no longer a functioning library on it.  It has since been determined that the land will NOT revert.  Because the answer was a significant change, Library Director Carrie Plymire asked both mayors if they needed additional time to speak with their town councils.  Chesapeake Beach did ask for an extension to the deadline for proposals.  The library has moved the deadline and public presentation to Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:00pm in meeting rooms 2 and 3 of Calvert Library Prince Frederick. 

For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.

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Robyn Truslow

Public Relations Coordinator

Calvert Library

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-0291

410-535-3022 (fax)

Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!

 

Monday, March 19, 2018

(Press Release) - March 26, 2018 for Sharon Parker's Book Event with Kirsti Uunilla

 

Calvert Library to Host "Local History, Parker Family of Adelina Road"

March 19, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Robyn Truslow
410-535-0291

 

Calvert County has some great local history stories, and Calvert Library Prince Frederick is bringing one to the public on Monday, March 26, at 7pm. Kirsti Uunila, Calvert County Historic Preservation Planner, will share her knowledge of the history of the Parkers of Adelina Road and their connection to the Parker family that is descended from Sukeek, a woman enslaved in the early 1800's who lived at a site interpreted at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM).  Uunila excavated the site with JPPM in 2000 and 2001.

 

Sharon Parker, who grew up in Calvert County, left as a young adult and returned to find that her destiny had brought her back home to the rich Parker family history. She connected with Uunila to gather family information. She has turned her own family success story into a book titled, True Synergy Works…Leading Within: Seven Defining Principles of Knowing Self to Birth Greatness.  She published her book last year on her birthday, May 23.  The book will be available for sale and signing at the event.

 

For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.

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Robyn Truslow

Public Relations Coordinator

Calvert Library

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-0291

410-535-3022 (fax)

Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Next Steps for Twin Beaches Site Selection

March 8, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

The first Calvert Library in the Beaches was on 4th Street and Dayton Avenue in North Beach from 1981-1991.  It has been in leased space in Chesapeake Beach for the last 26 years. For 35 years of the Twin Beaches Branch history, Branch Manager Joan Kilmon has served the community through the library.  She said, “We have always lovingly served both beaches and look forward to continuing to greet all of our neighbors wherever we are sited.”

 

Although the Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) made a recommendation on February 27, to the Calvert County Commissioners regarding a site for a new Twin Beaches Branch, Director Carrie Plymire received new information on Monday, March 5, that has re-opened the process under a tight time-line.  In order to qualify for a state capital grant possibly worth up to $2.3 million, the county or library will need to own the property on which the library would be built.  The proposals by Chesapeake Beach and North Beach were for a lease of the land to the county for $1/year.

 

Currently $5 million per year is distributed via competitive grants to Maryland Library systems for capital projects. Calvert County has not been the recipient of any of these grant dollars since the inception of the program in 2008. Calvert County Government has a 50% match required to receive state capital funds. According to Carrie Plymire, “The library’s application is due at the beginning of June 2018 for a FY20 grant. FY20 is when the bulk of the Architecture and Engineering funds are in the Calvert County Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). If we miss this deadline, we risk pushing back construction of a new Twin Beaches Branch.”

 

Calvert Library commissioned a Facilities Master Plan that was conducted in FY17 that recommended that a new library be built in the Twin Beaches community beginning in FY19.  The current building has serious site and accessibility deficiencies “both inside and outside the building that would be difficult and expensive to mediate.”  The consultant said that use of the current location will likely decline until a new building is built.

 

In a press release last week, Chesapeake Beach Mayor Pat Mahoney questioned the new site selection process. Chesapeake Beach fully participated in the process and expressed no concerns until February 28. Mahoney was contacted on February 27 by Calvert Library Director Carrie Plymire and Board of Trustees President Martha Grahame with the BOLT’s recommendation to site the new library in North Beach. 

 

In July 2017, North Beach and Chesapeake Beach mayors were given a list of site selection criteria that were to be addressed in an August 8 presentation to the BOLT, including size of the site; parking; pedestrian, public and road traffic access; utilities and fiber access; geologic and technical site concerns; future expansion possibilities; public amenities and costs the library would have in obtaining the property. 

 

The initial plan had been for the county to hire an architect to draft site plans for each location in FY19. In November, county staff contacted Plymire and said that if a site was not chosen by the time the staff recommended Capital Improvement Plan was submitted, the county would not recommend proceeding with funding in FY19. This information prompted Plymire to recommend to her board at their December meeting that they consider whether they had enough information in-hand to make a site selection decision.

 

Simultaneously, but unrelated, North Beach was making decisions about their land offer. The land initially proposed by North Beach in August was not owned by the town; they were in negotiation with several land owners to obtain the parcels. Plymire was informed in November by North Beach Mayor Mark Frazer that North Beach had decided they would not be able to obtain timely ownership of the properties initially proposed and had therefore decided to offer land already owned by the town. North Beach submitted a proposal to Plymire on November 22 for two lots on the north side 5th Street between Bay Avenue and Chesapeake Avenue, rather than the 3rd Street property which they had been unable to obtain. 

 

The BOLT was given the new proposal from North Beach on December 5 in preparation for their December 12th Board meeting. At the BOLT’s direction, Plymire emailed both mayors with this information on December 18th, “North Beach is now offering the town-owned property on the corner of 5th, Bay and Chesapeake. Since their proposal has changed, the BOLT would like to give both towns until February 1, to submit any changes to their ‘best offers.’ The BOLT plans to make a decision regarding site selection at their February 13th meeting.”  She also included questions for both mayors asking for more detail to facilitate a well-supported decision. 

 

At the request of the BOLT, Board of Library Trustee Stewart Cumbo, who is also a Chesapeake Beach Town Councilman, solicited an opinion from the Calvert County Ethics Commission regarding his participation in site selection. The Commission suggested that Mr. Cumbo recuse himself from discussions regarding the library site selection to avoid any perception of conflict of interest.  He did recuse himself from BOLT discussions regarding the selection at the December 12 BOLT meeting.  

 

Both towns submitted revised proposal information by the February 1 deadline. Chesapeake Beach offered a portion of Parcel H and Parcel E; the current location of the memorial playground behind the parking lot of Chesapeake Beach Water Park. North Beach offered the Bayfront parking lot on the north side of 5th Street between Bay Avenue and Chesapeake Avenue.

 

Library Trustee President Martha Grahame said, “We are confident that we have used a fair and appropriate site selection process. We communicated openly with both mayors. Both towns were given the opportunity to make final proposals and both knew which parcels were being offered by each town. Other than concerns about Chesapeake Beach Councilman Stewart Cumbo’s membership on both boards, there were no complaints nor concerns about the process until the initial selection was made. It speaks volumes for the excellent service our library provides that both communities want the library within their town limits. It should be placed in the best possible location to serve the Twin Beaches community. We look forward to a full-service library with community meeting space, a dedicated teen zone, lifelong learning opportunities for all ages and a state-of-the-art children’s area.” 

 

On March 6, Plymire emailed both mayors to let them know of the change in requirements and site selection criteria. The mayors can ask questions of the library director and ask for clarifications about the process between now and March 28. Answers will be shared with both mayors. Plymire invited them to deliver sealed proposals to Calvert Library Prince Frederick, meeting room 3, at 3:00pm on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. At that time, both towns will be given 20 minutes to make a public presentation of their site proposal.  The Board of Library Trustees will then go into Executive Session to make a decision on which site to recommend to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The BOCC will vote on site selection on April 17, 2018.

 

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Robyn Truslow

Public Relations Coordinator

Calvert Library

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-0291

410-535-3022 (fax)

Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!

 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Photo press release for Books in Bloom (press release)

January 22, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

(caption for the photo(s) of your choice)

 

 

Calvert Garden Club and Calvert Library will again present Books in Bloom, floral designs inspired by a component of a book such as its title, cover, or theme. There will be a demo on Saturday, February 3 at 10am at Calvert Library Prince Frederick and the displays will be in all the library locations February 26 through the morning of March 1. The public is invited to participate by registering to present a design, or to join in enjoying the beauty of the flowers.   For more information, contact Vicki Geneva, Books in Bloom chair, 410-610-4905 or check online at https://calvertgardenclub.com/projects.

 

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In case you need designer names:  

 

Corfu Trilogy - Marcia Olson, Calvert Garden Club

Einstein - Mary Smolinski, Calvert Garden Club

The Healthy Kitchen - Susan Maunders Olson

 

Photos courtesy of Vicki Geneva

 

Robyn Truslow

Public Relations Coordinator

Calvert Library

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-0291

410-535-3022 (fax)

Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!

 

From: genevafamily2@gmail.com [mailto:genevafamily2@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Geneva Family
Sent: Monday, January 22, 2018 8:10 AM
To: Robyn Truslow <rtruslow@somd.lib.md.us>; Family Geneva <genevafamily2@gmail.com>
Subject: Designs for press release

 

Hi Robyn ,

 

Great talking to you Saturday and fun to get our trove of seeds.  Per our conversation about you submitting a photo with a caption below to local publications I'm sending you 3 designs to chose from.  

 

​I looked at them as black and white photos and I think they are light enough to show up in publication print.  If you think you need something ​else that would work better let me know.  

 

In case you need designer names:  

 

Corfu Trilogy - Marcia Olson, Calvert Garden Club

Einstein - Mary Smolinski, Calvert Garden Club

The Healthy Kitchen - Susan Maunders Olson

 

Our website it updated with this year's information.  Thanks again to Carrie for updating the flyers.  

 

Thanks for all your help. See you later this week, 

 

Vicki

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Garden Smarter at Calvert Library (press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

December 15, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                  Robyn Truslow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    410-535-0291

 

Garden Smarter at Calvert Library

 

The Master Gardeners and Calvert Library have been offering free classes for many years.  According to Master Gardener coordinator Denise Moroney, “More and more people are deciding to grow their own vegetables, host bees or simply make the most of their natural surroundings through butterfly gardens, native plantings, environmentally-smart fertilizing. The Master Gardeners love sharing what they’ve learned from their own experiences and classes.”  Between the Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists and other volunteers that embrace nature, there will be 25 classes and a May 5 plant sale in 2018.  You can find the complete list on the Calvert Library website (calvertlibrary.info).  Most are taught on Saturdays from 10am to 11:30am at Calvert Library Prince Frederick, but at least one event will be hosted at each library branch as well as at the Community Resources Building, 30 Duke Street, Prince Frederick. 

 

The series kicks off with the very popular Seed Exchange on Saturday, January 20, at Calvert Library Prince Frederick. Registration begins at 9:30am. Gardeners can bring their unused or saved seeds from the last five years to trade and learn from fellow gardeners.  There are always plenty of seeds and many interesting varieties to try so come even if you only have a few to share. The exchange does not accept PVP, GMO or chemically treated seeds. Check out Calvert County Master Gardener Facebook page for a few other guidelines. 

 

Some of the other topics being offered this year include companion planting, attracting pollinators, understanding your plants’ needs (Did Your Plant Die or Did You Kill It?), healing gardens, container gardening, pesticide use, birding, invasive plant ID, herb spiral, designing with bulbs and more.

 

A couple of special evening events in the series will be held at Calvert Library Prince Frederick. On Thursday, February 22, at 6:30pm, MNCPPC Naturalist Greg Kearns will share his beautiful photos of ospreys and discuss their biology, nesting, migration and other interesting facts about this “unique species of raptor.”  On May 9, Greg Bowen, American Chestnut Land Trust Executive Director, will talk about the work land trusts do to save rural landscapes and the Bay.

 

If you are growing your own food, you are probably a foodie and possibly a locavore so you might be interested in joining Calvert Eats Local. You can join free by contacting Robyn Truslow at Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 410-535-0291. The winter potluck is Monday, January 22 at 7:00pm at Chesapeake’s Bounty in North Beach. Bring your plate, utensils, cup and napkin for a truly “green” experience!

 

For details, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

 

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Robyn Truslow

Public Relations Coordinator

Calvert Library

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-0291

410-535-3022 (fax)

Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!

 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Calvert Library Reports and Re-Challenges (press release)

December 11, 2017

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

Summer is the time for relaxation, vacations and warm days at the beach, but at Calvert Library, summer is also the time for reading!  In June 2017, Calvert Library unveiled its brand new reading initiative, #calvertREADS.  The idea was simple—to participate, all you had to do was read!  Throughout the summer, Calvert County residents were encouraged to read and then log their books on the library’s website.  Participants were also encouraged to create their own personal reading goal for the summer and to share this personal challenge via the library’s website and social media.

 

The response was overwhelming!  The Calvert County Schools helped students get registered and encouraged them to read over the summer.  Many adults challenged themselves to a summer reading goal. The overall ambition was for Calvert Library customers to read and log 30,000 books in June, July and August.  By summer’s end, readers had logged an amazing 42,469 books!  Participation came in all age groups from babies to octogenarians and from all over the county. 

 

“We have always encouraged kids to read over the summer, but #calvertREADS represented our first county-wide, all-ages reading initiative—a challenge where all Calvert County residents were encouraged to engage in their community and share a love of reading,”  reports Melissa DeCesaris, team leader of the #calvertREADS team for Calvert Library.

 

After the success of the summer program, Calvert Library decided to participate in a nationwide Winter Reading Challenge from January 1 to January 31.  Billionaire investor and Shark Tank personality Mark Cuban has announced his sponsorship of the inaugural Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge in support of local libraries. Cuban has challenged close to 100 libraries all over the country to meet a collective goal of reading at least 1.3 million minutes and 55,000 books during the month of January. If achieved, Cuban pledges to donate $25,000 to First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials and other essentials to children in need.  He will also give $10,000 for the top-performing libraries to use for their community programs. 

 

How can you help? Join library customers across the country to transform lives with the gift of reading.  If you have students in the school system, you may have already heard about the Winter Challenge.  Calvert County students and adults are urged to read and log a total of 5,000 books for the month of January as our part of the national challenge.  “We are very excited to be a part of the Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge,” says Calvert Library Director Carrie Plymire.  “Participating is a win-win-win for our customers.  You get the pleasure of reading a book, the library gets the chance to win money to support our classes and events, and nationally First Book gets a donation to provide books to low-income students."

 

Calvert Library will use Beanstack, an innovative software that facilitates reading programs for schools and libraries, to make it easy to track the number of books read. "After doing a storytime for my local library, Dallas Public Library, I became increasingly inspired by the work libraries do for their communities," says Cuban. "Growing up, my mom used to give me a quarter for every book I read. Through reading programs libraries run with Beanstack, they are providing these kinds of incentives for readers throughout the community. I love the idea that we will encourage readers through a shared, ambitious goal, and that the prize for everyone will be to pay it forward to an awesome organization focused on literacy and access to books."

 

Since its founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families.

"I believe that the most powerful force in the world is empathy," says First Book's president, co-founder and CEO Kyle Zimmer. "It is truly an honor to be selected by libraries and to have the reward for participants' reading be to collectively given to First Book—bringing the joy of reading through books and resources to so many more children. What a wonderful way to build empathy and community. First Book is an ardent supporter of libraries, and we are thrilled to be part of this program. We will absolutely put that $25,000 to work, serving kids in need."

 

To participate in the #calvertREADS Winter Reading Challenge from January 1 to January 31, summer readers need only to sign in to their #calvertREADS account on the library’s website at www.calvertlibrary.info and click on the 2018 Winter Challenge program to participate. Readers can expect some exciting new additions to the library’s online program including the ability to add book titles by ISBN numbers and the opportunity to add picture reviews of the titles they have logged.  Yes, you can add animated gifs!  Missed out on the summer reading fun in 2017? New participants can sign up for an account on the library’s website.  More information is available at every Calvert Library location.

 

So get ready to read Calvert County and join the #calvertREADS Winter Reading Challenge—after reading more than 40,000 books in the summer, 5,000 will be a breeze!

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Robyn Truslow

Public Relations Coordinator

Calvert Library

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-0291

410-535-3022 (fax)

Calvert Library…Your Source for Awesome!