Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Human Library featured at Calvert Library Prince Frederick on Oct. 28 (press release)

Calvert Library Hosted Interns This Summer

October 18, 2017

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

 

Calvert Library participated in a connected learning internship program this summer sponsored by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Through its Inclusive Internship Initiative (III), PLA sponsored paid, mentored public library internships for 50 high school juniors and seniors from diverse backgrounds. With individual guidance from a mentor, each intern engaged in multiple facets of library life, from administration to programming to user services.

Calvert Library selected Le’Andre Campbell and Robin Freedland as interns for summer 2017. Mr. Campbell is a junior at Calvert High School this fall and Ms. Freeland is a senior at Huntingtown High School. The selections were made based on the students’ academic standing, application essay, letter of recommendation and an interview. Primary library mentors were Circulation Supervisor Megan Jones and Public Services Librarian Tiffany Sutherland. Campbell, Freeland and Jones traveled to Washington, D.C., for III’s summer kick-off event.

Over the course of the summer, interns and mentors developed a project to benefit the community.  Both interns have a passion for social justice and a belief in the importance of dialogue, and their projects reflect that.  Mr. Campbell developed an event called “Unity for the Community Speed Discussion for Teens” that was held September 26 at Calvert Library Prince Frederick.  Teens viewed short video clips on various social issues and then discussed one-on-one in a casual “speed networking” format.  Ms. Freeland is developing a small Human Library modeled on The Human Library ™ project, an initiative “designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue…real people are on loan to readers…difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.”  Ms. Freeland’s “books” will be available for in-house checkout on Saturday, October 28, from 1-4pm at Calvert Library Prince Frederick.  She is recruiting “human books” with a variety of experiences and backgrounds who are willing to talk to strangers about themselves.  Please register on the library website (www.calvertlibrary.info) or call 410-535-0291, if you are interested in checking out a human book.

When Ms. Freeland was asked what she had gained from her experience at the library, she said, “I didn’t realize how busy librarians are. They do just about everything and then more! Being an intern doesn’t just let me see what a librarian’s day is like; it also gave me some life skills that I can use beyond the library like leadership skills and a good work ethic.  I have really high hopes that my project can make a difference in people’s lives for the better and change the mindset of how we perceive others. I believe with one human library at a time, we can all learn to get along and not be afraid to talk to one another just because we think we’re different.”

Mr. Campbell agreed that the library was a busier place than he expected and he added, “The library has been a great resource. I plan to be a teacher because I want to be a role model for other African American young people.  I met someone at a library event whose organization is working to increase the number of Black teachers in Calvert County and he has asked that we work together towards that goal.”

The internship program was funded by PLA with support from a pre-professional Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant (grant RE-00-17-0129-17) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Additional information about the Inclusive Internship Initiative can be found at https://apply.ala.org/plinterns.

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

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 Link to flyer

 

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!

 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Friends of Calvert Library Hosting Their Fall Pub Quiz (press release)

October 17, 2017

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

 

It’s time for the Friends of Calvert Library Fall Pub Quiz!  On Friday, November 3, at 6:30pm, the doors will open for a night of fun and trivia.  For one night only, the library won’t help you find the answers. The Quizmaster is Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Carpenter and he reminds us that “The Quizmaster is always right!”  You must have a picture ID verifying that you are 21 or older to enter. Teams of up to six people can be registered through the Calvert Library’s online calendar at www.calvertlibrary.info. However, participation is first-paid, first-served, so come to any Calvert Library location with a clever team name and pay your stake so that your team will be ensured a spot in the competition.  The fee is $60 per team and sells out every event so register quickly.  There are three chances to win plus a 50/50 raffle!  The first place team will win $120, second place wins $60 and third place wins $30. There is only space for 16 teams and 20 spectators.  Spectators 21 and older can purchase their space ahead of time for $5.  It promises to be a highly entertaining evening complete with free snacks and a cash bar.  Donations are welcome.  There are lots of rules, some may even be made up on the spot(!), and the format is detailed on the Calvert Library website (www.CalvertLibrary.info/pubquiz.html).  For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

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Link to full flyer image 

 

 

 

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, October 12, 2017

Calvert Community Makes the 2017 Library Gala Art Auction a Success! (press release)

October 12, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 


 

Thanks to hundreds of Calvert County people who gave generously of their time, talent and finances, and by their attendance, the 2017 Calvert Library Foundation Art Auction on October 7th, at St. Paul’s Church Hall, Prince Frederick, raised over $20,000 for the betterment of all locations of Calvert Library! Dedicated Committee Members from around the County worked for months to bring it all together, creating a striking evening of music, art and entertainment, featuring local artists’ creations as well as a professionally curated collection of world-recognized art.

 

 

Scott Deacon, President of the Foundation, said, “Particular thanks go to the sponsors whose significant financial support ensured the success of the event: Community Bank of the Chesapeake; Dr. Sheldon Seidel, Orthodontist; Pickett & Oliverio, Attorneys at Law; Kip and Patti At Lee; Ms. Martha Grahame, Dr. Lucinda Keller, in honor of Gloria and Russell Costley; and, the American Legion, Stalling-Williams Post 206.” 

 

In addition, many community businesses and individuals purchased advertising in the evening’s program, twenty local restaurants and caterers provided their specialties for a lavish “Tastes of the Region” buffet for the evening’s reception, and dozens of businesses and individuals provided works of art and beautiful gifts that were auctioned. The Calvert Library Foundation asks that you refer to Facebook and their website, for detailed information concerning these generous donors, noting that your thanks and patronage would be most welcome expressions of appreciation for their commitment to Calvert Library’s service to our community.

 

Link to Sponsors Appreciation Page

Link to Reception Donors Appreciation page

Link to Silent and Live Auction Donors Appreciation page

 

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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, October 2, 2017

Library Gala Art Auction (press release)

October 2, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

It’s Time!  This Saturday.  The Best Time in the County!

This Saturday, October 7th, the doors will open at 6:30 PM on the great party that is the Library Gala Art Auction.  Tickets available at the door.  For only $20, you will receive an extravagant pre-auction “Taste of the Region” reception featuring specialties of restaurants throughout the County, live jazz, free wine tasting and a cash bar.  Door prizes will be given, including a beautifully framed work of art valued at $150.  Works by local artists will be auctioned in addition to a professionally curated collection of beautifully framed art, including the works of many prominent international artists, as well as sports and music memorabilia.  In addition, a wide array of travel, sports and dining opportunities as well as jewelry will be auctioned off.  You will be entertained by a professional auctioneer out of New York, who’s knowledgeable and humorous presentation turns art auctioning into performance art.  Auction prices will cover a wide range to accommodate every budget.  No obligation to buy.

Be at St. Paul’s Church hall, 25 Church Street, Prince Frederick, Maryland, this Saturday to enjoy it all and support your great Library and its fantastic Library staff!

 

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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, September 18, 2017

Calvert Library Foundation Gala Art Auction is a Great Date Night! (press release)

September 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

Calvert Library Foundation Gala Art Auction

 

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the Calvert Library Foundation will host the fourth Gala Art Auction to benefit all Calvert Library locations.  Whether you are into art or not, this is an outstanding “date night.”  The event will be held at St. Paul’s Church Hall in Prince Frederick.  It will kick off at 6:30pm with an extravagant pre-auction “Taste of the Region” reception, with live musicians, and a review of the collection of art to be sold.  The auction will start at 7:30pm.  The professionally curated collection of beautifully framed art, including the works of many prominent international artists, as well as sports and music memorabilia, will be auctioned by an entertaining, professional auctioneer out of New York.  Art values will accommodate a broad range of budgets, many not expensive.  Door prizes, including a beautiful, framed work of art valued at not less than $150 will be given.

 

Thanks to the generosity of Calvert County individuals and businesses – in addition to the beautiful, framed art, sports memorabilia and music memorabilia from New York -- the live auction and the associated Silent Auction on October 7 will feature:  weekend and week-long beach and skiing condo get-aways, professional sports ticket packages with rare seating opportunities, fine jewelry, beautiful works of art by regional artists, antiques, food specialties delivered to your home, gifts from local businesses, and Chesapeake Bay excursions!  A hundred percent of the successful bids on these amazing items will go to Calvert Library and all its branches!  You must be present at the Auction to bid.

 

Tickets for this event are just $20 and can be purchased from any Calvert Library location.  There will be a cash bar.  Even if you are not able to attend, you can still support the event by purchasing auction tickets to be given to others and 50/50 raffle tickets at any Calvert Library location.  There are also a variety of sponsorship opportunities available.  Tickets will be available at the event.  The raffle ticket winner does not need to be present to win.  Email LibraryArtAuction@comcast.net for details or check www.calvertlibraryfoundation.com.

 

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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!

 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Calvert Library Hosting Maryland Sesquicentennial 1864 Slave Emancipation Quilt (press release) + link to photo

 

Calvert Library Hosting Maryland Sesquicentennial 1864 Slave Emancipation Quilt

September 1, 2017

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

 

Until September 28, Calvert Library Prince Frederick is hosting the Maryland Sesquicentennial 1865 Slave Emancipation Quilt that was coordinated and designed by Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither in conjunction with the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture.  Each county plus Baltimore City designed their quilt block in response to direction to reflect stories of people, places and events in their areas at the time of Emancipation.  Visit the library to see this masterpiece in person.

 

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

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Photo:

http://calvert.lib.md.us/images/GaitherandQuilt.jpg

Dr. Joan Gaither pictured with the quilt at Calvert Library Prince Frederick

 

 

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!

 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dining in the Field back for 2017! (press release)

August 21, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Robyn Truslow at 410-474-3160

Described as "the social event of the year," the Dining in the Field inaugural event in 2016 raised $4,647 for the Young Farmers Scholarship Fund. This year's event aims to double that. Tickets are already selling for the Thursday, October 12 event set to take place on gorgeous Briscoe Farms on the Patuxent River.  Cocktails at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m., rain or shine.  Early bird tickets are $150 online through Dining Eats Local on Facebook and the Calvert County Farm Bureau site until September 15.  Dropping a check or cash off at the Farm Bureau will save you $5/ticket.  There are only 200 spots so committing early is recommended.


Brain child of former delegate Sue Kullen, the event raised awareness and support for the local farming economy.  Kullen is an active member of Calvert Eats Local, a group that meets monthly at Calvert Library Prince Frederick that was started by Greg Bowen and the library from a book discussion of Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Calvert Eats Local (CEL) has over 500 members and is dedicated to the support of sustainable agriculture and community in Southern Maryland.  Kullen said that she was inspired by a statistic she heard at a CEL meeting that suggested that if everyone were to purchase just 10% of their food locally, it would add $28 million to the local economy.  The delicious, high-end meal she and other volunteers designed was sourced entirely from 30 local and regional sources.  She challenged attendees to commit to purchasing as much of their food locally as was reasonable.  The dinner which included cocktails, wine, Patuxent oysters, grilled pork chops, charcuterie & cheese board, salad, rockfish with a creamy crab sauce, and a variety of local roasted vegetables was an example of what an inspiring meal could be made from all local ingredients.


Dream Weaver owner Trish Weaver was the primary chef and caterer for the event and generously donated her time and talents for the planning and event.  She said, "I love this stuff…I love Calvert County, I love sourcing my food from my neighbors and I love building community."  Kullen recruited 17 other equally dedicated volunteers who shared their skills ranging from graphic design to washing up.  Caterer Sue Dzurec helped create a magical atmosphere with brilliant d├ęcor and signage celebrating the farms featured. She also helped in the "kitchen" along with Gwyn Novak of No Thyme to Cook.  Suzi Gibson loaned some of her splendid local flower arrangements to the event.  Jeannae Pinno with Stonesby Events helped with logistics, beauty and even helped serve the food.  Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore accepted the freshly ground local flour and grains from Next Step Produce in Charles County and baked all the bread for free.  Farmers were purposely not asked for discounts since the purpose of the event is to support local farmers but the quantity made wholesale prices worthwhile for many. Slack Winery and Running Hare were generous with discounts for wine and beer.  The featured cocktail cooked up by Kullen was a delightful blend of local lemons (really!) and St. Mary's County Tobacco Barn Distillery honey flavored rum.


The food was amazing and it was seasoned with the most beautiful setting and sunset and a magical fellowship shared among the diners.  Did I mention that tickets are available for the October 12 event?  Reserve your seat at the table!


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Photos attached in a powerpoint.  If you would like higher resolution of any of the photos, please contact Sue Kullen at psue@comcast.net