Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Buss about Bees press release

June 8, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

The Buzz about Bees

 

Almonds, blueberries, apples, broccoli, avocadoes, strawberries, and coffee are just a few crops that rely heavily on pollination by honey bees to survive.  In fact, honey bees pollinate about one-sixth of the world's flowering plant species and some 400 of its agricultural plants. These small but mighty creatures play an import role in the world’s food chain. That’s why a steady decline in honey bee populations over the last decade has scientists worried. Learn more about these amazing insects at The Buzz about Bees family program at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch on Saturday, July 8, from 2-3:30pm. Our presenter, Veronica Cristo from Chesapeake’s Bounty in North Beach, will lead a family discussion on the importance of honey bees. She will offer bee-friendly gardening ideas to help increase local bee populations and lead participants in a beeswax project. A variety of honey will be available to taste. It’s sure to ‘bee’ a fun program! For more information, call Joan Kilmon at 410-257-2411 or visit the library online at calvertlibrary.info

 

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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, May 22, 2017

#calvertREADS challenge to read 30,000 books this summer! (press release)

May 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

 

Calvert Library believes our community can read 30,000 books this summer and needs your help!  Are you in?  You don’t have to read them all yourself but you do need to sign up for #calvertREADS so you can log your contribution to the challenge!  Visit any Calvert Library location or just click on #calvertREADS from the library website http://calvertlibrary.info.   Don’t miss our fantastic fun-filled #calvertREADS Festival on Saturday, June 10, 11am to 3pm at Calvert Library Prince Frederick.  There will be gardening demonstrations, video games, large yard games, seed bombs and sling slots, a community art project, a paper airplane contest, Check Out Your Community displays, Storytime, green crafting demos and book art demos.  This is truly a family event with fun for everyone.

 

The #calvertREADS project is a new twist to the library’s usual Summer Reading program and gets back to the basics…reading!  In recent years past, the library might have tempted you to explore your community by giving you contest credit for visiting Annmarie Garden or reading to a pet.  Or perhaps you could count having used one of the library’s premium online resources the same as having read a book.  This year, you just have to read!  The library is counting every book you read…and no, sorry, just checking it out doesn’t count.  Each book you read turns in to a chance to win a $100 gift card to the establishment of your choice…could be Play ‘n Trade, Chipotle, Nick’s of Calvert or almost anywhere else you can think of.  There will be one winner from each age group.  Watch the library’s social media feeds to see which branch’s customers are biggest readers this summer.  The library will be posting results as the summer wears on, so keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and the #calvertREADS site.  Audiobooks, ebooks, downloadable audiobooks and print books all count…movies do not. Participants can even set their own personal challenges for the summer.  The library encourages everyone to share their challenges and successes with the hashtag #calvertREADS on social media all summer long.

 

Teachers and media specialists think reading over the summer is pretty important, too, and that’s why many have helped get students signed up for #calvertREADS already.  They know that even reading just six books that your child likes will make a big difference in preventing the “summer slide” where kids fall out of practice with three months of no academic work.  Try to schedule some time every day for reading…maybe as a cooling off time in the heat of the day.  Get those books logged and watch the ticker to see how quickly #calvertREADS. 

 

Even though #calvertREADS is all about books, the library continues to be a magical place to take the kids this summer.  Watch great performers like Mad Science, Barry Louis Polisar, comedian Chris Fascione, Prakriti dancers, a ventriloquist, magician Mike Rose and, of course, live animals.  Participate in a variety of edutaining events like “Create a Rube Goldberg Machine,” “Solar Eclipse Viewing Party,” and “Giant Games Night.”  There will be opportunities to build creativity and imagination.  Storytimes will take place weekly so if you’re a new parent who could really use a little adult time, don’t miss these events and the chance to play at the library’s imagination station. Stop by any library branch for more details of these programs and more for children of all ages.

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!

 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Calvert Library Director Carrie Plymire elected to national Public Library Association Board

April 21, 2017

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

 

Calvert Library Director Carrie Plymire, has been elected by colleagues across the country to serve a three-year term on the national Public Library Association (PLA) Board of Directors.  PLA’s mission statement is “PLA enhances the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.”  They do this by offering continuing education opportunities, various library initiatives and a biennial national conference that draws over 8,000 public library professionals.  In October, PLA received an award for its co-creation and implementation of Every Child Ready to Read, a research-based program that develops library staff skills to teach parents how to develop literacy skills in children.

 

When asked why she decided to run for the PLA Board, Plymire said, “This is a critical time for libraries and I believe advocacy is essential. Public libraries transform thousands of lives on a daily basis…whether that be by helping someone start a business, get a job, learn to read, find the perfect music for their wedding, print a prototype on a 3D printer, or just by finding a great book to escape into for a little while.  I’m proud to play a role in that transformation. PLA also developed the board position that I have been elected to specifically for a “small and rural” librarian, so I am doubly looking forward to being a voice on the Board to represent the hundreds of small and rural libraries nationwide who have different challenges than the large urban library systems whose directors generally comprise the PLA Board of Directors.” Because Plymire’s position is especially designed for a small/rural librarian, the association will pay a stipend for her to travel to the four yearly meetings.

 

One of PLA’s roles is to advocate for public libraries on a national scale and to encourage and train staff to do advocacy locally. The budget proposal before Congress eliminates all funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) which represents all federal funding for libraries. The impact on Maryland libraries would be significant.   PLA will be involved in the process of educating legislators about how well-leveraged that funding is and the significant impact it makes on communities throughout the nation.  While federal funding is a minimal portion of a library budget, the services funded through IMLS are significant.  Calvert Library has received $68,300 in federal funds over the last three fiscal years for staff development and a Facilities Master Plan. Subgrants to MD library systems in FY14-16 total $1,114,424. In the scope of the Federal budget, this funding is a drop in the bucket - but libraries turn those dribs and drabs into transformative services for their customers. In the last year, the funding has provided a statewide interactive information service available 24 hours a day (AskUsNow!) that provides more than 2,400 answers a month, a statewide community reading program (One MD One Book) with more than 7,500 participants, summer reading to prevent summer learning loss for over 204,000 young readers, assistive technology for each public library location, professional development, laptops used to teach coding, game design, virtual reality, film making, 3D design and more.

 

Carrie Plymire became Calvert Library Director in July of 2013.  She is a graduate of the Maryland Library Leadership Institute, Leadership Southern Maryland, Leadership Washington County and the Texas Library Association’s Executive Leadership Immersion Program. Plymire earned her Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Drexel University, an institution with a great reputation for a rigorous and tech-oriented degree.  Her undergraduate degree was done at St. John’s College where the focus is on studying the “Great Books” of the western world.  The emphasis on critical analysis and intense discussion has served her well in her leadership roles.  Plymire is a past President of the Maryland Library Association and has served other leadership positions in the association throughout her career.  She currently serves on the Board of the Young Professional Network of the Calvert Chamber of Commerce and on PLA’s Legislation and Advocacy Committee. 

 

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Photo:  Calvert Library Director Carrie Plymire poses for Get a Library Card Week 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, April 4, 2017

Brad Gottfried to share Civil War Wilderness Campaign book (press release)

April 4, 2017

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

 

Author Bradley Gottfried to Present and Sign Copies of His Book –

The Maps of the Wilderness

 

Author Bradley Gottfried will be presenting and signing copies of his book, The Maps of the Wilderness: An Atlas of the Wilderness Campaign, May 2-7, 1864.

 

The event is at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 25th at the Calvert Library (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, MD). For more information visit: http://calvert.lib.md.us/.

 

The Maps of the Wilderness: An Atlas of the Wilderness Campaign, May 2-7, 1864 is the fifth installment in the Savas Beatie Military Atlas Series.

 

This latest magisterial work breaks down the entire campaign (and all related operational maneuvers) into 24 map sets or “action-sections” enriched with 120 original full-page color maps. These spectacular cartographic creations bore down to the regimental and battery level. The Maps of the Wilderness includes an assessment of the winter of 1863-1864, the planning for the campaign, the crossing of the Rapidan River, and two days of bloody combat and the day of watchful stalemate thereafter.

 

At least one—and as many as eight—maps accompany each “action-section.” Opposite each map is a full facing page of detailed footnoted text describing the units, personalities, movements, and combat (including quotes from eyewitnesses) depicted on the accompanying map, all of which make the story of the first large-scale combat of 1864 come alive. Each cartographic snapshot also serves to unlock everything ever written on the subject. This detailed coverage also includes an order of battle, interview with the author, bibliography, and an index.

 

About the Author: Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Miami University. He has worked in higher education for more than three decades as a faculty member and administrator, and is currently President of the College of Southern Maryland. He also serves as a board member of the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust.

 

An avid Civil War historian, Dr. Gottfried is the author of ten books, including Stopping Pickett: The History of the Philadelphia Brigade (1999), Brigades of Gettysburg (2002), Kearny’s Own: The History of the First New Jersey Brigade (2005), and four previous Savas Beatie Military Atlas titles (First Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Bristoe Station/Mine Run). Brad is currently finalizing (with Theodore P. Savas) The Gettysburg Campaign Encyclopedia.

 

About Savas Beatie LLC: Savas Beatie LLC is a leading military and general history publishing company. Read more about The Maps of the Wilderness including excerpts and an interview with the author: http://tinyurl.com/kcuafj4.

 

Contact: Renee Morehouse

Savas Beatie LLC

Email: renee@savasbeatie.com

Phone: 916-941-6896, Fax: 916-941-6895

 

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 20, 2017

Calvert Library celebrates Women's History Month! (press release)

March 20, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

Calvert Library is celebrating inspiring African American women of Calvert County this women’s history month on Tuesday, March 28.  Hosted by Dr. Marsha Plater, the event begins at 6:30pm with musical entertainment by Joan and Roland Plater, refreshments provided by the Calvert County Commission for Women and a chance to peruse Delphine Siggers-Williams’s exhibit “Forty Blossoms from the Bouquet,” a tribute exhibit of forty portraits of prominent African American women from Calvert County who have made significant contributions to the county and society at large. The reception will be followed by living history presentations by Kaitlyn Plater (eighth grader at Plum Point Middle School), Hannah Sunshine (sixth grader at Northern Middle School), and Ayanna Mackall (eighth grader at Plum Point Middle School). Pamela Wilkerson, Glossie Leake, and Joyce Freeland will also share their stories and inspiration.  The event is co-sponsored by the Commission for Women, Calvert County NAACP, Concerned Black Women of Calvert County, Calvert County Historical Society and Calvert Library.

 

The movie (released January 2017) and book (released September 2016) Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, highlighted the story of a group of African American women who made significant contributions to science without receiving proper recognition during their lifetimes. One of those engineers, Mary Winston Jackson, began her career as a math teacher in Calvert County. She touched a number of young lives here. With the book and movie, these women are finally getting recognition for their role in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

 

There are many other inspiring African American women who have touched Calvert County.  The March 28 event and the book created for the event, are a continuation of Delphine Siggers-Williams’s 2006 “Forty Blossoms” exhibit. The new book, Inspiring African American Women of Calvert County, was funded by the Friends of Calvert Library and features additional women who persevered through such challenges as racial prejudice, gender bias, economic hardship, competing commitments and finding their courage. Through their sacrifices and hard work, the world has become a better place. They are role models for those that know them and for future generations. Short biographies of these women were collected and edited primarily by Darlene Harrod with help from Shirley Knight and Dr. Marsha Plater. Celebrate Women’s History Month at Calvert Library Prince Frederick on Tuesday, March 28!  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 16, 2017

Go Green! at Calvert Library Prince Frederick

March 14, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Release

The Calvert Library – Prince Frederick

Event: Go Green – Thursday, April 13, 2017

Contact: Beverly Izzi

Phone: 410-535-0291

 

 

Have Fun!  Go Green!  Save our planet!  At the Library!

 

 

Encourage your children in grades 2-5 to “Go Green”! Bring them to the Calvert Library Prince Frederick Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm.  Space is limited. Registration is required.

Children will create art from recyclables and plant a seed.  They will join with other children to plan ways to take care of our home, Planet Earth, to help make our world a better place!

As Shannon Storm, Public Services Research Librarian, reminds us: “Children are our most valuable natural resource. Laying the groundwork when they are young to be conscious stewards of the environment benefits all of us for generations to come.”

For more information visit calvertlibrary.info  or call 410-535-0291.

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Beverly Allyn Izzi

Youth Services Coordinator

 

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410.535.0291 ext. 224

Fax 410.535.3022

 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dinner on the Titanic! (press release)

March 13, 2017

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

This year marks the 105th anniversary of the fateful voyage of the Titanic.  Calvert Library is commemorating that event with a fancy dinner – a five-course, historically accurate menu. Consider coming aboard Saturday, April 8 at the Rod ‘n Reel Restaurant!  Tickets are $50 and must be purchased by March 29 at any Calvert Library location.  The event begins with cash bar at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm and a Who’s Who presentation of select passengers at 8pm.  Circa 1912 attire optional. This will be “A Night to Remember,” so don’t forget to register!  Call Joanie Kilmon at 410-257-2411 for any questions or to reserve a table for at least six party goers. 

 

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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!