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!

 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Yes, You Need to Talk to Your Children about Drugs (press release)

November 21, 2017

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

 

You can’t open the newspaper or listen to the radio without hearing something about the drug abuse epidemic here in Calvert County and across the nation.  No matter how protective we are of our children, there is still the chance that they or their friends will encounter drugs.  Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Calvert Library, Calvert County Public Schools and Calvert County Health Department are teaming up to help parents learn how to talk to their children about drugs.  On Thursday, November 30 at 6:30pm at Calvert Library Prince Frederick, they will show Chasing the Dragon: Life of an Opiate Addict where you’ll learn that addiction can strike any family.  The film will be followed up by a conversation with experts about how to give your children the tools to be safe and successful out in the world beyond home.

 

According to Scientific American, the “Just Say No” campaign didn’t work because it didn’t teach kids how to handle peer pressure and it didn’t give them a chance to practice refusing drugs.  The other criticism of the “Just Say No” campaign was that it made kids think that drug use was the norm and that saying “no” made them “not cool,” when in fact, most kids do not use drugs.  That doesn’t mean that most kids are not offered drugs.  A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that 81% of teens say that they had the opportunity to use illicit substances.  We all need a little help parenting. We can help children understand the impact drugs and alcohol can have on a developing brain.  We can go an extra step and role-play so that children have a script they can easily recall if they are approached with an offer of drugs or alcohol.  To learn more about how to keep your child safe and to share strategies with other parents, please come to this workshop.  Registration is requested but not required.

 

For more information, call Robyn Truslow or Juanita Anderson 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, November 9, 2017

Calvert Library Challenges Readers to Try Digital (press release)

November 9, 2017

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

 

Calvert Library and Maryland’s Digital eLibrary Consortium is on a mission: Get more people to try digital reading! While they have offered eBooks and digital audiobooks to the community through their partnership with OverDrive for more than 13 years, they know that many people are still surprised to learn their library card gives them access to 24,000+ free digital titles.

Throughout the rest of this calendar year, the library is participating in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” contest. If the state hits 2,796,255 digital checkouts by the end of the year, it will be eligible to win funds to buy more eBooks and audiobooks for the OverDrive collection. The state is at just over 80% of that goal now.

“We would love to expand our digital collection with new materials and cut down on hold times by buying more copies of our most popular titles,” said Carrie Plymire, Calvert Library Director.

The library’s digital books are free for anyone with a valid library card. Current popular titles include Dan Brown’s Origin, John Grisham’s The Rooster Bar, and this year’s One Maryland One Book winner Purple Hibiscus. Users can borrow bestsellers, classic eBooks and digital audiobooks to enjoy on smart phones, tablets, Kindles and other eReaders, MP3 players and computers. Maryland’s Digital eLibrary Consortium website also offers a dedicated space for younger readers, with a variety of juvenile and young adult titles, including a collection of STEM and homework help titles. There are never late fees with digital titles, as they return automatically at the end of the lending period.

Readers can access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting https://maryland.overdrive.com/maryland-southernmarylandregional/content or by downloading the Libby app from their device’s app store. For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.

 

About OverDrive
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools.  It is dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 36,000 libraries and schools in 63 countries worldwide.  Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten.  
www.overdrive.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!

 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Author of Family Comedy Series at Calvert Library (press release)

 

Author of Family Comedy Series at Calvert Library

November 6, 2017

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

‘Tis the season for family gatherings and all the love, angst and drama they include.  Come to Calvert Library Prince Frederick on Monday, November 20, at 7pm to lighten your spirits, share your family stories and hear from author Shelton Johnson. 

Johnson, a native of Norfolk, VA, now resides in Southern Maryland with his wife and two children. Although he grew up playing multiple sports and was afforded the opportunity to play football at James Madison University, writing has always been a part of his life. Before writing his first published project, Thankful for My Family, Johnson had written two plays, multiple short stories, and a children's book that his brother illustrated. When asked about becoming a published author of a book with heavy doses of comedy, Johnson answered, "Writing wasn't something that I took seriously. I really just did it for fun. It's always been easy for me to play out situations or scenarios in my mind that would make people laugh. I decided to finish this book (Thankful for My Family) and publish it for multiple reasons. The biggest reason, though, came one day in the mall while waiting for my wife to finish shopping. I walked in the bookstore and I couldn't find anything that really grabbed my attention. That's when I decided to not only publish this book, but make it appealing to people like me who like to laugh." Johnson also made mention that Thankful for My Family is the first installment of a three-part series, that he refers to as the "Family Comedy Trilogy." 

Johnson will bring to the event his first two comedy books (Thankful and Merry with My Family) as well as his new novel, Mr. Wilder, a novel about a white teacher at the predominantly black Booker T. Washington High School during a time of heated racial trouble.  Books will be available for sale and signing.  And the mic will be open for your stories.  For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.

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Public Relations Coordinator

Calvert Library

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410-535-0291

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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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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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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!