Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Crochet a tote bag and help the bay (press release!)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

 

Crocheters wanted!  Come to Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch on Thursday, July 14, 2-4pm, to learn how to crochet a tote bag out of plastic bags!  Did you know that the average person uses 500 plastic bags each year?  Keep bags out of the Bay and create a tote from them!  Bring a bag full of plastic bags and your crochet hook (size K-P) and learn how to cut, tie and crochet the plastic bags into a beautiful tote.  New crocheters are welcome.  Come by Twin Beaches Branch and see a sample bag made by Carolyn Lenz, who will be leading this program.  Please call 410-257-2411 for more information.

 

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/calvertlibrary/26515160396/  Same workshop held at Calvert Library Southern Branch in Solomons with Christi Hammer displaying a couple resulting totes.

 

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, June 15, 2016

"Pizza With a Side of Books" -- An Event for Teens, at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2016
Contact:  Beverly Izzi

                   410-535-0291

 

 

“Pizza With a Side of Books” -- An Event for Teens, at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch

 

Some of us love to read. Some of us love pizza. Some of us love both! Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch is sponsoring “Pizza With a Side of Books,” an event for teens. Come join us on Tuesday, July 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.  We’ll talk about the cult favorite “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare, share recommendations of our favorite titles and series, and eat pizza! Pre-reading “City of Bones” is recommended. This event is free of charge. Maybe we’ll even make plans to get together again! Be sure to register, though. We’ll need a head count! For information contact McNevin Hayes at 410-257-2411.

 

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Beverly Allyn Izzi

Youth Services Coordinator

 

850 Costley Way

Prince Frederick, MD  20678

410.535.0291/301.855.1862

Fax 410.535.3022

 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Calvert Library Invites you to a Check Out Your Community Fair (press releases)

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Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

Calvert Library has amazing connections in the community!  Libraries have always been known for free books and events, but how many libraries do you know that also offer free passes to local attractions?!  With just the magic of your Calvert Library card, you can reserve passes to local pools, beaches, parks, museums and more!  Want to know more?  Go to the library’s homepage, calvertlibrary.info, and click on Check Out Your Community.  Start reserving passes now!  Better yet, come to the Check Out Your Community Fair on Friday, June 17, from 12-2 pm at Calvert Library Prince Frederick to meet some of these community partners and learn more about their local attractions and the deals you can get!

 

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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, May 25, 2016

Manga Otaku Artist Night Expands! (press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  McNevin Hayes

410-257-2411 mhayes@somd.lib.md.us

 

New nights have been added to the “Manga Otaku Artist Nights” workshops at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch.  Due to its huge popularity, “Manga Otaku Artist Nights” has expanded to twice a month, meeting on the first Tuesday and on the third Monday of each month at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch. Events go from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come on in to draw, talk and share your love for your favorite titles and character—and discover new ones! Artist and illustrator (and Calvert librarian) McNevin Hayes will guide you through the basics of story layout, thumbnails, and character construction. Be sure to register for each night.  Space is limited! For information contact McNevin Hayes at 410-257-2411.

 

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/calvertlibrary/26777465156  Calvert Library Public Services Librarian and artist, McNevin Hayes admires his students’ work.

 

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!

 

Calvert Library Has a Deal for You This Summer! (press release)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

May 25, 2016

 

 

Whether you are looking to economize this summer or just appreciate the “best bang for the buck,” be sure to put Calvert Library on your list!  Instead of Audible, Amazon or Netflix, the library offers Overdrive, One Click and Hoopla free with your library card. Check Out Your Community will get you free and discounted passes to local museums, pools, parks and other local attractions.  And, oh, the amazing opportunity for inspiration and learning you can find in every nook and cranny of the library! If you haven’t been lately, visit your closest Calvert Library location as soon as possible.

 

If you have avoided the library because you have a charge on your account, never fear. You can start the summer with a clean slate if you stop by any Calvert Library location June 6-11, 2016 and ask to have your account cleared of fines and lost item charges.  If you happen to have any of those lost items, the library would love them back, so bring them and a funny excuse or just your smiling face and the library promises to get rid of those old charges.  The librarians will welcome you back with a smile and you will be in perfect position to start taking advantage of the incredible resources the library has to offer the community.

 

Starting on June 6 you can also sign up the whole family for the library’s summer reading program. Did you know Calvert County Public Schools in in partnership with Calvert Library and its branches to promote summer reading and support students and families? Summer schedules offer a flexibility that can really give students an opportunity to rejuvenate a love of learning.  Research has shown how important it is keep kids’ brains active in the summer.  Scientists call it the summer slide or summer slump but whatever you call it, it makes sense…those who keep learning over the summer are much more ready for school when it reconvenes.  Calvert Library knows this and also knows that summer is the time for FUN, so they put together a wide range of activities, performances and opportunities to learn while having fun over the summer.

 

It turns out that the best way to have fun while learning is to choose what you want to learn. Perhaps your children love Minecraft? Why not pick up some books about how to use Redstone and learn about circuitry in the process? Or perhaps those incredible scenes, vehicles and futuristic inventions in Star Wars have captured your child’s attention?  Why not find opportunities to invent something futuristic or learn how a hyperdrive might actually work or whether there really are worm holes? What if your child figured out the physics of how a speeder bike works…there are actually companies out there trying to create these!  Or maybe the economics of trade as represented in Star Wars could be an interesting theme to explore?  How about creating their own robotic language? If your child says they don’t need to be able to read because they plan to be an NFL star, get them hooked on stories about their football heroes and reminding them that their team’s playbooks won’t be all pictures!

 

Perhaps you have a teen who would love to delve deeper into BeyoncĂ©’s messages on her new album Lemonade?  Or one who’d like to learn about design and how to make their own tiny house?  Take a look at the library’s new subscription to Lynda.com…perhaps you have a child who wants to learn how to design for video games…take a course on AutoDesk Inventor, Maya, V-Ray 3.0 or 3ds Max. Bring your teen to the library and the librarians will help them find something to learn about that will get them excited! If you already have a studious teen, then you might remind them that the library has online ACT and SAT test preparation as well as help finding school summer reading assignments by their schools.  And when they are ready to reward themselves, they can download the latest Justin Bieber or a vintage Prince album from the library’s Hoopla site or maybe pick out a Blu-ray and chill with their friends. 

 

Those free passes and discounts to Calvert attractions offered through Check Out Your Community are great for summer field trips.  Find the quick link on the library’s home page, www.calvertlibrary.info.  Thanks to the generous partnerships of area businesses and organizations, you can check out passes to various pools, parks, museums and other facilities.  Some are only available over the summer and others are year-round. Cove Point Park Pool, Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center, Calvert Marine Museum, Chesapeake Beach Waterpark, and Paddle or Pedal are just a few of the organizations participating in this exciting program. Stop by Calvert Library Prince Frederick on Friday, June 17, 12-2pm, for a showcase of our Check Out Your Community partners.

 

This is just a sampling of what the library has to offer.  Take advantage of Welcome Back! Fine Forgiveness Week June 6-11 and be ready for an inspiring summer. For more information, explore calvertlibrary.info or call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. 

 

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Great picture of a child getting his first library card!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/calvertlibrary/24535090659/in/datetaken-public/

 

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, May 13, 2016

Calvert Library offering Fine Forgiveness Week! (press release)

As an FYI, we are sending out a ValPak ad that will reach homes around May 19 so if you want this as breaking news, you’ll want to run it by May 18! J

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

 

 

Fine Forgiveness at Calvert Library

 

Calvert Library is breaking with tradition and offering a special “Welcome Back! Fine Forgiveness Week” to encourage long-lost customers to bring their overdue items back to the library and become active library customers again. Calvert Library customers can visit any Calvert Library location from June 6-11, 2016, ask to have their fines forgiven and card updated (bring proof of address), and the librarians will oblige with a smile and a “Welcome back!”  Your library card will be wiped clean as if brand new. If you have library materials at home that you have dreaded bringing in, Fine Forgiveness Week is the perfect time to do so!  If you can come up with a funny excuse for why you haven’t been in for so long, even better…perhaps you were abducted by aliens? You were living in a house made of books and these library books formed your foundation? Fines forgiven!  Welcome back!

 

Director Carrie Plymire wants to “remind our community that the library is about inspiring possibility, about education and opportunity for all, not about collecting fines.”  When asked why holding a Fine Forgiveness Week is a good idea, Plymire said, “The library has fines for overdue items in order to encourage people to come in and return them and then check something else out.  Those items are then available for another customer to benefit from.  If a customer has temporarily misplaced the item for long enough that it seems to be lost, sometimes people get embarrassed about bringing it in and they stop coming to the library. That’s the last thing we want! Yes, we might miss that lost library item but we miss your face so much more! It’s counter-intuitive to lose a customer simply because they’ve held on to a book too long.  Over 80% of the fines in our system are more than a year old and we haven’t seen those customers since they were fined.  And we probably won’t see those over 25,000 customers again unless we welcome them back in this way.” 

 

Calvert Library Board of Trustees President Martha Grahame elaborated on why the Trustees championed a Fine Forgiveness Week, “It’s heart-breaking to find out that a child hasn’t been to the library in years because there were fines on their card. Sometimes those fines were for items that weren’t even for the child.  When I introduce myself out in the community to a non-library user, I frequently hear some embarrassed story about a lost book or fines.  Those aren’t the kind of stories I want to hear about Calvert Library.  We have an incredibly smart, resourceful, creative, friendly staff who do so much for individual customers and the community as a whole.  Those are the stories I want to hear and do hear when I meet regular Calvert Library users.  So I want to make it easy for everyone to be an active library user who can experience this incredible library system.”

 

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, April 25, 2016

Calvert Library Art in the Stacks for May 2016 (press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2016

Contact: Barbara Boward

410-326-5289

 

Suzanne Shelden, Alberta Contee, and Edward Davenport - Local Artists’ Works Exhibited at Calvert Library Art in the Stacks – at the Southern Branch, at the Twin Beaches Branch, and in Prince Frederick.

 

For May 2016, Calvert Library presents the work of three Southern Maryland artists exhibiting cross-stitch, watercolors, oils, and photography.

 

Calvert Library Twin Beaches presents the work of Alberta Contee, a lifelong resident of Calvert County. She began her foray into the art of cross stitching in the late 1980s. “My interest was sparked after seeing some work done by a good neighbor…Over time my love and passion for this art form increased.” Upon entering her work “Tea Sampler” in the Calvert County Fair, and winning her first Blue Ribbon, Ms. Contee says, “I was hooked!” Her love of cross stitch led her to wonder and research artists creating patterns that reflected African American history. “Our heritage found in the low country region of the South…Yes, my passion is the African cross-stitch, but I also enjoy stitching all types…Hopefully these pieces will become a lasting memory of this art form for my children and grandchildren.” Ms. Contee was drawn to the piece pictured here, “Portrait in Purple”, because it reflects much about the way women dressed in the Low Country region, particularly the head wrap. “I love the colors and bringing the piece to life was truly enjoyable!” Ms. Contee’s cross-stitch pieces will be on exhibit at Calvert Library Twin Beaches from May 2 – May 31, 2016. To learn more about the artist and her work, join us at a Meet the Artist reception, Thursday, May 19, 7-8 pm."

            Since 2005, Suzanne Shelden has been recording and painting views of Route 4. Her Route 4 Series, also called the “Tour de 4,” celebrates Calvert County, its rural and natural heritage, and the road we all know that takes us there. She set rules for this series: the paintings are of views that a car passenger or driver can see from the road. “Most of the imagery is photographed at 55mph capturing the views from the passenger seat,” according to Ms. Shelden. “Those taken from the driver’s seat are taken from a safe place along the road, but must still capture the spirit of the commuter’s view.” Ms. Shelden has gathered all available work and some brand new work from this series to show exclusively at Calvert Library Southern Branch in Solomons.  The show, running from May 2 – June 30, features many beautiful barn scenes and some views of nature you’ll want to go looking for, right on Route 4! Join us at the Meet the Artist Reception on Thursday, May 5 from 7 to 8pm. Light refreshments will be served. See more of Suzanne Shelden’s work at CalvArt Gallery in Prince Frederick and at Fridays Creek Winery in Owings, or visit her website at www.sheldenstudios.com.

 

Edward Davenport will exhibit his black and white photographs of the Drum Point community, animals, and landscapes at Calvert Library Prince Frederick April 1 through June 2, 2016.

 

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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!