Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Belvedere Hotel Featured at Calvert Conversations on March 9 (press release)

February 23, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

 

Calvert Conversations is an informal local history group that meets at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch on the second Thursday of the month, 10-11 am.  On March 9, the topic of discussion will be The Belvedere Hotel, which was built in the early 1900’s in Chesapeake Beach.  When it burned to the ground in 1923, did all its memories go with it?  We hope not!  Kris De Grace of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum has been researching old newspaper files, piecing together some untold stories of The Belvedere.  Please join us at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch on March 9, to learn more about our local history and a posh hotel from yesteryear.  For more information, call Joan Kilmon at 410-257-2411.

 

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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, February 10, 2017

Son to share Father’s WWII experiences as a POW (press release)

February 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

 

Local resident Jon Frank will share his Father's story and artifacts from the Battle of Bataan and 3 years as a Japanese Prisoner of War at Calvert Library Prince Frederick on March 14, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.  The collection is scheduled for donation to the National WW II Museum on April 5, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle's final days and surrender on April 9, 1942. This was the largest surrender of U.S. Armed Forces in history.

 

Col. Charles B. Frank served on active duty from 1941 until his retirement at Fort Meade in 1967.

 

"When my Mother passed away in 2015, I assembled the family documents related to both my father and mother's war time service.  The materials have been in our family all our lives.   While cataloguing and digitizing the letters, orders, telegrams and other items saved by my father and grandmother, I was also researching the events and history of the defense on Bataan and the role played by the US Army Veterinary Corps at that time," explained Jon Frank.

 

"1LT Frank was the veterinarian to Battery A of the 23rd Field Artillery (PS), a pack unit with 48 horses and 80 mules in the field following the attack on Pearl Harbor.   As the battle progressed, the unit was destroyed and he fulfilled other duties including replacement corral operation and food inspection."

 

Col. Frank was a POW from April 9, 1942 until liberation on September 7, 1945.  He survived several "near misses" including a 49-day transfer from Manila to Japan involving three ships, multiple attacks and mishaps resulting in the death of 83% of the 1619 men making the journey on the Oryoku Maru

 

Col. Frank was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his war time service. Join us to hear these stories and see some of the collected artifacts.  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!

 

Fiction to Film series at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch (press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

 

Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch is hosting a book discussion series that features novels soon to be released as highly anticipated, major motion pictures. Book conversation dates and titles are: “The Shack” by William Young on Saturday, March 4; “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman on Tuesday, March 28; “Wonder” by RJ Palacio on Saturday, April 8 – this will be a family discussion and include activities; “The Dinner” by Herman Koch on Tuesday, May 2; and “My Cousin Rachel” by Daphne du Maurier on Saturday, July 15.  All discussions will begin at 2pm. Registration is not required.  Twin Beaches Branch will be holding several copies of each book a month before its discussion.

 

For more information, or to reserve a book, please call 410-257-2411, or visit our website 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, February 6, 2017

Treble at the Library Concert Series (press release)

February 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

 

Looks like there is Treble at the Library!  And it’s treble you don’t want to miss!  Four of our nation’s premier military bands will be performing at Calvert Library Prince Frederick on Wednesday nights.  The first concert will feature Navy Band Country Current on February 15.  If your significant other thinks you didn’t do enough for Valentine’s Day, bring them to this show and you will be back in good graces.  The show starts at 7pm.  These are free events and are often standing room only, so get there early to claim seats!  On February 22, members of the US Naval Academy’s Superintendent’s Jazz Combo will entertain and energize you no matter how cold it is outside.  March 15, the library will host Max Impact, the US Air Force Premier Rock Band who will play popular, rock, Americana, country and more.  The series will wrap up on March 22, with the talented US Army Band Downrange bringing an up-to-date repertoire of rock, pop, country, R&B and inspirational patriotic arrangements.  If you have quiet work that you were planning to do at the library on those Wednesday nights, you might want to make alternate arrangements or come for the concert and say the dog ate your homework!  Be sure to tell your friends you’re going or when you post later on Facebook, you’ll be in trouble for not giving them the heads up!  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, February 3, 2017

Calvert Library hosts special Black History Month event (press release)

February 3, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

 

From 1830 to 1865, it was illegal in Maryland for Negroes to assemble unless a "respectable" White person was present. On Tuesday, February 28, at 7pm at Calvert Library Prince Frederick, participants at “Faith and African American Families in Calvert County” will explore the history of this law and how enslaved people and the churches responded. 

Three years ago, Calvert Library hosted a Founding African American Families event where we heard from Footes, Mackalls, Clarks, Harrods, Johnsons and many more families with a stake in County history.  We also heard about the research that All Saints Church had begun concerning the role of African Americans in the church’s history.  As that parish prepares to celebrate its 325th anniversary, the community is once again invited to the library to share stories of “Faith and African American Families.”  Of particular interest will be family histories as they connect to church histories from 1774 to the present. This is a great opportunity to re-energize your genealogical research, share interesting tidbits you have unearthed and learn about our community’s rich history in which the church has played a significant role.

The Reverend Ken Phelps will present a brief background of the All Saints project and share some of the stories uncovered.  Michael Kent will relate stories of the Kent and King families.  What can you add to the collective compendium of local history?  If you have photos or documents, please bring them.  Volunteers from the Calvert County Historical Society will be on hand to help with scanning and to share their resources.  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, January 31, 2017

CORRECTION Calvert Library undertakes Facilities Master Plan (press release)

Darn!  We changed the time on the two early morning meetings to 8:30am.  I’ve corrected in the text below.  I apologize for the inconvenience!

 

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: Robyn Truslow
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 11:34 AM
Subject: Calvert Library undertakes Facilities Master Plan (press release)

 

January 31, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

To keep pace with ongoing changes in technology, community demographics and the world in general, a Facilities Master Plan for Calvert Library is being undertaken.  An outside consultant has been hired to create a plan which will ensure that the library continues to make the best decisions for the community regarding library services and facilities.

 

An essential component of the process is community input, which will be collected through Community Input Meetings, focus groups, stakeholder meetings and a survey.  The 14-question survey is available now in English at http://bit.ly/clplansurvey and in Spanish at http://bit.ly/clplansurveyspanish.  There is also a link on the library website at CalvertLibrary.info.  Please participate in the survey and/or one of the scheduled community meetings.

 

The library obtained a grant for this project through the state Division of Library Development and Services and has contracted with Providence Associates to gather data, facilitate the community engagement process and produce a final report. Providence is utilizing the services of RRMM Lukmire Architects to analyze Calvert Library’s current facilities.   The system-wide study will result in recommendations about library sizes, features, locations, updates and critical services with an eye to flexibility for long-term success.

 

Calvert Library serves different purposes for different members of our community.  Some parents of young children use it to support the critical first five years of their child’s brain development through Storytime classes, Imagination Station play and lots of books.  Parents also come to the library to socialize with other adults and learn about other styles of parenting. Children come to find books to feed their imaginations and attend events on a wide variety of intriguing topics. Teens work on group projects, check out video games, music or movies or hang out with their friends.  Adults meet with clients, check email, research upcoming travels, find their next read or attend a workshop to improve their quality of life.  Entrepreneurs come to learn how to create a business plan, network, build a client base or get financing.  Seniors come to play games to keep their minds sharp or learn how to get the most from a new smartphone.  Some commuters just want audio books and more audio books.  Some library customers rarely come into the library but have all their needs served by downloadable books and movies and online chat with a reference librarian.  Many people prefer to get their questions answered in person by a librarian, and others prefer to do their own treasure hunting. Some come for solitude, some for learning, some for socializing.

 

Providence Associates hopes to hear from hundreds of county residents whether it be by survey or face-to-face meetings.  Community Input Meetings are scheduled throughout the county.  The first will be at Calvert Pines in Prince Frederick at 7pm on Tuesday, February 28.  Wednesday, March 1, there will be a meeting 2-4pm at the Northeast Community Center.  That evening at 7pm, there will be a session at Dunkirk Fire Hall.  The final Community Input Meeting will be held at the Southern Community Center in Lusby on March 8, at 7pm.  These meetings provide an opportunity to share thoughts about what library services and facilities the community needs and wants.  Focus and stakeholder groups will be targeted to a variety of populations served by the library.

 

The first focus group will be with teens on February 16 at Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 5pm. Business leaders will meet at the Chamber of Commerce in Prince Frederick at 8:30am on Wednesday, March 1.  Healthcare, nonprofits and other community builders will meet at the Calvert Memorial Hospital Classroom 1 at 8:30am on Thursday, March 2.  On the same day, parents of preschoolers will meet at Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 10:30am.  At 3pm that afternoon, the education community, including homeschoolers, will meet at the Board of Education.  The final focus group will be for active adults and will meet at 2pm on Friday, March 3, at Calvert Library Prince Frederick.  If you are interested in attending any of the focus or stakeholder groups, please RSVP to Robyn Truslow at rtruslow@somd.lib.md.us with which group you would like to attend.  There will be light refreshments served at all of the events.  The whole community is strongly encouraged to participate in this process.  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!

 

Calvert Library undertakes Facilities Master Plan (press release)

January 31, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

 

To keep pace with ongoing changes in technology, community demographics and the world in general, a Facilities Master Plan for Calvert Library is being undertaken.  An outside consultant has been hired to create a plan which will ensure that the library continues to make the best decisions for the community regarding library services and facilities.

 

An essential component of the process is community input, which will be collected through Community Input Meetings, focus groups, stakeholder meetings and a survey.  The 14-question survey is available now in English at http://bit.ly/clplansurvey and in Spanish at http://bit.ly/clplansurveyspanish.  There is also a link on the library website at CalvertLibrary.info.  Please participate in the survey and/or one of the scheduled community meetings.

 

The library obtained a grant for this project through the state Division of Library Development and Services and has contracted with Providence Associates to gather data, facilitate the community engagement process and produce a final report. Providence is utilizing the services of RRMM Lukmire Architects to analyze Calvert Library’s current facilities.   The system-wide study will result in recommendations about library sizes, features, locations, updates and critical services with an eye to flexibility for long-term success.

 

Calvert Library serves different purposes for different members of our community.  Some parents of young children use it to support the critical first five years of their child’s brain development through Storytime classes, Imagination Station play and lots of books.  Parents also come to the library to socialize with other adults and learn about other styles of parenting. Children come to find books to feed their imaginations and attend events on a wide variety of intriguing topics. Teens work on group projects, check out video games, music or movies or hang out with their friends.  Adults meet with clients, check email, research upcoming travels, find their next read or attend a workshop to improve their quality of life.  Entrepreneurs come to learn how to create a business plan, network, build a client base or get financing.  Seniors come to play games to keep their minds sharp or learn how to get the most from a new smartphone.  Some commuters just want audio books and more audio books.  Some library customers rarely come into the library but have all their needs served by downloadable books and movies and online chat with a reference librarian.  Many people prefer to get their questions answered in person by a librarian, and others prefer to do their own treasure hunting. Some come for solitude, some for learning, some for socializing.

 

Providence Associates hopes to hear from hundreds of county residents whether it be by survey or face-to-face meetings.  Community Input Meetings are scheduled throughout the county.  The first will be at Calvert Pines in Prince Frederick at 7pm on Tuesday, February 28.  Wednesday, March 1, there will be a meeting 2-4pm at the Northeast Community Center.  That evening at 7pm, there will be a session at Dunkirk Fire Hall.  The final Community Input Meeting will be held at the Southern Community Center in Lusby on March 8 at 7pm.  These meetings provide an opportunity to share thoughts about what library services and facilities the community needs and wants.  Focus and stakeholder groups will be targeted to a variety of populations served by the library.

 

The first focus group will be with teens on February 16 at Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 5pm. Business leaders will meet at the Chamber of Commerce in Prince Frederick at 8am on Wednesday, March 1.  Healthcare, nonprofits and other community builders will meet at the Calvert Memorial Hospital Classroom 1 at 8am on Thursday, March 2.  On the same day, parents of preschoolers will meet at Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 10:30am.  At 3pm that afternoon, the education community, including homeschoolers, will meet at the Board of Education.  The final focus group will be for active adults and will meet at 2pm on Friday, March 3, at Calvert Library Prince Frederick.  If you are interested in attending any of the focus or stakeholder groups, please RSVP to Robyn Truslow at rtruslow@somd.lib.md.us with which group you would like to attend.  There will be light refreshments served at all of the events.  The whole community is strongly encouraged to participate in this process.  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!