Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Commission for Women and Calvert Library kickoff Financial Literacy series (press release)

CONTACT:  Gloria Della

                        gddella@comcast.net

                        410-535-9014

Preserving Your Assets Is Family Issue

Aug. 15, 2016 – The Calvert County Commission for Women and Calvert Library hosts its first financial literacy forum to discuss estate planning and wills on Saturday, August 20, at 10am at Calvert Library Prince Frederick, Maryland. 

 

“One of the hardest conversations is making your final wishes known to family members,” said Inez Claggett, Acting Chair of the Calvert County Commission for Women.  “Family assets and property can be lost simply by failing to do so and to take steps to ensure it is legally binding under state law.”

 

A will is a legal document that ensures that assets belonging to you or titled in your name are distributed to persons in accordance with your wishes. In the state of Maryland, Office of the Register of Wills was created to help citizens understand the laws governing wills and estates.

 

“Wills give you peace of mind that your assets will be distributed to the individuals and/or organizations of your choice rather than those persons designated by the intestate laws of Maryland.” said Calvert Register of Wills Margaret Phipps. 

 

The forum will address the basics of what you need to know and do to ensure assets wind up with your family.  Topics will include:

·         Who needs a will and what assets are covered

·         Use of internet wills versus legal representation

·         Steps to prepare for a will and the financial and legal documents you will need

·         Cost of a will, estate taxes and payment of outstanding debts

·         Living will and healthcare instructions

·         When and how “probate” works.

 

Calvert Library Director Carrie Plymire called the forum, “a much needed information session on managing your assets.  Anyone who owns property or financial assets can benefit from knowing the Maryland and federal laws covering your estate. The library looks forward to offering this series of financial workshops in partnership with the Commission for Women.”

 

 

 

The financial literacy forums are designed to equip Calvert County residents with information on a variety of topics that may affect the financial well-being of their families.  Bookmark our website at http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=672 for upcoming forums.

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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, July 26, 2016

Friends of Library host Mini Golf Fundraiser--Looking for sponsors (Press release)

July 26, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

Who doesn’t love mini-golf? Friends of Calvert Library are bringing a mini-golf course to the library in Prince Frederick!  They are looking for help to do so.  Whether you have ideas for creating obstacles on the course, want to sponsor a hole, play a round or donate a silent auction item, there are opportunities for you to get involved.  After the library officially closes on Friday, September 23, teens will have a chance to help set up the golf course and be the first ones to play.  Then on Saturday, the course will be open at the price of $5/person (ages 6 and under free) from 11am to 4pm.  That evening, there will be an adult event complete with a silent auction, seated massage, photo booth and a 19th hole (that’s a bar if you aren’t a regular golfer).  Those tickets are $40/person.  Individuals or businesses who sponsor a hole can decorate the hole with items that will show off their business…perhaps a car repair shop will have a loop made from an old tire, an exhaust pipe to serve as a tunnel and maybe a bottle of motor oil to navigate around. 

 Calvert Library’s mission is to empower individuals by facilitating lifelong learning and to strengthen our community by providing opportunities for connection to one another and the world.  Friends of Calvert Library do much to advance this mission through purchasing supplies for library events and classes, paying for staff training, purchasing goodies like Kindle Fires to serve as inspiration to complete Summer Reading challenges, paying for the new summer reading software, financing volunteer appreciation events and more. They are able to do this because of strong support from local businesses and generous individuals.  This library mini-golf fundraiser will be a great way for those folks that support the library to be showcased in a lighthearted and compelling way.

For more information, call Robyn Truslow or Megan Jones 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, July 22, 2016

Local Artists’ Works Exhibited at Calvert Library Art in the Stacks (press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 21, 2016

Contact: Barbara Boward

410-326-5289

 

Local Artists' Works Exhibited at Calvert Library Art in the Stacks – at the Solomons Branch and at Twin Beaches

 

Calvert Library presents the work of Southern Maryland artists exhibiting watercolors, acrylics and textiles in July 2016.

 

Calvert Library Twin Beaches presents the work of Marie Bergstedt, textile artist, from July 1-30, 2016. Ms. Bergstedt incorporates fabric, threads and buttons to immortalize her grandmother "Zee" at the sea in her mixed media piece exhibited at Twin Beaches. Visit Annmarie Gardens through ­­­­­­­­­­­July 24 and visit mariebergstedtartist.com to see more of the artist's work.

 

 

 

 

Carol Purcell, watercolorist will show her work at Calvert Library Southern Branch July 5 through July 28, 2016. Retirement has given Ms. Purcell the time to pursue her interest in art; classes at CSM, and with local artists Mary Blumberg, Karen Russell, and Susan Herron have inspired her work. Join us for a Meet the Artist Reception with light refreshments, Thursday, July 7, 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the "Living Room" at Calvert Library Southern Branch, Solomons, MD.

 

 

 

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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, July 21, 2016

Calvert Library Prince Frederick pronounced "All Clear" (press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

July 21, 2016

 

Thursday, July 21, Marvin Anani (human) and Dr. Angelica Spotson (a Russell Terrier mix known as “Angel” who is an expert bed bug sniffer) gave Calvert Library the all-clear after a thorough search.  According to Superior Bed Bug Solutions company website, Angel was “trained using scent vials that developed her abilities to pinpoint live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs.  She trained alongside police, arson and bomb squad dogs to distinguish between odors and track the scent of bedbugs to their source.  Anani and Dr. Spotson are annually certified by the Integrated Bed Bug Management Association as a bed bug detection team.”  Angel has been doing detection for about two years.  According to SBBS, dogs are about 95% accurate in assessing a building for bed bugs. 

 

Wednesday, July 20, four bed bugs were found on a book in the book drop at Calvert Library Prince Frederick.  The book drop was closed and all items in the book drop were immediately quarantined.  This quick action on the part of library staff prevented any spread of the pest.  According to Calvert Library Board of Trustees President Martha Grahame, “We have a vigilant, well-trained staff of very smart people who know how to react quickly to almost any situation. We are proud of the work they do and pleased to have ended this event on a happy note.”  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!

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Calvert Library Pro-active Response (press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Robyn Truslow

410-535-0291

July 20, 2016

 

Calvert Library Prince Frederick branch manager, Marcia Hammett, was collecting the returned items from the book drop at approximately 3pm on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, and noticed a few small bugs scurrying for cover. Because she was concerned that it might be a bed bug, she immediately implemented the library’s response plan. Hammett quarantined the book drop and contacted the county’s pest control staff who immediately came to the library.  He confirmed that the bug was likely a bed bug.  Following best practice, all forty-five items in the room were sealed in zip-top bags and then those bags were double bagged in garbage bags. The exterminator will treat the room in the morning.  A canine bed bug detection service will inspect the entire Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 12:30pm on Thursday, July 21.  Canines have a 90-97% accuracy rate in detecting bed bugs.

 

Library procedure would have been to contact the customer but the library books that hosted the bug had not been checked out, so the library was not able to alert them to the potential problem in their home.  On rare occasion, books leave the building without having been checked out.

 

Bed bugs are uncommon in libraries. They feed at night on blood and since there is nothing to feed on at night in libraries, it’s not their favorite environment. They are more likely to be found in hotels, public transit, hospitals, nursing homes and theaters. Bed bugs do not carry disease and their presence is not an indication of a dirty home.  They do bite and are definitely a pest that the library does not welcome.  If you ever suspect your home or a library book might have bed bug eggs, nymphs or adults, please bring the book back in a sealed bag and alert library staff.

 

For more information about how to deal with a bed bug infestation or better yet, avoid one, take a look at this information page Kalamazoo Library put together http://www.kpl.gov/guides/bed-bugs/.

 

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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, June 29, 2016

Pizza With a Side of Books, for Teens at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

 

 

Contact: Beverly Izzi

                   410-535-0291 ext. 224

 

 

 

 

“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 book “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare, share recommendations of our favorite titles and series, and eat pizza! Pre-reading “City of Bones” is recommended. Come on by the Twin Beaches Branch to pick up your copy!

 

This event is free of charge. Be sure to register, though. We’ll need a head count! (You can register by following the links at http://calvert.lib.md.us/teenevents.html, or you can call your local branch.) For more information call  410-257-2411.

 

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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

 

 

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!