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About the Initiative

Celebrating America fosters a greater sense and understanding of America's history and Carroll County's important role in that history by joining forces with private and public institutions around the county. For more information about the initiative, visit Carroll County's Celebrating America web site.

Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail

Barn Quilts are painted panels reproducing quilt patterns that are mounted on the sides of barns or other buildings. The quilts highlight the natural beauty of our county and celebrate the agricultural heritage through this traditional art form. For a complete list of Barns included in the trail, visit Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail.

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Celebrating America Reading Selections

In partnership with Carroll County's Celebrating America initiative, each quarter CCPL will recommend titles for a community read. Our current pick is Forgotten Sundays by Gerry Sandusky. Join our Celebrating America online book discussions on Goodreads!

  • The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
  • Meet Josefina, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  • Maria Had a Little Llama by Angela Dominguez
  • Cooked by Michael Pollan
  • Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • Grow It Cook It
  • A Good Man: Rediscovering my Father, Sergaent Shriver by Mark Shriver
  • My Father's Hands by Joanne Ryder
  • The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel
  • Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly
  • Frozen in Time: an epic story of survival and a modern quest for lost heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Bomb: the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon by Steve Sheinkin
  • On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck
  • Big Bad Ironclad by Nathan Hale
  • Killing Lincoln: the shocking assassination that changed America forever by Bill O'Reilly
  • March by Geraldine Brooks
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Iron Thunder by Avi
  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy
  • Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in the White House by Julia Moberg
  • Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford
  • American Icon by Bryce Hoffman
 

Programs at the Library


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Local Everyday Heroes: Fire Fighters and EMTs
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Friday August 7, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Come and meet one of our local everyday heroes in person! A local fire fighter and EMT from the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will be at the library to share information about what they do, equipment that they use, and how to stay safe in an emergency. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

Free Spirit Book Club: Flora by Gail Godwin
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Saturday August 8, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Please join us for a discussion about our chosen book. A Celebrating America program.

The Unruffled Mind
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Saturday August 8, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
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For Adults
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Craig Storti, from the International Mediation Center, will present a brief history of the center (with slides) and lead a 30 minute meditation, followed by questions and answers. Craig is a representative of the Buddhist Temple in Silver Run. Register to reserve a place. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

Mah Jongg 101
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Monday August 10, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
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For Adults
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In this introductory class you will learn the history and basics of this ancient and challenging tile game. People all over the world are playing. Come see what it is all about! We will follow the National Mah Jongg League rules of play. Great brain exercise and great fun! A Celebrating America program.

Farm to Fork
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Saturday August 15, 2015
Finksburg Branch Library
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For All Ages
Join us for a celebration of the area’s agriculture and food. The event begins at 2 pm and ends at 7 pm. Activities for any age will be available including music by Standard Delivery Combo, making your own butter, milking a goat, exploring tractors, planting seeds, learning about bees and honey, storytime and crafts, wool spinning demo, and a play area for the littlest farmers! The Carroll History Project will also be on hand to collect family farm stories. Call 410-386-4415 or email History@CarrollMediaCenter.org to schedule an interview. Author event with Rob Kasper at 4 pm. Refreshments will be on sale from Ruhlman’s Brewery, Maggie’s of Westminster, and Rita’s of Westminster. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

Local Author Event: Jack McBride White
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Saturday August 15, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
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For ages 10 - Adults
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Please join us for an exciting author event with Warren Dorsey and Jack McBride White as they discuss White’s book, In Carrie's Footprints: The Long Walk of Warren Dorsey. Mr. White’s truly uplifting book takes us on a wonderfully researched and beautifully written journey with Carroll County, Maryland's Dorsey family. Mr. Dorsey, who is 94, and the grandson of a slave, will speak of his family's resilience and strength in the face of discrimination and extreme poverty. A Celebrating America program.

Farm to Fork Author Event: Baltimore, Baseball, & Barbecue
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Saturday August 15, 2015
Finksburg Branch Library
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Celebrate the summer with baseball ‘n barbeque stories! Join Paul Milton, editor of the Carroll County Times, in conversation with author and former Baltimore Sun reporter Rob Kasper about his recent book, Baltimore Baseball & Barbecue with Boog Powell! Talk will be followed by Q&A, book sales, and signing. This event is part of Farm to Fork. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

Minute to Win It: Farm Edition
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Monday August 17, 2015
Finksburg Branch Library
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For ages 8 - 12
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Have you ever wanted to be on the hit show Minute to Win It? Here's your chance to play Minute to Win It: Farm Edition. In MTWI: Farm Edition all the games have a focus of learning a little more about Maryland agriculture, while testing your skills to complete the challenge in under 60 seconds. The game starts in 3...2...1...GO! Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Finksburg Book Discussion Group: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
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Tuesday August 18, 2015
Finksburg Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a lively discussion of this month's book. A Celebrating America program.

Taneytown Book Discussion Group: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
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Thursday August 20, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
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For Adults
Join us for a lively discussion. New participants are always welcome! A Celebrating America program.

Westminster Book Discussion Group: You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Wednesday September 2, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
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For Adults
Please join us for a fun and exciting discussion of each month's featured title. A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

Meet and Greet with Local Author Neil R. Beller, Jr.
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Saturday September 5, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
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For Adults
Join us for a presentation by local author Neil R. Beller, Jr. that includes photographs and stories from his book Missing Pine Park. Copies of his comedic memoir about growing up in the 60s and 70s will be available to purchase and signing. Before his 3-year on-air stint at WBAL radio, he lived in Hollywood, California where he worked for the television and motion picture industry. During that time, Neil often spoke of Maryland and all the crazy antics he and his friends participated in, growing up in his beloved neighborhood of Carney. Take a ride in his Way Back Machine and enjoy the hilarious stories in Missing Pine Park. A Celebrating America program.

North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
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Wednesday September 9, 2015
North Carroll Branch Library
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For Adults
Join us for a lively discussion of this month's book at the North Carroll Senior Center. All opinions count and new members are welcome! A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

Come Fly with Me
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Saturday September 12, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
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For ages 8 - Adults
Falconry, the sport of kings, is an up close and personal hands-on experience with a bird of prey. Liam Straton and Greg Dorsch will be talking about the history of falconry and where it fits into modern times. They will also focus on the care and training of raptors and will be accompanied by a red-tailed hawk, northern goshawk, and American kestrel. A Celebrating America program.

The History and Secrets of Sykesville
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Saturday September 12, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
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For ages 11 - Adults
Join Andra Dennett, Curator of the Sykesville Gate House Museum, as she discusses a brief history of the town of Sykesville, as well as the town's connections with Napoleon Bonaparte and other celebrities. A Celebrating America program.

Free Spirit Book Club: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
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Saturday September 12, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
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For Adults
Please join us for a discussion about our chosen book. A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

Motorcycle Mania!
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Saturday September 12, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
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For All Ages
Join us at the Mount Airy Branch for a celebration of the motorcycle! Drop by in the afternoon with your bike (or car) and enjoy an opportunity to mix with other motorcycle enthusiasts. Starting at 6:30 pm, author and motorcyclist Allan Karl will discuss the adventures from his book, Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection. Three Years. Five Continents. One Motorcycle. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be available for purchase by the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club. A Celebrating America program. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

It Don’t Mean a Thing if You Ain’t Got that Swing!
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Sunday September 13, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
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For All Ages
Join us for a Jazz Trio performance with Christiana Drapkin on vocals, along with her pianist and bassist for a lively mix of jazz standards, popular songs from the Great American Songbook, and other songs that relate to the One Maryland book choice, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. The event will take place on the Booth Memorial Stage in the Mary Lou Dewey Sculpture Park. This program is made possible with funds from the Maryland Humanities Council. A Celebrating America program. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

The Boys in the Boat: A One Maryland One Book Discussion
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Monday September 14, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - Adults
Please join us for a One Maryland One Book discussion featuring The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

Finksburg Book Discussion Group: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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Tuesday September 15, 2015
Finksburg Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Please join our group for an entertaining and spirited discussion of this month's book. All opinions count and new members are welcome! A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

Mount Airy Book Discussion Group: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
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Wednesday September 16, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a discussion of this month's book. A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

American Girls: Old Fashioned Games
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Thursday September 17, 2015
North Carroll Branch Library
6:45 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 10
Registration for this event begins 9/3/2015.
Join us for stories and more. Bring your dolls or dress up. Only kids need to register. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program.

Walk with the Mayor
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Saturday September 19, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
In a partnership with Healthy Carroll and the town of Mount Airy we welcome you to join us for a fun, healthy, and informative experience! We will meet Mayor Pat Rockinberg at Town Hall at 10 AM then walk as a group to Watkins Park on our beautiful new Rails to Trails access trail. This is your chance to meet and chat with the mayor and your fellow Mount Airy residents while enjoying our lovely hometown. A Celebrating America program. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

American Girls and American History: Molly (1944)
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Saturday September 19, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 9/5/2015.
Step back in time with your 18-inch doll or toy! Come experience the past with your doll through stories, crafts, and games. Find out what life was like for the American Girl characters in their diverse cultures and time periods in American history. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

History 101
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Tuesday September 22, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join the Mount Airy Branch and the Mount Airy Main Street Association for its annual series of fun and informative programming. Find more information on specific programs at http://www.mountairymainstreet.org. A Celebrating America program. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

History 101
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Wednesday September 23, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join the Mount Airy Branch and the Mount Airy Main Street Association for its annual series of fun and informative programming. Find more information on specific programs at http://www.mountairymainstreet.org. A Celebrating America program. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Mount Airy Senior Book Discussion Group: One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
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Thursday September 24, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
12:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us at the Mount Airy Senior Center for a discussion of this month's book! A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

History 101
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Thursday September 24, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join the Mount Airy Branch and the Mount Airy Main Street Association for its annual series of fun and informative programming. Find more information on specific programs at http://www.mountairymainstreet.org. A Celebrating America program. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

North Carroll Book Discussion Group: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
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Monday September 28, 2015
North Carroll Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Please join our group for an entertaining and spirited discussion of this month's book. All opinions count and new members are welcome! A Celebrating America program.

Westminster Book Discussion Group: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
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Wednesday October 7, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Please join us for a fun and exciting discussion of each month's featured title. A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

Free Spirit Book Club: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
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Saturday October 10, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Please join us for a discussion about our chosen book. A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

Make Your Own American Girls Doll Clothes
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Saturday October 10, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 17
Registration for this event begins 9/26/2015.
Learn how to use a pattern and hand-sewing skills to make clothes for your doll. Inspired by the American Girls book series, we will look at sewing in the characters’ lives and then start to sew. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group: At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
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Wednesday October 14, 2015
North Carroll Branch Library
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a lively discussion of this month's book at the North Carroll Senior Center. All opinions count and new members are welcome! A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

American Girls: Molly Camps Out
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Thursday October 15, 2015
North Carroll Branch Library
6:45 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 10
Registration for this event begins 10/1/2015.
Join us for stories and more. Bring your dolls or dress up. Only kids need to register. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program.

Finksburg Book Discussion Group: I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
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Tuesday October 20, 2015
Finksburg Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Please join our group for an entertaining and spirited discussion of this month's book. All opinions count and new members are welcome! A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

Mount Airy Book Discussion Group: The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
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Wednesday October 21, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a discussion of this month's book. A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Wednesday October 21, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/7/2015.
Join us for a ghost presentation and stroll through Westminster to visit our local ghosts and legends. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. A Celebrating America program.

Sykesville Stories: The French Twist
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Wednesday October 21, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Hélène Taylor, owner of The French Twist Café in downtown Sykesville, will share her story of growing up in France, moving to the US, her inspiration behind the French Twist, a coffee shop serving specialty coffee and a full menu of savory and sweet crêpes, and the challenges of balancing family and a new business. The most fascinating stories are often found right in our own community, so join us as we explore stories from Sykesville. A Celebrating America program.

Mount Airy Senior Book Discussion Group: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
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Thursday October 22, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
12:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us at the Mount Airy Senior Center for a discussion of this month's book! A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 23, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/9/2015.
Join us for a ghost presentation and stroll through Westminster to visit our local ghosts and legends. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. A Celebrating America program.

2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular
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Saturday October 24, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
3:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - Adults
Ghosts, witches, and monsters of fright, don’t miss the call of Halloween night. Come one, come all for a night of fright. Take a stroll through the library’s haunted rooms…if you dare!!! From 3 - 8 pm. A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Monday October 26, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/12/2015.
Join us for a ghost presentation and stroll through Westminster to visit our local ghosts and legends. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. A Celebrating America program.

North Carroll Book Discussion Group: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
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Monday October 26, 2015
North Carroll Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Please join our group for an entertaining and spirited discussion of this month's book. All opinions count and new members are welcome! A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Wednesday October 28, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/14/2015.
Join us for a ghost presentation and stroll through Westminster to visit our local ghosts and legends. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 30, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/16/2015.
Join us for a ghost presentation and stroll through Westminster to visit our local ghosts and legends. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. A Celebrating America program.