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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 picks are A Good Man Rediscovering my Father, Sargaent Shriver by Mark Shriver, and My Father's Hands by Joanne Ryder. Join our Celebrating America online book discussions on Goodreads!

  • 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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Time Travel with Emily Dickinson
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Saturday July 26, 2014
Mount Airy Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Literature and history spring to life in this celebration of poetry, letters, and times of one of our country's most fascinating literary figures. Join Ms. Mimi Zannino as she embodies the life and times of Emily Dickinson. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program.

The Bitter Fruits: A Civil War Story of Tragedy & Triumph
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Saturday August 2, 2014
Mount Airy Branch Library
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join us as the bittersweet story of Annie and James Colwell comes to life. After Fort Sumter was attacked in 1861, many Americans were moved to join the fight. James Colwell, a well respected attorney, husband, and father of four, enlisted in the Union Army in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and then shared his intentions with his wife for the fist time. Their sympathies and sentiments differed on the conflict, as she hailed from Baltimore. Their letters to each other are chronicled in the book The Bitter Fruits which was based upon the master's thesis of a descendant, then expanded and published by the Cumberland County Historical Society in 1998. The book will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program.

The Bitter Fruits: A Civil War Story of Tragedy & Triumph
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Saturday August 2, 2014
Eldersburg Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - Adults
Join us as the bittersweet story of Annie and James Colwell comes to life. After Fort Sumter was attacked in 1861, many Americans were moved to join the fight. James Colwell, a well respected attorney, husband, and father of four, enlisted in the Union Army in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and then shared his intentions with his wife for the first time. Their sympathies and sentiments differed on the conflict, as she hailed from Baltimore. Their letters to each other are chronicled in the book The Bitter Fruits which was based upon the master's thesis of a descendant, then expanded and published by the Cumberland County Historical Society in 1998. The book will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program.

Grow It, Cook It
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Wednesday August 6, 2014
North Carroll Branch Library
6:45 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Grow. Cook. Eat. It's that simple and kids can do it too! We'll read a fun story and plant some vegetable seeds to watch grow. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program.

Minute to Win It: Farm Edition
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Thursday August 7, 2014
North Carroll Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Ever wanted to be on the hit show Minute to Win It? Here's your chance to play Minute to Win It: Farm Edition. Are you up to the challenge of competing against the clock to complete a game in 60 seconds? 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. The game starts in 3...2...1...GO! A Celebrating America program.

It’s Not Your Grandmother’s Canning!
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Thursday August 7, 2014
Mount Airy Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
This program is a brief overview of current food preservation practices. We will explore some of the current modes of canning that folks are using that may need some tuning up to adhere to safe preservation principles. Join University of Maryland Extension educators in our discussion of the truths versus myths of home food preservation. A Celebrating America program.

Minute to Win It: Farm Edition!
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Monday August 11, 2014
Finksburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 12
Registration for this event begins 7/28/2014.
Ever wanted to be on the hit show Minute to Win It? Here's your chance to play Minute to Win It: Farm Edition. Are you up to the challenge of competing against the clock to complete a game in 60 seconds? 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. The game starts in 3...2...1...GO! A Celebrating America program.

Create a Pot
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Wednesday August 13, 2014
Eldersburg Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 7/30/2014.
Come and decorate a pot for your favorite plant. Pots and supplies will be provided. A Celebrating America program.

Farm to Fork
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Friday August 15, 2014
Finksburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
An opportunity to meet farmers and gardeners who will share information from their field. Informational displays about farming and community supported agriculture. Try your hand at milking a dairy goat and meet other farm animals. Shake cream into butter with Carroll County Farm Bureau members. Plant fall greens and watch seeds sprout into a delicious salad. Explore the wonders of the honey bee and taste some delicious honey. An Extension Service agent will share information on canning and taste the difference in jams and jellies. Dehydration demonstration to learn how to extend the harvest. Share family recipes in partnership with the Carroll History Project. Cool down and relax while enjoying a farm storytime and craft at 3:00 See tractors, new and old. From 2 - 4 pm. A Celebrating America program.

Farm to Fork
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Friday August 15, 2014
Finksburg Branch Library
6:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for an outdoor celebration of all things food! Our special guest for the evening will be Al Spoler. Local wineries and breweries will offer tastings and have products for sale. Live music will be provided by Standard Delivery Combo. During the event, the branch will be open for service. For more information about Al Spoler, visit http://wypr.org/people/al-spoler. From 6 - 8 pm. A Celebrating America program.

Herbs: What Are They Good For?
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Saturday August 16, 2014
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 8/2/2014.
Interested in learning more about herbs, how to grow them, and how to use them? Most herbs can be easily grown in your garden or in pots where space is limited. Whether you already grow herbs or are just interested in learning more, join two Carroll County Master Gardeners from the Grow It Eat It team as they share information on growing herbs and their many uses. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register

Finksburg Book Discussion Group: The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
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Tuesday September 16, 2014
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. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

Mount Airy Book Discussion Group: The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
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Wednesday September 17, 2014
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.

Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group: The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
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Thursday September 18, 2014
Taneytown Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a lively book discussion. New participants are always welcome! A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.

North Carroll Book Discussion Group
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Monday September 22, 2014
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 enlightening evening as we discuss this month's book - the One Maryland, One Book Selection The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande. A Celebrating America program. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council. This program is sponsored in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to the Carroll County Government and its programs, services, activities, and facilities. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or who has a complaint should contact Madeline M. Morey, The Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, 410.386.3800, 1.888.302.8978, MD Relay 7-1-1/1.800.735.2258 or email mmorey@ccg.carr.org as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.

Mariachi Revelacion
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Thursday October 2, 2014
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join us in the Mary Lou Dewey Sculpture Park (in front of the Westminster Branch Library) to celebrate the cultural heritage of our south-of-the-border neighbors through music played by Mariachi Revelacion, the best mariachi group in the Virginia, Maryland, and DC area. A Celebrating America program. This program is made possible with funds from the Maryland Humanities Council and is presented in collaboration with their One Maryland One Book initiative. This program is sponsored in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to the Carroll County Government and its programs, services, activities, and facilities. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or who has a complaint should contact Madeline M. Morey, The Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, 410.386.3800, 1.888.302.8978, MD Relay 7-1-1/1.800.735.2258 or email mmorey@ccg.carr.org as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.

Created Equal Film Series: Slavery by Another Name
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Tuesday October 7, 2014
Eldersburg Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - Adults
It was a shocking reality that often went unacknowledged, a system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until World War II. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subjected to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Run time of 90 minutes. This film is part of the Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle film series, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. A Celebrating America program.

Created Equal Film Series: The Loving Story
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Tuesday October 14, 2014
Eldersburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - Adults
Mildred and Richard Loving knew it was technically illegal for them to live as a married couple in Virginia because she was of African American and Native American descent and he was white, but they never expected to be woken up in their bedroom and arrested one night in 1958. Run time of 77 minutes. This film is part of the Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle film series, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. A Celebrating America program.

Mount Airy Book Discussion Group: A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
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Wednesday October 15, 2014
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.

Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
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Thursday October 16, 2014
Taneytown Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a lively book discussion. New participants are always welcome! 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: Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra
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Tuesday October 21, 2014
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. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council.