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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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American Girl Doll Camping Adventure
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Thursday July 9, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
2:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - 11
Registration for this event begins 6/25/2015.
If you like camping or American Girl dolls join us for a program full of fun, crafts, and camping adventure. Feel free to bring your own doll along to hear stories, play games, and even make something special for your doll. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

American Girls: Summer Party Game Night
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Thursday May 21, 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 5/7/2015.
Join us for stories and more. Bring your dolls or dress up. Refreshments will be served. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

American Girls and American History: Josefina (1824)
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Saturday May 30, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 5/16/2015.
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.

An Evening with Charlie Sayles
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Thursday July 2, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
A hugely talented blues harp player with a superb technique and a great voice, Charlie Sayles incorporates the style of Chicago‘s early legends into his wide repertoire of blues, rock, and funk-influenced material. Sayles will be accompanied by local artists John Shadeline and John Keeney. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

Author Event: Libby Fuss
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Tuesday June 16, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a discussion with Libby Fuss, author of A
Faithful Soldier Writes Home. Finding her father's World
War II letters to her mother inspired Libby to share his
story through publication. Her book, which uses her
father's letters, photos, and narrative, captures the
spirit and faith of an ordinary and extraordinary
soldier. Libby retired in 2014 after a 45-year career in
healthcare. Frank Valenti, Director of the Carroll County
Department of Social Services, will interview Libby about
her book and the writing process. A Celebrating America
program.

Author Event: Libby Fuss
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Wednesday July 15, 2015
Headquarters
12:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 7/1/2015.
Join us for a discussion with Libby Fuss, author of A Faithful Soldier Writes Home. Finding her father's World War II letters to her mother inspired Libby to share his story through publication. Her book, which uses her father's letters, photos, and narrative, captures the spirit and faith of an ordinary and extraordinary soldier. Libby retired in 2014 after a 45-year career in healthcare. This program will be held at Carroll Lutheran Village in the Wellness Center. All attendees must register in advance. A Celebrating America program.

Bald Mountain Band Live in Concert!
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Wednesday July 22, 2015
Finksburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Registration for this event begins 7/8/2015.
A couple years back four bald guys did a church service with bluegrass instruments. Demand kicked in for more gigs so they kept playing and added members with better hair. Over the years they’ve played numerous gigs and have found themselves adding pop, alternative tunes from the past four decades, and any folk songs that sound half decent with excessive banjo riffs to their repertoire. A highly entertaining band you do not want to miss! Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. This program is sponsored in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Baltimore Museum of Industry Presentation: The Needles Trade
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Saturday June 13, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - Adults
The Needles Trade is a study of the history of the garment industry in Baltimore starting with its beginnings in the 19th century. Tales about hats, umbrellas, and men’s suits will be sewn together in the talk. There will also be discussion of the immigrants who worked in these sweatshops and the labor unions they eventually formed. Sonneborn, Greif, Polan Katz, Beehler, and Joseph A. Bank are just some of the companies that will be mentioned. A Celebrating America program.

Everyday Heroes: Farmers
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Wednesday June 24, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
9:45 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 3 - Adults
Meet a real hero - a farmer! Learn all about the work that farmers do to feed us. We'll also plant our own vegetables and see live animals and a tractor. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

Everyday Heroes: Police Officers
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Wednesday July 15, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
9:45 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 3 - Adults
Meet a real hero - a police officer! An officer from the sheriff's department will tell us about the jobs police officers do. We'll also meet a four-legged K-9 officer. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

Everyday Heroes: Soldiers
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Wednesday July 29, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
9:45 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 3 - Adults
Meet a real hero - a soldier! Soldiers protect our country and our freedom. Come learn how they help to keep us safe. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

Finksburg Book Discussion Group: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
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Tuesday June 16, 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.

Finksburg Book Discussion Group: Finding My Voice by Diane Rehm
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Tuesday July 21, 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.

Fire Fighter Storytime
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Monday June 29, 2015
Finksburg Branch Library
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 2 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 6/15/2015.
Come meet local heroes from the Reese Volunteer Fire Company. We will have a brief storytime, a presentation from the fire fighters, and see a fire truck up close. Don't forget your cameras! Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Fire Truck Visit
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Saturday June 20, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
10:30 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Registration for this event begins 6/6/2015.
Come meet local heroes from the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company. We will have a brief storytime, a presentation from the fire fighters, and see a fire truck up close. Don't forget your cameras! Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Free Spirit Book Club: Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
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Saturday June 20, 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.

Free Spirit Book Club: A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
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Saturday July 11, 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.

Healthy Heroes: Eating Healthy
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Friday June 26, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 6 - 11
Registration for this event begins 6/12/2015.
Learn all about grains and the important part they play in a healthy diet. Presented by University of Maryland Cooperative Extension staff. Refreshments will be served. Attend four or more sessions of our Healthy Hero series to earn a certificate and a ticket to our Healthy Heroes Party on August 12 at 1 PM.

I Can't Save You, But I'll Die Trying: The American Fire Culture
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Saturday July 25, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Meet author and fire fighter Dr. Burton A. Clark who has spent over 45 years in fire service. Dr. Clark will be discussing his book, I Can't Save You, But I'll Die Trying: The American Fire Culture, and his years of real-life fire fighting experiences. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program. Refreshments will be served.

Intro to Archery
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Saturday June 20, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 6/6/2015.
Learn about the fascinating sport of archery. Interest and participation in archery has increased over the last couple of years. The presentation and demonstration from members of the Heart of MD Bow Hunters will feature the basics of archery equipment and form. Information about membership in the club will also be covered. A Celebrating America program.

Kids in the Garden: Plant Healthy Gardens
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Monday July 6, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - 12
Registration for this event begins 6/22/2015.
Some plants grow up, some grow down, and some grow all around us. Through books shared by a representative of the University of Maryland Extension Office, participants will learn about different growing plants and will learn that, with hard work, trial and error, and teamwork, they can build a fruitful garden. Each child will leave with a miniature greenhouse of herbs and veggies.

Kids in the Garden: Plant Healthy Gardens
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Thursday July 23, 2015
Finksburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - 12
Registration for this event begins 7/9/2015.
Some plants grow up, some grow down, and some grow all around us. Through books shared by a representative of the University of Maryland Extension Office, participants will learn about different growing plants and will learn that, with hard work, trial and error, and teamwork, they can build a fruitful garden. Each child will leave with a miniature greenhouse of herbs and veggies. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Meet Suzanna Rosa Molino, Author of Baltimore's Little Italy
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Tuesday June 2, 2015
Headquarters
12:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - Adults
Before outdoor films, mouthwatering cuisine, and the spectacle of bocce brought thousands of visitors to its streets, Baltimore's Little Italy was a haven for generations of immigrants. With Saint Leo's Church at its heart, the neighborhood is a place where lifelong friendships are forged and nicknames are serious business. With memories of beloved local figures like Marion Mugs Mugavero and artist Tony DeSales, interviews with lifelong locals and a few classic recipes, author Suzanna Rosa Molino creates a spirited history of this enduring Italian community. Join Suzanna Molino for this interactive program as she reads excerpts from her book and answers questions. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This program will be held at Carroll Lutheran Village, which is open to the public. A Celebrating America program.

Minute to Win It: Farm Edition
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Tuesday June 30, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 6/16/2015.
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! A Celebrating America program.

My Mom and Me
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Saturday May 9, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 6 - 10
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Let's pamper mom and treat her like a queen; she deserves a special day to be spoiled! Light refreshments will be served. Children must be accompanied by their special adult. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

My Mommy and Me
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Saturday May 9, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
10:30 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 3 - 5
Register for this event today!
Let's pamper mom and treat her like a queen; she deserves a special day to be spoiled! Light refreshments will be served. Children must be accompanied by their special adult; all attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Pendulum Painting: Patriotic Palette
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Wednesday July 1, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 6/17/2015.
Experiment with the science of physics as you make your own abstract painting. We'll construct swinging pendulums and let the paint fly! This program will be messy, so wear your grubby clothes! A Celebrating America program.

Summer Is a Comin'!
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Saturday June 6, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Kick off your June with a dazzling summer concert with Cornerstone Choir! Hear this talented local group of more than 20 middle and high school homeschoolers as they present various styles of music, with selections from Phantom of the Opera, Disney songs, canons, and worship music. You will not want to miss this special group under the direction of Casey Golden. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

Summer Sounds
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Saturday June 27, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join us for a Saturday afternoon serenade of classical and pop music by Mount Airy Branch Library's own Matt Wright on the keyboard, along with his friends. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
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Thursday May 21, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a lively discussion. New participants are always welcome! A Celebrating America program.

Taneytown Book Discussion Group: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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Thursday June 18, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a lively discussion. New participants are always welcome! A Celebrating America program.

Taneytown Book Discussion Group: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
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Thursday July 16, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a lively discussion. New participants are always welcome! A Celebrating America program.

What Does It Mean to Write What You Know?
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Thursday June 11, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 15 - Adults
Many people try to write a novel but have a difficult time translating what they know in life and assigning it to a fictional character or location. The aha moment comes when you learn to transition from real life to fiction. Sharon Dobson, local author of Murder at Swan Cove, and Witness to War, will talk about the writing and publishing process and how she has reached those aha moments. A Celebrating America program.

You Scream! I Scream! Let's Make Ice Cream!
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Tuesday July 7, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 6/23/2015.
Don't miss out on the fun of making ice cream in a bag! You will learn everything you ever wanted to know about ice cream; discover the secret to finding out how skim, 1%, and whole milk differ and which one is the best when making ice cream! A Celebrating America program.

You Scream! I Scream! Let's Make Ice Cream!
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Friday July 17, 2015
Finksburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 7/3/2015.
Don't miss out on the fun of making ice cream in a bag! You will learn everything you ever wanted to know about ice cream; discover the secret to finding out how skim, 1%, and whole milk differ and which one is the best when making ice cream! Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.