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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
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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 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.

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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Wednesday July 15, 2015
Community Event - See description for location
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 of 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.

Come Fly With Me
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Saturday September 12, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - Adults
The sport of kings, falconry, 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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Free Spirit Book Club: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James
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Saturday September 12, 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.

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.

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
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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 growing different 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 growing different 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.

Local Author Event: Jack McBride White
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Saturday August 15, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 8/1/2015.
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.

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.

Mah Jongg 101
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Monday August 10, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 7/27/2015.
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.

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
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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! A Celebrating America program.

Minute to Win It: Farm Edition
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Monday August 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 8/3/2015.
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! Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Motorcycle/Author Program
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Saturday September 12, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
3:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
From 3-8 pm 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
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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.

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.

Taneytown Book Discussion Group: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
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Thursday August 20, 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.

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 Brown. A Celebrating America program.

The History and Secrets of Sykesville
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Saturday September 12, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
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 local celebrities. A Celebrating America program.

The Unruffled Mind
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Saturday August 8, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 7/25/2015.
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.

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
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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.