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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.

Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail

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!

  • 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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Created Equal Film Series: The Abolitionists
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Friday October 24, 2014
Eldersburg Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - Adults
The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Through innovative use of reenactments, this three-episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement; William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Angelina Grimke, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown. Run time of 180 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.

Native American Storytime
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Saturday November 1, 2014
Eldersburg Branch Library
11:30 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Please join Loretta Eller, a Cherokee Native American, as she tells us about her ancestors using stories and music in celebration of Native American Month. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

American Girl: Celebrate Josefina
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Tuesday November 4, 2014
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 6 - 12
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Bring your American Girl doll or favorite toy to the library for a Mexican fiesta in celebration of Josefina. Refreshments will be served. Only kids need to register. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council. A Celebrating America program.

Holiday Cards for Heroes
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Wednesday November 5, 2014
Eldersburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 13 - Adults
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Create a hand stamped card to send to the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The American Red Cross delivers these cards to veterans, military families, and active duty service members around the world. Make a second card to take home for yourself. All supplies will be provided, but please bring a tape runner if you own one. A Celebrating America program.

Finksburg Book Discussion Group: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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Tuesday November 18, 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: Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
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Wednesday November 19, 2014
Mount Airy Branch Library
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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.

Genealogy Basics: Baltimore as the Golden Door for Immigrants
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Thursday November 6, 2014
North Carroll Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join genealogist Debra Hoffman, as she presents the importance of Baltimore as a major entry point for immigrants to America. Learn about Baltimore's history and the sources available to document individuals who arrived through this port. This program is for beginners. A Celebrating America program.

Local Author Fair
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Saturday December 6, 2014
North Carroll Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Whether you are an avid reader or aspiring writer, the Local Author Fair provides an excellent opportunity to talk with local writers about their books. Come connect with a wide variety of authors and their books and enter to win a Kindle! A Celebrating America program. Refreshments will be served.

Holiday Cards for Heroes
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Thursday November 13, 2014
Taneytown Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 13 - Adults
Celebrate World Kindness Day by creating a hand-stamped card to send to the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The American Red Cross delivers these holiday cards to veterans, military families, and active duty service members around the world. Create a second card to take home for yourself. All supplies will be provided, but if you own a tape runner or paper cutter, please bring them with you. A Celebrating America program.

Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
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Thursday November 20, 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.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Thursday October 23, 2014
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
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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. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 24, 2014
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
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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. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Monday October 27, 2014
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
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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. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Wednesday October 29, 2014
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
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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. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 31, 2014
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
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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. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Westminster Book Discussion Group: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
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Wednesday November 5, 2014
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. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council. A Celebrating America program.

American Girls and American History: Kaya (1760s)
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Saturday November 22, 2014
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 11/8/2014.
Step back in time with your 19 in. doll or toy! Come experience the past with your doll friend through stories, crafts, food, and games. Find out what life was like for the American Girl characters in their diverse cultures and time periods in American history. Refreshments will be served. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.