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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 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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Native American Flute
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Sunday March 6, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Be present in this mystical and meditative, musical immersion with Bryan J. Nupp, Native American Flutist and Integral Yoga Instructor. A combination of Native American flute and percussion, alongside some of the world's other ancient sounds and chants will be shared in this divinely inspired performance. A Celebrating America program. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Native American Flute
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Sunday March 13, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Be present in this mystical and meditative, musical immersion with Bryan J. Nupp, Native American Flutist and Integral Yoga Instructor. A combination of Native American flute and percussion, alongside some of the world's other ancient sounds and chants will be shared in this divinely inspired performance. A Celebrating America program. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

US History Lecture Series: Revolution to Civil War
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Friday April 1, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 12 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 3/18/2016.
This is a part of a four-week lecture series that will focus on the history of the United States from the Revolution through 2000. It is intended as an overview of the major issues and events that have shaped American culture and politics today. This session will cover how the colonies gained independence, westward expansion, and events leading up to the Civil War. Our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh, is a retired federal employee. He holds a Master of Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University. He also previously taught social studies in Prince George's County. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

US History Lecture Series: Civil War to WWI
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Friday April 8, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
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For ages 12 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 3/25/2016.
This is a part of a four-week lecture series that will focus on the history of the United States from the Revolution through 2000. It is intended as an overview of the major issues and events that have shaped American culture and politics today. This session will cover Reconstruction, robber barons, and the rise of Progressivism. Our guest lecturer Gary Kavanagh is a retired federal employee. He holds a Master of Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University. He also previously taught social studies in Prince George's County. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

Native American Flute
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Sunday April 10, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
3:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Be present in this mystical and meditative, musical immersion with Bryan J. Nupp, Native American Flutist and Integral Yoga Instructor. A combination of Native American flute and percussion, alongside some of the world's other ancient sounds and chants will be shared in this divinely inspired performance. A Celebrating America program. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

US History Lecture Series: WWI to WWII
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Friday April 15, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
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For ages 12 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 4/1/2016.
This is a part of a four-week lecture series that will focus on the history of the United States from the Revolution through 2000. It is intended as an overview of the major issues and events that have shaped American culture and politics today. This session will cover the Roaring 20s, the Depression, the New Deal, and Isolationism. Our guest lecturer Gary Kavanagh is a retired federal employee. He holds a Master of Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University. He also previously taught social studies in Prince George's County. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

US History Lecture Series: WWII to Turn of the Century
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Friday April 22, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
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For ages 12 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 4/8/2016.
This is a part of a four-week lecture series that will focus on the history of the United States from the Revolution through 2000. It is intended as an overview of the major issues and events that have shaped American culture and politics today. This session will cover the Cold War, the Great Society, and the growth of Conservatism. Our guest lecturer Gary Kavanagh is a retired federal employee. He holds a Master of Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University. He also previously taught social studies in Prince George's County. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

Dig Up Your Ancestors Online!
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Saturday March 19, 2016
Finksburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Please join Eileen Souza, owner of Old Bones Genealogy, as we learn
strategies and tips to make our Ancestry.com and Google searches more
effective and our results more accurate. Discovering the differences
between these two sites will improve our chances of obtaining the desired
results. A Celebrating America program.

Crafts from the Past
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Tuesday March 29, 2016
Finksburg Branch Library
3:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 11
Registration for this event begins 3/15/2016.
Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels...what toys might kids in the 1800s have made and played with? Take a trip into the past as we try out some of the crafts from the Living History Camp at the Carroll County Farm Museum. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register

Mount Airy Book Discussion Group: Crossing the Borders of Time by Leslie Maitland
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Wednesday February 17, 2016
Mount Airy Branch Library
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For Adults
Join us for a discussion of this month's book. A Celebrating America program.

Crafts from the Past
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Tuesday March 8, 2016
Mount Airy Branch Library
2:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 11
Registration for this event begins 2/23/2016.
Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels...what toys might kids in the 1800s have made and played with? Take a trip into the past as we try out some of the crafts from the Living History Camp at the Carroll County Farm Museum. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register

Acts of Kindness Club
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Saturday May 14, 2016
Mount Airy Branch Library
1:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 14
Do you love helping others and making a positive difference in your community? Come to our Acts of Kindness Club, where we’ll do a variety of projects to help other people and spread happiness and kindness!

American Girls : Meet Addy
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Thursday February 25, 2016
North Carroll Branch Library
6:45 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 10
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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.

Crafts from the Past
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Thursday March 17, 2016
North Carroll Branch Library
6:45 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 11
Registration for this event begins 3/3/2016.
Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels...what toys might kids in the 1800s have made and played with? Take a trip into the past as we try out some of the crafts from the Living History Camp at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Taneytown Book Discussion Group: Church of Marvels By Leslie Parry
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Thursday February 18, 2016
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.

Crafts from the Past
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Saturday March 5, 2016
Taneytown Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 11
Registration for this event begins 2/20/2016.
Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels...what toys might kids in the 1800s have made and played with? Take a trip into the past as we try out some of the crafts from the Living History Camp at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Home on the Range: Texas Tall Tales
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Monday March 28, 2016
Taneytown Branch Library
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 4 - 9
Registration for this event begins 3/14/2016.
Join the fun as we celebrate stories - western style! Enjoy cowboy songs,
games, activities - and make a special craft to take home. Dress like a
cowboy/girl, if desired. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to
register.

The ABCs of DNA for Genealogy
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Saturday February 20, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
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What types of DNA are used for genealogy? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How do I know what test to take? I got my results, now what? If you have asked yourself these questions then this presentation is for you. This presentation will answer your questions using a non-technical, genealogy-based approach. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

American Girls and American History: Cécile (1850s)
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Saturday February 27, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
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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.

Crafts from the Past
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Tuesday March 15, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 11
Registration for this event begins 3/1/2016.
Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels...what toys might kids in the 1800s have made and played with? Take a trip into the past as we try out some of the crafts from the Living History Camp at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

The First Little Pig Got It Right - You CAN Build a House Out of Straw
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Saturday March 19, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
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For Adults
...and keep the wolf at bay. Architect Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design will tell you how to build naturally, including passive solar design, straw bale, natural plasters & paints, and cob. Learn how YOU can build a home that is healthy, energy and water efficient, and constructed from recycled and renewable materials. As Sigi says, Taking green to the extreme is what we do.

The Westminster Great Outdoors Sportacular
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Saturday April 9, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Wanna know how to get started in the usual – and some not so usual – outdoor sports that keep so many people moving? Stop by the Westminster Branch Library to find out! You’ll see a dog obedience demonstration in the library’s park. You’ll learn about rowing from the Baltimore Rowing Club as well as hiking by the Mountain Club of Maryland. You'll even learn about hang gliding! Come find YOUR outdoor adventure from ordinary people who do extraordinary outdoor sports and activities. You’ll also meet longtime Field & Stream contributor Bill Heavey, who has become the magazine’s most popular voice by writing for sportsmen with more enthusiasm than skill. The Wall Street Journal called Bill one of the best magazine writers in America in a review of his most recent book, You’re Not Lost if You Can Still See the Truck (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014). A Celebrating America program. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

American Girls and American History: Kanani
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Saturday April 23, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 4/9/2016.
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.

Ready for Some Stompin'?
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Saturday April 30, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
12:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Clogging, an American folk dance that has evolved greatly since its beginning as a lone individual dancing to live string music is a contagious activity. Be prepared to do a little stompin’ yourself as the Carroll County Cloggers, a membership organization of the Westminster Area Recreational Council, dances to a wide range of music, from old time string band to Irish to today’s pop. A Celebrating America program. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Swing!
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Saturday May 7, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
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For All Ages
Treat yourself to a program of swing music and dance to kick off the Westminster Flower & Jazz Festival! Herb Sell and his exquisite music ensemble will play a range of American swing from the 1930s and 1940s. GottaSwing Dancers will swing and jitterbug across the outdoor stage. This program is sponsored in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. A Celebrating America program.

American Girls and American History: Marisol
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Saturday May 14, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 4/30/2016.
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.