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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 The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande. 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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Free Spirit Book Club: The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
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Saturday December 13, 2014
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. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council. A Celebrating America program.

Free Spirit Book Club: Mount Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgins Clark
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Saturday January 10, 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. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council. A Celebrating America program.

Free Spirit Book Club: Finding My Voice by Diane Rehm
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Saturday February 14, 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. This program is presented in collaboration with the One Maryland One Book initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council. A Celebrating America program.

Meet Poe
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Saturday December 6, 2014
Mount Airy Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Register for this event today!
You are in for a special treat when Ravens mascot, Poe, visits the library! Football season is in full swing, and the Mount Airy Branch is full of Ravens fever!! Bring your camera to capture the moment and don’t forget to wear your purple! Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

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. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

An Interview and Tea with William Winchester
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Sunday December 7, 2014
Westminster Branch Library
1:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
In 1764 William Winchester laid out lots and streets on 16 acres of land called White's Level. This was the beginnings of Westminster. Join us for an afternoon tea with the city's founder, William Winchester, portrayed by Westminster resident and architect Dean Camlin. Winchester will be interviewed by Carroll County columnist and author Dean Minnich. Learn about the early days of Westminster and celebrate the city’s 250th anniversary. A Celebrating America program.

American Girl and American History: Felicity (1774)
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Saturday December 13, 2014
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 11/29/2014.
Step back in time with your 19-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. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

American Girls and American History: Marie-Grace (1853)
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Saturday January 10, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 12/27/2014.
Step back in time with your 19-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. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War
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Monday February 2, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join Bob O'Connor, author and historian, as he talks about the U.S. colored troops in the Civil War. Learn about the 209,000 black soldiers in the Union Army, the battles they were in, the casualties they encountered, and their experiences as prisoners of war. Books will be available for sale and signing. A Celebrating America program.

American Girls and American History: Addy (1864)
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Saturday February 7, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 1/24/2015.
Step back in time with your 19-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. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.