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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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Summer Strolls
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Monday August 29, 2016
Community Event - See description for location
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Come join us in Mount Airy on the last Monday of each month for a leisurely group stroll to places of historical interest. Meet us at 1 N Main St, Mt Airy, MD in front of the old train station. A Celebrating America program.

Orphan #8 Author Kim van Alkemade
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Sunday August 7, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 13 - Adults
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Kim van Alkemade is the author of the historical fiction novel Orphan #8 (William Morrow August 4, 2015). Her creative nonfiction essays have appeared in literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, CutBank, and So To Speak. She spent eight years researching and writing Orphan #8. It all began with her interest in the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of New York, the institution in which her grandfather, Victor Berger, and his brothers, Charlie and Seymour, grew up. Her great­grandmother, Fannie Berger, worked at the orphanage, first as a domestic and later as a counselor. Many of the characters and events in Orphan #8 were inspired by her family history. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

Family Bingo: The Presidents
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Monday September 12, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - Adults
Test your presidential knowledge during this exciting election season! Celebrate with a few rounds of Presidential Bingo! Learn fun facts about the presidents and win prizes! A Celebrating America program.

The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed
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Saturday October 1, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 13 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 9/17/2016.
Embrace our unique regional tradition with Maryland folklorist and painted screen authority Elaine Eff through a fascinating look at the past, present, and future of Baltimore’s premier folk art. For more than a century, row house dwellers have been painting colorful scenes on their window and door screens to secure their privacy from passersby while bringing a riot of creativity to the monotonous architecture found throughout the city. Learn about their surprising roots abroad, popularity throughout America during the Victorian era, their Baltimore inventor and practitioners, and their 21st century versions found all around us. A Celebrating America program.

Go for the Gold
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Monday August 1, 2016
Finksburg Branch Library
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
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Come join us outside for races, games, and a craft to celebrate the 2016 Summer Games. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

American Girl Doll Party
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Monday August 8, 2016
Finksburg Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 10
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Join us for crafts, fun activities, and a chance to meet other American Girl Dolls and their owners! A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

Mount Airy History 101: Freedmen's Schools
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Tuesday September 20, 2016
Mount Airy Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join us along with the Mount Airy Main Street Association and the Mount Airy Historical Society as we celebrate History 101 - an annual week long exploration of Mount Airy's past. Three events will be held at the Mount Airy Branch; please visit the Main Street Association website at www.mountairymainstreet.org for additional information and events. A Celebrating America program.

Mount Airy History 101: Journey Through Hallowed Ground
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Wednesday September 21, 2016
Mount Airy Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join us along with the Mount Airy Main Street Association and the Mount Airy Historical Society as we celebrate History 101 - an annual week long exploration of Mount Airy's past. Three events will be held at the Mount Airy Branch; please visit the Main Street Association website at www.mountairymainstreet.org for additional information and events. A Celebrating America program.

Mount Airy History 101: C&O Canal Lodgings Program
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Thursday September 22, 2016
Mount Airy Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join us along with the Mount Airy Main Street Association and the Mount Airy Historical Society as we celebrate History 101 - an annual week long exploration of Mount Airy's past. Three events will be held at the Mount Airy Branch; please visit the Main Street Association website at www.mountairymainstreet.org for additional information and events. A Celebrating America program.

American Girls: Explore with Lea
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Thursday September 15, 2016
North Carroll Branch Library
6:45 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 10
Registration for this event begins 9/1/2016.
Join us for stories and more. Bring your dolls or dress up. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

American Girls: Sing-a-long with Melody
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Thursday October 20, 2016
North Carroll Branch Library
6:45 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 10
Registration for this event begins 10/6/2016.
Join us for stories and more. Bring your dolls or dress up. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

CCPL Presents: Rachel Muller
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Saturday September 10, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 15 - Adults
Join local author Rachel Muller as she shares the
inspiration and the local influences behind her WWII
historical fiction series, Love & War. Historical
artifacts of the period will be on display. Books will be
available for purchase and signing and a brief Q&A will
follow the presentation. Ms. Muller is excited to
announce the release of the third and final title in the
Love & War series, Phillip's War. When Marine Sergeant
Phillip Johnson returns from the Pacific in the winter of
1946, no one could be happier than the gal that's stuck
with him through the duration -- his Libby. But after the
homecoming festivities have calmed, Libby senses
something is wrong. Will Libby and Phillip find the
healing needed to restore their marriage? Or will their
love sink in the midst of Phillip's inward war? A
Celebrating America program.

Lula's Letter: A Child's Story
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Saturday September 24, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - 15
Registration for this event begins 9/10/2016.
Explore the importance of letters to and from the home front during the American Civil War era. Attempt to transcribe a document from the period and try your hand at writing with ink and a dip pen. A Celebrating America program.

Modern American History Lecture Series: 1960-1968
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Monday October 10, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
12:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 9/26/2016.
Join our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh for a four-week lecture series covering the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon election contest through the end of the Clinton administration. This series will focus on the historical issues and events of 40 year period that has shaped the political environment of today. Gary Kavanagh is a retired Federal employee. He holds a Master's degree in Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University and has previously taught social studies in Prince George's County, MD. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 14, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 9/30/2016.
Join us for a ghost presentation and stroll through Westminster to visit our local ghosts and legends. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles. In the event of rain, a virtual ghost walk will take place in the library. A Celebrating America program.

Modern American History Lecture Series: 1968-1980
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Monday October 17, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
12:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/3/2016.
Join our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh for a four-week lecture series covering the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon election contest through the end of the Clinton administration. This series will focus on the historical issues and events of 40 year period that has shaped the political environment of today. Gary Kavanagh is a retired Federal employee. He holds a Master's degree in Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University and has previously taught social studies in Prince George's County, MD. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Carnival of Screams
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Saturday October 22, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
3:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - Adults
Ghosts, witches, and monsters of fright, don’t miss the call of Halloween night. Come one, come all for a night of fright. Take a stroll through the library’s haunted rooms…if you dare!!! From 3 - 7 PM.

Modern American History Lecture Series: 1980-1992
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Monday October 24, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
12:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/10/2016.
Join our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh for a four-week lecture series covering the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon election contest through the end of the Clinton administration. This series will focus on the historical issues and events of 40 year period that has shaped the political environment of today. Gary Kavanagh is a retired Federal employee. He holds a Master's degree in Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University and has previously taught social studies in Prince George's County, MD. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.