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Upcoming Events

Check our Program Guide or the Calendar of Events site for more events.

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Quick and Easy: Make a Peppermint Sugar Scrub
North Carroll Branch
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Learn how to make a peppermint sugar body scrub that is pretty and smells great, too! Then we'll put it in a pretty jar and wrap it in a bag, that you can decorate with holiday stamps, perfect for gift-giving.

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¡Parranda! Traditional Puerto Rican Holiday Eats
Exploration Commons
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 10 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join guest presenters Diana Almodovar and Javier Toro as we make traditional Puerto Rican recipes in time for the holidays! In this hands-on class, we will prepare non-alcoholic coquito, empanadas de yuca, and yuca en escabeche, which are sure to be a hit at your next holiday gathering. Children ages 10 - 14 are welcome to attend with a registered adult.  

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Saturday Storytime
Mount Airy Branch
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
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We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Estate Planning with Amy Lazas
Westminster Branch
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about wills, trusts, health care directives, probate, and powers of attorney but didn’t know who to ask! Join us as Amy Lazas, Esq., of Providence Law Group, LLC helps to make this complex topic a little easier to understand.

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Read with a Furry Friend
Westminster Branch
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ages: 4 - Adults
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Every dog enjoys a good story! KPETS’ trained “reading dogs” provide a relaxed informal atmosphere for kids to practice reading. Research shows that reading to animals can boost reading skills in children as well as help with emotional and social skills.

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Merry TUBACHRISTMAS
Westminster Branch
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ages: All Ages
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Join us for TUBACHRISTMAS, a live music event on our outdoor stage of traditional Christmas tunes performed on euphonium, baritone, and similar instruments. 

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LEGO® Creations
Mount Airy Branch
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 5 - Adults
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Want to build a castle? Or a spaceship? Or something totally new and different? Join us for a LEGO® program where you can build whatever you would like! We supply the blocks and you supply the creativity! Bring your dad or your mom and build together!

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Letters to Santa
Finksburg Branch
Monday, December 5, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: Birth - 11
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by the library to write a letter, then drop it in our mailbox. Santa's elves are eager to read your special wishes for the holiday season and can't wait to reply to you!

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Letters to Santa
North Carroll Branch
Monday, December 5, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: 3 - 9
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by during library hours, write a letter, then drop it in our special mailbox.

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Ready, Set, VIOLIN!
Finksburg Branch
Monday, December 5, 2022 - 10:00am - 10:45am
Ages: 2 - 6
Registration and more information
Do you have a child that loves the violin but you’re not sure if they are ready for lessons? Join the Ready, Set, VIOLIN class to find out! This class provides an opportunity to explore violin lessons without a financial commitment. During the free, 5-week class families get ready for formal lessons by learning basic skills required for successful lessons.

By the end of the class, families will learn:

  • how to take a bow
  • how to stand with the correct posture
  • how to hold a violin and bow
  • ear training so the song can be learned by ear
  • to develop concentration and observation skills
  • to become familiar with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star variations
  • preliminary bow exercises to play rhythms

Parents and adult caregivers participate in the class. All materials will be provided. No violin is required; the Suzuki method begins on the box violin and then moves to a real violin when the child is ready. The Suzuki method educates children in the same way they learn their native language, through immersion! All concepts are taught through play, games, stories, and picture books. Adults will have a better understanding of the Suzuki method of education by the end of the class. Sensei Glenda Walsh Crouse is the director of Westminster Suzuki Strings. She has 19 years of experience nurturing young artists. 

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Family Storytime
Mount Airy Branch
Monday, December 5, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
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We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Family Storytime
Westminster Branch
Monday, December 5, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Read and Play
Eldersburg Branch
Monday, December 5, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Family Storytime
Eldersburg Branch
Monday, December 5, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Monday, December 5, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults
Registration and more information
This beginner-level laser cutter class will walk you through the basics of design, machine use, and safety procedures. Customers who successfully complete this program will be certified for use of Exploration Commons’ Fusion Pro 48 laser.

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North Carroll Knitters Group
North Carroll Branch
Monday, December 5, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Knitters and crocheters are welcome to join this gathering to share tips, projects, and patterns.

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Holiday Drop-In Crafts
Taneytown Branch
Monday, December 5, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: All Ages
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Drop in between 5:30 and  7:30 PM to join the festive fun as we create holiday crafts.

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Door Decor: December Wreaths
Taneytown Branch
Monday, December 5, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Create an adorable wreath to adorn your door or brighten your home. All supplies will be provided.

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North Carroll Book Discussion Group: Hidden Valley Road
North Carroll Branch
Monday, December 5, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Ages: Adults
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This month's selection is Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker.

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Letters to Santa
Finksburg Branch
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: Birth - 11
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by the library to write a letter, then drop it in our mailbox. Santa's elves are eager to read your special wishes for the holiday season and can't wait to reply to you!

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Letters to Santa
North Carroll Branch
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: 3 - 9
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by during library hours, write a letter, then drop it in our special mailbox.

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Read and Play
Finksburg Branch
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 9:45am - 10:30am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Read and Play
Mount Airy Branch
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 9:45am - 10:30am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Move and Learn
North Carroll Branch
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 8
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A theme-based storytime featuring an age-appropriate story, songs, and learning activities, with a concentration on creative movement.

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Read and Play
Westminster Branch
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
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Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Twos and Threes Together
Taneytown Branch
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 3
More information
This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Read and Play
Mount Airy Branch
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 10:45am - 11:30am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Twos and Threes Together
Finksburg Branch
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 2 - 3
More information
This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Improv for Teens
Mount Airy Branch
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ages: 13 - 17
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Join Amber and learn the basics of improv and setting the scene with your friends! If you've ever wanted to make jokes like those seen on CollegeHumor, DropoutTV, or Saturday Night Live, then you've come to the right place! Amber has 10+ years of experience teaching and performing improv and comedy across the DMV and is super excited to bring their expertise to the library! Wear comfy clothes and bring your best team-player attitude.

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Cook with Collision Course: The Art of Delicious Egg Rolls
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults
Registration and more information
Join guest Chef Anthony Gerald and Ashley Gerald, of Collision Course, a southern-inspired restaurant coming soon to downtown Westminster! In this hands-on class, you’ll learn the secrets to making delicious egg rolls along with flavorful dipping sauces.  

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Holiday Bud Vase Arrangement
North Carroll Branch
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Participants will learn how to arrange a bud vase that, with simple care and timely additions, will last into the new year. Participants need to bring a bud vase with a 1 - 2 inch opening. Leave with a creation to beautify your home for the entire season. Presented by Marilyn Sparks of White House Nursery.

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Pajama Party Storytime
Finksburg Branch
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Birth - 8
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Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

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Pajama Party Storytime
Westminster Branch
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
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Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

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Letters to Santa
Finksburg Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: Birth - 11
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Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by the library to write a letter, then drop it in our mailbox. Santa's elves are eager to read your special wishes for the holiday season and can't wait to reply to you!

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Letters to Santa
North Carroll Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: 3 - 9
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Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by during library hours, write a letter, then drop it in our special mailbox.

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Writing Group
Eldersburg Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 9:15am - 1:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Writers of all levels and genres are invited to join our weekly writing group. It is a flexible, drop-in, stay as long as you like, environment. The primary goal is to dedicate quiet time away from the daily chaos to make consistent progress on your novel or children's book. Periodically, per group consensus, some time will be spent brainstorming, critiquing, and sharing knowledge about upcoming events and the book publishing industry.

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Family Storytime
Finksburg Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 9:45am - 10:30am
Ages: Birth - 8
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We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Read and Play
Taneytown Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 10:00am - 10:30am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
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Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Family Storytime
North Carroll Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
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We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Read and Play
Westminster Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
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Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Read and Play
Eldersburg Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
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Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Ready, Set, School!
Mount Airy Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 3 - 6
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An independent storytime that prepares children for school. Fun, hands-on activities will teach listening, pre-reading, math, movement, music, and art skills.

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Mount Airy Knitters
Mount Airy Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Join the Mount Airy Knitters for a weekly roundtable of knitting, conversation, and fun. All experience levels are welcome. 

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Family Storytime
Eldersburg Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
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We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Itty Bitty Dancers
Taneytown Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 2 - 6
Registration and more information
Come dance with us! Join in the fun as we learn to dance with Kim Golliday from the Taneytown Dance Center. She’ll use songs and movement to teach some dancing basics. 

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Ready, Set, School!
Finksburg Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 3 - 6
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An independent storytime that prepares children for school. Fun, hands-on activities will teach listening, pre-reading, math, movement, music, and art skills.

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Twos and Threes Together
Westminster Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 2 - 3
More information
This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Transitioning to Medicare Part 1
Online
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Are you or someone you care about eligible for Medicare? Come and find out how to make the most of your Medicare health benefits. There are many decisions to make when you are transitioning to Medicare. This seminar will cover what the four parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C, and D) are, Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans, available preventive services, and how to protect yourself from healthcare fraud. We, also, will cover Medicare Savings Programs, which help pay for Medicare beneficiary out-of-pocket costs. These are not all low-income programs.

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Hello Python
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults
Registration and more information
Interested in learning Python but don't know where to start? Join us for an introductory look at the Python programming language, resources for learning, and a general open discussion about programming.

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Holiday Craft Evening: Upcycled Ornaments
Finksburg Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Holiday craft evening! Join us in the Finksburg Large Meeting Room to create upcycled ornaments or pick up a kit to take home and make at your convenience. Plastic ornaments will be filled with upcycled papers, ribbons, Grinch hearts, and other items sure to spread holiday cheer.  

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Eldersburg Hooked on Crochet
Eldersburg Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Ages: 12 - Adults
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Join this friendly crochet group that is open to both beginners and experienced crocheters alike. Those new to crocheting should bring a size J hook and a light-colored, worsted-weight yarn to the class.

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Holiday Social
North Carroll Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 5 - 18
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Let's celebrate the holiday season at the library with holiday music, singing, poems, dancing, or even holiday humor! Join us for a casual holiday gathering where participants may share their talents, enjoy light snacks, and have the opportunity to play holiday music using Boomwhackers.

Performances by students ages 18 and under. Sign up to share your talents by emailing the branch at nccinfo@carr.org by November 28th. Please include your name, age, phone number, email address, and your talent.

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Pajama Party Storytime
Mount Airy Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Birth - 8
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Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

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Senior Living Community Options
Eldersburg Branch
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
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Acts Fairhaven, a retirement life community, welcomes you to an educational presentation on retirement options. During the presentation you will learn: 

  • What is a continuing care retirement community? 
  • How do they compare to other senior living community options? 
  • What are the benefits of living at a CCRC? 
  • Are there different types of CCRCs? 

The presentation will de-mystify some of the more common misconceptions concerning CCRC living. Everyone will have the opportunity to have questions answered AND snacks will be provided! 

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Virtual Teen Advisory Board: Service Learning Opportunity
Online
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - 17
Registration and more information
Are you interested in volunteering virtually at the library? Join us for Teen Advisory Board (TAB), a monthly meeting where teens help plan programs, complete service-oriented projects, and advise the library on teen-related topics.

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The Zentangle Method of Drawing-based Mindfulness
Online
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: 10 - Adults
Registration and more information
In this online beginner's level class, Sarah Reading CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) will lead us through a relaxing drawing activity that all starts with four dots and a line. The outcome will amaze you! Please have the following supplies handy: white paper, a black pen, a pencil, and something with which to smudge. Please register for each Wednesday program separately. You will receive the Zoom link by 4pm on the day of the program. 

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Letters to Santa
Finksburg Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: Birth - 11
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by the library to write a letter, then drop it in our mailbox. Santa's elves are eager to read your special wishes for the holiday season and can't wait to reply to you!

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Letters to Santa
North Carroll Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: 3 - 9
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by during library hours, write a letter, then drop it in our special mailbox.

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Twos and Threes Together
Finksburg Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 9:45am - 10:15am
Ages: 2 - 3
More information
This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Family Storytime
North Carroll Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Family Storytime
Taneytown Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
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We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Family Storytime
Mount Airy Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
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We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Read and Play
Eldersburg Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Twos and Threes Together
Westminster Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 3
More information
This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Family Storytime
Westminster Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
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We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Family Storytime
Eldersburg Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Read and Play
Finksburg Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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North Carroll Senior Center Thursday Book Club: The Christmas Train
Offsite
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: Adults
More information
This month's selection is The Christmas Train by David Baldacci.

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Family Baking Class: Brownies
Exploration Commons
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 6 - Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for a hands-on family baking class celebrating National Brownie Day! We'll bake brownies from scratch and practice basic measuring and baking skills. One registration per family, with a maximum family size of four. For families with children ages 6 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Please list the names of attending family members and the ages of the children.

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Kids Intro to Basic Sewing Skills
Exploration Commons
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 10 - 16
Registration and more information
Learn the necessary basics to feel comfortable using a sewing machine. This is a beginner-level class; you will leave feeling confident about the next steps to take toward sewing your own projects.

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Winter Reading Celebration
Taneytown Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: All Ages
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Join the fun as we celebrate the winter season and our Winter Reading program! We'll have activities throughout the branch and you can vote on your favorite window display made by the Taneytown Branch staff!

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Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
North Carroll Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Ages: Adults
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Speaking with other people who have multiple sclerosis can be one of the most empowering and helpful things for someone with MS. Sharing stories, feelings, and experiences with people in similar situations is not only therapeutic, but also enlightening, and can often improve emotional health. This group is part of the MS Focus Independent Support Group Network. Please email Nadine Rosendale (nadiner@carr.org) with questions. 

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Game Night: Catan
Westminster Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 8 - Adults
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Come on out for our library game night! We're playing Catan, a strategy game with six players and an average game time of 90 minutes. You can trade, build, and settle an island in the game, and players can control a civilization and spread it across the game board for points. Join us to have fun and learn more about this addictive game! Find more about Catan here.

Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

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Polar Express Pajama Party
Eldersburg Branch
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 4 - 10
Registration and more information
All aboard! Join us in your favorite PJs for hot chocolate, crafts, and the reading of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.

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Letters to Santa
Finksburg Branch
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: Birth - 11
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by the library to write a letter, then drop it in our mailbox. Santa's elves are eager to read your special wishes for the holiday season and can't wait to reply to you!

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Letters to Santa
North Carroll Branch
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: 3 - 9
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by during library hours, write a letter, then drop it in our special mailbox.

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Preschool STEAM Tales: Gingerbread Fun
Taneytown Branch
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 6
Registration and more information
Explore traditional fairy tales with a STEAM twist! We'll incorporate science, technology, engineering, art, and/or math activities to extend the fun! Our feature story will be The Gingerbread Man. Playdough and other hands-on fun are planned.

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Read and Play
North Carroll Branch
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Mindful Munching
Exploration Commons
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults
Registration and more information
The holidays can be a stressful time, surrounded by all sorts of tasty temptations. How can we fully enjoy holiday treats without guilt? Learn techniques to reduce stress and fully immerse yourself in a food experience that will leave you feeling more satisfied with your food choices. We will make a tasty treat to test out what you learned! This program is in partnership with Tevis Center for Wellness, Carroll Hospital. 

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Friends' Annual Meeting
Exploration Commons
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Calling all Friends of CCPL! You are invited to attend our annual business meeting featuring special guest author Alix Rickloff. Alix's latest book, The Girls in Navy Blue, will be available for purchase.

Please remember to vote in advance here. 

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Letters to Santa
Finksburg Branch
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: Birth - 11
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by the library to write a letter, then drop it in our mailbox. Santa's elves are eager to read your special wishes for the holiday season and can't wait to reply to you!

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Letters to Santa
North Carroll Branch
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: 3 - 9
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by during library hours, write a letter, then drop it in our special mailbox.

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Saturday Storytime
Mount Airy Branch
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Holiday Concert with CCPS
Westminster Branch
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ages: All Ages
More information
Join us in Mary Lou Dewey Park to hear seasonal music performed by students from Westminster High School and Westminster Elementary School. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

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Design and Make Your Own Squish Plush
Eldersburg Branch
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ages: 11 - 17
Registration and more information
Are you a fan of Squishmallows, or know someone who would love one for the holidays? Join us for this three-session program to design and create your own Squishmallow-style plush! All materials will be provided, and no prior sewing skills are needed. Attendees are asked to attend all three sessions, and will automatically be signed up for each session. 

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Carroll County Writers Group
Finksburg Branch
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: Adults
More information
The Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Writers Association invites you to meet other local writers and learn about the Maryland Writers Association.

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Engrave a Cocoa Mug
Exploration Commons
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults
Registration and more information
Warm up from the cold with this makerspace/kitchen class! We’ll use design software and our Fusion Pro Laser Cutter to engrave custom designs on mugsThen, head to the kitchen for a hot chocolate tasting.

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Free Spirit Book Club: The Great Alone
Eldersburg Branch
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: Adults
More information
This month's selection is The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.

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PAWS to Read
Finksburg Branch
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 4 - Adults
Registration and more information
Come to the library to visit with or read to a book-loving dog. Research shows that reading to animals boosts reading skills in children, and helps with social skills and even emotional health for all ages. Adults and seniors are welcome to come to de-stress and relax with a fuzzy friend. Walk-ins welcome!

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Carroll Chapter Critique Group
Finksburg Branch
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Ages: Adults
More information
Please join the Carroll Chapter Critique Group as we meet to discuss our writing efforts and achievements.  

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Letters to Santa
North Carroll Branch
Monday, December 12, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: 3 - 9
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by during library hours, write a letter, then drop it in our special mailbox.

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Dance Demo
Finksburg Branch
Monday, December 12, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 3 - 6
Registration and more information
Join Tami Gee's Studio of Dance for a class in ballet and creative movement. Wear clothing that you can move freely in.

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Family Storytime
Mount Airy Branch
Monday, December 12, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Family Storytime
Westminster Branch
Monday, December 12, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Pre-Twinkle Violin Class Demo
Taneytown Branch
Monday, December 12, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 6
Registration and more information
Come to a free violin class at the library. This free 30-minute group class will instruct children in the basics of violin playing (instrument hold, bow hold, rhythms, basic instrument care, etc.). Children will have a chance to play along with Ms. Glenda on real violins. Questions will be answered at the end of the class regarding the Suzuki method, how to find an instrument, and about the Pre-Twinkle program at Westminster Suzuki Strings.

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Read and Play
Eldersburg Branch
Monday, December 12, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Family Storytime
Eldersburg Branch
Monday, December 12, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Eldersburg Hooked on Crochet
Eldersburg Branch
Monday, December 12, 2022 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults
More information
Join this friendly crochet group that is open to both beginners and experienced crocheters alike. Those new to crocheting should bring a size J hook and a light-colored, worsted-weight yarn to the class.

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Make a Fantasy-Themed Luminary Jar
North Carroll Branch
Monday, December 12, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 11 - 17
Registration and more information
Make a fantasy-themed luminary jar.

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Open Mah Jongg
Eldersburg Branch
Monday, December 12, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Ages: Adults
More information
Join us for a friendly game of American Mah Jongg. We welcome experienced players, as well as those newer to the game, for casual, non-competitive play. Please bring a current National Mah Jongg League card. If you don’t have a card, one will be provided.

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Veterans Book Club: Brothers Down
Finksburg Branch
Monday, December 12, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Ages: Adults
More information
In partnership with the Carroll County Veterans Advisory Council, we invite veterans, current military and reservists, and family members to join us for an evening of discussion, fellowship, and camaraderie. This month's selection is Brothers Down: Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona by Walter Borneman.

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Letters to Santa
North Carroll Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: 3 - 9
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by during library hours, write a letter, then drop it in our special mailbox.

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Read and Play
Finksburg Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 9:45am - 10:30am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Read and Play
Mount Airy Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 9:45am - 10:30am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Move and Learn
North Carroll Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 8
More information
A theme-based storytime featuring an age-appropriate story, songs, and learning activities, with a concentration on creative movement.

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Read and Play
Westminster Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Twos and Threes Together
Taneytown Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 3
More information
This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Sewing Skills: Sewing Patterns Demystified
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults
Registration and more information
Learn about using commercial and indie sewing patterns, measuring for size, and how to interpret and navigate written instructions. This is a beginner-friendly class, no sewing experience is required.

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Read and Play
Mount Airy Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 10:45am - 11:30am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Twos and Threes Together
Finksburg Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 2 - 3
More information
This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Mount Airy Info-Walks
Mount Airy Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
James Clear, author of the best-selling book Atomic Habits, advises that motivation and accountability play a huge part in creating lasting habits. Join us for a 30-minute “info-walk” around the neighborhood surrounding CCPL's Mount Airy Branch. You will be motivated because walking has been proven to boost your mental as well as physical health. We will also share facts about the area that you may not know. You will make yourself accountable because once you sign up, we will expect to see you! We will be taking a different walk on the second Tuesday of December, January, and February – make it a habit to join us.

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Dungeons & Dragons Online
Online
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Ages: 12 - 17
Registration and more information
Join us for a session of Dungeons & Dragons played entirely online! Pre-generated characters will be available, and registrants will meet on Zoom the day before to become familiar with any websites used. This session is for beginners and avid players alike.

Dungeons & Dragons is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the United States and other countries. © 2015 Wizards. All Rights Reserved.

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Holiday Children's Choir
North Carroll Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: All Ages
More information
Ring in the holidays as the Grace Bible Church Children's Choir performs traditional seasonal music.

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Let's Get Crafty
Taneytown Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Come craft with us! We will have a fun and EASY craft project to do together each month. No experience or creative skills are needed! Bring a friend and craft together, or come to meet new people who have a shared love of crafting.  

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Ready or Not: Preparing for the Unexpected
North Carroll Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Life is full of surprises – some better than others. In your daily life, you probably already prepare for many potentially unpleasant, unexpected events. A job loss, extended disability, or untimely loss of a family member can profoundly impact your family’s financial situation. We’ll outline a proactive strategy to help protect your family’s financial resources from life’s unexpected turns.

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Soundscaping: Intro to FL Studio and Roland Keyboard
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Learn the basics of music creation with an intro to FL Studio and a look into a few of the unique features found in our very own Roland FP-90X keyboard. 

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Pajama Party Storytime
Finksburg Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

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Pajama Party Storytime
Westminster Branch
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

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TRIVIA NIGHT at Bistro 91 in Finksburg
Offsite
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
What trivia tidbits are rattling around in your head? Grab a few friends and join us for Trivia Night at Bistro 91! Prizes are provided by Bistro 91.

Registration required. Only one person per team needs to register.

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Letters to Santa
North Carroll Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: 3 - 9
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by during library hours, write a letter, then drop it in our special mailbox.

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Writing Group
Eldersburg Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 9:15am - 1:00pm
Ages: Adults
More information
Writers of all levels and genres are invited to join our weekly writing group. It is a flexible, drop-in, stay as long as you like, environment. The primary goal is to dedicate quiet time away from the daily chaos to make consistent progress on your novel or children's book. Periodically, per group consensus, some time will be spent brainstorming, critiquing, and sharing knowledge about upcoming events and the book publishing industry.

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Family Storytime
Finksburg Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 9:45am - 10:30am
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Read and Play
Taneytown Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 10:00am - 10:30am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Family Storytime
North Carroll Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Read and Play
Westminster Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Read and Play
Eldersburg Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Ready, Set, School!
Mount Airy Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 3 - 6
More information
An independent storytime that prepares children for school. Fun, hands-on activities will teach listening, pre-reading, math, movement, music, and art skills.

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Mount Airy Knitters
Mount Airy Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
More information
Join the Mount Airy Knitters for a weekly roundtable of knitting, conversation, and fun. All experience levels are welcome. 

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Family Storytime
Eldersburg Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Messy Masterpieces: Holiday Art
Taneytown Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 2 - 6
Registration and more information
Paint and scissors and glue, oh my! It’s time to create your very own masterpieces that can be used for holiday gifts! Please dress to get messy.

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North Carroll Senior Center Wednesday Book Club: Once Upon a Wardrobe
Offsite
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
More information
This month's selection is Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan.

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Ready, Set, School!
Finksburg Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 3 - 6
More information
An independent storytime that prepares children for school. Fun, hands-on activities will teach listening, pre-reading, math, movement, music, and art skills.

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Twos and Threes Together
Westminster Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 2 - 3
More information
This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Tea Types & Tastings
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Taste the major tea types and learn to steep the perfect cup of tea.  

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Transitioning to Medicare Part 2
Online
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Are you or someone you care about eligible for Medicare? Come and find out how to make the most of your Medicare health benefits. This seminar focuses on Medicare Supplement/Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans. Learn about the different Medigap plans and your period of guaranteed issue rights under original Medicare. These secondary/supplemental plans can cover some or all of Medicare's out-of-pocket costs. We will also discuss a different way to obtain all services covered by Medicare and more: Medicare Advantage Plans.

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Steamed Buns and Dumplings
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults
Registration and more information
In this hands-on class, we will prepare Asian-styled steamed buns and dumplings, along with tasty dipping sauces.

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Taneytown Anime Club
Taneytown Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 11 - 17
Registration and more information
Join us to watch the latest and greatest anime with other Taneytown teens! 

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Eldersburg Hooked on Crochet
Eldersburg Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Ages: 12 - Adults
More information
Join this friendly crochet group that is open to both beginners and experienced crocheters alike. Those new to crocheting should bring a size J hook and a light-colored, worsted-weight yarn to the class.

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Family Fun Night: Holiday Edition
North Carroll Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Ages: Birth - 11
More information
Join us for family fun and enjoy music, crafts, games, STEM activities, and being together with friends.

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Pajama Party Storytime
Mount Airy Branch
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

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Letters to Santa
North Carroll Branch
Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: 3 - 9
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by during library hours, write a letter, then drop it in our special mailbox.

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Twos and Threes Together
Finksburg Branch
Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 9:45am - 10:15am
Ages: 2 - 3
More information
This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Family Storytime
North Carroll Branch
Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Family Storytime
Taneytown Branch
Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Family Storytime
Mount Airy Branch
Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Read and Play
Eldersburg Branch
Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Twos and Threes Together
Westminster Branch
Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 3
More information
This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Family Storytime
Westminster Branch
Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Family Storytime
Eldersburg Branch
Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Read and Play
Finksburg Branch
Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Intro to CNC Routing
Exploration Commons
Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults
Registration and more information
This two-part program will introduce you to the basics of design, machine use, and safety procedures for our Iconic i2015 CNC router. Session one will focus on project design and the VCarve software. Session two covers machine use, including hands-on time with the CNC machine. Customers who successfully complete both sessions of this program will be certified for use of Exploration Commons’ CNC machine.

All program registrants must complete the prerequisite online Iconic CNC Machine Use and Safety Training prior to attending the first session of this program.

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Advanced Laser Cutting: Epilog Dashboard
Exploration Commons
Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults
Registration and more information
In this session, we will take a closer look at the Epilog Dashboard to gain a better understanding of the Fusion Pro's abilities. Topics include color mapping and camera-based artwork alignment. 

Fusion Pro Laser Cutter Certification is required prior to attending this program.

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Letters to Santa
North Carroll Branch
Friday, December 16, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: 3 - 9
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by during library hours, write a letter, then drop it in our special mailbox.

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All Aboard the Polar Express
Westminster Branch
Friday, December 16, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: All Ages
More information
Storyteller Beth Rebert’s delightful presentation of this heart-warming holiday tale is sure to enchant children of all ages! Come dressed in your PJs as this magical story unfolds.

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Read and Play
North Carroll Branch
Friday, December 16, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Reindeer Rumpus
Eldersburg Branch
Friday, December 16, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 5
Registration and more information
On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, just to name a few. Make your own reindeer with scissors and glue. Join us for a  jolly reindeer rumpus!

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Winter Holidays Storytime
Mount Airy Branch
Friday, December 16, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
Many cultures have celebrations during the winter months. Join us for a storytime where we will learn about a variety of holidays celebrated worldwide during this time of year.

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Sensory Storytime
Finksburg Branch
Friday, December 16, 2022 - 11:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 2 - 6
Registration and more information
Participate in an interactive storytime for families with sensory sensitivities. 

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Santa Visit
Taneytown Branch
Friday, December 16, 2022 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages
More information
Join Santa for some special holiday fun! We'll start with songs and a story; then, we'll have crafts and music throughout the afternoon. Santa said he is in a dancing mood and will dance with the kids! If you'd like a picture of your child with Santa, please bring your camera or cell phone!

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Intro to CNC Routing
Exploration Commons
Friday, December 16, 2022 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults
Registration and more information
This two-part program will introduce you to the basics of design, machine use, and safety procedures for our Iconic i2015 CNC router. Session one will focus on project design and the VCarve software. Session two covers machine use, including hands-on time with the CNC machine. Customers who successfully complete both sessions of this program will be certified for use of Exploration Commons’ CNC machine.

All program registrants must complete the prerequisite online Iconic CNC Machine Use and Safety Training prior to attending the first session of this program.

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Serenity Journaling
Mount Airy Branch
Friday, December 16, 2022 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: Adults
More information
It's important to take time for yourself during these hectic, and often, uncertain times. Serenity Journaling is an opportunity to take a few minutes to slow down, think, and write. Join Maria as she provides us with some topics, both contemporary and remembrance, that we can write about and relax. You can also take this time to journal about whatever is on your mind, or in your heart. After we free-write together, sharing is optional but encouraged!

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Letters to Santa
North Carroll Branch
Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 12:00am - 12:00am
Ages: 3 - 9
More information
Let us help get your letter to Santa! Stop by during library hours, write a letter, then drop it in our special mailbox.

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Game Day: Splendor
Westminster Branch
Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 8 - Adults
More information
Come on out for our library game day. This Saturday we're learning how to play Space Cowboys' Splendor.

"In Splendor, you lead a merchant guild. Using tokens representing gemstones, you will acquire developments which produce new gems (bonuses). These bonuses reduce the cost of your purchases and attract noble patrons." - Space Cowboys

The number of players is 2 - 4; average game play lasts 30 minutes. Learn more about Splendor here.

Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

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First Anniversary Maker Expo
Exploration Commons
Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Ages:
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We're celebrating our one-year anniversary in Exploration Commons! Stop by any time between 10am-1pm to interact with customers who have created projects and learned new software in our makerspace. Nearly 20 makers will have tables set up in our Large Meeting Room where attendees can see their projects, chat about their experiences in Exploration Commons, and even do some holiday shopping. Several presenters will sell holiday goods at their table!

We will have raffles every hour for attendees that include free program vouchers and handmade goods from our makerspace. 

Purchase some stocking stuffers from our teaching kitchen like chocolate dipped pretzels. Donate at our Spice Drive during your visit (donate spices for our local food banks and shelters). 

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Saturday Storytime
Mount Airy Branch
Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
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We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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