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Carroll County Public Library
Infinite Possibilities

Westminster Branch

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50 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157

Christina Kuntz, Branch Manager

Hours

Monday - Thursday:  9 AM - 8:45 PM
Friday - Saturday:  9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: 1 - 5 PM

 Phone 1    410.386.4490

Fax    410.386.4497

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Programs and Events

Check Currents or the Calendar of Events site for more events.

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Pajama Party Storytime
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 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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Twos and Threes Together
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 3
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This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Read and Play
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 3
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This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Read and Play
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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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Cinderella's Winter Ball
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 3 - 12
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The prince is having a winter ball and you’re invited! Will Cinderella get to go or will she have to stay home and clean? Who will the prince dance with and will he find his true love? Join us as we sing and dance our way through one enchanted evening!

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Cinderella's Winter Ball
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 3 - 12
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The prince is having a winter ball and you’re invited! Will Cinderella get to go or will she have to stay home and clean? Who will the prince dance with and will he find his true love? Join us as we sing and dance our way through one enchanted evening!

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National Seed Swap Day
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
It may be cold and snowy, but it's never too early to start planning your garden! Bring your heirloom or open-pollinated seeds in individually labeled packets to swap with other gardeners. We will have a speaker from the Carroll County Master Gardeners, and there will be plenty of time to socialize, swap tips, and gather information with other gardeners.

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Roar Like a Lion: An Afternoon of Community Service
Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages
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Beat the winter blues and feel the warmth that comes with serving your community. We will have an afternoon of community service in partnership with local Lions Clubs. The Lions Clubs will supply materials, instructions, and volunteers to lead a variety of projects that benefit our community. Drop in for an hour or the entire time. Student service hours will be available. Snow date: February 9

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Read and Play
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 9:30am - 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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Ready, Set, School!
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 10:30am - 11:30am
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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Rags to Rugs
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join Miss Emma to create a functional rug out of recycled materials. Please bring the following supplies: 1 jumbo crochet hook (15-30mm, thicker material requires a larger hook), fabric shears, and materials to upcycle (t-shirts, towels, sheets, jeans, etc).

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Let's Move
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 5
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Our regular, theme-based storytime with a twist. There will be age appropriate stories, songs and a learning activity along with the opportunity to get up and get moving.

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Read and Play
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 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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Pajama Party Storytime
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 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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Twos and Threes Together
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 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
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 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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Twos and Threes Together
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 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
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 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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Read with a Furry Friend
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ages: 3 - Adults, Adults
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KPets' trained reading dogs provide a relaxed informal atmosphere for kids to practice reading. Every dog enjoys a good story!

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Read and Play
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 9:30am - 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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Ready, Set, School!
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 10:30am - 11:30am
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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Teen Advisory Board
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ages: 12 - 17
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Calling all teens looking for leadership roles in planning library programs. We want you for our Teen Advisory Board! Meetings will start with snacks at 3:30 PM, then we’ll get down to business around 3:45 PM. Need service hours? We’ve got those too!

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Let's Move
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 5
More information
Our regular, theme-based storytime with a twist. There will be age appropriate stories, songs and a learning activity along with the opportunity to get up and get moving.

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Read and Play
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 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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Introduction to English Paper Piecing: Templates and Basting
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for this three-part series where you will learn the basic hand sewing techniques to start your own Grandmother's Flower Garden style quilt using the English paper piecing technique. Please refer to the pattern "Enduring Legacy" found on pages 52 - 62 of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, June 2018 available through our RBdigital service. In addition to fabric requirements in the pattern, please bring the following supplies: 80wt - 100wt polyester thread, a pack of Milliners needles size 9 - 11 (depending on your preference), a water-soluble glue pen (Sewline brand or similar), thread snips, and a thimble.

Meeting Rooms

Meeting rooms are available for public use Sunday through Saturday, excluding library-observed holidays.

We have 2 meeting rooms available for public use:

Large Meeting Room - Capacity: 50
Small Meeting Room - Capacity: 10

Book by Room

Branch History

Library service in Carroll County began in 1863, when the Westminster Public Library was founded by Reverend J. A. Monroe and Dr. Charles Billingslea. The library was supported by membership dues and fines, and was open to the public on Friday afternoons. Relocating over the years from the Odd Fellows Hall to the new Times Building and then to the second floor of the Wantz Building, Westminster Public Library was still a one-room library in the 1940s.

In 1949, Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Davis announced that they would give a public library building to Westminster and provide an endowment for its support. At that time, the Westminster Public Library turned over its operation and assets to the Davis Library. The Davis Library, housed in a former Methodist church building, was formally dedicated as a library in May, 1951.

In 1958, after ten years of lobbying, a county-wide library system was established, with the Davis Library operating as the central branch. Carroll County's first modern library facility, the Westminster Branch, opened at 50 E. Main Street in March, 1980.

A major interior and exterior renovation to the building and park began in 2008. The interior renovation included a complete redesign of interior public space and features a train-themed children's area. Improvements to the Mary Lou Dewey Park in front of the branch included a redesigned entrance, new landscaping and walkways, and the Booth Memorial Stage, a performance platform for concerts and educational programming. Private funding made the addition of Wild Imaginings, a library-inspired sculpture by world-renown artist Bart Walter, possible.