The library will be closed for the Christmas Holiday Sunday, December 23 through Tuesday, December 25. We will reopen for regular hours on Wednesday, December 26.

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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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Family Movie Afternoon: Miracle on 34th Street
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 3 – Adults, Adults
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Bring the family and enjoy an afternoon showing of the 1947 holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street. Feel free to bring your own refreshments.

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Read and Play
Monday, December 17, 2018 - 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!: Toys
Monday, December 17, 2018 - 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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Let's Move: Toys
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 – 5
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Our regular, theme-based storytime with a twist and a stretch and maybe a yoga pose! There will be an age appropriate story, songs and a learning activity along with the opportunity to get up and get moving!

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Read and Play
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 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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Pajama Party Storytime: Toys
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 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: Toys
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 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, December 19, 2018 - 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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Make and Take Craft: Mason Jar Snow Globe
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Ages: 16 – Adults, Adults
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Join us for a make and take craft. All supplies are provided!

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Twos and Threes Together: Toys
Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 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, December 20, 2018 - 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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Family Storytime: Toys
Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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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Polar Express
Friday, December 21, 2018 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: All Ages
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Come dress in your pajamas as you enjoy the holiday storytelling of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. During this program this magical Christmas story will come to life for families at the Westminster Branch!

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LEGO® Creations
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ages: All Ages
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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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It's Not a Box!
Friday, December 28, 2018 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 3 – Adults
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If it’s not a box then what is it? Well, that’s up to you! Join us as we use cardboard and other recycled items to create something entirely new!

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Owl Pellets
Friday, December 28, 2018 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 8 – 12
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dir="ltr">Learn about what owls eat, as well as how a pellet is formed in an owl’s unique digestive system. Dissect a sterilized pellet and use investigation skills to analyze and identify the contents. Can you figure out what the owl ate last? Join us to find out!

Meeting Rooms

Meeting rooms are available for public use Sunday through Saturday, excluding library-observed holidays. Meetings must be completed and the building cleared by 11:00 PM.

We have 2 meeting rooms available for public use:

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

Book by Room

Upcoming Meeting Reservations

MWS-Design meeting
Westminster Small Meeting Room
December 17, 2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Insert Name Here Band Practice
Westminster Large Meeting Room
December 17, 2018 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Bible Study
Westminster Small Meeting Room
December 17, 2018 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Girl Scout Troop 1594
Westminster Large Meeting Room
December 17, 2018 - 5:45pm - 7:30pm

Berberi Hills HOA / Budget Meeting
Westminster Small Meeting Room
December 17, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Drop In With Andrea
Westminster Large Meeting Room
December 18, 2018 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Literacy tutoring
Westminster Small Meeting Room
December 18, 2018 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

NBIB — Background check
Westminster Small Meeting Room
December 18, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

CCPL Circ meeting
Westminster Small Meeting Room
December 19, 2018 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

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.