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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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Maker Monday: Constellations
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 4 - 12
Registration and more information
We will explore the stars in the sky and create some of our own groups of them to create images of light.

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Tech Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages
More information
Come by for some hands-on tech fun for all ages in our Young Adult area of the library. The materials available will change from week to week.

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NASA Storytime
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages
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dir="ltr">Join us as astronauts on the International Space Station read stories to and conduct science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below. There will be a craft afterwards. Imagine no more…it’s Storytime from Space!

 

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Transitioning to Medicare Part 2
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
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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 discuss a different way to obtain all services covered by Medicare and more: Medicare Advantage Plans. Presented by Carroll County State Health Insurance Assistance Program/Senior Medicare Patrol.

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NASA Storytime
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: All Ages
More information
Join us as astronauts on the International Space Station read stories to and conduct science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below. There will be a craft afterwards. Imagine no more…it’s Storytime from Space!

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Stay Safe with Tristar Martial Arts
Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 5 - 12
Registration and more information
An instructor from Tristar Martial Arts Academy will present a fun-filled, high-energy martial arts class focusing on stranger danger, safety, and anti-bullying. Martial arts encourages confidence, respect, physical fitness, and is fun for all ages! Loose-fitting pants or shorts are encouraged.

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Reptile Smiles
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: All Ages
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Nicole Mikulas will present an exciting line-up of exotic reptiles in this interactive program for all ages! Learn about reptile care, fun facts, and more.

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How Big is Big, How Far is Far, and How Small We Really Are
Monday, August 26, 2019 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 4 - 11, 11 - 17
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Are we there yet? Are we there yet? How many times have you heard that on a short trip? But just think — at the speed of 1,000 miles per hour, it would take 8.3 years to reach the Sun and we haven't left our block yet! Join Skip Bird, Outreach Director of the Westminster Astronomical Society, to learn fun ways to leave the planet, journey to the stars, and still be back in time for dinner.

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Virtual Reality Open House
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 5 - Adults, Adults
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Try out CCPL's Vive virtual reality headset! We will have the Vive set up for drop-in exploration with a staff member on hand to answer questions. Don't miss this chance to explore the ocean depths, battle fruit ninjas, and more! Step into the future and experience technology that's changing the way we work, play, and learn.

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LEGO® Creations
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ages: 5 - Adults, 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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Minecraft for Me
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Ages: 6 - 12
Registration and more information
Tired of being shut out of the “big kids” Minecraft programs? Come show off your skills at a program just for you! We’ll start with a group build in Creative, and then play around in Survival mode.

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Minecraft Mania
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Ages: 11 - 17
Registration and more information
Join us for an evening of Minecrafting on the library servers! We’ll also explore the world of Minecraft through activities and games. Permission slips are required, and can be picked up at the Information Desk.

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.