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Outside Large Meeting Room Computers Circulation Desk, Information Desk Children's Area

50 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157

410.386.4490 v
410.386.4497 f

Branch Manager:
Christina Kuntz
410.386.4490 x7739
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Events Calendar

Hours

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

Upcoming Programs - Click to view programs for the next week.

Read and Play
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Monday June 18, 2018
9:30 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages Birth - 24 Months
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.

Ready, Set, School: Beach
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Monday June 18, 2018
10:30 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 3 - 6
An independent storytime that prepares children for school. Fun, hands-on activities will teach listening, pre-reading, math, movement, music, and art skills.

Let's Move!: Beach
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Tuesday June 19, 2018
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 2 - 5
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!

Read and Play
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Tuesday June 19, 2018
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages Birth - 24 Months
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.

Pajama Party Storytime: Beach
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Tuesday June 19, 2018
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For ages Birth - 8
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.

Twos and Threes Together: Beach
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Wednesday June 20, 2018
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 2 - 3
This lively, fast paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Read and Play
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Wednesday June 20, 2018
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages Birth - 24 Months
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.

Make and Take Craft: Painted Mason Jars
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Wednesday June 20, 2018
3:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 16 - Adults
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Join us for a make and take craft. All supplies are provided! All attendees need to register.

Good Vibrations with Tracey Eldridge
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Thursday June 21, 2018
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For ages 3 - 12
Good Vibrations explores the dynamics of sound and draws the distinction between music and noise. Tracey guides children through the discovery of the body as a musical instrument and demonstrates how instruments are grouped into families whose members make vibrations in similar ways. Audiences will see, hear, and touch instruments from each family. Children will play percussion instruments and take part in a rhythm community.

Summer Discovery Celebration
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Thursday June 21, 2018
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For All Ages
Join us to kick off an amazing summer at the library! We will celebrate with giant games, kindness rocks, and more! This event will be held throughout the library and in our park from 1 - 3 PM. A Choose Civility program.

Westminster Branch Has Fishing Rods!
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Thursday June 21, 2018
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For All Ages
Summer Discovery at Westminster Branch will also include a celebration of Carroll County Public Library’s new loaner program for fishing rods. The Coastal Conservation Association Maryland Central Region Chapter will be here to demonstrate the proper use of the rods and reels as well as casting techniques (weather permitting) and knot tying. CCA Maryland Central Region Chapter will also answer questions on how and where to catch fish.

Life-Sized Candy Land
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Thursday June 21, 2018
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For All Ages
Now you can step into the classic game of Candy Land! Make your way through the kingdom and collect special treats along the way! Game play will be from 2 - 3 PM.

Human Trafficking 101: A Victim-Centered Approach to Human Trafficking
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Thursday June 21, 2018
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For ages 12 - Adults
Corporal Chris Heid and the Maryland State Police Child Recovery Unit will discuss recent law enforcement developments and what the public can do should they suspect human trafficking is taking place. They will also give real-life examples of the impact trafficking has on the community.

Music with Milkshake
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Friday June 22, 2018
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For All Ages
Join the fun as a duo from the Grammy-nominated, Baltimore based children's rock band, Milkshake performs live at the library! Enjoy this interactive and inspiring performance which encourages children to be a part of the band and join in the music-making. Funded in part by a Rural Access for All Grant from Young Audiences of Maryland.

Lunchtime Summer Concert Series: DevoN Nickoles
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Friday June 22, 2018
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For All Ages
Join us for great live local music on the Booth Memorial Stage. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Grab lunch from a local restaurant or brown bag it while you enjoy the music. No alcohol, please.

The Honorable Frederick Douglass
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Saturday June 23, 2018
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For ages 8 - Adults
This year, we are proud to celebrate the bicentennial birthday of one of America’s great leaders, Frederick Douglass, with a Living History Performance by storyteller Bill Grimmette. Telling masterful stories in the character of Douglass, with an occasional excerpt from his many letters, speeches, and writings, Grimmette intends to transport us back in time to let us see and hear what audiences around the world saw and heard that shaped our exceptional nation. A Choose Civility and Celebrating America program.

Read and Play
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Monday June 25, 2018
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For ages Birth - 24 Months
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.

Ready, Set, School: Cows
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Monday June 25, 2018
10:30 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 3 - 6
An independent storytime that prepares children for school. Fun, hands-on activities will teach listening, pre-reading, math, movement, music, and art skills.

Read with a Furry Friend
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Monday June 25, 2018
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 4 - 17
KPets' trained reading dogs provide a relaxed, informal atmosphere for kids to practice reading. Every dog enjoys a good story!

Maker Mondays: Puzzle Makers
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Monday June 25, 2018
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
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Love puzzles? Looking for a new challenge or to meet fellow puzzlers? We’ll have puzzles of many levels and varieties available for you to try your hand at solving. All attendees need to register.


Directions - Local map

From 795

Take Route 140 west to Westminster. Stay on Route 140 for approximately 11 miles. Exit to Route 27 immediately after passing Town Mall. Take Route 27 South toward Westminster. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Main Street. The library is the second building on the right.

Services

Free Wi-Fi access, public Internet computers, children's learning games, copy machine, scan documents to email, public fax machine, book drop open 24/7, pay County tax bills.

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

Visit our Meeting Room page for more information and to place a meeting room reservation request.

Exploration Commons at 50 East

Exploration Commons at 50 East is an interactive space where people, ideas and tools come together to create, innovate and collaborate in a Makerspace, Culinary Center and Meeting Space. To learn more about this new space that will be available in 2020, please visit our Exploration Commons at 50 East website.

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.