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Carroll County Public Library
Infinite Possibilities

Westminster Branch

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50 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157

Christina Ogle, Branch Manager

Branch Hours

Monday - Thursday:  9 AM - 8 PM
Friday - Saturday:  9 AM - 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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Westminster Branch Teen Advisory Board
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ages: 12 - 17
Registration and more information
Calling all teens looking for leadership roles in planning library programs. We want you for our Teen Advisory Board! Need service hours? We’ve got those too! Participants can join us in person or log in virtually through Zoom by registering.

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Read and Play
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 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 that allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Twos and Threes Together
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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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Diverse Voices Book Club: Crying in H Mart
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for a monthly book discussion focusing on a diverse author's work. Each month, we will select a young adult or adult title written by an author from a diverse background so we can learn from others' perspectives. Our February selection is Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner. Attendees are welcome to attend in person at CCPL's Westminster Branch or virtually through Zoom.

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Pajama Party Storytime
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 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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Read and Play
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 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 that allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Twos and Threes Together
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 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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Twos and Threes Together
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 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
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 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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Read with a Furry Friend
Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ages: 4 - Adults, Adults
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Every dog enjoys a good story! 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 and help with emotional and social skills.

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The Three Little Pigs Puppet Show
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: 3 - 12
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Mama Pig has decided their house isn't big enough, so it's time for her three little piggies to go out into the world to seek their fortunes! What will the little piggies use to build their houses? Will they meet anyone as they head out on their own, and what kinds of excitement will they find? Come with us as we follow them on their journey!

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Teen After Hours: MAR10 Game Night
Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Ages: 11 - 17
Registration and more information
Celebrate Mario Day at our teen after-hours video games night. We will have a variety of games and consoles, including Wii and Switch, with new and classic games.

Permission slips are required for this after-hours event; download a copy or pick one up at the branch's Customer Service Desk.

Meeting Rooms

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

We have 1 meeting rooms available for public use:

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.