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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.

Preschool Vision Screening
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Tuesday October 16, 2018
9:30 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 2 - 5
Drop in at the Westminster Branch for a free vision screening for your child, offered in partnership with the Deer Park Lions Club. This screening for preschool-aged children will test for lazy eye, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and depth perception. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. From 9:30 AM - 12 PM.

Let’s Move!: Food
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Tuesday October 16, 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 October 16, 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: Food
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Tuesday October 16, 2018
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
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: Food
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Wednesday October 17, 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 October 17, 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: Fall Painted Mason Jar
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Wednesday October 17, 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.

Twos and Threes Together: Food
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Thursday October 18, 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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Thursday October 18, 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.

Family Storytime: Food
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Thursday October 18, 2018
4:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages Birth - 8
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Miss Electricity
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Friday October 19, 2018
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For ages 5 - Adults
Schools out! Come to the theatre! Carroll Community College Theatre will present Miss Electricity, a play about Violet, a child who becomes extraordinary after being struck by lightning. Under the name Miss Electricity, Violet zaps her way through circuits, bullies, and tests, but could lose everything when the power goes to her head.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 19, 2018
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
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Join us for a ghost presentation at the Westminster Branch Library and then a stroll through Westminster to visit the haunts of our local ghosts and legends. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles. In the event of rain, a virtual ghost walk will take place in the library. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Teen After-Hours: Movie Night
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Saturday October 20, 2018
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - 17
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Ahoy matey! Join the Teen Advisory Board as we watch Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Food and fun will abound! Pick up your permission slip at the library Information Desk. Only teens need to register. Refreshments will be served.

Read and Play
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Monday October 22, 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: Pets
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Monday October 22, 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.

Catastrophe and Its Aftermath: World War II Lecture Series: 1945 - 1950: Peace and the Cold War
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Monday October 22, 2018
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For ages 13 - Adults
Popular lecturer Gary Kavanagh returns for our continuing Historical Lecture Series. In this series, we will examine the causes of World War II, the major battles, the tenuous peace and the Communist threat. Why was the world plunged into catastrophe just 20 years after the War to End All Wars? The origins and beginning years of the struggle between liberal democracy and Communism will be analyzed. Finally, Gary will investigate the rise of China as a nascent world power and the still to be ended war in Korea. We hope you can join us for this compelling look of the origins of some of today's headlines.

Let’s Move!: Pets
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Tuesday October 23, 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 October 23, 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: Pets
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Tuesday October 23, 2018
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
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.


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.