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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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Let's Move
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 5
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Our regular, theme-based storytime with a twist. There will be age appropriate stories, songs and a learning activity along with the opportunity to get up and get moving!

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Read and Play
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 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
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 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
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 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, October 23, 2019 - 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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Battle of the Books Information Session
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Parents and coaches of students thinking about being part of the Battle of the Books competition are invited to attend an information session. We will share information about the battle, the books, the rules, answer questions and give preparation tips for both the elementary and middle school battles.

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Twos and Threes Together
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 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, October 24, 2019 - 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
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 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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Thinking Out Loud: Water, Health, and Community Teamwork
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Ages: 11 - Adults, Adults
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Join us for a panel presentation on the topic of inspiring holistic, creative, and collaborative approaches to address water health and design private/public partnerships around water challenges. Using the 2019 One Maryland One Book selection, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha, CCPL presents an exciting opportunity for learning and conversation on an important topic.

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Ghost Walk of Westminster
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 10 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for a ghost presentation and stroll through Westminster to visit 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.  

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Tales from Spooky Hollow
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Ages: 6 Months - 6
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Miss Brenda and Miss Amy will present some not-so-scary spine chilling tales for little ones.

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Tales from Spooky Hollow
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Ages: 7 - Adults, Adults
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In the days approaching Halloween, there are tales to be told. Miss Carolyn will share her spine-tingling tales that are sure to curl your hair and leave you looking over your shoulder.

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Tales from Spooky Hollow
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Ages: Adults
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Are you afraid of the dark? Do you love scary stories? What about ghost stories that actually happened? Or maybe you just want to hear something dark and creepy? Storytellers Miss Carolyn, Miss Pat, and Miss Stella will give you something to think about as Halloween approaches.

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Ghost Walk of Westminster
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Ages: 10 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for a ghost presentation and stroll through Westminster to visit 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.  

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Read and Play
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 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!
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 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
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 5
More information
Our regular, theme-based storytime with a twist. There will be age appropriate stories, songs and a learning activity along with the opportunity to get up and get moving!

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Read and Play
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
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
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
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
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 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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Read and Play
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
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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Twos and Threes Together
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 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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Read and Play
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Birth - 24 Months
More information
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
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 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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NASA Science: Our Planet, the Solar System, and Beyond
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: All Ages
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NASA is about more than just sending people into space—they study the science of our universe. It provides humankind a unique vantage point with observatories in Earth orbit, on and around other planets, and at the very edge of the solar system. From these many points, NASA works to answer practical questions such as how storms begin, how the solar system formed, and the very origin of the universe. Dr. Young will provide an overview of NASA’s science vision from the past, present, and future.

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Water Science
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 6
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Help your preschool child discover a variety of characteristics of water with fun, hands-on experiments and activities.

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Forensic Science 4-H
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Ages: 6 - 12
Registration and more information
Do you enjoy solving crimes, using clues? Or have you ever dreamed about becoming an investigator? Join University of Maryland Extension, Carroll County 4-H as we will use investigative tools and STEM to solve a crime! 

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Sunday Afternoon at the Movies: Grumpy Old Men
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages
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Join us for a free afternoon showing of Grumpy Old Men (PG-13, 103 min). Feel free to BYO popcorn and refreshments.

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Read and Play
Monday, November 4, 2019 - 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!
Monday, November 4, 2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Ages: 3 - 6
More information
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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Teen Advisory Board
Monday, November 4, 2019 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Ages: 12 - 17
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Calling all teens looking for leadership roles in planning library programs. We want you for our Teen Advisory Board! Meetings will start with snacks at 3:30 PM, then we’ll get down to business around 3:45 PM. Need service hours? We’ve got those too!

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.