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About the Initiative

Celebrating America fosters a greater sense and understanding of America's history and Carroll County's important role in that history by joining forces with private and public institutions around the county. For more information about the initiative, visit Carroll County's Celebrating America web site.

Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail

Barn Quilts are painted panels reproducing quilt patterns that are mounted on the sides of barns or other buildings. The quilts highlight the natural beauty of our county and celebrate the agricultural heritage through this traditional art form. For a complete list of Barns included in the trail, visit Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail.

Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail

Celebrating America Reading Selections

In partnership with Carroll County's Celebrating America initiative, each quarter CCPL will recommend titles for a community read. Our current pick is Forgotten Sundays by Gerry Sandusky. Join our Celebrating America online book discussions on Goodreads!

 

Programs at the Library


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Can't Stop the Beat, Can't Stop the Feet!
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Saturday May 5, 2018
Westminster Branch Library
12:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Experience the enthusiasm, high-energy and excitement of the Carroll County Cloggers as they demonstrate the art of clogging that came to America via English, German, Scottish and Irish settlers. What is clogging, you ask? Clogging is derived from folk dances made popular in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1800s, but new influences are coming from multiple styles of dance such as tap dancing, Irish hard shoe, and even street dancing and hip-hop. Rain date 5/12/18. A Celebrating America program.

Virtual Field Trip to Pickett's Charge
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Monday May 7, 2018
Finksburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Experience the history of Pickett's Charge in a whole new way! We will be using Google Expeditions to take a virtual field trip to the physical location of Pickett's Charge during a lecture of the historical events. A Celebrating America program.

Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War
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Monday May 14, 2018
Westminster Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - Adults
Local author Bob O’Connor’s favorite subject is the Civil War. You’ll find him at libraries, schools, civic organizations, Civil War Round Tables, and book clubs, talking about it to most anyone who will listen. O’Connor will tell us about his third – and favorite – book, Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War. In this historical novel, O’Connor writes about Catesby, who was a blacksmith and slave to Lewis Washington, the great grand-nephew of George Washington. A Celebrating America program.

Poppy Flower Pin Craft
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Saturday May 19, 2018
Taneytown Branch Library
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - Adults
Make a felt poppy flower pin to wear on National Poppy Day (May 25th) to honor those who have worn our nation's uniform. A Celebrating America program.

Veterans Book Club: The Odyssey of Echo Company by Doug Stanton
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Monday May 21, 2018
Finksburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
In partnership with the Carroll County Veterans Advisory Council, we invite veterans, current military and reservists, and family members to join us for an evening of discussion, fellowship, and camaraderie. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program.

Second Saturday Summer Strolls
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Saturday June 9, 2018
Mount Airy Branch Library
9:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join us as we start the second Saturday of each summer month right, with an enjoyable and informative stroll in our downtown area. Each walk will be about one to one and a half miles, so wear appropriate shoes. Walks will be rain or shine, except in the event of lightning. All children must be accompanied by an adult. A Celebrating America program.

Meet Author Lois Szymanski and a Chincoteague Pony
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Saturday June 9, 2018
North Carroll Branch Library
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 5/26/2018.
Join author Lois Szymanski as she shares stories about the famous wild Chincoteague ponies and Assateague wetlands that have inspired many of her books. Many of the stories are featured in her new book Chincoteague Pony Tales. After the talk, visitors will meet a real Chincoteague pony and may ask questions of the pony’s owner. This will be a great experience for the entire family! A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

Dr. Joan Gaither, Documentary Story Quilter
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Saturday June 16, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 9 - Adults
Join Dr. Joan Gaither, a documentary story quilter, as she discusses her Frederick Douglas story quilts and the techniques used to create these historical works of art during this multi-generational program linking quilting traditions and our local history. Dr. Gaither, a Baltimore native and former professor and chair of undergraduate art education at the Maryland Institute College of Art, has previously displayed her quilts at several museums, including the Walters Art Museum and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. Quilt replicas and a new in-progress Frederick Douglas story quilt will be on display during her discussion. A Choose Civility and Celebrating America program.

Frederick Douglass: From Enslaved to Diplomat
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Saturday June 16, 2018
North Carroll Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
In celebration of Frederick Douglass' 200th birthday, join us for a presentation that will examine the life of Douglass. From his early history of enslavement, Douglass rose to prominence and become one of the most important people of the 19th century. He fought for equality for all and advocated for U.S. policy changes by using his voice as an abolitionist, humanist, and suffragist. Presenter Vivian Fisher is the Manager of the African American History and Culture Department of the Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center. A Choose Civility and Celebrating America program.

Dulcimer Music
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Sunday June 17, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Learn about the folk traditions surrounding the hammered dulcimer while listening to captivating music played by Rob Caswell. A Celebrating America program.

Veterans Book Club: We Band of Angels by Elizabeth M. Norman
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Monday June 18, 2018
Finksburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
In partnership with the Carroll County Veterans Advisory Council, we invite veterans, current military and reservists, and family members to join us for an evening of discussion, fellowship, and camaraderie. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program.

The Honorable Frederick Douglass
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Saturday June 23, 2018
Westminster Branch Library
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
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.

The Honorable Frederick Douglass
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Saturday June 23, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 6/9/2018.
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. All attendees need to register. A Choose Civility and Celebrating America program.

Statue of Liberty Party
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Tuesday June 26, 2018
Mount Airy Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - 11
Join us as we celebrate Lady Liberty with a party inspired by the Dave Egger's book, Her Right Foot! We will learn fun facts (including why she's green), dance, make crowns, and march around the library! A Celebrating America program.

American Music Storytime Series: Melodies of Motown
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Saturday June 30, 2018
Mount Airy Branch Library
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages Birth - 8
We'll travel through America's rich musical landscape, using songs, stories, and crafts. From the funky to the groovy and all the greatest hits in between! A Celebrating America program.

Dulcimer Music
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Sunday July 1, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Learn about the folk traditions surrounding the hammered dulcimer while listening to captivating music played by Rob Caswell. A Celebrating America program.

Holiday Drop-in Crafts: Celebrate Independence Day!
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Tuesday July 3, 2018
Taneytown Branch Library
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join the fun as we celebrate the birthday of our country by creating red, white, and blue crafts! All supplies will be provided. Available from 10 AM - 12 PM. A Celebrating America program.

Happy Birthday USA
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Tuesday July 3, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 2 - 6
Join us as we celebrate our country's birthday with stories, songs, and activities. A Celebrating America program.

Second Saturday Summer Strolls
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Saturday July 14, 2018
Mount Airy Branch Library
9:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join us as we start the second Saturday of each summer month right, with an enjoyable and informative stroll in our downtown area. Each walk will be about one to one and a half miles, so wear appropriate shoes. Walks will be rain or shine, except in the event of lightning. All children must be accompanied by an adult. A Celebrating America program.

Veterans Book Club: Code Talker by Chester Nez and Judith Schiess Avila
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Monday July 16, 2018
Finksburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
In partnership with the Carroll County Veterans Advisory Council, we invite veterans, current military and reservists, and family members to join us for an evening of discussion, fellowship, and camaraderie. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program.