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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!

  • The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
  • Meet Josefina, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  • Maria Had a Little Llama by Angela Dominguez
  • Cooked by Michael Pollan
  • Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • Grow It Cook It
  • A Good Man: Rediscovering my Father, Sergaent Shriver by Mark Shriver
  • My Father's Hands by Joanne Ryder
  • The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel
  • Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly
  • Frozen in Time: an epic story of survival and a modern quest for lost heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Bomb: the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon by Steve Sheinkin
  • On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck
  • Big Bad Ironclad by Nathan Hale
  • Killing Lincoln: the shocking assassination that changed America forever by Bill O'Reilly
  • March by Geraldine Brooks
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Iron Thunder by Avi
  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy
  • Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in the White House by Julia Moberg
  • Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford
  • American Icon by Bryce Hoffman
 

Programs at the Library


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Russia: Friend or Foe? Lecture Series: 1917-1926: Russian Revolution to Stalin's Takeover
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Monday May 1, 2017
Westminster Branch
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For ages 10 - Adults
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Join guest lecturer Gary Kavanagh as he examines the history of modern Russia starting with the 1917 Communist Revolution through the current government under Vladimir Putin. With current media spotlight on the relationship between the U.S. and Russia, this lecture series will provide some historical insight into Russia's current government, economy, and foreign policy. All attendees need to register.

Caboose Storytime
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Tuesday May 2, 2017
Community Event - See description for location
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For ages Birth - 8
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Join us for a special train storytime at the historic
Mackenzie Caboose in downtown Mount Airy. Please choose one
date to attend. A Celebrating America program. Only kids
need to register.

Can't Stop the Beat, Can't Stop the Feet!
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Saturday May 6, 2017
Westminster Branch
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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. A Celebrating America program.

Russia: Friend or Foe? Lecture Series: 1927-1953: The Era of Stalin
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Monday May 8, 2017
Westminster Branch
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For ages 10 - Adults
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Join guest lecturer Gary Kavanagh as he examines the history of modern Russia starting with the 1917 Communist Revolution through the current government under Vladimir Putin. With current media spotlight on the relationship between the U.S. and Russia, this lecture series will provide some historical insight into Russia's current government, economy, and foreign policy. All attendees need to register.

Caboose Storytime
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Tuesday May 9, 2017
Community Event - See description for location
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages Birth - 8
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Join us for a special train storytime at the historic
Mackenzie Caboose in downtown Mount Airy. Please choose one
date to attend. A Celebrating America program. Only kids
need to register.

Free Spirit Book Club: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
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Saturday May 13, 2017
Eldersburg Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Please join us for a discussion of our chosen book.

Russia: Friend or Foe? Lecture Series: 1954-1984: Khrushchev, Brezhnev, and Andropov
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Monday May 15, 2017
Westminster Branch
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 5/1/2017.
Join guest lecturer Gary Kavanagh as he examines the history of modern Russia starting with the 1917 Communist Revolution through the current government under Vladimir Putin. With current media spotlight on the relationship between the U.S. and Russia, this lecture series will provide some historical insight into Russia's current government, economy, and foreign policy. All attendees need to register.

The ABCs of DNA for Genealogy
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Saturday May 20, 2017
Westminster Branch
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For Adults
Registration for this event begins 5/6/2017.
What is DNA? What types of DNA are used for genealogy? What are their strengths and weakness? How do I know what test to take? I got my results, now what? If you have asked yourself these questions, then this presentation is for you. Eileen Souza will answer your questions using a non-technical, genealogy-oriented approach. She will also address what DNA does and does not do to help set your expectations. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Russia: Friend or Foe? Lecture Series: 1985-2017: Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin
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Monday May 22, 2017
Westminster Branch
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For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 5/8/2017.
Join guest lecturer Gary Kavanagh as he examines the history of modern Russia starting with the 1917 Communist Revolution through the current government under Vladimir Putin. With current media spotlight on the relationship between the U.S. and Russia, this lecture series will provide some historical insight into Russia's current government, economy, and foreign policy. All attendees need to register.

Fire Truck Visit
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Saturday June 17, 2017
Mount Airy Branch
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Registration for this event begins 6/3/2017.
Come meet local heroes from the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company. We will have a brief storytime, a presentation from the fire fighters, and get to see a fire truck up close. Don't forget your cameras! A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

Minecraft Build Challenge: Union Mills
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Wednesday June 21, 2017
Eldersburg Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 9 - 15
Registration for this event begins 6/7/2017.
Come compete in small groups or on your own in a Creative Build challenge. The task will be to build a replica of the Union Mills Homestead, including the grist mills. Photos of this historical site will be provided for reference and prizes will be awarded. All attendees need to register. This is a companion program to The Grist Mill: Early Industry in Carroll County that will be held on June 25 at 2 PM at the Union Mills Homestead in Westminster. A Celebrating America program.

From the Ground Up
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Thursday June 22, 2017
Finksburg Branch
3:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - Adults
Learn about historical grain mills, try your hand at grinding corn, and make your own water wheel to take home! This is a companion program to The Grist Mill: Early Industry in Carroll County that will be held on June 25 at 2 PM at the Union Mills Homestead in Westminster. A Celebrating America program.

Five Machines That Changed the World
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Saturday June 24, 2017
Westminster Branch
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For ages 8 - Adults
Join author Mark Denny, Ph. D as he discusses his book Ingenium: Five Machines That Changed the World. Books will be available for purchase. This is a companion program to The Grist Mill: Early Industry in Carroll County that will be held on June 25 at 2 PM at the Union Mills Homestead in Westminster. A Celebrating America program.

Holiday Drop-in Crafts: Celebrate Independence Day!
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Monday July 3, 2017
Taneytown Branch
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 - Noon. A Celebrating America program.

Caboose Storytime
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Monday July 3, 2017
Community Event - See description for location
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages Birth - 8
Registration for this event begins 6/19/2017.
Join us for a special train storytime at the historic Mackenzie Caboose in downtown Mount Airy. Please choose one date to attend. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

Caboose Storytime
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Monday July 3, 2017
Community Event - See description for location
11:30 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages Birth - 8
Registration for this event begins 6/19/2017.
Join us for a special train storytime at the historic Mackenzie Caboose in downtown Mount Airy. Please choose one date to attend. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

Happy Birthday USA
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Monday July 3, 2017
Eldersburg Branch
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. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program.

Meet Author Lois Szymanski and a Chincoteague Pony
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Saturday July 15, 2017
North Carroll Branch
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 7/1/2017.
Join author Lois Szymanski as she shares stories about the famous wild Chincoteague ponies and Assateague wetlands that have inspired many of her books. 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! All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

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Monday July 17, 2017
Westminster Branch
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 7/3/2017.
The Westminster Branch is pleased to welcome back Gary Kavanagh to facilitate an open current events discussion group on topics of interest in the community and the nation. Join Gary to discuss a variety of issues in a structured environment, where everyone can be heard, in a non-confrontational setting, with the goal of learning from each other's points of view. The group will focus on one or two issues of interest at each meeting. Gary holds a Master’s Degree in Modern European and Diplomatic History from GWU and taught secondary school in Prince George's County, Maryland. Gary has hosted several very popular American and Russian History lectures here at the Westminster Branch. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

American Girl Power!
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Tuesday July 18, 2017
Mount Airy Branch
2:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - 11
Registration for this event begins 7/4/2017.
Bring your dolls and join us for a chance to learn about amazing women through stories, crafts, and activities. Explore your talents and discover that there are no limits to what you can be! Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

Meet Author Lois Szymanski and a Chincoteague Pony
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Wednesday July 19, 2017
Taneytown Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 7/5/2017.
Join author Lois Szymanski as she shares stories about the famous wild Chincoteague ponies and Assateague wetlands that have inspired many of her books. 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.