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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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Ulysses S. Grant, Life Lessons, Facts, & Myths
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Saturday August 5, 2017
Eldersburg Branch
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - Adults
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Many people claim they know all about Ulysses S. Grant from history books, but they will learn the truth when they talk to him. Come spend time with General Grant and get a first person introduction to this misunderstood American hero. He serves as a positive role model today with how he overcame adversity. A Celebrating America program.

Caboose Storytime
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Monday August 7, 2017
Community Event - See description for location
11:00 AM - 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.

Caboose Storytime
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Monday August 7, 2017
Community Event - See description for location
11:30 AM - 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.

Bringing Chincoteague Ponies Home
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Saturday August 19, 2017
Mount Airy Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Author Lois Szymanski will share stories about the Chincoteague ponies and the Feather Fund, the charity that annually purchases Chincoteague pony foals for children at the world famous Pony Penning Round Up on Chincoteague Island, Virginia. The Feather Fund was founded in memory of Carollynn Suplee, a cancer survivor who purchased a foal for a child or a buyback foal (one chosen to live out his life on the island). This was her way of giving back for another year of life. Her legacy continues to inspire giving back through the ponies we love. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet a real Chincoteague pony! A Celebrating America program.

Dig Up Your Ancestors Online!
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Saturday August 19, 2017
Westminster Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 8/5/2017.
Ancestry.com and Google are two of the most popular sites accessed for genealogy research, but their search engines vary significantly. Join Eileen Sousa for this presentation about search strategies and tips that will make your searches more effective and accurate. It will also focus on specific techniques that will optimize your Ancestry and Google searches. A Celebrating America program. All
attendees need to register.

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Monday August 21, 2017
Westminster Branch
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 8/7/2017.
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.

Recollections of an Army Veterinarian: 1941 - 1945
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Saturday September 9, 2017
Westminster Branch
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Jon Frank will share his family’s collection of letters, official correspondence, POW communications, official reports, and prisoner artifacts of his father, Col. Charles B. Frank, a U.S. Army Veterinarian. The collection, soon to be donated to the National WWII Museum, chronicles Charles’ journey through the Battle of Bataan, his brutal three-year captivity, and his survival of the bombing of the Oryoku Maru, where only a few survived. A Celebrating America program.

Free Spirit Book Club: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Saturday September 9, 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. A Celebrating America program. September's discussion is sponsored in part by Maryland Humanities to celebrate One Maryland One Book and the 2017 selection, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Veterans Book Discussion Group: Bring a Book to Share
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Monday September 18, 2017
Finksburg Branch
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.

History 101: History of the National Road
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Tuesday September 19, 2017
Mount Airy Branch
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join the Mount Airy Branch, the Mount Airy Main Street Association, and local speaker Tiffany Ahalt for a program in the fun and informative History 101 series. Tiffany has a wealth of experience in the tourism and history fields and promises a delightful evening discussing our region's early years before the Civil War. A Celebrating America program.

History 101: The Underground Railroad
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Wednesday September 20, 2017
Mount Airy Branch
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join the Mount Airy Branch, the Mount Airy Main Street Association, and Peter Michael for a program in the fun and informative History 101 series. Peter is the author of numerous books about the Underground Railroad and will share his extensive knowledge on the subject, including his experience living in a house that was once used as a safe house. A Celebrating America program.

History 101: The Marine March to Gettysburg
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Thursday September 21, 2017
Mount Airy Branch
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join the Mount Airy Branch, the Mount Airy Main Street Association, and award winning freelance writer James Rada, Jr. for a program in the fun and informative History 101 series. James will discuss the Marine March to Gettysburg which included camping at Ridgeville (now the parking lot for the Food Lion shopping center). A Celebrating America program.

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Monday September 25, 2017
Westminster Branch
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 9/11/2017.
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 history lectures here at the Westminster Branch. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed!
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Tuesday September 26, 2017
Taneytown Branch
9:45 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 2 - 6
Registration for this event begins 9/12/2017.
Today is John Chapman’s birthday! Join us as we learn about apples through stories, crafts, and activities. A Celebrating America program.

The Life and Literary Legacy of Edgar Allen Poe
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Monday October 2, 2017
North Carroll Branch
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 9/18/2017.
Experience the mysterious life and literary legacy of Edgar Allan Poe through the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s collections. Learn about Poe’s personal life and family, his writings, and his mysterious death in Baltimore in 1849. View unique artifacts from Poe’s life including manuscripts, letters, and personal items from the Library’s collections. Michael Johnson, Manager of Special Collections at Enoch Pratt Free Library will present. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 6, 2017
Westminster Branch
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 9/22/2017.
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. A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 13, 2017
Westminster Branch
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 9/29/2017.
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. A Celebrating America program.

Free Spirit Book Club: Descent by Tim Johnston
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Saturday October 14, 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. A Celebrating America program. September's discussion is sponsored in part by Maryland Humanities to celebrate One Maryland One Book and the 2017 selection, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Veterans Book Discussion Group: Last Stand at Khe Sanh by Gregg Jones
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Monday October 16, 2017
Finksburg Branch
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.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 20, 2017
Westminster Branch
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/6/2017.
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. A Celebrating America program.