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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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Lula's Letter: A Child's Story
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Saturday September 24, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - 15
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Explore the importance of letters to and from the home front during the American Civil War era. Attempt to transcribe a document from the period and try your hand at writing with ink and a dip pen. A Celebrating America program.

Modern American History Lecture Series: 1980-1992
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Monday September 26, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
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Join our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh for a four-week lecture series covering the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon election contest through the end of the Clinton administration. This series will focus on the historical issues and events of 40-year period that has shaped the political environment of today. Gary Kavanagh is a retired Federal employee. He holds a Master's degree in Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University and has previously taught social studies in Prince George's County, MD. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed
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Saturday October 1, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
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For ages 13 - Adults
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Embrace our unique regional tradition with Maryland folklorist and painted screen authority Elaine Eff through a fascinating look at the past, present, and future of Baltimore’s premier folk art. For more than a century, row house dwellers have been painting colorful scenes on their window and door screens to secure their privacy from passersby while bringing a riot of creativity to the monotonous architecture found throughout the city. Learn about their surprising roots abroad, popularity throughout America during the Victorian era, their Baltimore inventor and practitioners, and their 21st century versions found all around us. A Celebrating America program.

Modern American History Lecture Series: 1992-2000
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Monday October 3, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
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Join our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh for a four-week lecture series covering the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon election contest through the end of the Clinton administration. This series will focus on the historical issues and events of 40-year period that has shaped the political environment of today. Gary Kavanagh is a retired Federal employee. He holds a Master's degree in Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University and has previously taught social studies in Prince George's County, MD. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

Modern American History Lecture Series: 1960-1968
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Monday October 10, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 9/26/2016.
Join our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh for a four-week lecture series covering the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon election contest through the end of the Clinton administration. This series will focus on the historical issues and events of 40-year period that has shaped the political environment of today. Gary Kavanagh is a retired Federal employee. He holds a Master's degree in Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University and has previously taught social studies in Prince George's County, MD. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 14, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 9/30/2016.
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.

Celebrate National Parks: The C&O Canal and Other Local National Parks
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Sunday October 16, 2016
Mount Airy Branch Library
3:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Meet Kelly Fox, a Park Ranger at the C&O Canal, and hear her talk about the canal and other local national park sights that you and your family can enjoy. In addition to her talk, Kelly will have information available you can take with you on your next National Park adventure! Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

Modern American History Lecture Series: 1968-1980
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Monday October 17, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/3/2016.
Join our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh for a four-week lecture series covering the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon election contest through the end of the Clinton administration. This series will focus on the historical issues and events of 40-year period that has shaped the political environment of today. Gary Kavanagh is a retired Federal employee. He holds a Master's degree in Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University and has previously taught social studies in Prince George's County, MD. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Veterans Book Discussion Group: Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton
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Tuesday October 18, 2016
Finksburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for an evening of discussion, fellowship, and camaraderie. All veterans, current military and reservists, and family members are welcome. A Celebrating America program. Refreshments will be served.

American Girls: Sing-a-long with Melody
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Thursday October 20, 2016
North Carroll Branch Library
6:45 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 10
Registration for this event begins 10/6/2016.
Join us for stories and more. Bring your dolls or dress up. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Carnival of Screams
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Saturday October 22, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
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For ages 7 - Adults
Ghosts, witches, and monsters of fright, don’t miss the call of Halloween night. Come one, come all for a night of fright. Take a stroll through the library’s haunted rooms…if you dare!!! From 3 - 7 PM.

Modern American History Lecture Series: 1980-1992
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Monday October 24, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/10/2016.
Join our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh for a four-week lecture series covering the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon election contest through the end of the Clinton administration. This series will focus on the historical issues and events of 40-year period that has shaped the political environment of today. Gary Kavanagh is a retired Federal employee. He holds a Master's degree in Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University and has previously taught social studies in Prince George's County, MD. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Modern American History Lecture Series: 1992-2000
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Monday October 31, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
11:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/17/2016.
Join our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh for a four-week lecture series covering the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon election contest through the end of the Clinton administration. This series will focus on the historical issues and events of 40-year period that has shaped the political environment of today. Gary Kavanagh is a retired Federal employee. He holds a Master's degree in Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University and has previously taught social studies in Prince George's County, MD. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Researching Your Civil War Soldier
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Tuesday November 1, 2016
North Carroll Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Resources for researching your Civil War soldier will be covered, whether he was Blue or Gray. To illustrate, two case studies will be presented from Carroll County soldiers, one Union and one Confederate. Presented by Debra A. Hoffman of the Carroll County Genealogical Society. A Celebrating America program.

Elect a Pet!
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Tuesday November 8, 2016
Mount Airy Branch Library
9:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Today is Election Day and we're getting the vote out at the library. No matter your age, drop by anytime today to enter a ballot for either cats or dogs and get your own sticker to show everyone that you voted! Kids will also create a fun patriotic craft to celebrate. A Celebrating America program.

Veterans Book Discussion Group: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
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Monday November 14, 2016
Finksburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for an evening of discussion, fellowship, and camaraderie. All veterans, current military and reservists, and family members are welcome. A Celebrating America program. Refreshments will be served.

American Girls: Learn About Native Americans with Kaya
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Thursday November 17, 2016
North Carroll Branch Library
6:45 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 10
Registration for this event begins 11/3/2016.
Join us for stories and more. Bring your dolls or dress up. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Tellebration: A Storytelling Event
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Saturday November 19, 2016
Taneytown Branch Library
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join us as we celebrate a worldwide storytelling event the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Storytellers will share their favorite stories - honoring the age-old oral storytelling tradition. Performers will be available from 10 AM - 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. A schedule of performers will be posted to our Taneytown Branch Library Facebook page on November 1, 2016. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

The ABCs of DNA for Genealogy
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Saturday November 19, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 11/5/2016.
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. Eileen is a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, earning a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Research, and a graduate of the ProGen Study Group. She is the author of Research in Carroll County, published in the August 2012 issue of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
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Wednesday November 30, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
12:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 11/16/2017.
The Carroll Garden Club will provide materials and guidance for you to create a fresh green
swag to decorate your front door, mailbox, mantel, etc. They will also teach you how to make a
bow to finish off your swag. Bring pruning shears if you have them. A Celebrating America program.