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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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American Girl Doll Party
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Thursday October 18, 2018
Mount Airy Branch Library
2:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - 11
Registration for this event begins 10/4/2018.
Bring along your American Girl Doll to have fun, hear stories, play games, and even make some special things for a doll of your own! A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

American Music Storytime Series: Anarchy in the PreK
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Saturday August 25, 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.

Art Explorers: Lucha Libre
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Wednesday September 19, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - 7
Registration for this event begins 9/5/2018.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this fun program and create your own lucha libre mask to take home. Popular in South America and Mexico, lucha libre is wresting with a flair. The wrestlers, called luchadores, wear colorful masks. This program is designed for children in kindergarten through 2nd grade. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

CCPL Presents: In Carrie's Footprints, an Inspiring Carroll County Story
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Tuesday October 9, 2018
North Carroll Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 14 - Adults
Jack White, author of In Carrie’s Footprints: The Long Walk of Warren Dorsey, will interview Warren Dorsey, the grandson of a former slave. Learn about the true story of Mr. Dorsey’s escape from rural poverty and how he overcame the seemingly insurmountable cultural and financial obstacles standing between his reality and his dreams. A Celebrating America program. A Choose Civility program.

Dulcimer Music
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Sunday August 26, 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.

Dulcimer Music with Rob Caswell
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Sunday September 30, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:30 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.

Dulcimer Music with Rob Caswell
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Sunday October 7, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:30 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.

Dulcimer Music with Rob Caswell
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Sunday November 18, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:30 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.

Elect a Character!
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Tuesday November 6, 2018
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 your favorite storybook character and get your own sticker to show everyone that you voted! A Celebrating America program.

Family History Lock-In Night
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Friday September 21, 2018
Finksburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 16 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 9/7/2018.
Do you have questions about finding your family history? Have you reached a dead end in your search for your ancestors, especially your female relatives? The Carroll County Genealogical Society will be prepared to help you with these type of questions at the first Family History Lock-In. A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 5, 2018
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 9/21/2018.
Join us for a ghost presentation at the Westminster Branch Library and then a stroll through Westminster to visit the haunts of 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. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 12, 2018
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 9/28/2018.
Join us for a ghost presentation at the Westminster Branch Library and then a stroll through Westminster to visit the haunts of 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. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program. This event is one of many Maryland STEM Festival events across the state.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 19, 2018
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/5/2018.
Join us for a ghost presentation at the Westminster Branch Library and then a stroll through Westminster to visit the haunts of 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. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Saturday October 27, 2018
Westminster Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/13/2018.
Join us for a ghost presentation at the Westminster Branch Library and then a stroll through Westminster to visit the haunts of 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. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed!
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Wednesday September 26, 2018
Taneytown Branch Library
1:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 2 - 6
Registration for this event begins 9/12/2018.
Today is Johnny Appleseed’s birthday! Join us as we learn
about apples through stories, crafts, and activities. Only
kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Hindenburg: Last of the Giant Zeppelins
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Friday November 9, 2018
Community Event - See description for location
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - Adults
Although most famous for the fiery crash on May 6th, 1937, the Hindenburg airship had completed 62 successful flights before the ship’s hydrogen lifting gas ignited while landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Join Horst Schirmer, who flew on the Hindenburg when he was six years old, as he describes the background, design, and legacy of the Hindenburg. Schirmer’s father, Max, designed the aeronautics for the airship. This program will take place at Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 Saint Luke Circle, Westminster. This event is one of many Maryland STEM Festival events across the state.

Life as a Civil War Soldier
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Monday November 5, 2018
Finksburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - Adults
Have you ever wondered what a soldier ate, wore, or did in the Civil War? Join Civil War reenactor, Charles Mellor, as he shares with you the life of a Civil War soldier in this interactive presentation. A Celebrating America program.

Local History Talk: Strawbridge Home for Boys
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Saturday October 20, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/6/2018.
Join local author, Amy Mathis, to hear her discuss her new book Like Saving Summer in a Jar: The Story of James Jimmy Mathis, a Strawbridge Boy. Hear the inspirational story of her father's life and legacy. You will also learn about the history of the Strawbridge Home for Boys and its impact on the Sykesville community. Some of the past residents will be joining Ms. Mathis to share their experience growing up a Strawbridge Boy. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America and Choose Civility program.

Mount Airy History 101: Marilyn Hanchett
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Wednesday September 19, 2018
Mount Airy Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
This program juxtapositions two little known Civil War women’s stories; Jane Stuart Woolsey, the Superintendent of Nurses, Fairfax Seminary Hospital in the North, and Varina Howell Davis, the often overlooked wife of Confederate President Jeff Davis in the South. Through a combination of historical narrative and first-person impressions, participants will learn from these women how they survived in the most difficult years of their lives with compassion and through service to others. Presented by Marilyn Hanchett. A Celebrating America program.

Mount Airy History 101: Peter Michael
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Thursday September 20, 2018
Mount Airy Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Remembering John Hanson, the first President of the Original United States Government. Presented by Peter Michael. A Celebrating America program.

Mount Airy History 101: Raleigh Boaze
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Tuesday September 18, 2018
Mount Airy Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Raleigh Boaze, a living history interpreter of the 18th-century colonial frontier, will present a first-person account of life on the American frontier in the years 1754 to 1775. Dressed in backwoodsman attire and accouterments, he will describe the settlers’ strife at the hands of the Native Americans who aligned with the French in opposing the encroachment of the British colonists beyond the Appalachians. Attendees will gain a new appreciation of the importance of this period in the eventual founding of our country. A Celebrating America program.

Personal Stories from the Korean War
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Monday August 27, 2018
Westminster Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Hear Cathy Madison, author of The War Came Home with Him: A Daughter’s Memoir, talk about her father’s experiences as a POW during the Korean War and his life after he returned home. Books will be available for purchase at this event. A Celebrating America program.

Shaking Hands with History
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Sunday September 23, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
1:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Shake hands with history during this fun, interactive event. Uncover your own family heritage with help from a qualified Historical Society of Carroll County researcher, meet a soldier from the Civil War, dig up local community history, or make a history-inspired craft. With hands-on activities for everyone, you will be able to connect the past to the present and you might even learn something new! Refreshments will be served. From 1:30 - 4:30 PM. A Celebrating America program.

Union Mills Comes Alive
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Saturday October 13, 2018
Community Event - See description for location
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - Adults
The Union Mills Homestead in Carroll County, Maryland, is using exciting 21st-century technology to interpret its history as an early industrial site in a traveling exhibit. Join Sam Riley, Union Mills Homestead Foundation President, and Jen Bishop, Carroll County Public Library's Emerging Technologies Supervisor, for an engaging discussion about the Union Mills industrial enterprises of the Shriver family and the augmented reality interactive experience in the exhibit. This program will take place at The Newcomer House Antietam National Battlefield. The exhibit will be on display at the Newcomer House on weekends, October 6 - 21, 2018. A Celebrating America program.

US History Lecture Series: 1960-1968: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Great Society
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Monday September 10, 2018
North Carroll Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
This four-week lecture series covers the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon presidential election through the end of the Clinton administration in 2000. It focuses on the historical issues and events of the forty-year period that have helped to shape the political/cultural environment of today. A Celebrating America program.

US History Lecture Series: 1969-1980: Nixon, Watergate, and Carter
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Monday September 17, 2018
North Carroll Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
This four-week lecture series covers the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon presidential election through the end of the Clinton administration in 2000. It focuses on the historical issues and events of the forty-year period that have helped to shape the political/cultural environment of today. A Celebrating America program.

US History Lecture Series: 1981-1992: Return to Conservatism
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Monday September 24, 2018
North Carroll Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
This four-week lecture series covers the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon presidential election through the end of the Clinton administration in 2000. It focuses on the historical issues and events of the forty-year period that have helped to shape the political/cultural environment of today. A Celebrating America program.

US History Lecture Series: 1993-2000: Peace, Prosperity, and Impeachment
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Monday October 1, 2018
North Carroll Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
This four-week lecture series covers the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon presidential election through the end of the Clinton administration in 2000. It focuses on the historical issues and events of the forty-year period that have helped to shape the political/cultural environment of today. A Celebrating America program.

Veterans Book Club: Da Nang Damned! by Peter Turner
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Monday September 17, 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.

Veterans Book Club: The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara
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Monday October 15, 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.

Veterans Book Club: The Boys of '67 by Andrew Wiest
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Monday November 19, 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.

Viewing the World: Old Tech New Tech with Hash Newman
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Wednesday November 7, 2018
Community Event - See description for location
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - Adults
Learn about the fascinating role that 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional technologies have played in the past as entertainment and to win wars, and explore its potential for the betterment of society. Hash Newman will lead us in understanding the early use of 3D technology and its amazing results. Interactive stations will offer fun, hands-on experiences using old stereopsis methods, including the view-master, and through virtual reality, using systems such as HTC’s Vive. A Celebrating America program. This program will take place at Lorien Taneytown, 100 Antrim Blvd., Taneytown. This event is one of many Maryland STEM Festival events across the state.