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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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Alexander Hamilton: A Thinking Money Program
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Monday March 6, 2017
Mount Airy Branch
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - 17
Share your love for the show and the ten dollar Founding Father as we explore all things Hamilton! We'll make crafts and test our knowledge with trivia games. Don't throw away your shot to learn something new! Thinking Money strives to teach tweens, teens, and their parents, caregivers, and educators about financial literacy topics like saving, spending, and avoiding fraud in a way that is not only understandable, but fun. A Celebrating America program.

Back to Little House: Laura Ingalls Wilder Tea
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Saturday March 25, 2017
Community Event - See description for location
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - Adults
Join us at the Carroll County Farm Museum for a special tea celebrating the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder's birth. Enjoy a three-course tea and then listen as local expert Ann Weller Dahl discusses the special relationship between Laura and her daughter Rose, the lasting legacy of the Little House on the Prairie book series, and the status of the sites and houses included in the books. Presented by the Carroll County Farm Museum and Carroll County Public Library. Cost is $20 per person. Reservations and pre-payment is required. Register by March 15 at 410-386-3890. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program.

Black History Month: U.S. Colored Troops
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Sunday February 26, 2017
Westminster Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
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Bob O’Connor, one of the country’s most highly regarded researchers of the United States Colored Troops, will present the legislation of May, 1863 that set up their enlistment and the facts concerning the 209,000 black soldiers of the Union army. O’Connor’s research on USCT prisoners of war and on the casualties in various battles is unprecedented; his presentation will include names of USCT soldiers from Carroll County. A Celebrating America program.

Caboose Storytime
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Tuesday May 2, 2017
Community Event - See description for location
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages Birth - 8
Registration for this event begins 4/18/2017.
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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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
Registration for this event begins 4/25/2017.
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.

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

Community Listening Session on Race
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Thursday April 6, 2017
Finksburg Branch
6:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - Adults
Everyone has a story about race - for better, for worse, or for both. Please join us for a facilitated forum to share and hear personal experiences related to race, including racial autobiographies, sharing of stories in small groups, and learning together. This listening session will provide a chance to better understand one another and find ways forward together.

Crafts from the Past
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Saturday March 4, 2017
Finksburg Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 11
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Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels...what toys might kids in the 1800s have made and played with? Take a trip into the past as we try out some of the crafts from the Living History Camp at the Carroll County Farm Museum. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

Crafts from the Past
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Saturday March 11, 2017
Taneytown Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 11
Registration for this event begins 2/25/2017.
Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels...what toys might kids in the 1800s have made and played with? Take a trip into the past as we try out some of the crafts from the Living History Camp at the Carroll County Farm Museum. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

Crafts from the Past
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Saturday March 18, 2017
Westminster Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 11
Registration for this event begins 3/4/2017.
Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels...what toys might kids in the 1800s have made and played with? Take a trip into the past as we try out some of the crafts from the Living History Camp at the Carroll County Farm Museum. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

Crafts from the Past
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Saturday March 25, 2017
Mount Airy Branch
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 11
Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels...what toys might kids in the 1800s have made and played with? Take a trip into the past as we try out some of the crafts from the Living History Camp at the Carroll County Farm Museum. A Celebrating America program.

Free Spirit Book Club: A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
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Saturday March 11, 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.

Free Spirit Book Club: Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
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Saturday April 8, 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.

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.

Getting Started with Your Genealogy
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Saturday April 22, 2017
Finksburg Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies. If you have thought about searching for your ancestors, join us as Eileen Souza, owner of Old Bones Genealogy, shows us how to kick-off our research with five easy steps. A Celebrating America program.

Meet Miscellaneous Distillery
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Tuesday March 14, 2017
Mount Airy Branch
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
MISCellaneous Distillery is an artisan distillery in Mount Airy that produces spirits (initially rum and rye whisky) using inputs grown in Carroll County. Come learn how spirits are made, hear about the grain to glass movement, and pick up a few tips for tasting spirits!

Put a Poem in Your Pocket!
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Monday April 24, 2017
Mount Airy Branch
9:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day, and we're helping you celebrate! Folks of all ages are welcome to drop in any time today to choose a poem to carry and share throughout the day. And if you don't have a pocket, we'll have supplies to make one perfectly sized for a poem.

Russia: Friend or Foe? Lecture Series: 1917-1926: Russian Revolution to Stalin's Takeover
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Monday May 1, 2017
Westminster Branch
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 4/17/2017.
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.

Russia: Friend or Foe? Lecture Series: 1927-1953: The Era of Stalin
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Monday May 8, 2017
Westminster Branch
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 4/24/2017.
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.

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.

Storytelling Sunday: Irish Shenanigans
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Sunday March 12, 2017
Taneytown Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join the fun as Miss Renee tells funny Irish stories filled with mischief and fun - just in time for St. Patrick's Day! There will be three or four stories and a brief activity from 2 - 2:45 PM. A Celebrating America program.

Swing Time
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Sunday April 9, 2017
Eldersburg Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Herb Sell, keyboardist, will kick off spring with a delightful repertoire of American jazz and swing classics, from ragtime and swing to bebop and cool jazz. This program is sponsored in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. A Celebrating America program.

The ABCs of DNA for Genealogy
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Saturday May 20, 2017
Westminster Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
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.

Veterans Book Discussion Group: The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
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Tuesday February 21, 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.

Veterans Book Discussion Group
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Monday March 20, 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.