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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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The Union Mills: Early Industry Comes Alive
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Thursday August 16, 2018
Community Event - See description for location
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - Adults
Join Sam Riley, Union Mills Homestead Foundation President,
for an engaging discussion about how early industrial
complexes formed the center of local communities in Carroll
County. Focusing on the German-descended Shriver family’s
business enterprises at Union Mills, Mr. Riley will address
the Shriver Grist Mill and A.K. Shriver & Sons Tannery and
the role they played in early economic development in the
area. This project is a partnership between the Carroll
County Public Library, The Union Mills Homestead, and Balti
Virtual to engage the community in local history. It
combines a traveling exhibit of artifacts with augmented
reality animations to offer an interactive experience. The
exhibit will be on display at Carroll Lutheran Village from
8/15 – 9/6. This project is funded by a Library Services
and Technology Act Grant from the Institute of Museum and
Library Services and the Maryland State Library. A
Celebrating America program. Krug Chapel Auditorium,
Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 Saint Luke Circle,
Westminster

Dulcimer Music
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Sunday July 29, 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
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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.

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.

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.

Games of the 1950s
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Monday August 20, 2018
Finksburg Branch Library
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - 10
Registration for this event begins 8/6/2018.
Happy 60th Birthday, CCPL! To help celebrate we will be having a 1950s games program. Come play indoor and outdoor games that would've been played by children your age when our library first opened. We will have cake in the branch after the program. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

Veterans Book Club: The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
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Monday August 20, 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: 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.

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.
Have you always had questions about finding your family history? Or 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.

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.

American Music Storytime Series: Surf's Up
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Saturday July 28, 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.

Second Saturday Summer Strolls
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Saturday August 11, 2018
Mount Airy Branch Library
9:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join us as we start the second Saturday of each summer month right, with an enjoyable and informative stroll in our downtown area. We will meet at the old train station located at 1 N.Main St, Mount Airy. Each walk will be about on to one and a half miles, so wear appropriate shoes. Walks will be rain or shine, except in the event of lightning. All children must be accompanied by an adult. A Celebrating America program.

Rock with The King!
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Saturday August 18, 2018
Mount Airy Branch Library
3:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Put on your blue suede shoes and join us for an Elvis concert presented by local Elvis impersonator Will Debley. Join us for dancing, fun, and a chance to learn about Elvis Presley and his contributions to rock and roll. A Celebrating America program.

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.

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.

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.

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.