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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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Celtic Harp Music
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Sunday March 8, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month by listening to Lydia Bandy play the Celtic harp in the library café. A Celebrating America program. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

The Charles Eron Jazz Collective
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Sunday March 29, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
1:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
The Charles Eron Jazz Collective will play jazz standards, contemporary, and original compositions in the café area of the library. Spend a Sunday afternoon listening to McDaniel graduate Charles Eron, along with Jon Seligman on drums and Alex Weber on bass. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

The Charles Eron Jazz Collective
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Sunday April 12, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
1:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
The Charles Eron Jazz Collective will play jazz standards, contemporary, and original compositions in the café area of the library. Spend a Sunday afternoon listening to McDaniel graduate Charles Eron, along with Jon Seligman on drums and Alex Weber on bass. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

Getting Started with Your Genealogy
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Saturday April 18, 2015
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 4/4/2015.
If you have thought about searching for your ancestors but did not know how to start, this presentation will kick-off your research with five easy steps! Why genealogy is important, how you begin your search, forms used in genealogy, resources and record types, citing your sources, and how to improve your skills will all be covered. A Celebrating America program.

Was Blind, But Now I See
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Tuesday March 31, 2015
Finksburg Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us in welcoming Jiffy Lube International founder Jim Hindman as he discusses his new book. Mr. Hindman will recount the story of his life, from becoming an orphan at age 10 to self-made millionaire by 35, from being on top of the business world to having his world come crashing in because of a debilitating eye disease that left him legally blind. Never one to give in or give up, Hindman tells how he fought back against age-related macular degeneration and, through the miracle of modern technology and a never-give-up attitude, found his way out of the darkness. In partnership with Lions Club International. A Celebrating America program.

An Evening with Karen Abbott, Bestselling Author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
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Friday March 6, 2015
Headquarters
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For Adults
Please join us for an exciting evening with bestselling author, Karen Abbott, as she discusses Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything—their homes, their families, and their very lives—during the Civil War. A Celebrating America program presented by Carroll County Public Library, in partnership with McDaniel College, the Historical Society of Carroll County, and the New Windsor Heritage Committee. $20 Admission includes a copy of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. A book signing will follow the discussion. This special program will be held at McDaniel College Lounge on the ground floor of McDaniel Hall. Advance purchase of tickets is required. Click Here to Register

We Were There Too: Nurses in the Civil War
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Saturday March 14, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
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For All Ages
Candace Ridington portrays a nurse reminiscing about her time of service in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War. This reenactment portrays the nurse profession's early challenges, its rewards and sadness, and a glimpse of other nurses whose names are known to us through their journals. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program. A Celebrating America program.

Meet Patricia A. Donohoe
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Sunday March 22, 2015
Mount Airy Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join us at the Mount Airy Branch Library for the intriguing story of one Union Army family during the tumultuous Civil War era. Joyce Muller, former President of the Friends of the Carroll County Public Library, will interview Patricia A. Donohoe, author and editor of The Printer’s Kiss: The Life and Letters of a Civil War Newspaperman and His Family. Donohoe is the great-great granddaughter of Will and Eliza Wylie Tomlinson, whose lives are chronicled in The Printer’s Kiss through the family’s correspondence. A Celebrating America program. Refreshments will be served. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

American Girls: Camp Out with Your Favorite Doll
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Thursday March 19, 2015
North Carroll Branch Library
6:45 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 10
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Join us for stories and more. Bring your dolls or dress up. Refreshments will be served. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Remembering John Hanson
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Monday April 13, 2015
North Carroll Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Born in Maryland in 1715, John Hanson was a merchant and active public official during the American Revolution. He served as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1779, and was President of the United States in Congress Assembled from 1781-1782. Join biographer and author Peter Michael as he delves into the history of this first president. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program. A Celebrating America program.

American Girls: Decorate a Cupcake with Grace
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Thursday April 16, 2015
North Carroll Branch Library
6:45 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 10
Registration for this event begins 4/2/2015.
Join us for stories and more. Bring your dolls or dress up. Refreshments will be served. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

American Girls: Summer Party Game Night
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Thursday May 21, 2015
North Carroll Branch Library
6:45 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 10
Registration for this event begins 5/7/2015.
Join us for stories and more. Bring your dolls or dress up. Refreshments will be served. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

A Story about Human Resilience: A Morning with Regina Calcaterra, New York Time’s bestselling author of Etched in Sand
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Friday March 27, 2015
Outreach Services
8:30 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
A true-life rags-to-riches story, Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island, chronicles Regina’s rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all. Beautifully written, with heartbreaking honesty, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American Dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed. $10 includes breakfast. Books will be available for purchase and signing. At the Best Western in Westminster. In partnership with Carroll County Public Schools, the Judy Center, McDaniel College, Carroll Community College, Human Services Programs, Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality, Local Management Board, and the Early Childhood Consortium. A Celebrating America program. Advance registration by 3/16/2015. Click Here to Register

Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott
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Thursday March 19, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a lively discussion. New participants are always welcome! A Celebrating America program.

Clara Barton: Her Life and Legacy
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Saturday March 28, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Many people know Clara Barton as the angel of the battlefield due to her renown as a nurse during the Civil War. But did you know that Barton had a long career after the war was over? Explore how Clara Barton discovered her calling, provided care for wounded Civil War soldiers, advocated for relief, and worked tirelessly on battlefields and in hospitals. A Speakers Bureau representative from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will be here for this fun and informative program. A Celebrating America program.

Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
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Thursday April 16, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a lively discussion. New participants are always welcome! A Celebrating America program.

My Mommy and Me
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Saturday May 9, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
10:30 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 3 - 5
Registration for this event begins 4/25/2015.
Let's pamper mom and treat her like a queen; she deserves a special day to be spoiled! Light refreshments will be served. Children must be accompanied by their special adult; all attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

My Mom and Me
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Saturday May 9, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 6 - 10
Registration for this event begins 4/25/2015.
Let's pamper mom and treat her like a queen; she deserves a special day to be spoiled! Light refreshments will be served. Children must be accompanied by their special adult. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Taneytown Adult Book Discussion Group: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
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Thursday May 21, 2015
Taneytown Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a lively discussion. New participants are always welcome! A Celebrating America program.

Crafts from the Past
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Saturday March 14, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 17
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Would you like to live like Laura Ingalls Wilder? Marian Witiak, director of the Farm Museum’s Living History Camp, will lead us in making crafts from the past. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

American Girls and American History: Kit (1934)
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Saturday March 28, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 3/14/2015.
Step back in time with your 18-inch doll or toy! Come experience the past with your doll through stories, crafts, and games. Find out what life was like for the American Girl characters in their diverse cultures and time periods in American history. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

American Girls and American History: Samantha (1904)
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Saturday April 18, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 4/4/2015.
Step back in time with your 18-inch doll or toy! Come experience the past with your doll through stories, crafts, and games. Find out what life was like for the American Girl characters in their diverse cultures and time periods in American history. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

American Girls and American History: Josefina (1824)
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Saturday May 30, 2015
Westminster Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 5/16/2015.
Step back in time with your 18-inch doll or toy! Come experience the past with your doll through stories, crafts, and games. Find out what life was like for the American Girl characters in their diverse cultures and time periods in American history. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.