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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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Free Spirit Book Club: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
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Saturday February 11, 2017
Eldersburg Branch
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Please join us for a discussion about our chosen book. 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.

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.

Veterans Book Discussion Group: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
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Tuesday January 17, 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: 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.

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 - 10
Registration for this event begins 2/18/2017.
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.

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.

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. A Celebrating America program.

Veterans Book Discussion Group
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Monday April 17, 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.

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.

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!

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 5 - 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.

American Girls: Winter Wonderland of Fun
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Thursday January 19, 2017
North Carroll Branch
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. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

American Girls: Celebrate Addy
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Thursday February 16, 2017
North Carroll Branch
6:45 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 10
Registration for this event begins 2/2/2017.
Join us for stories and more. Bring your dolls or dress up. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

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.

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.

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
Registration for this event begins 2/12/2017.
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.

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.