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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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Alice's Ordinary People
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Monday October 16, 2017
Community Event - See description for location
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
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In Honor of National Work and Family Month, CCPL presents, in partnership with Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality, Community Media Center History Project, & NAACP - Carroll County Chapter, a screening of Alice's Ordinary People with filmmaker Craig Dudnick. Born in 1929, civil rights activist Alice Tregay was best known for fighting segregation in Chicago schools. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1960s to improve educational opportunities for blacks. She directed local and national voter registration campaigns under Operation Breadbasket, which worked to improve job opportunities for African Americans. In the 1990s, she marched in Washington D.C. to demand that Congress and the White House create jobs. She received many prestigious awards for her outstanding work in civil rights and community service, most notably one presented in March of 2004 by young Illinois State Senator Barack Obama, who would become the 44th President of the United States and the first African American to hold that office. The screening will take place at the Carroll County Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD. A Celebrating America program.

Viewing the World: Old Tech & New Tech
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Thursday November 2, 2017
Community Event - See description for location
12:15 PM - 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 3-D 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. The event will take place at the Mount Airy Senior & Community Center, 703 Ridge Avenue, Mount Airy, MD 21771. (Adjacent to the Mt. Airy Branch Library) A Celebrating America program. This event is one of many Maryland STEM Festival events across the state.

Free Spirit Book Club: Descent by Tim Johnston
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Saturday October 14, 2017
Eldersburg Branch
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For Adults
Please join us for a discussion of our chosen book. A Celebrating America program. September's discussion is sponsored in part by Maryland Humanities to celebrate One Maryland One Book and the 2017 selection, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Free Spirit Book Club: Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
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Saturday November 11, 2017
Eldersburg Branch
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For Adults
Please join us for a discussion of our chosen book. A Celebrating America program. September's discussion is sponsored in part by Maryland Humanities to celebrate One Maryland One Book and the 2017 selection, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Veterans Book Discussion Group: Last Stand at Khe Sanh by Gregg Jones
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Monday October 16, 2017
Finksburg Branch
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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: Give Me Tomorrow by Patrick O’Donnell
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Monday November 20, 2017
Finksburg Branch
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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.

The Life and Literary Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe
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Monday October 2, 2017
North Carroll Branch
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For Adults
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Experience the mysterious life and literary legacy of Edgar Allan Poe through the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s collections. Learn about Poe’s personal life and family, his writings, and his mysterious death in Baltimore in 1849. View unique artifacts from Poe’s life including manuscripts, letters, and personal items from the library’s collections. Michael Johnson, Manager of Special Collections at Enoch Pratt Free Library will present. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

The History of Shopping Through the Sears Catalog
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Monday December 4, 2017
North Carroll Branch
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 11/20/2017.
Take a trip down memory lane and explore the Enoch Pratt's retrospective collection of Sears catalogs. Beginning with issues from the 1930s, view how clothing, furniture, appliances, toys and the value of the dollar) have changed through the decades. Observe historical trends in marketing and other aspects of business innovation, and gain an appreciation for these artifacts that function as fascinating mirrors of our times. John Damond, manager of the Business, Science, and Technology Department of Enoch Pratt will present. All attendees need to register. A Celebrating America program.

Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed!
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Tuesday September 26, 2017
Taneytown Branch
9:45 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 2 - 6
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Today is John Chapman’s birthday! Join us as we learn about apples through stories, crafts, and activities. A Celebrating America program.

#TrendingNow
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Monday September 25, 2017
Westminster Branch
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
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The Westminster Branch is pleased to welcome back Gary Kavanagh to facilitate an open current events discussion group on topics of interest in the community and the nation. Join Gary to discuss a variety of issues in a structured environment, where everyone can be heard, in a non-confrontational setting, with the goal of learning from each other's points of view. The group will focus on one or two issues of interest at each meeting. Gary holds a Master’s Degree in Modern European and Diplomatic History from GWU and taught secondary school in Prince George's County, Maryland. Gary has hosted several very popular history lectures here at the Westminster Branch. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 6, 2017
Westminster Branch
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
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Join us for a ghost presentation and stroll through Westminster to visit 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.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 13, 2017
Westminster Branch
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 9/29/2017.
Join us for a ghost presentation and stroll through Westminster to visit 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.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Friday October 20, 2017
Westminster Branch
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/6/2017.
Join us for a ghost presentation and stroll through Westminster to visit 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.

Ghost Walk of Westminster
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Saturday October 28, 2017
Westminster Branch
4:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/14/2017.
Join us for a ghost presentation and stroll through Westminster to visit 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.

American Old-Timey Arts & Crafts
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Thursday November 9, 2017
Westminster Branch
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For All Ages
...evoke memories of an art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, especially manual, of past times. Go back in history as local artist Ray Jenkinson demonstrates the art of scrimshaw, which is the name given to scrollwork, engravings, and carvings done in bone or ivory. Ray will scrimshaw a powder horn. A Celebrating America program.

Getting Started with your Genealogy
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Saturday November 11, 2017
Westminster Branch
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For Adults
Registration for this event begins 10/28/2017.
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! Ms. Eileen A. Souza's presentation will include the importance of genealogy, how you begin your search, information on forms and resources used in genealogy, citing your sources, and how to improve your skills. Eileen is a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, earning a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Research, and a graduate of the ProGen Study Group. She is the author of Research in Carroll County, published in the August 2012 issue of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

Secrets of Catoctin Mountain
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Sunday November 12, 2017
Westminster Branch
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Author James Rada Jr. will share little-known stories and hidden history of Frederick and Loudon Counties – stories of railroads, canals, war, saints, and sinners. These are the stories that history textbooks don’t tell you, the stories that give Catoctin Mountain its character. A Celebrating America program.

Southern Oasis at Gettysburg
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Sunday November 19, 2017
Westminster Branch
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Author Bob O’Connor will present his historical fiction account of the northernmost Confederate hospital in the American Civil War. Located across the road from Culp’s Hill, the Daniel Lady Farm’s house and barn were converted to a field hospital occupied by wounded and dying soldiers. A Celebrating America program.