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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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Viewing the World: Old Tech & New Tech
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Tuesday March 27, 2018
Community Event - See description for location
10:00 AM - 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 3D 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. This event will take place in Krug Chapel Auditorium, Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 Saint Luke Circle, Westminster, MD 21158. A Celebrating America program.

Viewing the World: Old Tech & New Tech
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Thursday March 29, 2018
Community Event - See description for location
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 3/15/2018.
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 3D 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. This event will take place at Integrace Fairhaven, 7200 Third Avenue, Sykesville, Maryland 21784, in the auditorium. A Celebrating America program.

Container Gardening: Any Budget, Any Space, Any Container
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Thursday March 1, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
5:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 2/15/2018.
Join Troop 1310 as they teach gardeners both novice and advanced how to container garden. The girls will demonstrate the how-tos of container gardening so that anyone can bring fresh vegetables or beautiful flowers to their unique space on any budget. Participants will bring home a biodegradable pot with some seeds to start them on their green thumb journey. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

My Life in the US Army Field Band
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Tuesday April 3, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 13 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 3/20/2018.
Join Kurt Hider as he describes his experience traveling the world representing the United States of America. The band has been thrilling audiences for more than six decades. As a soldier musician, Mr. Hider traveled thousands of miles each year entertaining audiences and looks forward to sharing the highlights of his time in this extraordinary band with you. A Celebrating America program.

Crafts from the Past
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Sunday April 22, 2018
Eldersburg Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 11
Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels... What toys might children 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.

Veterans Book Discussion Group: Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
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Monday January 22, 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 Discussion Group: Never Call Me a Hero by N. Jack (Dusty) Kleiss
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Monday February 26, 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 Discussion Group: My Life as a Foreign Country by Brian Turner
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Monday March 19, 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 Discussion Group: Code Girls by Liza Mundy
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Monday April 16, 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.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Jennifer Pharr Davis
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Monday April 16, 2018
Mount Airy Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Registration for this event begins 3/1/2018.
Join us for an evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis, hiker, author, speaker, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year who has covered over 14,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents. Jennifer has written six books, articles for the New York Times, Outside Magazine, Backpacker, and Trail Runner, and has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and the CBS Early Show. Her new book, The Pursuit of Endurance (Viking), comes out in April. Jennifer is a professional speaker who has shared her trail adventures across the United States and Europe. She is founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company, a guiding service that strives to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable for hikers of all ages, genders, and ability levels. Jennifer lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband Brew and their five-year-old daughter Charley and one-year-old son Gus. Refreshments will be provided by Lone Star Barbeque. Books will be available for purchase from A Likely Story Bookstore. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

US History Lecture Series: Discovery to the Constitution
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Friday March 2, 2018
North Carroll Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 2/16/2018.
This four-week lecture series is an overview of the history of the United States from its European discovery until the 1960 presidential election. Our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh, is a retired federal employee. He holds a Master of Modern History and Diplomacy degree from George Washington University. He also previously taught social studies in Prince George's County. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

US History Lecture Series: Civil War to World War I
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Friday March 16, 2018
North Carroll Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 3/2/2018.
This four-week lecture series is an overview of the history of the United States from its European discovery until the 1960 presidential election. Our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh, is a retired federal employee. He holds a Master of Modern History and Diplomacy degree from George Washington University. He also previously taught social studies in Prince George's County. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

US History Lecture Series: World War I to 1960
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Friday March 23, 2018
North Carroll Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 10 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 3/9/2018.
This four-week lecture series is an overview of the history of the United States from its European discovery until the 1960 presidential election. Our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh, is a retired federal employee. He holds a Master of Modern History and Diplomacy degree from George Washington University. He also previously taught social studies in Prince George's County. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

Da Nang Damned!
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Saturday March 24, 2018
North Carroll Branch Library
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 12 - Adults
Local author and Vietnam veteran Peter Turner served with U.S. Navy Seabee Battalion 53. His fast-paced book Da Nang Damned! follows four men, whose lives are forever changed by Vietnam and the decisions they make. Turner is donating 100 percent of the profits from his book to the Carroll County Veterans Independence Project (CCVIP). CCVIP plans to renovate the Army Reserve Building in Westminster into a homeless shelter and transition services center for veterans and their families. A Celebrating America program.

The Boys of Summer: Baseball’s Blue Ridge League
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Friday March 9, 2018
Taneytown Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Join us for a presentation by local author Jim Rada about the Blue Ridge League, a Class D baseball league that operated from 1915 to 1930, which fielded teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Mr. Rada will have books available for purchase and signing. A Celebrating America program.

Crafts from the Past
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Saturday March 10, 2018
Taneytown Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 11
Registration for this event begins 2/24/2018.
Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels...what toys might children 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. Only children need to register. A Celebrating America program.

#TrendingNow
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Monday January 22, 2018
Westminster Branch Library
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.

#TrendingNow
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Monday February 26, 2018
Westminster Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Registration for this event begins 2/12/2018.
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.

Da Nang Damned!
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Monday March 26, 2018
Westminster Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 12 - Adults
Local author and Vietnam veteran Peter Turner served with U.S. Navy Seabee Battalion 53. His fast-paced book Da Nang Damned! follows four men, whose lives are forever changed by Vietnam and the decisions they make. Turner is donating 100 percent of the profits from his book to the Carroll County Veterans Independence Project (CCVIP). CCVIP plans to renovate the Army Reserve Building in Westminster into a homeless shelter and transition services center for veterans and their families. A Celebrating America program.