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Eldersburg Branch

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Teen Lock-In: Mario Day Party
Eldersburg Branch
Friday, March 1, 2024 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: 11 - 17
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Join us after hours for a Super Mario Day celebration! Play Mario Kart on our big screen, make Super Mario-themed crafts, and more!

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Gentle Yoga
Eldersburg Branch
Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 13 - Adults, Adults
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This gentle yoga class allows students of various abilities and physical conditions to develop their yoga practice comfortably. Yoga has many appealing aspects, including increased flexibility, relaxation, strength, improved balance, stress, and pain relief. No experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing; bring a mat and a blanket.

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Tai Chi for Wellness and Rehabilitation
Eldersburg Branch
Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ages: 13 - Adults, Adults
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Tai chi is an ancient practice that has its origins in China. It is a mind/body practice that incorporates breath and gentle movements to focus the mind. This program will assist the body in recovering from illness and maintaining wellness. The instructor is certified through the Tai Chi for Health Institute. All levels are welcome.



Exploration Commons

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Build a Retro Arcade Game with MakeCode
Exploration Commons
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
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Have you ever wondered how basic video games are created? In this hands-on class, we'll use Microsoft MakeCode, a block-based coding program, to build a retro video game you can share with friends and family.

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Books and Bites: Fantasy Edition!
Exploration Commons
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Join us for our Books and Bites program focusing on the fantasy genre with accompanying Middle-Earth-themed foods! We'll make sausage rolls and carrot cake muffins while librarians from the Westminster Branch present book talks on fantasy reads from upstairs. Yes, you can check out the books at the end of the program!

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Sewing: Embroidery Machine Basics
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Get familiar with embroidery machines and the tools and materials you need to create a successful project. Through both lecture and demonstration, learn about Exploration Commons' Bernina 535E Embroidery Machine, types of hoops and stabilizers, and use of embroidery motifs. Attendees may schedule an appointment to complete the Embroidery Machine Independent Certification after completing this class. 

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Bagels
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Join us for a hands-on baking class! We'll learn how to make delicious bagels and a flavorful cream cheese. 

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Intro to 3D Scanning
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 13 - Adults, Adults
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3D scanning is a digital design process that enables the creation of detailed and accurate models of real-world objects. Join us for an introductory look into this technology used extensively in engineering, architecture, historic preservation, and video game development. We will demonstrate the use of our handheld Artec Leo 3D Scanner and highlight some recent projects that have been created with it.

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Let's Start a Podcast!
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Do you want to get into podcasting but don't know where to start? This is the class for you! We will cover the basics of the different recording software we offer, along with an introduction to the equipment we provide in the Audio/Video Lab. 

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Dinner's on Me: Sheet Pan Dinner
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 13 - 18
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Calling all aspiring teen chefs! Join us in the kitchen to learn to prepare a delicious sheet pan dinner. Enhance your culinary skills, gain confidence in the kitchen, and impress your loved ones with your cooking ability.

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Heirloom Sewing Techniques
Exploration Commons
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
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Learn ways to use the sewing machine to create heirloom details like pintucks, rolled hems, and hemstitching. The instructor will provide examples and demonstrate these techniques to try on your next sewing project.

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Custom Laser Engraved Tumblers
Exploration Commons
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Create a simple, personalized coated metal tumbler using our Epilog Fusion Pro laser. We'll learn the basics of using Adobe Illustrator to design for the laser's rotary tool, and you'll get to watch your tumbler being engraved. Previous laser design experience is helpful. This class does not result in independent laser cutter use certification.

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Baking Basics: Shortbread
Exploration Commons
Friday, March 1, 2024 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Learn the secrets to baking a variety of traditional and stamped shortbreads. 

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Creating Jewelry with Makerspace Technology
Exploration Commons
Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Learn about the types of jewelry you can make with our makerspace technology. We will review the available equipment, selecting appropriate materials, and setting up design files for success. Using Adobe Illustrator and the Epilog Fusion Pro laser, participants will make either a pair of earrings or a necklace to take home. This is an introductory level program; no previous experience with design software or laser cutting (or certification) is required. 

Rescheduled from 02/17/2024

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Intro to 3D Printing and Design with Tinkercad
Exploration Commons
Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
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Learn the basics of using Tinkercad to design for 3D printing! We'll walk through basic 3D design using Tinkercad software and create a simple project to be 3D printed. No previous design experience is necessary!

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Cooking for Wellness: Gluten-Free, Vegan Mac and Cheese
Exploration Commons
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Gluten-free foods are everywhere! But is this a diet you need to be on? What's the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance? Join Registered Dietitian Dana Mealing in this class to discuss these things and more while enjoying lentil-based pasta with the best vegan cheese sauce! This class is provided through The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County and Carroll Hospital.

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Unity Game Design: Customize the Platformer Microgame
Exploration Commons
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
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In this two-day program, you will learn the basics of the Unity Game Design Engine by customizing Unity's Platformer Microgame. We'll use a variety of mods to modify the game level, add a custom start screen, and more.

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Intro to Basic Sewing Skills
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
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Learn the necessary basics to feel comfortable using a sewing machine. This is a beginner-level class; you will leave feeling confident about the next steps to take toward sewing your projects. This program includes Exploration Commons Sewing Machine Certification for independent use.

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Soft Pretzels
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for a hands-on baking class! We’ll learn how to make delicious soft pretzels and a dipping sauce to go with them. 

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Unity Game Design: Customize the Platformer Microgame
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this two-day program, you will learn the basics of the Unity Game Design Engine by customizing Unity's Platformer Microgame. We'll use a variety of mods to modify the game level, add a custom start screen, and more.

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Korean-Flavor Rice Bowl
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Explore tasty Korean flavors in this hands-on class, where we'll prepare a warm rice bowl topped with sautéed vegetables and seasoned ground beef. 

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To Be Read: Jonna Mendez
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
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Join us for an evening with Jonna Mendez author of In True Face: A Woman's Life in the CIA, Unmasked. The bestselling co-author of The Moscow Rules and Argo tells her riveting, courageous story of being a female spy at the CIA and battling against the prevailing culture of sexism at the time, all while undertaking dangerous missions for America’s safety during the height of the Cold War. Jonna Mendez is a former Chief of Disguise with over twenty-five years of experience as a CIA officer working in Moscow and other sensitive areas. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

Presented by A Likely Story Bookstore and Carroll County Public Library.

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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 9:30am - 11:30am
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This beginner-level laser cutter class will walk you through design basics, machine use, and safety procedures. At the instructor's discretion, customers who successfully complete this program will be certified to use Exploration Commons' Fusion Pro and Fusion Edge laser cutters.

Customers aged 12 to 15 who complete their certification are required to have a certified adult with them to use the laser independently.

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Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butter Sauce
Exploration Commons
Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Create a classic New Orleans-style bread pudding made with French bread, raisins, eggs, cream, and sweet spices. While the bread pudding bakes, we'll make a traditional bourbon butter sauce to go on top.

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Advanced Ethnic Cooking: Moroccan Chicken Bastilla
Exploration Commons
Friday, March 8, 2024 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Join Westminster Royal Sweets to make authentic Moroccan Chicken Bastilla, Morocco's famous chicken pie.

A light, crispy pastry shell conceals savory saffron chicken, spicy omelet stuffing, and a crunchy topping of fried almonds sweetened with orange flower water. A sprinkling of powdered sugar and cinnamon adds to the unique blend of flavors. Note that this is a four-hour class.

 

 

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Intro to CNC Routing
Exploration Commons
Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
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This one-day CNC certification class will introduce you to the design basics, machine use, and safety procedures for our Iconic i2015 CNC router. We will focus on project design and the VCarve software in the morning session. We will cover machine use in the afternoon, including hands-on time with the CNC machine. There will be a break from 12 - 1 PM between the morning and afternoon sessions.

All program registrants must complete the prerequisite online Iconic CNC Machine Use and Safety Training before attending the first session of this program.

At the instructor’s discretion, customers who successfully complete both sessions of this program will be certified to use Exploration Commons’ CNC machine. Customers aged 12 to 15 who complete their certification are required to have a certified adult with them to use the CNC router independently.

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Making for Seniors: Create a Simple Slate Laser Cutter Project
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Learning new technology should be fun, not intimidating! Join us for a basic hands-on session where we'll create a simple slate laser cutter project and watch your project being made on our Fusion Pro laser cutter. Previous basic computer experience is required. No previous experience with laser cutting or design software is needed. This class does not result in independent laser use certification.



Finksburg Branch

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Senior Planet: Money Matters
Finksburg Branch
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ages: Adults
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The internet can open a new world of saving money and managing your finances. This program introduces online banking and discusses how to keep your financial information safe. We will also explore online shopping and digital resources for saving money. Senior Planet programs are provided in cooperation with the Carroll Tech Council.

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Peter Rabbit Party and Book Giveaway
Finksburg Branch
Friday, March 1, 2024 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 5
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Celebrate the joys of literacy with a visit from Peter Rabbit! Photo ops, fun activities, and information on what CCPL can offer your family every day of the week. Foster a love of reading by enjoying what your library branch has to offer and take home a copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit courtesy of CCPL's Innovative Programming Grant and Rudolph Girls Books. One book per family while supplies last.  

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Pigs in the Library?
Finksburg Branch
Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: All Ages
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Eddie the pig is visiting the library with his human, Mr. Dave. We will do a short storytime and then learn facts about living with a pet pig. Bring your cameras!

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Mario Day: Level Up! Take Home Craft Kit
Finksburg Branch
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ages: 11 - 17
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Celebrate Mario's 43rd birthday this Mario Day (March 10) and level up with a take-home craft kit! Featuring origami and other surprises to help defend the Mushroom Kingdom!

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Senior Planet: MyChart
Finksburg Branch
Monday, March 11, 2024 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Has your healthcare provider or doctor ever mentioned MyChart? Learn about this electronic health-record portal that works in a web browser and app. MyChart can help you keep all your health information in one place, allows for communication with your providers, and offers virtual visit options. The privacy and security features of MyChart will also be explored. Senior Planet programs are provided in cooperation with the Carroll Tech Council.



Mount Airy Branch

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Crafty Creations: Stamped Alcohol Ink Coasters
Mount Airy Branch
Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Can you imagine creating a unique ceramic tile with nothing but colorful alcohol inks and ink stamps? We can! Join us as we explore our inner creativity and make a beautiful tile coaster that you can enjoy year-round. All supplies will be provided. 

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Club Friendship
Mount Airy Branch
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 13 - Adults, Adults
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We welcome teens and adults with developmental disabilities or who are neurodivergent, along with their caregivers, to join us for an hour of movement, games, and fun!

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Super Mario Day Lock-In Celebration
Mount Airy Branch
Friday, March 8, 2024 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: 11 - 17
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Super Mario has been hopping through pipes and stomping Goombas for 43 years! Join us after hours for a Super Mario Day celebration! Play Mario Kart on our big screen, make Super Mario crafts, participate in Mario-themed activities, and more! 

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Easy Crafting Afternoon: Maryland Crab Shells
Mount Airy Branch
Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: Adults
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Join us for an easy and fun crafting afternoon. We will celebrate Maryland Day by painting Maryland flag colors on a crab shell.



North Carroll Branch

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Senior Planet: Internet of Things
North Carroll Branch
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Are you curious about how devices communicate with each other and smart home technology? This program will provide an overview of the vast world of the Internet of Things and discuss best practices for keeping your devices secure. Senior Planet programs are provided in cooperation with the Carroll Tech Council.

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Be Kind: Community of Kindness Workshop
North Carroll Branch
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Ages: 13 - Adults, Adults
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Participants will be enveloped by a positive atmosphere to create art that inspires kindness. Join Eric and Tina from Action for Kindness to create your own hand-painted BE KIND sign. All supplies will be provided.

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Longevity and the New Journey of Retirement
North Carroll Branch
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
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Longevity and the New Journey of Retirement will explore how the journey of retirement unfolds, the patterns of people's experience in retirement, and the keys to thriving along the way.

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Make a Resin Charm, Magnet or Pin
North Carroll Branch
Monday, March 11, 2024 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 11 - 17
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Make a resin-poured charm, magnet, or pin. All materials will be provided for you.



Taneytown Branch

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Let's Get Crafty
Taneytown Branch
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Come craft with us! We will have a fun and EASY craft project each month. No experience or creative skills are needed! Bring a friend and craft together, or meet new people with a shared love of crafting.  

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ABCs & 123s: All About Me
Taneytown Branch
Friday, March 1, 2024 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 6
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Join the fun as we explore letters and numbers. We’ll offer lots of engaging, hands-on activities to make learning fun!

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Irish Dance Workshop
Taneytown Branch
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: Adults
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Join Cierra O'Keefe, a world championship-level Irish dancer, for a beginner "Shamrock Session" which will include Irish dance basics and traditional ceili practice. Cierra loves spreading her passion for Irish dance, culture, and music with audiences worldwide!

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Leaping Leprechauns
Taneytown Branch
Friday, March 8, 2024 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 2 - 6
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Join the fun as we celebrate Irish heritage with a STEAM twist. We'll share traditional stories, songs, and crafts - plus some fun STEAM activities that may help us find the leprechaun's gold!

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Come Create
Taneytown Branch
Monday, March 11, 2024 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Doing crafts improves your mood, reduces stress, and it's fun! Explore your inner artist. All supplies will be provided.



Westminster Branch

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Westminster Branch Teen Advisory Board
Westminster Branch
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ages: 12 - 17
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Calling all teens looking for leadership roles in planning library programs. We want you for our Teen Advisory Board! Need service hours? We’ve got those too! Participants can join us in person or log in virtually through Zoom by registering.

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Diverse Voices Book Club: Crying in H Mart
Westminster Branch
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Join us for a monthly book discussion focusing on a diverse author's work. Each month, we will select a young adult or adult title written by an author from a diverse background so we can learn from others' perspectives. Our February selection is Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner. Attendees are welcome to attend in person at CCPL's Westminster Branch or virtually through Zoom.

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Teen After Hours: MAR10 Game Night
Westminster Branch
Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Ages: 11 - 17
Registration and more information
Celebrate Mario Day at our teen after-hours video games night. We will have a variety of games and consoles, including Wii and Switch, with new and classic games.

Permission slips are required for this after-hours event; download a copy or pick one up at the branch's Customer Service Desk.



Offsite Locations

There are currently no events requiring registration at this location.


Online

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Chocolate Trivia Night
Online
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 10 - Adults, Adults
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How much do you know about chocolate? From the cacao tree to the classic chocolate bar and everything in between. Celebrate your sweet tooth and test your chocolate knowledge during this trivia quiz!

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Transitioning to Medicare Part 2
Online
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Ages: Adults
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Are you or someone you care about eligible for Medicare? Come and find out how to maximize your Medicare health benefits. This seminar focuses on Medicare Supplement/Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans. Learn about the different Medigap plans and your period of guaranteed issue rights under original Medicare. These secondary/supplemental plans can cover some or all of Medicare's out-of-pocket costs. We will also discuss a different way to obtain all services covered by Medicare and more: Medicare Advantage Plans.

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Virtual Teen Advisory Board: Service Learning Opportunity
Online
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - 17
Registration and more information
Are you interested in volunteering virtually at the library? Join us for Teen Advisory Board (TAB), a monthly meeting where teens help plan programs, complete service-oriented projects, and advise the library on teen-related topics.

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Dungeons & Dragons Online
Online
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Ages: 12 - 17
Registration and more information
Join us for a session of Dungeons & Dragons played entirely online! Pre-generated characters will be available, and registrants will meet on Zoom the day before to become familiar with any websites used. This session is for beginners and avid players alike.

Dungeons & Dragons is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the United States and other countries. © 2015 Wizards. All Rights Reserved.