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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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Mount Airy Throwback
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Monday June 6, 2016
Mount Airy Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Mount Airy legend Oscar Baker filmed some locations around the town of Mount Airy, MD in the late 1980s and early 1990s before many changes took place. Come and enjoy this wonderful film which we will show on our large screen. If you lived here during this time, it will be a pleasant memory to relive. If you have moved here since then, you will be amazed to see how our town has changed. We welcome anyone who has old photos of Mount Airy to come to this event and share them with us. A Celebrating America program.

Ken and Brad Kolodner Live in Concert
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Wednesday June 8, 2016
Finksburg Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - Adults
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The dynamic father-son duo Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo, and fiddles pushing the boundaries of the old-time tradition into uncharted territory. We are very excited to welcome this Baltimore-based dynamic duo. 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. All attendees need to register.

Songs Worth Singing
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Tuesday June 14, 2016
Finksburg Branch Library
7:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Bring your voices and instruments and join us for a sing-a-long with Charlie Maiorana. Lyric sheets will be provided as well as chord charts for anyone who wants them. A Celebrating America program.

American Girls: Toys and Games from the Past
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Friday June 17, 2016
Taneytown Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 11
Registration for this event begins 6/3/2016.
Join us for an American Girl Event! Bring your favorite American Girl doll - or any favorite doll - and step back in time to experience what life was like for the American Girl characters. We'll explore popular games from America's past and celebrate our country with crafts and activities. All children need to register; we request that parents wait outside the room. A Celebrating America program.

Lula's Letter: A Child's Story
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Saturday June 18, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 11 - 15
Registration for this event begins 6/4/2016.
Explore the importance of letters to and from the home front during the American
Civil War era. Attempt to transcribe a document from the period and try your hand
at writing with ink and a dip pen. A Celebrating America program.

Fire Truck Visit
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Saturday June 18, 2016
Mount Airy Branch Library
11:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Registration for this event begins 6/4/2016.
Come meet local heroes from the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company. We will have a brief storytime, a presentation from the fire fighters, and see a fire truck up close. Don't forget your cameras! Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

Corbit's Charge Presents: The Antebellum Marine Band
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Friday June 24, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
7:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Join us as the Antebellum Marine Band takes over Booth Stage for a rousing evening of Civil War era music to kick off the Corbit's Charge weekend in the City of Westminster. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair. No alcohol, please. Children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A Celebrating America program.

Go for the Gold: Family Fun Day
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Saturday June 25, 2016
Mount Airy Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Come join us outside for races, games, and a craft to celebrate the 2016 Summer Games. A Celebrating America program.

Summer Strolls
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Monday June 27, 2016
Community Event - See description for location
5:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Come join us in Mount Airy on the last Monday of each month for a leisurely group stroll to places of historical interest. Meet us at 1 N Main St, Mt Airy, MD in front of the old train station. A Celebrating America program.

Fourth of July Drop-in Crafts
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Friday July 1, 2016
Taneytown Branch Library
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For All Ages
Combine your love of America with your creative flair as we celebrate our country with red, white, and blue crafts projects! Crafts available from 10 AM - Noon. A Celebrating America program.

What’s on That Bush? Are Those Berries and Nuts?
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Saturday July 9, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
9:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Maryland woodlands and fields have a variety of fruiting trees & shrubs. Join Steve Allgeier, Horticulture Consultant & Master Gardener Coordinator with the University of Maryland, Carroll County Extension, for a two part program on how to identify the wide variety of fruiting plants and trees found in our part of the Piedmont. A Celebrating America program.

What’s on That Bush? Are Those Berries and Nuts?
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Saturday July 16, 2016
Westminster Branch Library
9:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Maryland woodlands and fields have a variety of fruiting trees & shrubs. Join Steve Allgeier, Horticulture Consultant & Master Gardener Coordinator with the University of Maryland, Carroll County Extension, for a two part program on how to identify the wide variety of fruiting plants and trees found in our part of the Piedmont. A Celebrating America program.

American Girl Doll Challenge
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Thursday July 21, 2016
Mount Airy Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 5 - 11
Registration for this event begins 7/7/2016.
Bring your dolls, take the challenge! Join us for some crazy challenges and silly thrills to explore your talents and everyday skills. There will be crafts, games, activities and a snack. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

Farmland Screening
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Thursday July 21, 2016
Mount Airy Branch Library
6:30 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For all ages
Join us for a FREE screening of the documentary Farmland, an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers and their passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve. Presented in partnership with the Rural Maryland Council, Rural Maryland Foundation, Mt. Airy Main Street Farmers' Market, and the Carroll County Public Library, Mt. Airy Branch. Refreshments will be served. A Celebrating America program.

Summer Strolls
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Monday July 25, 2016
Community Event - See description for location
5:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For Adults
Come join us in Mount Airy on the last Monday of each month for a leisurely group stroll to places of historical interest. Meet us at 1 N Main St, Mt Airy, MD in front of the old train station. A Celebrating America program.

Go for the Gold
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Monday August 1, 2016
Finksburg Branch Library
10:00 AM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 8 - 12
Registration for this event begins 7/18/2016.
Come join us outside for races, games, and a craft to celebrate the 2016 Summer Games. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

Orphan #8 Author Kim van Alkemade
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Sunday August 7, 2016
Eldersburg Branch Library
2:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 13 - Adults
Registration for this event begins 7/24/2016.
Kim van Alkemade is the author of the historical fiction novel Orphan #8 (William Morrow August 4, 2015). Her creative nonfiction essays have appeared in literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, CutBank, and So To Speak. She spent eight years researching and writing Orphan #8. It all began with her interest in the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of New York, the institution in which her grandfather, Victor Berger, and his brothers, Charlie and Seymour, grew up. Her great­grandmother, Fannie Berger, worked at the orphanage, first as a domestic and later as a counselor. Many of the characters and events in Orphan #8 were inspired by her family history. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

American Girl Doll Party
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Monday August 8, 2016
Finksburg Branch Library
1:00 PM - Add to Outlook calendar  |  Add to Google calendar
For ages 7 - 10
Registration for this event begins 7/25/2016.
Join us for crafts, fun activities, and a chance to meet other American Girl Dolls and their owners! A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.