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Eldersburg library marks milestones

Can you remember what was happening in your life 30 years ago, back in 1983? How about what you were doing 45 years ago, in 1968?

The Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library is celebrating 45 years of library services in the South Carroll area and the 30-year anniversary of the opening of its current building at 6400 W. Hemlock Drive in Eldersburg.


Starting on Monday, the library will have a weeklong celebration of these events, especially the opening of the current building on Aug. 14, 1983.

"We sort of chose to focus on the 30th, so we can do some fun '80s stuff," branch manager Nadine Rosendale said. "Every day is a celebration of the anniversary, although the actual birthday party is on Wednesday, with cake at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m."


Each day of the week will have a theme. Monday is Hat Day, Tuesday is Vacation T-Shirt Day, Wednesday is Tropical/Hawaiian/Beach Day, Thursday is '80s Day, Friday is Orioles/Orange & Black Day and Saturday is Patriotic/Red, White & Blue Day.

Library staff will be dressing up to match each day's theme. Library patrons are encouraged to come dressed up, as well.

The week is packed with special events, with something to interest library-goers of any age.

Garden Walks and Talks will feature Master Gardeners giving tours of the native plant garden in front of the library. Those talks will be offered at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, 6 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, there will be a dance party for all ages and you're invited to dress as your favorite storybook character, if you choose.

At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, children and teens ages 8 to 17 can spend some time cupcake decorating during Cupcake Concoctions.

Between 1 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, you can go letterboxing in the library. The clues will lead you along the way, and anyone who completes the whole challenge will win a prize.

The letterboxing event is designed to help even regular library patrons learn more about their library. Rosensdale said, "This will take them to different sections of the library."


For the big birthday celebration on Wednesday, you can have cake at either 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. At the evening cake event, faculty from the Carroll County String Project will be playing music.

Also on Wednesday, at 2 p.m., the library will celebrate the grand reopening of its Teen Section with activities, projects and prizes. "Our teens have given us some feedback as to what they want, so we've redone their section," Rosendale said.

Starting at noon Thursday, the library will offer an '80s Movie Marathon, featuring three PG-rated films: "Back to the Future," Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Tootsie!"

Registration is still open for In the Shadow of the Vampyre: A Mystery Program, for children and teens ages 11 to 17, that will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.

Rosendale said, "It's a mystery for program for teens, and they have to solve it."
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At 2 p.m Saturday, Aug. 17, the Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus will sing a capella music to celebrate the library's birthday.

Throughout the week's celebrations, you can play '80s trivia on the library's Facebook page or stop by one of the birthday card stations in the library and make a card to celebrate the 30th anniversary. Rosendale hinted that there will be other, unannounced, surprises on Wednesday.


One final event will occur at 7 p.m. Aug. 22. Chris and Jenna will be playing some choice music from the '80s in an all-ages show. The library has advised that you need to "Get ready to party like it's 1983!"

Most events will include refreshments, and children age 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

To learn more about these events or others that are planned, check the library's website at or call the Eldersburg library at 410-386-4460.

Family program
The Sykesville Gate House Museum of History invites you to its third Free Summer Family Program of 2013, starting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The 1st Maryland Artillery of the Confederate States of America, along with other Civil War reenactment specialists, will be talking about the Civil War.
The highlight will be the firing of the artillery unit's full-size replica Civil War cannon. You'll learn about the artillery, the infantry, Civil War weapons, and the life of children and women during the war.
Registration is not required and admission is free. Freewill donations to the museum will be gladly accepted, and the museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call the museum at 410-549-5150 or Dr. Mark Fraser, the museum curator, at 443-974-5017.
The museum is at 7283 Cooper Drive, Sykesville.

Celebrating peaches
Peach season is here, and Bethesda United Methodist Church is celebrating.
From 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 17, church members will be serving up a combined church supper and peach festival meal.
The menu will include homemade crab cakes, fried chicken, green beans, coleslaw, potato salad, bread and butter, served family-style, along with your choice of tea, lemonade, coffee and water. Dessert will be peaches and ice cream.
The meal costs $15, or $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Carryout is available, and you can also buy goodies from the bake sale table.
Bethesda United Methodist Church is at 328 N. Klee Mill Road, Sykesville.
Call Evelyn Burns at 410-795-4201 for more information.