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Carroll County Public Library schedules (Feb. 2-8)

The following programs will be offered through Carroll County Public Library. Registration is required only where noted. For more information, call 410-386-4488. Visit www.library.carr.org for more program information.

Eldersburg

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6400 W. Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg

410-386-4460, 410-795-3520

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Thursday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Independent Exploration: 10 a.m. For all ages. Drop-in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during Independent Exploration, our unstaffed open lab hours. Check library.carr.org/explorationpoint for a full list of equipment and software available. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment. Mondays and Tuesdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays 2-4 p.m. during listed dates.

Twos and Threes Together: Make Believe: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Once Upon an Alphabet: Letter R: 1 p.m. For ages 2-5. Join us for an ABC adventure filled with stories, songs, crafts, and activities. We will talk, sing, read, write, and play as we explore the letters of the alphabet. Refreshments will be served. Only kids need to register.

Independent Exploration: 5-8 p.m. For ages 16-adults. Drop-in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during Independent Exploration, our unstaffed open lab hours. Check library.carr.org/explorationpoint for a full list of equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment.

Friday

Once Upon an Alphabet: Letter R: 10 a.m. For ages 2-5. Join us for an ABC adventure filled with stories, songs, crafts, and activities. We will talk, sing, read, write, and play as we explore the letters of the alphabet. Refreshments will be served. Only kids need to register.

Creative Clips: 2 p.m. For adults. Decorate and customize binder clips with personality. Once decorated these little clips make great gifts, table place card holders, gift tag accompaniment, photo holders-the uses are endless. All materials will be provided. All attendees need to register.

Saturday

Saturday Storytime: Make Believe: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten: 1:30 p.m. For ages 4-5. Headed to kindergarten next fall? Come to a special storytime. We'll celebrate this monumental milestone with stories, songs, and a bus ride. Parents will receive information on registration and how to ready children for school success. All attendees need to register.

Rube Goldberg Build Day: 3 p.m. For ages 11-17. In the spirit of Rube Goldberg, a cartoonist and inventor known for his comically complicated machines, we will be creating crazy contraptions with the end goal of placing a stack of coins into a container. Come help us build and test a wacky device with as many unnecessary steps as possible.

Sunday

Independent Exploration: 2 p.m. For all ages. Drop-in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during Independent Exploration, our unstaffed open lab hours. Check library.carr.org/explorationpoint for a full list of equipment and software available. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment. Mondays and Tuesdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays 2-4 p.m. during listed dates.

Peaceful Melodies: Elaine Bryant on the Harp: 2 p.m. For all ages. Enjoy the soothing sounds of piano or harp, as our local performers fill the library with beautiful calming music. This program is sponsored in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Monday

Family Storytime: Art: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Independent Exploration: 10 a.m. For all ages. Drop-in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during Independent Exploration, our unstaffed open lab hours. Check library.carr.org/explorationpoint for a full list of equipment and software available. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment. Mondays and Tuesdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays 2-4 p.m. during listed dates.

Family Storytime: Art: 11 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Pajama Storytime: 6:30 p.m. For all ages. There is nothing better than bedtime stories with cookies and juice. Wear your PJs to this cozy storytime. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday

Read and Play: 9:15 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Independent Exploration: 10 a.m. For all ages. Drop-in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during Independent Exploration, our unstaffed open lab hours. Check library.carr.org/explorationpoint for a full list of equipment and software available. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment. Mondays and Tuesdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays 2-4 p.m. during listed dates.

Read and Play: 10:15 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Wednesday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

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Twos and Threes Together: Art: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Rube Goldberg Build Day: 6 p.m. For ages 11-17. In the spirit of Rube Goldberg, a cartoonist and inventor known for his comically complicated machines, we will be creating crazy contraptions with the end goal of placing a stack of coins into a container. Come help us build and test a wacky device with as many unnecessary steps as possible.

Knit Wits: 7 p.m. For ages 11-adults. Beginners, please bring light-colored worsted yarn and size 8 needles to the class. If you know how to knit, please come and bring your project.

Finksburg

2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg

410-386-4505

Thursday

Twos and Threes Together: Dogs: 9:45 a.m. For ages 2-3. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Read and Play: 11 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Virtual Reality Road Show: 1 p.m. For ages 5-adults. What's all the hype around virtual reality? Find out for yourself. Come try out CCPL's new Vive virtual reality headset as it travels from branch to branch. We'll have the Vive set up for drop-in exploration until 7 p.m., with a staff member on hand to answer questions. Don't miss this chance to cook in a virtual kitchen, defend a virtual castle, and more! Step into the future and experience technology that's changing the way we work, play and learn.

Friday

No special events listed.

Saturday

Hearts Made by Hand: 10:30 a.m. For ages 8-12. Join us for a fun crafting program where you use your creativity to make a valentine gift for that special someone in your life. Make an embellished cloth valentine, a card or both. Only kids need to register.

Sunday

No special events listed.

Monday

Alphabet Train: Letter D: 11 a.m. For ages 3-6. Climb aboard each week to explore a different letter of the alphabet through books, songs, and activities. All adult caregivers are welcome.

Beautiful Handmade Greeting Cards: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Arleen Graham, an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator, will share tips and tricks while guiding you in the creation of three cards. You will be using cardstock, designer paper, stamps, inks and some cool tools. Snow date is Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. All attendees need to register.

Tuesday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Twos and Threes Together: Fairy Tales: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Ready, Set, School: Fairy Tales: 1:30 p.m. For ages 3-6. An independent storytime that prepares children for school. Fun, hands-on activities will teach listening, pre-reading, math, movement, music, and art skills. All adult caregivers are welcome.

The Interfaith Community of Carroll County: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Join the Interfaith Community of Carroll County as they facilitate discussions on a wide range of religious topics. February's meeting will include a discussion on the experiences of refugees as well as the United States' attitude toward refugees through history. They will discuss the United States' current attitude toward the Middle Eastern refugee conflict.

Wednesday

Family Storytime: Fairy Tales: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Family Storytime: Fairy Tales: 11 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Pajama Party Storytime: Fairy Tales: 6:30 p.m. For ages birth-8. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

Mount Airy

705 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy

410-386-4470, 301-829-5290

Thursday

Twos and Threes Together: Toys: 10 a.m. For ages 2-3. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Music and Movement: Dance Party: 2 p.m. For ages 2-6. Dance, music, and cooperative games help children learn how to work and play together as well as develop listening and motor skills. This program provides opportunities for children and their caregivers to participate together listening to stories and engaging in different movement activities.

Getting Started with Rosetta Stone: 6:30 p.m. For ages 14-adults. Register for this event. Rosetta Stone and its well-known immersion method for teaching languages is now available as part of CCPL's online research collection! Join us for an introduction to this wonderful resource and get some tips for how to make the most of your learning experience. Both learners and teachers can benefit from this session. All attendees need to register.

Friday

Ready, Set, School: Toys: 10 a.m. For ages 3-6. An independent storytime that prepares children for school. Fun, hands-on activities will teach listening, pre-reading, math, movement, music, and art skills. All adult caregivers are welcome.

Family Storytime: Toys: 11 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Escape! After-Hours: Teen Lock-In: 6 p.m. For ages 11-17. Register for this event. Escape the winter blues at your library. Solve puzzles, unravel riddles, and align the clues to crack the case before it's too late. All while having a ton of fun with your friends! Parent pickup at 8 p.m.

Saturday

Saturday Storytime: Toys: 11 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children..

Sunday

No special events listed.

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Monday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Twos and Threes Together: Birds: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement..

Tuesday

Family Storytime: Birds: 10 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Family Storytime: Birds: 11 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children..

Wednesday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Twos and Threes Together: Birds: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

North Carroll

2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount

410-386-4480

Thursday

Family Storytime: Special Program: Puppet Show-The Frog Prince: 10 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

The Frog Prince Puppet Show: 10 a.m. For ages 3-12. The princess has dropped her sparkly golden ball down the well. What will she do? Frog will help her get the ball. All he wants in return is to be her best friend. Will the princess keep her promise to play with Frog and become his best friend? Join us at the castle to find out the exciting conclusion to this story.

Friday

Read and Play: 10:30 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Saturday

No special events listed.

Sunday

No special events listed.

Monday

Preschool TinkerLabs: Building Blocks: 10:30 a.m. For ages 3-5. Explore, tinker, and create. We'll read a story and then children and caregivers will investigate and have fun at stations related to the TinkerLab theme.

Rube Goldberg Build Day: 6:30 p.m. For ages 11-17. Remember the game Mouse Trap? In the spirit of Rube Goldberg, a cartoonist and inventor known for his comically complicated machines, we will be creating crazy contraptions with the end goal of placing coins so that they fall into a container. Come help us build and test a wacky device with as many unnecessary steps as possible. Our contraption will be demonstrated during Teen Tech Week in March.

North Carroll Knitters Night: 7 p.m. For adults. Knitters and crocheters are all welcome to join this semi-monthly gathering to share tips, projects, and patterns.

Tuesday

Move & Learn: Fruit & Vegetables: 10 a.m. For ages 2-6. A theme-based storytime featuring an age-appropriate story, songs, and learning activities, with a concentration on creative movement.

Move & Learn: Fruit & Vegetables: 11 a.m. For ages 2-6. A theme-based storytime featuring an age-appropriate story, songs, and learning activities, with a concentration on creative movement.

Valentine Bead Rings: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Learn how to wrap beads with wire and create a unique Valentine's Day-themed ring (using heart and rose shaped beads). This easy-to-learn jewelry technique is perfect for beginning crafters. All supplies will be provided. All attendees need to register.

Teen Writing Group: 7 p.m. For ages 11-17. Attention teen writers. Here is your opportunity to share your individual writing with others, or work together to craft a new story. Be prepared to talk about characters, plots and settings.

Wednesday

Family Storytime: Fruits & Vegetables: 10 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

North Carroll Senior Book Discussion Group: "The Paris Architect," by Charles Belfoure: 11 a.m. For adults. Join us for a lively discussion of this month's book at the North Carroll Senior Center. All opinions count and new members are welcome.

Pajama Party Storytime: Fruits & Vegetables: 6:45 p.m. For ages birth-8. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

Taneytown

10 Grand Drive, Taneytown

410-386-4510

Thursday

Family Storytime: Night: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Perfect Paints: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Register for this event. Come join us for a fun night of painting. Attendees will complete a simple design with the guidance of a demonstrator. We will celebrating the season with a St. Valentine's Day theme.

Friday

Math for Me: Comparing: 11 a.m. For ages 3-6. Help your child discover the fun of math. Explore the skills of counting, one to one correspondence, sorting, and grouping through our math series for preschoolers. Join us for fun activities and crafts. Only kids need to register.

Book Chat: 1 p.m. For adults. Join us for book sharing. Tell others what you've been reading and get ideas for what to read next.

Writer's Circle: 2 p.m. For adults. Nothing clarifies thoughts and ideas like writing them down. Join us to listen and share whatever you write: essays, poetry, stories, etc.

Saturday

Build It: 10 a.m.-noon. For all ages. Bring your friends and build. We have a range of materials for your designs-from LEGO and wooden blocks to magnetic building materials. Get creative and see what you can design. Enjoy a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning experience.

Sunday

No special programs listed.

Monday

Drop-In Meditation: 7 p.m. For ages 15-adults. No matter your practice or technique, drop in to spend time in quiet thought. Reflect, relax, and hone your awareness. A sitting mat or pillow is encouraged.

Tuesday

Twos and Threes Together: Wild West: 9:45 a.m. For ages 2-3. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

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Teen Advisory Board: 6:30 p.m. For ages 12-17. Need service hours? Stop in and share your opinions with the library staff about books, music, movies, and programs that you'd like to see at the Taneytown branch. Refreshments will be served.

Thrifty Crafts: Jewelry Holders: 6:30 p.m. For ages 13-adults. Register for this event. Upcycle, reimagine, and create! Join us as we turn thrift store buys into artful projects to use as catch-alls for jewelry or trinkets. All supplies will be provided.

Wednesday

Ready, Set, School: Wild West: 9:45 a.m. For ages 3-6. An independent storytime that prepares children for school. Fun, hands-on activities will teach listening, pre-reading, math, movement, music, and art skills. All adult caregivers are welcome.

Read and Play: 11 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Pajama Party Storytime: Wild West: 6:30 p.m. For ages birth-8. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

Westminster

50 E. Main St., Westminster

410-386-4490

Thursday

Twos and Threes Together: Down Under: 10 a.m. For ages 2-3. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Read and Play: 11 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Family Storytime: Down Under: 1 p.m. For ages birth-8. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children.

Music-Create, Mix, & Master: 2:30 p.m. For ages 16-adults. Explore and create sounds and music using a microphone and keyboard. Mix them up using the Audiobox USB interface and then record and produce your masterpiece using PreSonus Studio One recording software.

Needle Nuts: 6 p.m. For adults. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are welcome to join this monthly gathering to share tips, projects, and patterns. Please join us. Knitting needles are now available to check out at the Westminster branch.

Friday

The Gingerbread Baby: 10 a.m. For ages 3-9. Join us for a fun filled storytime based on Jan Brett's book Gingerbread Baby. We will explore the text and illustrations through games, activities, and crafts. Only kids need to register.

Saturday

Kinderconcert: Owling Good Time: 10:30 a.m. For ages 2-6. Join us for a violin and piano concert followed by a storytime and a chance to explore some instruments yourself.

Read with a Furry Friend: 1 p.m. For ages birth-17. Come and practice reading to a dog who loves to hear stories. KPETS, trained reading dogs will be the eager listeners.

Sunday

No special programs listed.

Monday

Read and Play: 9:30 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Ready, Set, School: Winter: 10:30 a.m. For ages 3-6. An independent storytime that prepares children for school. Fun, hands-on activities will teach listening, pre-reading, math, movement, music, and art skills. All adult caregivers are welcome.

Teen Advisory Board: 3:30 p.m. For ages 12-17. Calling all teens looking for leadership roles in planning library programs. We want you for our Teen Advisory Board. Meetings will start with snacks at 3:30 p.m., then we'll get down to business around 3:45 p.m. Need service hours? We've got those too. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday

Let's Move: Winter: 10 a.m. For ages 2-5. Our regular, theme-based storytime with a twist, a stretch, and maybe a yoga pose. There will be an age appropriate story, songs, and a learning activity along with the opportunity to get up and get moving.

Read and Play: 11 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Pajama Party Storytime: Winter: 7 p.m. For ages birth-8. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

Wednesday

Twos and Threes Together: Winter: 10 a.m. For ages 2-3. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Virtual Reality Road Show: 10 a.m. For all ages. What's all the hype around virtual reality? Find out for yourself. Come try out CCPL's new Vive virtual reality headset as it travels from branch to branch. We'll have the Vive set up for drop-in exploration, with a staff member on hand to answer questions. Don't miss this chance to cook in a virtual kitchen, defend a virtual castle, and more! Step into the future and experience technology that's changing the way we work, play and learn. From 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Read and Play: 11 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. Join your little one at a storytime featuring interactive books, rhymes, music, and movement, followed by playgroup activities which allow children to practice skills and socialize.

Medicare 102: 5 p.m. For adults. Are you or someone you care about eligible for Medicare? Come and find out how to get the most out of your Medicare health benefits. Medicare 102 covers the four parts of Medicare with a special focus on the Medigap plans. Learn about the different Medigap plans and your period of guaranteed issue rights. These secondary/supplemental plans can cover the deductibles and coinsurances not covered by Medicare. We will cover the Medicare Savings Programs (not all programs are low-income programs!) and healthcare fraud. Presented by Carroll County's SHIP/SMP program.

A few of our favorites

Read with a Furry Friend

Saturday, 1 p.m. at the Westminster branch. For ages birth-17. Come and practice reading to a dog who loves to hear stories. KPETS, trained reading dogs will be the eager listeners..

Valentine Bead Rings

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at the North Carroll branch. For adults. Learn how to wrap beads with wire and create a unique Valentine's Day-themed ring (using heart and rose shaped beads). This easy-to-learn jewelry technique is perfect for beginning crafters. All supplies will be provided. All attendees need to register.

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The Interfaith Community of Carroll County

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at the Finksburg branch. For adults. Join the Interfaith Community of Carroll County as they facilitate discussions on a wide range of religious topics. February's meeting will include a discussion on the experiences of refugees as well as the United States' attitude toward refugees through history. They will discuss the United States' current attitude toward the Middle Eastern refugee conflict.



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