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An Eastern box turtle is seen by children at the North Carroll branch of the Carroll County Public Library in 2015. “Turtle Talk” comes to the Finksburg branch on Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. as Susie Leslie, outdoor educator and rescue volunteer, helps visitors get and up close and personal experience with turtles, snakes, and other critters.
An Eastern box turtle is seen by children at the North Carroll branch of the Carroll County Public Library in 2015. “Turtle Talk” comes to the Finksburg branch on Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. as Susie Leslie, outdoor educator and rescue volunteer, helps visitors get and up close and personal experience with turtles, snakes, and other critters. (DAVE MUNCH/STAFF PHOTO/Carroll County)

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

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 ages 3-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 the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a 1-on-1 tech appointment.

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

Gentle Yoga: 7 p.m. For ages 13-adults. This gentle yoga class is designed to allow students of varying abilities and physical conditions to comfortably develop his or her own yoga practice. There are many appealing aspects to yoga, including increased flexibility, relaxation, strength, improved balance, as well as stress relief and pain relief. No experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat, and a blanket. All attendees need to register.

Friday

Sensory Storytime: 10 a.m. For ages birth-8. This inclusive program welcomes children of all abilities and their caregivers to a supportive, judgment-free storytime. Only kids need to register.

Open Exploration.-Preschool: 11 a.m. For ages 3-6. Join us in Exploration Point to encourage your preschooler's scientific thinking and problem solving skills. Drop by between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for informal play and exploration through self directed STEAM activities. All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Saturday

Saturday Storytime: 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 ages 3-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 the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a 1-on-1 tech appointment.

Sunday

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Year of the Butterfly: 1:30 p.m. For all ages. Join the Carroll County Master Gardeners to learn about the butterfly life cycle, how to attract beautiful butterflies, and the difference between butterflies and moths. Make a seed tape to take home for your garden. All attendees need to register

Independent Exploration: 2 p.m. For ages 3-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 the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a 1-on-1 tech appointment.

Peaceful Melodies: Lydia Bandy: 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

Preschool Vision Screening: 9 a.m. For ages 2-5. Drop by the Eldersburg Branch for a free vision screening, offered in partnership with the Freedom District Lions Club.

Family Storytime: Outer Space: 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 ages 3-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 the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a 1-on-1 tech appointment.

Family Storytime: Outer Space: 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.

Preschool Science: Butterflies: 2 p.m. For ages 3-6. Join us as we explore the life cycle of butterflies and release butterflies into our garden. Only kids need to register.

Service Learning Hours: KidWorks: 5:30 p.m. For ages 12-17. KidWorks meets twice a month. At the first meeting we spend an hour planning a storytime for younger kids. At the second meeting (March 27, April 24, May 22) we present the storytime. You must come to both meetings to earn three service learning hours.

Preschool Science: Butterflies: 6:30 p.m. For ages 3-6. Join us as we explore the life cycle of butterflies and release butterflies into our garden. Only kids need to register.

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 ages 3-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 the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a 1-on-1 tech appointment.

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.

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

Paper Circuit Greeting Cards: 6 p.m. For adults. Register for this event. Join us in the Exploration Point to create handmade greeting cards that are sure to impress. We'll use copper tape and LED lights to create simple circuits that turn your greetings into memorable gifts for family and friends.

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Knit Wits: 7 p.m. For ages 11-adults. Beginners, please bring a 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: Sheep: 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.

Friday

No special programs listed.

Saturday

Turtle Talk: 11 a.m. For ages 5-12. Join Susie Leslie, outdoor educator and rescue volunteer, to learn more about reptiles and amphibians and get an up close and personal experience with turtles, snakes, and other critters. Only kids need to register.

Dagah: The Great Fish: 1 p.m. For ages 3-adults. Join us to discover stories and traditions from different religions, cultures, languages, and family customs. Have you ever considered the traditional Bible story of Jonah and the whale from the whale's point of view? Please join Maryland author Victoria McCarty for a discussion of her colorful children's book. All attendees need to register.

Sunday

Closed.

Monday

Alphabet Train: Letters U and V: 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

Drop Everything and Knit: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Drop in for an evening of creative camaraderie. Knitters of all skill levels are welcome. Start a new project, bring a work in progress, reawaken your inner knitter, or learn a new skill. Knitters share a love of their craft and a love of helping others learn it.

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

Ready, Set, School: Bugs: 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.

Yoga with Syeda: Peace and Health: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Beloved instructor, Syeda Khan, returns this spring with more yoga sessions. Register to assure a place; walk-ins are welcome at 6:30 p.m., if there is room.

Wednesday

Family Storytime: Bugs: 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.

Dating/Marital Violence Education Group: 6 p.m. For adults. In this group you can develop a safety plan, learn about domestic violence myths and facts, explore self-care tactics, and discover relationship violence red flags. Presented by Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, this free group is open to women survivors, ages 18 and older. Men and individuals under 18-years-old who are interested in an Education Group should call 410-876-1233 for additional services.

Pajama Party Storytime: Bugs: 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: Bunnies: 10 a.m. For ages 2-3. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Preschool Science: I Spy Nature: 2 p.m. For ages 3-6. We will read a story and take a nature walk to practice our scientific skills of observation. Only kids need to register.

Friday

Ready, Set, School: Bunnies: 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: Bunnies: 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.

Saturday

Saturday Storytime: Bunnies: 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

Closed.

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

Teen Advisory Board: 6:30 p.m. For ages 12-17. Need service hours? Join the Teen Advisory Board for a fun-filled meeting to learn how you can become a leader in your library. But it's not all work and no play--we'll provide plenty of snacks and games, too. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday

Family Storytime: Fish: 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: Fish: 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.

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Twos and Threes Together: Fish: 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: On the Road: 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.

Medicare 101: 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. There are many decisions to make when you are eligible for Medicare. We will cover the four parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C, and D) and how they work, Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans, preventive services, and how to protect yourself from healthcare fraud. We will also cover the Medicare Savings Programs, not all of which are low-income programs. Presented by Carroll County's SHIP/SMP program.

Have You Tried Hoopla?: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Bring your own device and learn about hoopla, CCPL's streaming media service, where you can instantly borrow movies, TV, music, audiobooks, eBooks, and comics 24/7, with your library card. You will learn how to download the hoopla app to your device, set-up an account, and begin accessing material on a mobile device.

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 programs listed.

Sunday

Closed.

Monday

Preschool TinkerLabs: 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 in our weekly Monday Makerspace.

Cupcake Flowers for Mom: 7 p.m. For adults. Give your mom a uniquely delicious bouquet of cupcake flowers for Mother's Day. Ideas and decorating help will be given, so you can take home your creation of beautiful goodies mom will love. All attendees need to register.

Tuesday

Move & Learn: Chicks & Chickens: 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: Chicks & Chickens: 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.

Septic Care: Important Information for Homeowners: 7 p.m. For adults. George Schooley, certified septic system installer, inspector, and founder of Legacy Septic & Excavation, will share how to maintain your septic system to keep it working properly, helping you protect your home and family. Questions regarding BAT systems, sand mounds, and other new technology will also be addressed. Mr. Schooley will provide a brief presentation on the care of septic systems, followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Wednesday

Family Storytime: Chicks & Chickens: 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 Nightingale," by Kristin Hannah: 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: Chicks & Chickens: 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: Sweet Treats: 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 today. Come join us for a fun night of painting. Attendees will complete a simple design with the guidance of a demonstrator. In honor of National Wildflower Week, our paintings will have a black-eyed Susan theme. Because of high attendance, an additional session for those on the wait list will take place on May 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Friday

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. For all ages. Bring your friends and build. We have lots of materials for creative STEAM play-LEGO bricks, blocks of many types and sizes, Playmags, gears, and others. See what you can design.

Junior Gardener's Workshop: Make a Wreath: 1 p.m. For ages 8-12. Join the creative fun and design a wreath from seed packets. Members from the Silver Fancy Garden Club will provide ideas, expertise, and all needed supplies. Only kids need to register.

Sunday

Closed.

Monday

Sensory Storytime: 11 a.m. For ages birth-8. This inclusive program welcomes children of all abilities and their caregivers to a supportive, judgement-free storytime. Only kids need to register.

Tuesday

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

Lift Off with Kerbal Space Program: 6:30 p.m. For ages 11-17. Can you build a rocket and pilot it into space without exploding on the way? Find out at the Taneytown Branch with Kerbal Space Program, an awesome space flight simulator game. Over three sessions, we'll teach you how to build a rocket from a collection of parts, launch it into orbit, and successfully land again. Rocket science is more fun than you thought. All attendees need to register.

Wednesday

Ready, Set, School: Bears: 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.

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Pajama Party Storytime: Bears: 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: Shapes: 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: Shapes: 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.

May the Fourth Be with You: 2 p.m. For all ages. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...the Jedi Council decreed that May the 4th would forever be known as Star Wars Day. For one day, Wookies will embrace Hutts, Sith will lay down their light sabers and embrace their Jedi brethren, and Yoda and the Emperor will meet for tea at the local cantina, and all will be right with the universe. Join us for Star Wars-themed crafts, games, activities, and more. Fun for all ages.

Music-Create, Mix, & Master: 3 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 One recording software.

Needle Nuts: 6 p.m. For ages 16-adults. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are welcome to join this monthly gathering to share tips, projects, and patterns.

Friday

Preschool Science: Kitchen Chemistry: 10 a.m. For ages 3-6. Hands-on, fun experimenting with physical and chemical changes using things you find in your kitchen.

Minecraft Mania: 6:30 p.m. For ages 11-17. Register for this event. Join us for an evening of Minecrafting on the library servers. We'll also explore the world of Minecraft through activities and games. Permission slips are required for this event and will be available at the Information Desk. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday

Kinderconcerts: Cinco De Mouse-o: 10:30 a.m. For ages 2-7. Join us for a violin and piano concert followed by a storytime and a chance to explore some instruments yourself.

Can't Stop the Beat, Can't Stop the Feet: Noon. For all ages. Experience the enthusiasm, high-energy and excitement of the Carroll County Cloggers as they demonstrate the art of clogging that came to America via English, German, Scottish, and Irish settlers. What is clogging, you ask? Clogging is derived from folk dances made popular in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1800s, but new influences are coming from multiple styles of dance such as tap dancing, Irish hard shoe, and even street dancing and hip-hop. A Celebrating America program.

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: Ducks: 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.

Russia: Friend or Foe? Lecture Series: 1927-1953: The Era of Stalin: 1 p.m. For ages 10-adults. Join guest lecturer Gary Kavanagh as he examines the history of modern Russia starting with the 1917 Communist Revolution through the current government under Vladimir Putin. With current media spotlight on the relationship between the U.S. and Russia, this lecture series will provide some historical insight into Russia's current government, economy, and foreign policy. All attendees need to register.

Tuesday

Let's Move: Ducks: 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: Ducks: 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: Ducks: 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.

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

Have You Tried Hoopla?

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., North Carroll branch. For adults. Bring your own device and learn about hoopla, CCPL's streaming media service, where you can instantly borrow movies, TV, music, audiobooks, eBooks, and comics 24/7, with your library card. You will learn how to download the hoopla app to your device, set-up an account, and begin accessing material on a mobile device.

Turtle Talk

Saturday, 11 a.m., Finksburg branch. For ages 5-12. Join Susie Leslie, outdoor educator and rescue volunteer, to learn more about reptiles and amphibians and get an up close and personal experience with turtles, snakes, and other critters. Only kids need to register..

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Russia: Friend or Foe?

Monday, 1 p.m., Westminster branch. Lecture Series: 1927-1953: The Era of Stalin. For ages 10-adults. Join guest lecturer Gary Kavanagh as he examines the history of modern Russia starting with the 1917 Communist Revolution through the current government under Vladimir Putin. With current media spotlight on the relationship between the U.S. and Russia, this lecture series will provide some historical insight into Russia's current government, economy, and foreign policy. All attendees need to register.



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