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Grace Waller dances to swing music as her mother, Rachel Waller, looks on in front of the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library during the 2014 Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival.
Grace Waller dances to swing music as her mother, Rachel Waller, looks on in front of the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library during the 2014 Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival. (DYLAN SLAGLE/Carroll County Times)

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

Once Upon an Alphabet: Letter U: 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.

College Funding: 7 p.m. For ages 16-adults. With the rising costs of higher education, learn what resources are available to help you pay for college. We will discuss scholarships, tips on choosing the right college, and the pros and cons to various pro-education investment opportunities. Program presented by Patrick Barry, a Waddell & Reed Financial Advisor. All attendees need to register.

Friday

Once Upon an Alphabet: Letter U: 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.

Teen Game Night Lock-In: 6 p.m. For ages 11-17. School's almost out. What better way to celebrate than with video games and snacks? We'll have multiple gaming stations set up all night, including the virtual reality headset, HTC VIVE. Not into video games? No problem. We'll also have group games, life-size board games, and cool crafts. Parent permission required. Refreshments will be served. All attendees need to register.

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.

Free Spirit Book Club: "The Husband's Secret," by Liane Moriarty: 2 p.m. For adults. Please join us for a discussion of our chosen book.

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Mommy and Me Laughter Yoga: 2 p.m. For ages 3-12. In this unique class we will open up a space where we can laugh, be silly, and release the splendor of our inner child with our children who are already masters of laughing for no reason. We will tap into this infinite well of happiness, love, and laughter through a brief introduction, warm ups, laughter games, and relaxation. These classes will be kept laid back, appropriate, and engaging for all ages. Older children (and dads) are also welcomed. Prerequisites: Some experience with laughter and a sense of humor preferred, ho-ho-ho. All attendees need to register.

Sunday

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: Elaine Bryant: 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: Friends: 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: Friends: 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.

1-2-3 Math with Me: Graphing: 1:30 p.m. For ages 2-5. Join us for a story and hands-on activities as we explore different math concepts and pre-math skills.

Mah Jongg-Game On: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Join us for a friendly game of mah jongg. We welcome experienced ma jong players, as well as those newer to the game for casual, non-competitive play. Please bring a current National Mah Jongg League card. If you don't have a card, one will be provided.

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 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.

Bereavement Support Group: 6:30 p.m. For adults. This program will focus on counseling those who have lost someone close to them. This group is open to all grieving people in the community. It will focus on discussion and healing, using counseling, music, writing, and other interaction. Remember: you are not alone. This group is hosted by Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care.

Wednesday

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

Controlling Weight to Get Ready for Swimsuit Season: 7 p.m. For adults. Register for this event. Join the Eldersburg Martin's In-Store Nutritionist to learn the secrets to controlling your weight as we enter the bathing suit countdown.

Hooked on Crochet: 7 p.m. For ages 11-adults. Join Caroline Brocato in this friendly crochet group that is open to both beginners and experienced crocheters alike. Those new to crocheting should bring a size J hook and light-colored worsted yarn.

Finksburg

2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg

410-386-4505

Thursday

Twos and Threes Together: Bugs: 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.

Minute MAY-hem: 6:30 p.m. For ages 12-17. Chaos. Confusion. MAY-hem. Just an average evening at the library? Spin our Wheel of Mayhem and race against the clock to win our wild mini-game challenges.

Friday

Busy Bee Quilting: 1 p.m. For adults. Looking for a quilting group? Interested in learning how to quilt? Join the Busy Bee Quilt Guild every month for some quilting fun.

Saturday

Family Music/musique joyeyse Class Demonstration: 11 a.m. For ages 1-6. Using the Musikgarten whole-child approach, the youngest musicians explore the wonder of music while expanding their self-awareness and experiencing social action. Parents and caregivers participate with your child in singing, listening, instrument exploration, and movement activities. This class is provided by Children's Chorus of Carroll County. Only kids need to register.

The Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Writers Association Presents Tom Glenn: 1 p.m. For adults. Author Tom Glenn will help us better understand how craftsmanship produces a publishable manuscript through his presentation, The Forgotten Discipline: Fiction Craftsmanship.

PAWS to Read: 2 p.m. For ages 5-17. Come to the library and read a story to a book-loving dog. Research shows that children enjoy improving their reading skills by practicing the art of reading to animals. Registration preferred, but walk-ins welcome.

Sunday

Closed.

Monday

Alphabet Train: Letter W: 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

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

Ready, Set, School: Mice: 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.

Finksburg Book Discussion Group: "I Am Malala," by Malala Yousafzai: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Welcome. Join us and add to the fray your own opinions, thoughts and memories as we give this month's book an airing.

Yoga with Syeda: Peace and Health: 6:30 p.m. For adults. 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: Mice: 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: Mice: 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: Fish: 10 a.m. For ages 2-3. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Friday

Ready, Set, School: Fish: 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: 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.

Teen Lock-In: After-Hours' Greatest Hits: 6 p.m. For ages 11-17. Register for this event. Join us as we celebrate some of the greatest hits from after-hours past. We'll play Wii games, make crafts, eat snacks, and more. Parent pickup at 8 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday

Saturday 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.

Kindness Rocks: 1 p.m. For all ages. We'll paint rocks with messages to place in our community, to spread happiness and kindness.

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

Tuesday

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Family Storytime: Sheep: 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: Sheep: 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.

Pinned from Pinterest: Make a Folded Book Fairy or Bird House: 6:30 p.m. For ages 11-adults. Take a break and make a beautiful fairy house or bird house from an old book. No need to bring anything but yourself and your creativity. All attendees need to register.

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

Mount Airy Book Discussion Group: "The Bridge Ladies," by Betsy Lerner: 1 p.m. For adults. Join us for a discussion of this month's book.

North Carroll

2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount

410-386-4480

Thursday

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.

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 co-insurances 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.

Read to a Dog Friend: 6:45 p.m. For ages 4-12. Read to a puppy from the Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Program. Research shows that children enjoy improving their reading skills and build self-esteem by practicing the art of reading to animals.

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

Lego Creations: 10 a.m. For all ages. Want to build a castle? Or a spaceship? Or something totally new and different? Join us for a Lego program where you can build whatever you would like. We supply the blocks and you supply the creativity. Bring your dad or your mom and build together.

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.

Make a Concrete Birdbath: 6 p.m. For adults. Register for this event. Be prepared to get messy and learn how to make a simple concrete birdbath. Concrete will take 24-48 hours to dry. You'll get to take your masterpiece home to dry.

Tuesday

Move & Learn: Bunnies: 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: Bunnies: 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.

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.

Wednesday

Family Storytime: Bunnies: 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.

Pajama Party Storytime: Bunnies: 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: Bears: 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

Wee Love Mom.: 11 a.m. For ages 3-6. Paint and scissors and glue, oh my. It's time to create a masterpiece for Mother's Day. We'll share a story or two, then create a gift to share with your special someone. Only kids need to register.

Drop-In Knitting: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Please join us to share ideas, patterns, books, and projects.

Friday

Free Hearing Screening: 9 a.m.-noon. For ages 3-adults. Drop by the Taneytown Branch for a free hearing screening for adults and children, at least 3 years of age, offered in partnership with the Lions Club and Healthy Hearing and Balance. No appointments are needed.

Saturday

Escape the Room: 9 a.m. For ages 10-adults. Taneytown Branch is hosting an escape room; are you up for the challenge? Gather a group of three to seven friends and see if you can figure out all the clues and solve all the puzzles to get out of the room before time runs out. This is a repeat of the Escape the Room program held in November 2016, so please only register if you have not taken part in that one. Sign-ups will start on April 29, reserve your space by coming into the branch or calling us at 410-386-4510.

Sunday

Closed.

Monday

No special programs listed.

Tuesday

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

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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: On the Road: 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: 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.

Family Storytime: Ducks: 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.

Friday

Play Baby Play: 10 a.m. For ages birth-24 months. You're invited to a morning playgroup just for little ones. Come enjoy a warm and inviting space where you and your child can play with our toys, read a board book, enjoy music, and socialize with others.

Saturday

Swing into Spring: 10 a.m. For all ages. The Jazz Trio, with jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin, takes the library park stage to kick off the Westminster Flower & Jazz Festival with a delightful repertoire of swing and jazz favorites. This program is sponsored in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Sensory Storytime: 2 p.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.

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: Sweet Treats: 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: 1954-1984: Khrushchev, Brezhnev, and Andropov: 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: Sweet Treats: 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: Sweet Treats: 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: Sweet Treats: 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.

Make & Take Craft: Beginner Paper Quilling: 3 p.m. For ages 16-adults. Learn the basics of paper quilling and create a aquilled flower card to take home. All attendees need to register.

A few of our favorites

Teen Game Night Lock-In

Friday, 6 p.m., Eldersburg branch. For ages 11-17. School's almost out. What better way to celebrate than with video games and snacks? We'll have multiple gaming stations set up all night, including the virtual reality headset, HTC VIVE. Not into video games? No problem. We'll also have group games, life-size board games, and cool crafts. Parent permission required. Refreshments will be served. All attendees need to register.

Excape the Room

Saturday, 9 a.m., Taneytown branch. For ages 10-adults. Taneytown Branch is hosting an escape room; are you up for the challenge? Gather a group of three to seven friends and see if you can figure out all the clues and solve all the puzzles to get out of the room before time runs out. This is a repeat of the Escape the Room program held in November 2016, so please only register if you have not taken part in that one. Sign-ups will start on April 29, reserve your space by coming into the branch or calling us at 410-386-4510.

Swing into Spring

Saturday, 10 a.m., Westminster branch. For all ages. The Jazz Trio, with jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin, takes the library park stage to kick off the Westminster Flower & Jazz Festival with a delightful repertoire of swing and jazz favorites. This program is sponsored in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.



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