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Carroll County Public Library schedules (July 14-20)

Hereford, Md. 6/21/14 Staff Photo by Brian Krista A snapping turtle is shown to the guests during a program put on by Reptile Wonders at Hereford Library on Saturday, June 21.
Hereford, Md. 6/21/14 Staff Photo by Brian Krista A snapping turtle is shown to the guests during a program put on by Reptile Wonders at Hereford Library on Saturday, June 21. (Brian Krista / Patuxent Publishing)

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

Minecraft: PVP Madness: 7 p.m. For ages 11-17. Join us for a PVP battle royale in one of our custom-built Minecraft arenas. Must be at least 11 years old to register.

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Friday

Reptile Wonders: 10 a.m. For all ages. Come out and join us for the Reptile Wonders presentation where we can see and touch a variety of exotic reptiles. In this hands-on, fast-paced interactive show, you'll learn what the animals eat, where they are found, and what eats them. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All attendees need to register. Generously supported by Mount Garage Doors Inc.

Learning Parties: Scientific Thinking: 1 p.m. For ages 3-5. This program is a four-part series that promotes scientific thinking, scientific experimentation, and the use of scientific vocabulary and concepts. Each child that attends will be given take home materials related to the theme and a book to start an early learning library in their home. These free parties include hands-on activities and fun for parents and children. Registration signs you up for all four classes. Refreshments will be served. Only kids need to register.

Learning Parties: Scientific Thinking: 3 p.m. For ages 3-5. This program is a four-part series that promotes scientific thinking, scientific experimentation, and the use of scientific vocabulary and concepts. Each child that attends will be given take home materials related to the theme and a book to start an early learning library in their home. These free parties include hands-on activities and fun for parents and children. Registration signs you up for all four classes. Refreshments will be served. Only kids need to register.

Saturday

Make a Concrete Birdbath: 1 p.m. For adults. Be prepared to get messy and learn how to make a simple concrete birdbath. No crafting experience needed. This DIY project is easy to do; the only hard part is waiting for it to dry. Plan on joining us for about two hours. Concrete will take 24-48 hours to set, so be prepared to take your masterpiece home and let it solidify. All attendees need to register.

Sunday

No special events listed.

Monday

Elephant & Piggie Theatre: 10 a.m. For all ages. Join the stars of Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie series as they act out some of their favorite stories. Children and parents alike will enjoy this lively, interactive show that incorporates music and imaginative play. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All attendees need to register.

Minecraft Mondays: Creative: 2 p.m. For ages 8-15. Come play Minecraft with other players on our special library Minecraft server. All attendees need to register.

Minecraft Mondays: Survival: 3:30 p.m. For ages 8-15. Come play Minecraft with other players on our special library Minecraft server. All attendees need to register.

Game on Mah Jongg: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Join us for a friendly game of mah jongg. We welcome experienced mah jongg players as well those newer to the game for casual, non-competitive play. Please bring a current 2016 National Mah Jongg League card. Dot. Crack. Bam.

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. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday

The Tortoise and the Hare: 10 a.m. For ages 3-adults. It's an amazing race. Rabbit loves to boast how speedy he is. His animal friends will try to guess if he can really beat Turtle in the BIG RACE. What do you think will happen? Join us at the finish line for this wet and wild summer puppet show. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All attendees need to register.

The Tortoise and the Hare: 2 p.m. For ages 3-adults. It's an amazing. Rabbit loves to boast how speedy he is. His animal friends will try to guess if he can really beat Turtle in the BIG RACE. What do you think will happen? Join us at the finish line for this wet and wild summer puppet show. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All attendees need to register.

Wednesday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. 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: Cats: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Teen Hip Hop: 1 p.m. For ages 10-14. Register for this event. Learn some of the popular dance moves that you see on TV and have a blast while getting some great exercise.

Exploration Point! Open Hours: 3 p.m. For ages 8-adults. Drop-in for self-guided use of our makerspace resources on a first-come, first-served basis during our open hours. Check our website for a full list of the equipment and software available. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to work with children 12 and younger to explore their interests.

Crochet 911: 7 p.m. For ages 11-adults. Join Caroline Brocato to learn to crochet. Please bring a size J hook and light colored worsted yarn to the class. If you know how to crochet please join the group.

Retirement Income: 7 p.m. For adults. Register for this event. Erich Imphong, from Geier Asset Management, will help you to understand how much money you'll really need in retirement. How to invest for growth potential, income and stability, how to potentially protect your nest egg in tough times, how to make informed investment decisions and help reduce investment risk, and how to defend against inflation while maintaining the potential for competitive returns will be discussed.

Finksburg

2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg

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410-386-4505

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Thursday

Twos and Threes Together: Playground: 9:45 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. 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, with accompanying caregiver. 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.

Made from Scratch: 5 p.m. For ages 13-17. Register for this event. Are you interested in making your own video games? We'll start from Scratch-a program you can use to create games here or at home. Learn the basics of programming with this fun and easy software.

Friday

Elephant & Piggie Theatre: 10 a.m. For all ages. Join the stars of Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie series as they act out some of their favorite stories. Children and parents alike will enjoy this lively, interactive show that incorporates music and imaginative play. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All attendees need to register.

Reptile Wonders: 1 p.m. For all ages. Come out and join us for the Reptile Wonders presentation where we can see and touch a variety of exotic reptiles. In this hands-on, fast-paced interactive show, you'll learn what the animals eat, where they are found, and what eats them. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All attendees need to register. Generously supported by Mount Garage Doors Inc.

Saturday

Buddhist Meditation: 10:30 a.m. For adults. Have you ever been interested in meditation or Buddhism? Craig Storti and Michael Kosman of the International Meditation Center will join us at Finksburg Branch Library to share their expertise. They will start with an introduction to the concepts of Buddhism and why meditation is so helpful, followed by a meditation practice session. There will also be a Q&A for anyone wanting to learn more.

Platonic Solids with Strawbees: 1 p.m. For ages 11-17. Come play with Strawbees and find out how they can be used to create platonic solids.

Sunday

Closed.

Monday

Dogs Need to Stay Fit Too: 10 a.m. For all ages. Love dogs? Want your dog to be able to do cool tricks and stay fit? Then come meet certified dog trainer Marta Coursey from My K9 Buddy, a local dog training school. Marta will have a dog agility class demo with her dogs, so please leave your dogs at home this time. All attendees need to register.

GSK Science in the Summer: Bioscience for Entering 2nd and 3rd Graders: 1 p.m. For ages 7-8. The 2016 GSK Science in the Summer program will introduce students to bioscience through interesting activities that include building models of plant and animal cells, using magnifying glasses to examine everyday things up close and microscopes to look inside the cells of plants and animals. They will learn about bacteria and find out why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful. A parent or guardian must come in person to fill out and sign the registration form for his/her child. Children must be able to attend all of the classes that week (July 18-July 21). GSK Science in the Summer is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in partnership with community-based organizations. Only kids need to register.

GSK Science in the Summer: Bioscience for Entering 4th-6th Graders: 2:30 p.m. For ages 9-11. The 2016 GSK Science in the Summer program will introduce students to bioscience through interesting activities that include building models of plant and animal cells, using magnifying glasses to examine everyday things up close and microscopes to look inside the cells of plants and animals. They will learn about bacteria and find out why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful. A parent or guardian must come in person to fill out and sign the registration form for his/her child. Children must be able to attend all of the classes that week (July 18-July 21). GSK Science in the Summer is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in partnership with community-based organizations. Only kids need to register.

Tuesday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. 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: Beach: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

GSK Science in the Summer: Bioscience for Entering 2nd and 3rd Graders: 1 p.m. For ages 7-8. The 2016 GSK Science in the Summer program will introduce students to bioscience through interesting activities that include building models of plant and animal cells, using magnifying glasses to examine everyday things up close and microscopes to look inside the cells of plants and animals. They will learn about bacteria and find out why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful. A parent or guardian must come in person to fill out and sign the registration form for his/her child. Children must be able to attend all of the classes that week (July 18-July 21). GSK Science in the Summer is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in partnership with community-based organizations. Only kids need to register.

Ready, Set, School: Beach: 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.

GSK Science in the Summer: Bioscience for Entering 4th-6th Graders: 2:30 p.m. For ages 9-11. The 2016 GSK Science in the Summer program will introduce students to bioscience through interesting activities that include building models of plant and animal cells, using magnifying glasses to examine everyday things up close and microscopes to look inside the cells of plants and animals. They will learn about bacteria and find out why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful. A parent or guardian must come in person to fill out and sign the registration form for his/her child. Children must be able to attend all of the classes that week (July 18-July 21). GSK Science in the Summer is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in partnership with community-based organizations. Only kids need to register.

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 also will cover the Medicare Savings Programs, which are not all of low-income programs. Presented by Carroll County's SHIP/SMP program.

Finksburg Book Discussion Group: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Please join us for a lively discussion of this month's book.

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Wednesday

Family Storytime: Beach: 9:45 a.m. For all ages. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Family Storytime: Beach: 11 a.m. For all ages. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

GSK Science in the Summer: Bioscience for Entering 2nd and 3rd Graders: 1 p.m. For ages 7-8. The 2016 GSK Science in the Summer program will introduce students to bioscience through interesting activities that include building models of plant and animal cells, using magnifying glasses to examine everyday things up close and microscopes to look inside the cells of plants and animals. They will learn about bacteria and find out why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful. A parent or guardian must come in person to fill out and sign the registration form for his/her child. Children must be able to attend all of the classes that week (July 18-July 21, 2016). GSK Science in the Summer™ is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in partnership with community-based organizations. Only kids need to register.

Water Balloon Wednesdays: 2 p.m. For ages 7-17. Is summer vacation too hot to handle? Cool off with Water Balloon Wednesdays at the Finksburg Branch. Come prepared to make a splash. Program is weather permitting.

GSK Science in the Summer: Bioscience for Entering 4th-6th Graders: 2:30 p.m. For ages 9-11. Register for this event. The 2016 GSK Science in the Summer program will introduce students to bioscience through interesting activities that include building models of plant and animal cells, using magnifying glasses to examine everyday things up close and microscopes to look inside the cells of plants and animals. They will learn about bacteria and find out why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful. A parent or guardian must come in person to fill out and sign the registration form for his/her child. Children must be able to attend all of the classes that week (July 18-July 21, 2016). GSK Science in the Summer™ is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in partnership with community-based organizations. Only kids need to register.

Pajama Party Storytime: Beach: 6:30 p.m. For all ages. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime, open to all ages, introduces stories through books, songs, and activities. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver..

Mount Airy

705 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy

410-386-4470, 301-829-5290

Thursday

Shake, Rattle, and Read: 10 a.m. For ages birth-3. Explore dancing, singing, and shaking your sillies out at this movement based program. Older siblings welcome. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Strawbees Engineering Challenge: 1 p.m. For ages 8-14. Back by popular demand. Come compete in engineering challenges using Strawbees. Then, take your creations home where they can live on or be remade into something totally new.

Friday

Ready, Set, School: Zoo: 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: Zoo: 11 a.m. For all ages. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Memory Writing: 2 p.m. For adults. Join us the third Friday of each month as we recall fond memories and free-write, creating a journal for others (and ourselves) to enjoy. Each week holds a different topic.

Saturday

Stroller Stroll: 10 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Bring your strollers to the library. We will listen to a story, sing some songs, and then take a stroll to the park with our little ones. In the event of rain, we will have a short storytime and playgroup indoors.

Sunday

Closed.

Monday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. 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.

Summer Sillies Storytime: 2 p.m. For ages 3-8. Do you love to laugh? Join us for a silly story read aloud. It will be full of crazy characters, preposterous situations, and is sure to be hilarious. This storytime is designed especially for the preschool and younger elementary audience.

Tuesday

Family Storytime: Bears: 10 a.m. For all ages. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Family Storytime: Bears: 11 a.m. For all ages. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Wednesday

Read and Play: 9:45 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. 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: Bears: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Mount Airy Book Discussion Group: 1 p.m. For adults. Join us for a discussion of this month's book, "A Year Down Yonder," by Richard Peck.

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Acts of Kindness Club: 6:30 p.m. For ages 7-14. Do you love helping others and making a positive difference in your community? Come to our Acts of Kindness Club, where we'll do a variety of projects to help other people and spread happiness and kindness.

North Carroll

2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount

410-386-4480

Thursday

Family Storytime: Favorite Stories: 10 a.m. For all ages. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Giant Games: 2 p.m. For ages 9-17. Do you like games? Come by and try out giant versions of some classics including Jenga, Battleship, and Candy Land.

Friday

Read and Play: 10:30 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. 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.

Skippyjon Jones Storytime & Scavenger Hunt: 1 p.m. For ages 4-10. Register for this event. Join us for a fun Storytime with books featuring the one and only Skippyjon Jones. Then see if you can find all the places Skippyjon is hiding in the North Carroll Branch Library. This will make you cheer Yippito Skippito. Only kids need to register.

Saturday

Christmas in July Card Camp: 11 a.m. For ages 8-adults. Register for this event. Have some inter-generational fun and get ready for Christmas by rubber stamping four holiday cards. All supplies provided. Don't forget to checkout a rubber stamp set from our collection after you're inspired.

Sunday

Closed.

Monday

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read: Physical Fitness Camp: 11 a.m. For ages 4-9. Get ready to move. Get set to grove. Join physical education teacher Christ Vaughn and get moving and grooving with book-themed activity stations. There will be throwing, kicking, and obstacle stations. Join us for the fun. Only kids need to register.

Minecraft Mania: 2 p.m. For ages 9-17. Register for this event. Join us to play Minecraft.

Tuesday

Move & Learn: Special Program: The Magic of Roger Lindsay: 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. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

The Magic of Roger Lindsay: 10 a.m. For ages 4-adults. Summer Reading ambassador Roger Lindsay transports kids 4 to 104 to a realm of magical happenings, illusions, and laughter. Join Mr. Lindsay as he amazes and amuses in this show loaded with audience participation. You never know what surprises await you. Generously supported by Haight Funeral Home and Chapel.

The Magic of Roger Lindsay: 1 p.m. For ages 4-adults. Summer Reading ambassador Roger Lindsay transports kids 4 to 104 to a realm of magical happenings, illusions, and laughter. Join Mr. Lindsay as he amazes and amuses in this show loaded with audience participation. You never know what surprises await you. Generously supported by Haight Funeral Home and Chapel.

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: Polar Animals: 10 a.m. For all ages. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Get Your Game On.: Card Games: 1 p.m. For ages 8-adults. Join us at the North Carroll Branch Library to play some awesome games this July. Learn a new game or show off your skills to everyone. You will also get a sneak peek of the new Inforamtion Destination. The Information Destination is part of an Eagle Scout project that will feature different themes and timely topics. It will never be game over with this exciting series.

Pajama Party Storytime: Polar Animals: 6:45 p.m. For all ages. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime, open to all ages, introduces stories through books, songs, and activities. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Taneytown

10 Grand Drive, Taneytown

410-386-4510

Thursday

Family Storytime: Around the World: 9:45 a.m. For all ages. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Bead Fun: 1:30 p.m. For ages 7-12. Register for this event. Join us for an afternoon of bead fun. Make a cool beadie critter and some neat bead jewelry. All supplies will be provided.

Read to a Dog: 3 p.m. For ages 5-12. Come ready to read to a book-loving dog. Bring a favorite book-or use one of ours-to improve your reading skills by sharing a story with our furry friends from Carroll County 4-H Dog Club. Dogs available from 3-5 p.m.

Drop-In Knitting: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Please join us to share ideas, patterns, books, and projects. Beginners, please bring size 8 needles and light-colored, worsted weight yarn-look for No. 4 on the label.

Friday

Let the Games Begin: 10 a.m. For ages 5-10. Children and parents, you are invited to attend the Taneytown Branch's Summer Games at Northwest Middle School. There will be a variety of summer games for ages 5-10 focusing on fun, exercise, and outdoor activities. Children must wear closed-toe shoes; no flip flops. Rain date is July 20. Only kids need to register.

Saturday

No special events listed.

Sunday

Closed.

Monday

Summer Drop-In Crafts: 10 a.m.-noon. For all ages. Get ready to make some great summer crafts. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

Tiny Dancers: 9:15 a.m. For ages 3-6. Come dance with us. We use songs and movement to learn some of the basics of dancing. Join in the fun as we learn to dance with Kim Golliday from the Taneytown Dance Center. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

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Read and Play: 11 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. 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.

Yoga for Teens: 2 p.m. For ages 13-17. Learn and practice a few yoga and relaxation techniques to help you deal with the stresses of everyday life. Bring a yoga mat or large towel if you wish.

The Tortoise and the Hare: 6:30 p.m. For ages 3-adults. It's an amazing race. Rabbit loves to boast how speedy he is. His animal friends try to guess if he can really beat Turtle in the big race. What do you think will happen? Join us at the finish line for this wet and wild summer puppet show. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All attendees need to register.

Westminster

50 E. Main St., Westminster

410-386-4490

Thursday

Twos and Threes Together: Messy: 10 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. 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, with accompanying caregiver. 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: Messy: 1 p.m. For all ages. We'll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

The Tortoise and the Hare: 6:30 p.m. For ages 3-adults. It's an amazing race. Rabbit loves to boast how speedy he is. His animal friends try to guess if he can really beat Turtle in the big race. What do you think will happen? Join us at the finish line for this wet and wild summer puppet show. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Friday

The Tortoise and the Hare: 10 a.m. For ages 3-adults. It's an amazing race. Rabbit loves to boast how speedy he is. His animal friends try to guess if he can really beat Turtle in the big race. What do you think will happen? Join us at the finish line for this wet and wild summer puppet show. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Crafternoon: Noon. For adults. Are you a crafter? Join us for a relaxing, crafting afternoon. This is an informal gathering where you can work on your own projects, meet other crafters, and get inspired. Coloring, crochet, embroidery, knitting, sewing...any portable handcraft goes.

Lunchtime Concert Series: Coffey Music's Rock School: Noon. For all ages. Join us for great live local music on the Booth Stage. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Grab lunch from a local restaurant or brown bag it while you enjoy the music. No alcohol, please. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

The Tortoise and the Hare: 2 p.m. For ages 3-adults. It's an amazing race. Rabbit loves to boast how speedy he is. His animal friends try to guess if he can really beat Turtle in the big race. What do you think will happen? Join us at the finish line for this wet and wild summer puppet show. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Saturday

What's on That Bush? Are Those Berries and Nuts?: 9 a.m. For adults. Maryland woodlands and fields have a variety of fruiting trees and shrubs. Join Steve Allgeier, Horticulture Consultant and 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.

Wade in the Water: 10 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. Join us for a special water edition of Play Baby Play in the park. We'll be splashing around come rain or shine, so come prepared for a really wet time.

Sunday

No special events listed.

Monday

Read and Play: 9:30 a.m. For ages birth-24 months, with accompanying caregiver. 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: Construction: 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.

GSK Science in the Summer: Bioscience for Entering 2nd and 3rd Graders: 1 p.m. For ages 7-8. The 2016 GSK Science in the Summer program will introduce students to bioscience through interesting activities that include building models of plant and animal cells, using magnifying glasses to examine everyday things up close and microscopes to look inside the cells of plants and animals. They will learn about bacteria and find out why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful. A parent or guardian must come in person to fill out and sign the registration form for his/her child. Children must be able to attend all of the classes that week (July 18-July 21). GSK Science in the Summer is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in partnership with community-based organizations. Only kids need to register.

GSK Science in the Summer: Bioscience for Entering 4th-6th Graders: 2:30 p.m. For ages 9-11. The 2016 GSK Science in the Summer program will introduce students to bioscience through interesting activities that include building models of plant and animal cells, using magnifying glasses to examine everyday things up close and microscopes to look inside the cells of plants and animals. They will learn about bacteria and find out why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful. A parent or guardian must come in person to fill out and sign the registration form for his/her child. Children must be able to attend all of the classes that week (July 18-July 21). GSK Science in the Summer is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in partnership with community-based organizations. Only kids need to register.

Tuesday

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

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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. With an accompanying caregiver.

GSK Science in the Summer: Bioscience for Entering 2nd and 3rd Graders: 1 p.m. For ages 7-8. Register for this event. The 2016 GSK Science in the Summer program will introduce students to bioscience through interesting activities that include building models of plant and animal cells, using magnifying glasses to examine everyday things up close and microscopes to look inside the cells of plants and animals. They will learn about bacteria and find out why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful. A parent or guardian must come in person to fill out and sign the registration form for his/her child. Children must be able to attend all of the classes that week (July 18-July 21, 2016). GSK Science in the Summer™ is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in partnership with community-based organizations. Only kids need to register.

GSK Science in the Summer: Bioscience for Entering 4th-6th Graders: 2:30 p.m. For ages 9-11. Register for this event today. The 2016 GSK Science in the Summer program will introduce students to bioscience through interesting activities that include building models of plant and animal cells, using magnifying glasses to examine everyday things up close and microscopes to look inside the cells of plants and animals. They will learn about bacteria and find out why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful. A parent or guardian must come in person to fill out and sign the registration form for his/her child. Children must be able to attend all of the classes that week (July 18-July 21, 2016). GSK Science in the Summer™ is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in partnership with community-based organizations. Only kids need to register.

Pajama Party Storytime: Construction: 7 p.m. For all ages. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime, open to all ages, introduces stories through books, songs, and activities. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

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

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. With an accompanying caregiver.

GSK Science in the Summer: Bioscience for Entering 2nd and 3rd Graders: 1 p.m. For ages 7-8. Register for this event. The 2016 GSK Science in the Summer program will introduce students to bioscience through interesting activities that include building models of plant and animal cells, using magnifying glasses to examine everyday things up close and microscopes to look inside the cells of plants and animals. They will learn about bacteria and find out why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful. A parent or guardian must come in person to fill out and sign the registration form for his/her child. Children must be able to attend all of the classes that week (July 18-July 21, 2016). GSK Science in the Summer™ is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in partnership with community-based organizations. Only kids need to register.

GSK Science in the Summer: Bioscience for Entering 4th-6th Graders: 2:30 p.m. For ages 9-11. Register for this event today. The 2016 GSK Science in the Summer program will introduce students to bioscience through interesting activities that include building models of plant and animal cells, using magnifying glasses to examine everyday things up close and microscopes to look inside the cells of plants and animals. They will learn about bacteria and find out why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful. A parent or guardian must come in person to fill out and sign the registration form for his/her child. Children must be able to attend all of the classes that week (July 18-July 21, 2016). GSK Science in the Summer™ is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in partnership with community-based organizations. Only kids need to register..

A few of our favorites

Strawbees Engineering Challenge

1 p.m. Thursday, July 14, Mount Airy branch. For ages 8-14. Back by popular demand. Come compete in engineering challenges using Strawbees. Then, take your creations home where they can live on or be remade into something totally new.

Let the Games Begin

10 a.m. Thursday, July 14, Taneytown branch. For ages 5-10. Children and parents, you are invited to attend the Taneytown Branch's Summer Games at Northwest Middle School. There will be a variety of summer games for ages 5-10 focusing on fun, exercise, and outdoor activities. Children must wear closed-toe shoes; no flip flops. Rain date is July 20. Only kids need to register.

Reptile Wonders

10 a.m. Friday, July 15, Eldersburg branch; 1 p.m. Friday, July 15, Finksburg branch. For all ages. Come out and join us for the Reptile Wonders presentation where we can see and touch a variety of exotic reptiles. In this hands-on, fast-paced interactive show, you'll learn what the animals eat, where they are found, and what eats them. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. All attendees need to register. Generously supported by Mount Garage Doors Inc.

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