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Carroll County Public Library schedules (Sept. 15-21)

Bagus Wiswakarma, shown performing with daughter Aileen Wiswakarma in 2014, brings a program exposing kids to the violin and piano to the Finksburg branch library on Sept. 19.
Bagus Wiswakarma, shown performing with daughter Aileen Wiswakarma in 2014, brings a program exposing kids to the violin and piano to the Finksburg branch library on Sept. 19. (Submitted photo)

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

Point! Time: with Chris: 2 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. The Nov. 7, 8, 9 sessions are some of the many Maryland STEM Festival events across the state.

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Friday

Happy Birthday H.A. Rey: 10 a.m. For ages 2-5. Come celebrate the birthday of H.A. Rey, author of Curious George. There will be stories, crafts, and activities. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Refreshments will be served. Only kids need to register.

Saturday

Saturday Storytime: Forest: 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.

Perler Bead Workshop: 2 p.m. For ages 6-adults. Register for this event. Immerse yourself in the colorful world of Perler beads. Follow patterns to recreate your favorite characters and objects from Star Wars, Minecraft, Dr. Who, Nintendo, and other popular brands, or use your imagination to create something of your own. All attendees need to register.

Open Exploration: School-Aged: 3 p.m. For ages 7-12. Drop by Exploration Point! between 3 and 4:30 p.m. to explore, create, and discover through self-directed STEAM activities. A fun-filled, informal, and friendly experience awaits you.

Sunday

Ahoy Pirates!: 2 p.m. For ages 3-8. Arrrgh...you ready to be a pirate? Come join us as we prepare for International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Read stories, sing sea shanties, and make pirate crafts. Only kids need to register.

Monday

Family Storytime: Autumn: 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: Autumn: 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.

Point! Time: with Jordan: 11 a.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. The Nov. 7, 8 and 9 sessions are some of the many Maryland STEM Festival events across the state.

Modern American History Lecture Series: 1968-1980: 2 p.m. For ages 10-adults. Join our guest lecturer, Gary Kavanagh for a four-week lecture series covering the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon election contest through the end of the Clinton administration. This series will focus on the historical issues and events of 40-year period that has shaped the political environment of today. Gary Kavanagh is a retired Federal employee. He holds a Master's degree in Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University and has previously taught social studies in Prince George's County, MD. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

Simple Machines: DIY Puppets: 2 p.m. For ages 7-12. Explore the fundamentals of simple machines including pulleys and levers to create your own moveable puppets. Only kids need to register.

Mah Jongg-Game On: 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.

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

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.

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.

Point! Time: with Kahla: 5 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 under to explore their interests. The Nov. 7, 8 and 9 sessions are some of the many Maryland STEM Festival events across the state.

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

Wacky Wednesday: 1:30 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.

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.

Deep Relaxation Class: 7 p.m. For ages 13-adults. Join us and experience the benefits of a deep relaxation session, in this inward focused yoga class. Through gentle asanas (comfortable stretching), yoga nidra (deep relaxation), an introduction to pranayama (breathing practices), and meditation we work from the physical body to the subtle bodies, restoring and inviting peace to our being. No experience necessary. Please bring a mat and a blanket. All attendees need to register.

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Finksburg

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2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg

410-386-4505

Thursday

Twos and Threes Together: Moms: 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.

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

How You Can Help Those Out in the Cold: 6:30 p.m. For ages 12-adults. The cold weather season is almost here so it's the perfect time to learn more about how you can help people in need in our community. Discover the services and resources available in Carroll County such as emergency assistance, the cold weather shelter, clothing drives, and more-as well as how you can be of assistance. All attendees need to register.

TAB Presents: Teen Book Club: The Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John A. Flanagan: 7 p.m. For ages 12-17. Join our Teen Advisory board for a lively discussion of books teens like.

Friday

Pre-Writing Preschool Workshop: 10:30 a.m. For ages 3-5. Parents and kids are invited to this workshop with different stations, each giving a different approach on how to make writing fun. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Only adults need to register

Pre-Writing Preschool Workshop: 1:30 p.m. For ages 3-5. Parents and kids are invited to this workshop with different stations, each giving a different approach on how to make writing fun. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Only kids need to register.

Saturday

Native and Invasive Plant Walk: 10:30 a.m. For adults. Join horticulturist Steve Allgeier from Maryland Extension to discover both native and invasive plants found along the library grounds, including a butterfly garden and a reforestation project. We will learn how to use native plants in home landscape and practical control of invasive plants. Our walk will be held rain or shine.

Intro to 3D Printing: 1:30 p.m. For ages 11-adults. Interested in 3D printing? Come learn about the 3D printing process and design your own key chain using Tinkercad. We'll print your key chain for you to pick up later. All attendees need to register.

Sunday

Closed.

Monday

I Can Play the Violin and the Piano: 11 a.m. For ages 3-6. An interactive chance to see, hear, and even play the piano and violin. Join us, Bagus Wiswakarma on violin, and Ela Wiswakarma and Kathryn Harsha on piano for a fun class introducing you to the piano and violin. You'll get a chance to play one too-in just your size! Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Only kids need to register.

Intro to 3D Printing: 6:30 p.m. For ages 11-adults. Register for this event. Interested in 3D printing? Come learn about the 3D printing process and design your own key chain using Tinkercad. We'll print your key chain for you to pick up later. All attendees 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: All About Me: 11 a.m. For ages 2-3, with accompanying caregiver. This lively, fast-paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays and movement.

Ready, Set, School: All About Me: 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: "All American Boys," by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Join us and add to the fray your own opinions, thoughts, and memories as we give this month's book an airing. September's discussion is one of many One Maryland One Book activities across the state and is in collaboration with the Maryland Humanities Council.

Wednesday

Family Storytime: All About Me: 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: All About Me: 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.

Pajama Party Storytime: All About Me: 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

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

Friday

Ready, Set, School: Dads: 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: Dads: 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.

Fall Fandoms After-Hours: Teen Lock-In: 6 p.m. For ages 11-17. Register for this event. Celebrate your favorite fandoms this fall at the library-after it closes! Enjoy games, crafts, and snacks with your friends as we honor your favorite obsessions. While not mandatory, costumes are encouraged. Refreshments will be served.

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Saturday

Saturday Storytime: Dads: 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.

booKPETS: 2 p.m. For ages 4-12. 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. Only kids need to register.

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.

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

Ahoy Pirates!: 2:30 p.m. For all ages. Arrrgh...you ready to be a pirate? Come join us on International Talk Like a Pirate Day! We'll share stories and sea shanties, make pirate crafts, and go on a treasure hunt. Only kids need to register.

Tuesday

Family Storytime: School Days: 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: School Days: 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.

Mount Airy History 101: Freedmen's Schools: 7 p.m. For all ages. Join us along with the Mount Airy Main Street Association and the Mount Airy Historical Society as we celebrate History 101-an annual week long exploration of Mount Airy's past. Three events will be held at the Mount Airy Branch; please visit the Main Street Association website at www.mountairymainstreet.org for additional information and events. A Celebrating America program.

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: School Days: 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: "A Good Life," by Ben Bradlee: 1 p.m. For adults. Join us for a discussion of this month's book. October's discussion is one of many One Maryland One Book activities across the state and is in collaboration with the Maryland Humanities Council.

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

Mount Airy History 101: Journey Through Hallowed Ground: 7 p.m. For all ages. Join us along with the Mount Airy Main Street Association and the Mount Airy Historical Society as we celebrate History 101-an annual week long exploration of Mount Airy's past. Three events will be held at the Mount Airy Branch; please visit the Main Street Association website at www.mountairymainstreet.org for additional information and events. A Celebrating America program.

North Carroll

2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount

410-386-4480

Thursday

Family Storytime: Food: 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.

American Girls: Explore with Lea: 6:45 p.m. For ages 7-10. Register for this event. Join us for stories and more. Bring your dolls or dress up. Only kids need to register. A Celebrating America program.

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.

Saturday

No special programs listed.

Sunday

Closed.

Monday

Nature and Nurture: Woodland Creatures: Busy Little Squirrel: 10:30 a.m. For ages 2-5. Children are curious about nature and we'll explore fall topics through a short storytime followed by stations where caregivers and children will expand concepts through crafts, hands-on observations, and fun activities. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Fun with Makey Makey: 6:30 p.m. For ages 11-17. Register for this event. The Makey Makey allows you to use everyday objects to control various games. Join us to see what it can do.

Tuesday

Move & Learn: Pets: 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

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

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.

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Wednesday

Family Storytime: Pets: 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.

Pajama Party Storytime: Pets: 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: Farm: 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.

Taneytown Book Discussion Group: "All American Boys," by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Join us for a lively discussion. New participants are always welcome. September's discussion is one of many One Maryland One Book activities across the state and is in collaboration with the Maryland Humanities Council.

Friday

Preschool Science: Insects Around the House: 11 a.m. For ages 3-6. Dig into the differences between bugs and insects. Children will explore the science of bugs and information regarding the characteristics of insects. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Only kids need to register.

Movie Chat: 1 p.m. For ages 16-adults. Join us for movie sharing. Tell others what you've been watching and get ideas for what to watch next.

Saturday

Read to a Dog: 10 a.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 10 a.m.-Noon. November's meeting will be in the Small Meeting Room.

Meditation: 2 p.m. For adults. A member of the International Meditation Center will join us at Taneytown Branch Library to share their expertise. He will start with an introduction to the concepts of meditation based on the Buddhist tradition, why meditation is so helpful, and followed by a meditation practice session. There will also be a Q&A for anyone wanting to learn more.

Sunday

Closed.

Monday

The Maryland Zoo Presents: Night Shift: 4 p.m. For ages 6-12. Meet nocturnal visitors from the Maryland ZOOmobile and learn how they are adapted for life in the dark. Presented by the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore with funding from The Kahlert Foundation. All attendees need to register.

Tuesday

Twos and Threes Together: Reptiles: 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.

Blood Suckers: Beat the Bite or Don't Give Blood: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Worried about mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit? Join Steve Allgeier, Home Horticulture Educator and Master Gardener Coordinator for the University of Maryland, Carroll County Extension Office for a research-based presentation on how to avoid mosquito bites and how to reduce their populations around your home. Learn mosquito biology, how to protect your yard and eliminate neighborhood populations, and about effective personal protection products and strategies. Steve will dispel myths and present new research on mosquito control and products. The presentation will be approximately 1 hour. All attendees need to register.

Wednesday

Ready, Set, School: Reptiles: 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, 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.

Pajama Party Storytime: Reptiles: 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.

Westminster

50 E. Main St., Westminster

410-386-4490

Thursday

Twos and Threes Together: Colors: 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: Colors: 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.

Friday

Creative Playtime: 10 a.m. For ages 3-8. Play is a fantastic way for children to develop their critical thinking skills. Come join us for an open playtime where children can be imaginative and creative while exploring blocks, LEGO blocks, playdough, and more. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Saturday

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Dewey: 2:30 p.m. For all ages. Join us for a delicious piece of cake as we remember long-time library advocate Mary Lou Dewey, after whom the library's park is named. Refreshments will be served. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Sunday

No special programs listed.

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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: Clothes: 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.

Talk Like a Pirate Day: 2 p.m. For all ages. Ahoy Mateys! Calling all landlubbers and scurvy sea dogs for an afternoon of pirate-themed activities and crafts. Become a certified swashbuckler and hunt for buried treasure! Ye need not register. A ruckas fer all ages from the youngest deck-hand to the oldest captain.

Tuesday

Let's Move!: Clothes: 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! Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

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.

Pajama Party Storytime: Clothes: 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.

Wednesday

Twos and Threes Together: Clothes: 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.

Make and Take Craft: Monogrammed Bookmark: 3 p.m. For ages 16-adults. You will learn some basic embroidery stitches to create a personalized bookmark. Supplies provided. Refreshments will be served. All attendees need to register.

A few of our favorites

Taneytown Book Discussion Group: "All American Boys"

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Taneytown branch. A discussion of the book "All American Boys," by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. For adults. Join us for a lively discussion. New participants are always welcome. September's discussion is one of many One Maryland One Book activities across the state and is in collaboration with the Maryland Humanities Council.

I Can Play the Violin and the Piano

11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 19, Finksburg branch. For ages 3-6. An interactive chance to see, hear, and even play the piano and violin. Join us, Bagus Wiswakarma on violin, and Ela Wiswakarma and Kathryn Harsha on piano for a fun class introducing you to the piano and violin. You'll get a chance to play one too-in just your size! Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Only kids need to register.

Modern American History Lecture Series: 1968-1980

2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, Eldersburg branch. For ages 10-adults. Join guest lecturer Gary Kavanagh for a four-week lecture series covering the period from the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon election contest through the end of the Clinton administration. This series will focus on the historical issues and events of 40-year period that has shaped the political environment of today. Kavanagh is a retired Federal employee. He holds a Master's degree in Modern History and Diplomacy from George Washington University and has previously taught social studies in Prince George's County, MD. A Celebrating America program. All attendees need to register.

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