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Westminster and Finksburg libraries March 11-17

Westminster Library Branch

The Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library, 50 E. Main St., Westminster, will offer the following programs this week. Registration is required only where noted. For more information, call 410-386-4488.

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Wednesday

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

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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.

Medicare 101: 4 p.m. For adults. Join the library for a free hourlong workshop that will include the four parts of Medicare and how they work, Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans, find out if you qualify for Medicare Savings Programs — all Savings Programs are not low-income programs — free preventive services offered by Medicare, and learn how to protect yourself from healthcare fraud. Presented by Tina Herrero-Backe, SHIP/SMP Coordinator.

Thursday

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

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

Family Storytime: Bunnies: 1 p.m. For all ages. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Got Ghosts?: 7 p.m. For ages 12-adults. Join the Mid-Atlantic Paranormal Research Team to discuss the art of paranormal investigation. Check out some of the equipment, listen to EVPs and see actual energy bursts — of an organic nature — captured during investigations. MAPRT is a local, all-volunteer group dedicated to the scientific investigation of reported paranormal activity.

Friday

Play Baby Play: 10 a.m. For ages birth-3, with accompanying caregiver. Come enjoy a warm and inviting space where you and your child can play with the library's toys, read a board book, enjoy music and socialize with others.

Saturday

Crafts from the Past: 11 a.m. For ages 7-17. Would you like to live like Laura Ingalls Wilder? Marian Witiak, director of the Farm Museum's Living History Camp, will lead participants in making crafts from the past. A Celebrating America program. Only kids need to register.

Meet Bethany House Author Dani Pettrey: 1 p.m. For adults. Dani Pettrey is the author of the romantic suspense series "Alaskan Courage." She feels blessed to write inspirational novels because they include adventure, thrills, romance and a deepening of her characters' faith.

Dancing Through the Decades: 6-10 p.m. For ages 11-17. Join the Teen Advisory Board as members dance the night away at an after-hours party. The evening will start with a dance lesson from Dancing Made Easy in Westminster, then continue with food and fun. Permission slips are required and can be picked up at the Information Desk. All attendees need to register.

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: Fish: 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.

Social Media and Genealogy: 7:30 p.m. For adults. Speaker Margaret M. McMahon will explore the use of social networking in genealogical research — from message boards to Second Life — including the use of Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. McMahon is an ice hockey-playing genealogist with a strong background in computer science and engineering. This talk is part of the Carroll County Genealogical Society's monthly meeting. It is free and open to the public.

Tuesday

Twos and Threes Together: Fish: 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.

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

Finksburg Library Branch

The Finksburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, will offer the following programs this week. Registration is required only where noted. For more information, call 410-386-4505 or 410-386-4488.

Wednesday

Family Storytime: Ducks: 11 a.m. For all ages. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement. Children 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Ready Set School: Ducks: 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.

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

Thursday

Twos and Threes Together: Ducks: 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.

Facial Exercise: Recover the Vitality of Your Younger Face: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Register for this event. Join a workshop to help you master some techniques of facial exercise for improving the muscle tone, fullness and skin condition of your face. The workshop consists of three sessions: learning, follow-up and assessment; register once for all three.

How to Become a Published Author: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Designed for authors who have completed their manuscripts, this intensive 1.5-hour program will help guide you through the myriad of publishing options available to authors today. Craig Schenning, owner of Old Line Publishing & Maple Creek Media, presents this seminar and provides you with an opportunity to ask questions so that you can make your publishing decisions with confidence.

Friday

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Little Red Riding Hood: 11 a.m. For ages 3-6. Hear the story of Little Red Riding Hood and have the opportunity to hold the large, cardboard puppets as the story is told. There will be a short discussion on MyPlate and healthy choices for meals and snacks. Children will make a trail mix to enjoy and take home some materials on MyPlate to share with parents and guardians. Presented by the University of Maryland Extension. Children age 3 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Refreshments will be served. Only kids need to register.

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Saturday

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 practice reading to animals. This month will feature guest reader Nicky Ratliff, former executive director of the Humane Society of Carroll County. Registration preferred, but walk-ins welcome. Only kids need to register.

Sunday

No special events listed.

Monday

Alphabet Train: Letter K: 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, 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: Sweet Treats: 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: Sweet Treats: 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: "Memoirs of a Geisha," by Arthur Golden: 6:30 p.m. For adults. Join the library for a lively discussion of this month's book.

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