Five years after the new, expanded North Carroll Public Library opened its doors in Greenmount, Branch Manager Skip Auld and the North Carroll staff plan to celebrate.
From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11, the public may join the more than 80 community groups invited to attend.
A story time open to all ages begins at 11 a.m.
Formal ceremonies begin at noon, when a Baltimore Spirit soccer player will speak about "libraries, soccer, reading and the Spirit," Mr. Auld said.
A quilt of squares sewn under the guidance of librarian Chris Peters will be unveiled. Each staff member composed a square using pattern books from the library. The quilt will hang behind the circulation desk.
Cake and punch will follow the ceremonies.
Instrumentalists from the North Carroll Middle School band will play during the celebration, and mimes from North Carroll Mime Troupe will wander through the crowd. Door prizes will be announced every half-hour.
The library has much to celebrate. Foremost is joining computerized communication pathways.
"We've changed the computer system system-wide in Carroll County," Mr. Auld said. "We now have our magazine index right on the computer [at North Carroll] and are on the verge of having the full text [on the computer] to read and print.
"Through the new catalog system of 1993, one could dial from home to reach the catalog," Mr. Auld said. "Now we're into SAILOR, the Maryland on-line information network, a gateway to Internet."
Attendance at story times at North Carroll ranks second in the county to the main branch at Westminster, with 3,600 people attending 154 programs last year.
"We've rally changed story times to provide the kind of program and for the ages that people want. We have them basically from birth through toddlers," Mr. Auld said.
"A few weeks ago, we introduced a CD-ROM station with Microsoft Encarta, an encyclopedia on video and audio," said Mr. Auld, who added that U.S. and world maps also are on the system.
Fathers and sons in the kitchen-- without Mom -- often spells m-e-s-s, unless you're a Cub Scout in Hampstead Pack 790.
The pack controls the kitchen one day each year for an annual father-son cake bake. This year's theme of "winter sports" inspired about 40 confections displayed at Friday night's meeting.
Snow-icing hillside cakes, several brilliant green football field cakes and two artistic underwater fishing scenes were in the lineup.
Everyone attending got to vote for their favorite cake from each Cub Scout den and Tiger Cub group. Eight winners were announced.
Nicholas Ros, 5, was delighted with his brother Norman's cake.
"It's a man stuck in a snowbank," he said, pointing to the candy cane legs and peppermint lozenge head protruding from a mound of white icing. The cake did not win, despite his interpretation.
Perhaps the most detailed winning cake was that by Ryan Lash, who built a winter hut of graham crackers complete with sliced almond shingles. Behind a fence of pretzels, and on a pond of deep blue icing, hockey teams of blue and yellow fruit snacks readied for face-off.
Chad Cross pulled people from a bag of sandwich cookies and placed them on candy cane ice skates. Other cookie people were sledding, one on a snow tube created from a frosted doughnut.
"My brother took a bite of the doughnut," said Chad's sister.
Other vote-getting cakes included Jeffrey Baumiller's cookie-pan sized football field in glowing green icing with gummy-fruit Chargers facing the 49ers.
Sam Havighurst, a Tiger Cub, created a cake with three hills sparkling with sugar snow, and icing people ski-boarding on colored ladyfinger cookies.
J. P. Michaels' cake showed winter camping in graham cracker tents.
A red and brown Flexible Flyer sled was done in iced stripes by Justin McClarskey.
Three ski slopes won top votes.
John Danza's slalom ski slope displayed elaborate detail in the flags made of fruit snack strips upon spaghetti poles. Another ski slope was done in grand style by John Radcliffe. The two sons of Scoutmaster Randy Thompson created a triple bump ski slope forested in broccoli and skied by gummy fruit trolls.
Learning how quickly nickels and dimes become dollars was one aspect of a project by the second grade at Spring Garden Elementary last month.
The project had a selfless aspect. Students and teachers worked together to make a donation to the Northeast Social Action Project (NESAP).
It also had a work aspect. Teachers suggested that their students could perform useful tasks at home in return for small payments that they would take to class for the donation. The payment was to be made instead of the family purchasing their teacher a holiday gift.
Intermittent tallies were a lesson in counting money.
Before Christmas, the combined efforts of the six second grades amounted to $645.60 given to NESAP by school secretary Carol Pfoutz.
The All-American Wrestling Federation (AAWF) will make its Hampstead debut Feb. 11 at Hampstead Fire Hall.
Organizer Brian Davidson says 500 to 600 people will attend the six-event match. Bell time is 8 p.m. About 150 advance tickets have been sold and the fire company recently started ticket sales.
The AAWF was created by two former North Carroll High School wrestlers who have gone professional.
John Korner is known in the ring as Johnny Dreame. Keith Jackson becomes Mighty Quinn Nash under the lights.
When Mighty Quinn telephoned volunteer firefighter Brian Davidson, a fellow 1989 North Carroll High graduate, wrestling as a fund-raiser was planned at the firehouse.
Both founders return to Hampstead as wrestlers in the show. Mighty Quinn Nash meets "The Wrestling Clown," one of many costumed wrestlers, during the International Heavyweight Title Match.
Johnny Dreame encounters "Outrageous" Ricky Lane in another event.
"The tag team with Bad Crew in costume includes 'Lady Alexander,' who walks down the aisle," Mr. Davidson said.
"We're hoping it will be lots of fun," he said. Wrestlers from several national and local wrestling federations, including the televised World Wrestling Federation, will participate.
"We'll have 10 wrestlers in a battle royale, called the 10-Man Brawl," Mr. Davidson said.
Tickets for seats in Rows One through Three are $10; Four through 15 are $8 and may be picked up at the firehouse any Tuesday or Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.