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Saving Summer in a Jar
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 11 – Adults, Adults
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Join local author Amy Mathis to hear her discuss her father’s life and legacy in her book Like Saving Summer in a Jar, the Story of James "Jimmy" Mathis, a Strawbridge Boy. The Strawbridge Home for Boys (located in Sykesville) was a Methodist orphanage from 1924 – 1959. It would merge with two other Methodist orphanages and become the Board of Child Care Inc. in the 1960s. You will learn about the history of the home and the impact it had on its residents AND Carroll County's Sykesville community. Some of the local Strawbridge Boys will be joining Ms. Mathis to share their experiences growing up at the home.

Crafts from the Past
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 7 - 11
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Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels... What toys might children in the 1800s have made and played with? Take a trip into the past as we try out some of the crafts from the Living History Camp at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Crafts from the Past
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 7 - 11
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Carroll County Farm Museum’s Living History Camp comes to the Westminster Branch. It’s the 1800s and the children need toys. What to do? Make them, that’s what! Take a trip back in time to make your own toys to play with. Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels…the sky’s the limit.

Veterans Book Club: Shooting Ghosts by Thomas Brennan
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Ages: Adults
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In partnership with the Carroll County Veterans Advisory Council, we invite veterans, current military and reservists, and family members to join us for an evening of discussion, fellowship, and camaraderie.

The Killer Angels and Gettysburg: Lecture and Book Discussion
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Ages: 8 - Adults, Adults
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The Killer Angels, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War novel by Michael Shaara, will be the topic of a lecture and discussion. Local Civil War military historian Michael Eckard will explore the effects and influences the novel has had on Civil War history, the Battle of Gettysburg in particular, and subsequent historical writings. A display of artifacts related to Gettysburg and its aftermath will be on hand. It is not required but can be helpful to read the book ahead of time in order to participate in the discussion. Please contact your librarian to learn about ways to obtain a copy of the book. The book reading level targets 9th grade and up, but may be of interest to younger students too. All attendees (except Fairhaven Residents) need to register.

Caboose Storytime
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Ages: Birth – 8
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Join us for a special train storytime at the historic Mackenzie Caboose in downtown Mount Airy. Please choose one date to attend.

Crafts from the Past
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 7 - 11
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Corn husk dolls, toy boats, pinwheels... What toys might children in the 1800s have made and played with? Take a trip into the past as we try out some of the crafts from the Living History Camp at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Caboose Storytime
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: Birth – 8
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Join us for a special train storytime at the historic Mackenzie Caboose in downtown Mount Airy. Please choose one date to attend.

Painting Deception
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Ages: Adults
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Remember the Baltimore of yesteryear as local author Brian Hebbel takes us to Baltimore’s neighborhoods, where you’ll visit Haussner’s Restaurant as it was in 1952. Baltimore’s painted screen doors and gritty east Baltimore neighborhoods come to life in the past and present as character Lily Elizabeth’s life begins, and ends, with her legacy to her dysfunctional and distant daughters.

Veterans Book Club: Gone for Soldiers by Jeff Shaara
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Ages: Adults
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In partnership with the Carroll County Veterans Advisory Council, we invite veterans, current military and reservists, and family members to join us for an evening of discussion, fellowship, and camaraderie.

Caboose Storytime
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: Birth – 8
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Join us for a special train storytime at the historic Mackenzie Caboose in downtown Mount Airy. Please choose one date to attend.

Caboose Storytime: Farmer's Market Edition
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Ages: Birth – 8
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Join us for a special Farmer's Market storytime at the historic Mackenzie Caboose in downtown Mount Airy. Please choose one time to attend.

Caboose Storytime: Farmer's Market Edition
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 4:45pm - 5:15pm
Ages: Birth – 8
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Join us for a special Farmer's Market storytime at the historic Mackenzie Caboose in downtown Mount Airy. Please choose one time to attend.

Fire Truck Visit
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: All Ages
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Come meet local heroes from the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company. We will have a brief storytime, a presentation from the fire fighters, and get to see a fire truck up close. Don't forget your cameras!

Little Turtle Island
Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 16 – Adults, Adults
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What do seed saving, Carroll County’s first residents, and Henry VIII have in common? Local author and avid seed saver Linda Johnson discusses her historical novel, Little Turtle Island. Linda will connect all the dots as she delves into this adventurous tale set in the early 1500s amid the stupendous beauty of the natural world along the banks of the Susquehanna River through the pine barrens of New Jersey and across the ocean to the mudflats of England’s Môr Hafren.

Veterans Book Club
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: Adults
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In partnership with the Carroll County Veterans Advisory Council, we invite veterans, current military and reservists, and family members to join us for an evening of discussion, fellowship, and camaraderie.

Title: The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

Author: James Hornfischer

Mount Airy Book Discussion Group: Pride and Prejudice
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Join us for a discussion of this month's book, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  

Ghost Walk of Westminster
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 8 - Adults, Adults
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Celebrate the first day of summer with a ghost walk. Join us for a ghost presentation at the Westminster Branch Library and then a stroll through Westminster to visit the haunts of our local ghosts and legends. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles. In the event of rain, a virtual ghost walk will take place in the library.

Ghost Sugar: A Bluegrass Band
Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ages: All Ages
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Audiences will enjoy the tight, driving, bluegrass sound with exciting fast instrumentals, and beautiful slow melodies. With a perfect balance of traditional bluegrass standards and creative arrangements, the music of Ghost Sugar is interesting and compelling to the ear.