Westminster public library offers free events for all age groups

NEIGHBORS

January 24, 1994|By CINDY PARR

Few things in life are free, especially things that are worthwhile.

But the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library has been proving for a long time that one does not have to spend a penny to be entertained.

For almost 20 years, Carroll County Public Library's Westminster branch has been offering families, preschool and school-age children a variety of literature-based programs for free.

"We have had different programs after school for all age groups as well as families," said Susan Roberts, the library's program coordinator. "Preschool story times have always been popular, and all programs are always well attended."

Typically, preschool story times and program ideas are initiated by Ms. Roberts and the four employees who work in the children's services section of the Westminster branch.

"A lot of our special programs are based on subjects that are of interest to us," Ms. Roberts said. "We also look at what other library systems are doing, we will use themes and try to tie into the calendar. Occasionally, we have guest speakers from the community that are interested in coming in and sharing with the kids."

The Westminster branch's newest program, Mother Goose Storytime, is a perfect example of the library's commitment to create programs for new audiences.

"Mother Goose Storytime was our response to an increasing number of requests for programs for children under the age of 2," said Brenda Conaway, children's services supervisor for the Westminster branch. "This story time offers rhymes, chants, songs and physical movement to accompany language."

Throughout the year, the Westminster branch and the four other branches of the Carroll County Public Library present many programs.

It's worth the price of admission -- being free makes it the best entertainment bargain in town.

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Next Monday at 7 p.m., the Westminster branch will hold "Whale of a Time" for children in third through fifth grades.

The program will focus on whales and conservation projects.

Registration is required. Information or to register: 848-4250.

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If you're a dog owner and want to learn more about taking care of your pet in an emergency situation, take note.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Central Maryland Mixed Breed Association will hold a seminar on handling emergencies with dogs, in the meeting room of Westminster United Methodist Church.

Dr. Timothy Sorrell of the Manchester Veterinary Hospital will be the featured speaker. Dr. Sorrell will discuss how to organize and stock a first-aid kit.

The seminar is open to the public. A minimum donation of $2.50 per person is required.

L All proceeds will benefit the Carroll County Humane Society.

Information: 857-4992.

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From 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual gala dinner dance at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers in Westminster.

Mardi Gras will be the theme for the evening and tickets are $30 a person, plus a cash bar.

Tables of 10 are available, and the variety band Just Us will provide the music.

Proceeds from the event go to the Charles D. Schaffer Scholarship Fund. Mr. Schaffer was the former executive director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

The fund awards two graduating county seniors $500 each annually.

Reservations are required and will be taken until Wednesday.

Information: 848-9050 or 876-7212.

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A charity dance sponsored by the Westminster Knights of Columbus will be held from 8 p.m. until midnight Saturday in the gymnasium of St. John's School, on Monroe Street in Westminster.

All proceeds from the event will go to send a hearing-impaired child to St. John's School.

The cost is $5 per person; tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the school office.

Music will be provided by radio personality Jack Edwards. Information: 876-7228.

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