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Library Celebrates Sunday Hours, Digitization Initiative

Friends, supporters and employees of the Carroll County Public Library, Westminster Branch, celebrated new initiatives on Sunday.

The Westminster branch library, typically quiet and dark on Sundays, was festive and full this past Sunday as friends and supporters celebrated several new library initiatives including Sunday hours and new digital resources.

Sunday Hours

The Westminster library will be open Sundays through April from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is a pilot program.

The pilot test comes at the request of the city of Westminster and urging of the board of Carroll County commissioners. Local businesses hope the opening will bring more people to Main Street on Sundays. 

Carroll County Times Digital Archive

Past issues of the Carroll County Times are now available for search and viewing through the Carroll County Public Library.

The Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services awarded the Carroll County Public Library a grant to complete the scanning and digitization of the Carroll County Times microfilm. 

Issues of the newspaper are available for search and view for as far back as 1933. Visit http://cctimes.carr.org/ to access the searchable archive database.

Redesigned Website

The Carroll County Public Library has a new digital face. Visit the redesigned website to find out about library hours, programs, book reviews and digital resources.

Will you use the library on Sundays? Tell us in comments. 

Kate K October 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM
CCPL is a treasure. I urge everyone to use and support the library.
Judith M. Smith October 23, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I used to love going to the library...several of the CC branches...but the kids are out of control...and the librarians have surrendered their responsibility to insist on "manners" in this public place. Not having walls for the containment, literally, of the really young ones...the teenagers loudly comparing game scores at the computers...the respect for others has completely disappeared...and the homeless (I have empathy...please do not misunderstand me), they are drapped over the chairs...and when the cellphones are used...the user forgets that the loud voice is irritating to the bystanders. Why has the library become a circus??? Can't there be areas devoted to the public that really wants to be there, but needs some peace and quiet to read??? I just stopped going and turned it over to the Luddites...
Katy13 October 23, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I do love the library, I visit every week with my children, and I wish all branches were open on Sundays. We do use the Howard County library just because they are open on Sunday. We take home bags stuffed full of books and movies and the drive thru in Eldersburg is wonderful! However I do have to agree with the previous poster. We make sure to go right after school when it is not very busy. I remember my first experience at the library after we just moved here. My daughter was in the play area, and a mother came over with her child, told her to "be good while I look for books" and left her 2 year old alone while she went to another part of the library. The little girl turned around and shoved my daughter so hard into the puppet theater she left a knot on her head. I looked around the library for the mother and never found her. I didn't go to that library for a long long time after that, I didn't feel the "don't leave your children alone in the play area" rule was ever enforced (there is a sign, high above the play area)
Kym Byrnes (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 05:21 PM
My kids love the library, even though we are incapable of returning materials on time. I was thrilled at how excited my kids were when they got their own library cards. It was a momentous occasion for them. I know we can't always rely on other people to behave appropriately -- I mean where is that a guarantee anymore -- but we are guaranteed to always get help from the staff, access to books/games/movies/computers, and it's a free family event that we can do almost any time. Thanks to the county, city and library system for offering this amazing resource.
Judith M. Smith October 23, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I also love the library...but it has become a place where there is very little respect for anyone other than oneself...therefore the amazing resource that I am paying for is a free-for-all -- asking the staff to speak to the rude patrons is a matter of well, what can we do? Somehow a line has to be established where the rude people are asked to leave and a form of public respect enforced by the granting and refusal of service that is dependent on behavior while using that resource.
Buck Harmon October 24, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Sometimes we as patrons and citizens need to say what's on our mind~ directly to those rude people that you speak of... maybe they aren't aware that you perceive them as being rude. Or...I guess we could just stick our nose in a book and forget about it....libraries are great for many reasons...
Judith M. Smith October 25, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Buck...I have done that in the past...but in this day and age it is more common for the "offender" to tell you "if you don't like it, leave"...or "F you" or things similiar to that. My suggestion is that there be a monitoring system of a librarian roaming the area and perhaps asking the various patrons if "everything allright"? And just go from there. The young children should be noisewise and physically seperated in the Childrens' section...and the adult who brought them or another responsible adult should be with them...to avoid the inevitable issues like pushing and hitting. At what point do we try to regain the respect that is deserved by our "neighbors" inside library, in our neighborhoods, and in our politics...it has to start somewhere, and something like this seems a good place...
Buck Harmon October 25, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Libereferee perhaps..?
Judith M. Smith October 25, 2012 at 03:52 PM
love it...

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