All CCPL locations will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 27. We will reopen for regular hours on Tuesday, May 28.

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Upcoming Events

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Let's Start a Podcast!
Exploration Commons
Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Do you want to get into podcasting but don't know where to start? This is the class for you! We will cover the basics of the different recording software we offer, along with an introduction to the equipment we provide in the Audio/Video Lab. 

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Quilt Inspired Tea Sandwiches
Exploration Commons
Friday, May 24, 2024 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: Adults
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Learn to make quilt-inspired tea sandwiches as part of Quilting Bees and Afternoon Teas. We'll make several different recipes featuring tips, tricks, and presentation ideas for lovely tea sandwiches to enjoy with a cup of freshly brewed tea. Registration opens May 10th at 9 AM. Limited to 20 attendees, the cost is $10 per person.

In addition to this program, Carroll County Farm Museum's Laura Rogers will discuss their newest quilt exhibit and showcase quilts from the Museum's collection from 10-11 AM or 1-2 PM in the large meeting room. To learn more about the Carroll County Farm Museum and their quilts, visit https://carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org/

Presented by the Teaching Kitchen at Exploration Commons at 50 East in conjunction with the Carroll County Farm Museum. 

 

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Tea Tasting & Talk
Exploration Commons
Friday, May 24, 2024 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for a tea talk and tasting as part of Quilting Bees and Afternoon Teas. Learn to steep the perfect pot of tea and enjoy an educational talk on tea types, and the role teas have played in history. Registration opens May 10 at 9 AM. Limited to 20 attendees. There is no cost for this program.

In addition to this program, Carroll County Farm Museum's Laura Rogers will discuss their newest quilt exhibit and showcase quilts from the Museum's collection from 10-11 AM or 1-2 PM in the large meeting room. To learn more about the Carroll County Farm Museum and their quilts, visit https://carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org/

Presented by the Teaching Kitchen at Exploration Commons at 50 East in conjunction with the Carroll County Farm Museum. 

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Adobe Illustrator: Beyond the Basics
Exploration Commons
Saturday, May 25, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
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Join us for a comprehensive two-session Adobe Illustrator program where we further explore the software's capabilities and build on our existing knowledge. Because this class explores more advanced functionality, it is strongly recommended that participants take our Intro to Adobe Illustrator class or complete the following prerequisite videos before the class.

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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Saturday, May 25, 2024 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This beginner-level laser cutter class will walk you through design basics, machine use, and safety procedures. At the instructor's discretion, customers who successfully complete this program will be certified to use Exploration Commons' Fusion Pro and Fusion Edge laser cutters.

Customers aged 12 to 15 who complete their certification are required to have a certified adult with them to use the laser independently.

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Sewing Skills: Fabric Cutting
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Learn to use traditional and updated techniques and tools for preparing and cutting fabric. You will leave with the confidence to use a rotary cutter and mat as well as traditional cutting tools. This is a beginner-friendly class; no sewing experience is required.

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ServSafe® Food Handler Course
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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The ServSafe® Food Handler course taught by a Certified ServSafe® Instructor provides basic food safety knowledge. This two-hour class covers the following five key areas: Basic Food Safety, Personal Hygiene, Cross Contamination and Allergens, Time and Temperature, and Cleaning and Sanitizing. At the end of the class, participants will receive a certificate after completing a 40-question assessment.
©2018 National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (National Restaurant Association). All rights reserved. ServSafe is a trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. National Restaurant Association® and the arc design are trademarks of the National Restaurant Association.

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Practical Fusion 360
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
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Digital design using tools such as Fusion 360 is a fundamental skill that unlocks the full potential of maker technologies such as 3D printing and many others that depend on a digital file to define the shape and size of a real-world object to be made. This introductory seminar will explore the Fusion 360 design software, examine resources for continued learning, and get hands-on experience. Fusion 360 is professional-level software, and participants should be proficient in using a Windows PC.

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Adobe Illustrator: Create a Bookmark
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
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In this session, we will go over some of the fundamental tools of Adobe Illustrator while designing custom bookmarks. Attendees will get a chance to experiment with the software and produce their bookmarks on either Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore. All the necessary materials will be provided, and no prior experience with Cricut is required.

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Dinner's on Me: Frito Chili Pie
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 13 - 18
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Calling all aspiring teen chefs! Join us in the kitchen to learn how to prepare Frito Chili Pie (chili served over corn chips and topped with sour cream and cheese). Enhance your culinary skills, gain confidence in the kitchen, and impress your loved ones with your cooking ability.

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Bernina Sewing Machines: Beyond the Basics
Exploration Commons
Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Dive deeper into the capabilities of the Bernina sewing machine in this class. Discover advanced features, techniques, and tips to make the most of these machines.

Class Prerequisites: Intro to Basic Sewing Skills and/or EC sewing machine certification. 

Required Materials: A sewing machine and all materials will be provided.

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Drafting a Bodice Block Pattern
Exploration Commons
Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
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Students will learn about basic blocks for fashion design. Students will use recorded measurements to plot a custom bodice block for fashion design or for use with commercial patterns to assess fit.

Students must have attended Measuring the Body for Garment Construction and Fashion Design as a prerequisite for this class.

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Couples Cook: Southern Shrimp and Grits
Exploration Commons
Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Plan a date night! Delectable shrimp will be cooked with creole seasoning, red pepper, green onions, crisp bacon, and garlic then put over a bed of creamy cheddar grits.

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African Eats: Fufu with Chicken Soup
Exploration Commons
Friday, May 31, 2024 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Guest presenter Leticia Nortey will teach attendees how to make the authentic West African dish of Cassava and Plantain Fufu with Chicken Soup. This dish has recently become popular on TikTok, and we will learn how to make this social media phenomenon right here in Exploration Commons. 

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3D Design Skills: Sketching
Exploration Commons
Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 9:30am - 11:30am
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Ready to take your 3D design skills to the next level? In this comprehensive, hands-on session in Onshape, a powerful cloud-based computer-aided design (CAD) platform, we will explore the sketch tools available for creating the foundations of our 3D designs.

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Animation Creation: Intro to 3D Modeling with Blender
Exploration Commons
Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Learn the cool features and utilities inside the free 3D modeling and animation software Blender! This class will showcase basic navigation of the user interface and its modeling tools. 

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Cooking for Wellness: Eating for Mental Health
Exploration Commons
Monday, June 3, 2024 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Many of us are familiar with how the foods we eat can impact our physical health, but our brain is a part of our physical body, too, and what we eat can also influence our mental health. Join a registered dietitian to make Citrus Fish with Rainbow Salsa and discuss how the foods we eat can change how we feel. This class is provided through The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County and Carroll Hospital.

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Making Movies: Intro to Premiere Pro
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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See what's behind the silver screen in this introduction to Adobe's high-end video editing software, Premiere Pro! We will cover everything from basic editing tips and tricks to some of the cool tucked-away features in the program. So, if you have ever wanted to start getting into video editing, this is the class for you! 

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Creative Crudité
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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In this hands-on class, participants will learn how to make a beautiful crudité platter with delicious dips. 

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Basic Electronics & Arduinos
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, June 5, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 13 - Adults, Adults
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This skill-building class focuses on the basics of electronics and the use of the Arduino programming environment to create a wide array of simple circuits that teach not only the fundamentals but also stand as examples for your future projects. We'll get hands-on with assembling circuit elements such as resistors, diodes, sensors, and microcontrollers and discuss the theory and programming involved in making it all work.

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Beginner Sewing Level 1: Make a Thread Catcher (Class 1)
Exploration Commons
Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Get acquainted with the sewing machine and basic tools of the trade. Learn about various fabric stabilizers and how to sew various stitches, including sewing in a straight line. Apply these techniques to make a small fabric basket to catch loose threads. 

Class Prerequisites: Intro to Basic Sewing Skills and/or EC sewing machine certification. 

Required Materials: A sewing machine and all materials will be provided.

About Beginner Sewing Level 1: these classes introduce new or less experienced sewists to beginning sewing information and resources with hands-on practice.

Beginner Sewing Level 1 classes introduce and practice the following skills:

  • basis sewing tools
  • cutting, measuring, and marking fabric
  • pressing with an iron
  • basting and sewing

You can take Level 1 classes in any order, but beginners might benefit most from following the Class 1, 2, and 3 sequence.

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Spices of the World: Nutmeg & Mace
Exploration Commons
Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Third in our Spices & Herbs series. This class will focus on a unique dual spice: nutmeg and mace. Discover sourcing, flavors, and varieties. We will taste various forms of nutmeg and mace and evaluate them using flavor descriptors. Samples and recipes for sweet and savory dishes will be provided.

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Design an Augmented Reality Project with Cospaces and Merge Cube
Exploration Commons
Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Augmented reality allows us to combine digital elements with real-world objects. Join us to learn how to create a simple augmented reality project specifically for interaction with a Merge Cube. Using CoSpaces Edu, we will walk through a facilitated project build that you'll be able to share with family and friends. 

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3D Printer Design and Construction
Exploration Commons
Friday, June 7, 2024 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ages: 13 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Interested in building your own 3D printer or learning more about how this technology works? Join us for an in-depth look at the mechanics, electronics, and software that bring these machines to life. We'll look at custom 3D printers as well as some open-source community projects that you can build.

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Group Baking: Cinnamon Rolls
Exploration Commons
Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 8 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this group cooking class, we will make quick-rise cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting from scratch. One registration is good for up to 4 attendees, with a minimum of 2 per group. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Each group will make one recipe.

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Knife Skills Practice: Black Bean Salad
Exploration Commons
Monday, June 10, 2024 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Sharpen your knife skills! Participants will make a black bean salad to take home in this hands-on class while practicing cutting techniques learned in our Basic Knife Skills class. 

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Making for Seniors: Robot Coding with Pepper
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Learning new technology should be fun, not intimidating! Learn how to create basic code to animate and converse with Pepper, CCPL's social humanoid robot! No previous coding experience is required. Pepper was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act Grant from the Maryland State Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

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Group Baking: Cinnamon Rolls
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Ages: 8 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
In this group cooking class, we will make quick-rise cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting from scratch. One registration is good for up to 4 attendees, with a minimum of 2 per group. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Each group will make one recipe.

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Vibrant Salads for Summer
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Discover tasty, nutritious salads in this hands-on class, perfect for summer gatherings or weekly rotation. Each table will prepare a different recipe, which will be sampled by everyone at the end of class. This class includes plant-based and gluten-free recipes.

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Intro to Laser Cutting
Exploration Commons
Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 9:30am - 11:30am
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
This beginner-level laser cutter class will walk you through design basics, machine use, and safety procedures. At the instructor's discretion, customers who successfully complete this program will be certified to use Exploration Commons' Fusion Pro and Fusion Edge laser cutters.

Customers aged 12 to 15 who complete their certification are required to have a certified adult with them to use the laser independently.

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