Central Library

10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-313-7800.

•All Together Now. Saturdays, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. All ages; 30 minutes.

•Book Boosters. First Wednesdays, 7 p.m.


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•English Conversation Club. Mondays, 10 a.m.; and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. Register before attending.

•'Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater' Puppet Show. Oct. 18, 10:15 a.m.; and Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ages 3 and older. Tickets required.

•Noontime. Third Thursdays, noon.

•Play Partners. Fridays, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Ages up to 23 months with adult; 20-30 minutes.

•Reception and Lecture: 'Justice Under Stress.' Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. Edward Papenfuse, Maryland state archivist and commissioner of land patents, discusses the federal court in Baltimore during the Civil War.

•The Underpinnings of Civil War Era: Women's Fashion. Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Learn what women wore during the 1860s.

•'Why Did Lincoln Free the Slaves?' Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Michael Johnson, professor and Civil War historian, explains Lincoln's motivations behind the Emancipation Proclamation.

East ColumbiaBranch

6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7700.

•All Together Now. Thursdays, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. All ages; 30 minutes.

•Black Fiction. First Saturdays, 1 p.m.

•'How the Media Fuels Childhood Obesity and What to do About it.' Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Dr. Dan Levy, pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, discusses the impact of the media on food and drink choices made by children.

•Maximize Your History Day Research. Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Meet History Day judges and learn strategies to locate sources. Ages 11-17

•Morning Books with Coffee. Third Tuesdays, 10 a.m.

•New Release Cinema. Oct. 18, 7 p.m. View a critically acclaimed new DVD on a large screen.

Elkridge Branch