6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5077.

•Elks Excellent Reads. Second Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.

•Literary Explorers Club. Second Mondays, 7 p.m.

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

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Glenwood Branch

2350 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5577.

•Mean Girls. Thu., Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to negotiate the social world of female friendships with expert Deborah West. Registration required.

•Oh So Kind. Wed., Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m.; and Thu., Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m. Everyone deserves a little kindness, including animals. Ages 3-6. Registration required.

•Monster Mash. Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Join the party and create a monster mask for Halloween. Ages 2-5.

•Paragraphs Pals. Oct. 15, 4:30 p.m. Ages 6-8. Registration required.

•Picture Book Parade. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 2-5 with adult.

•Readers' Tea at 10. First Wednesdays, 10 a.m.

Howard CountyLaw Library

8360 Court Ave., Ellicott City. 410-313-4851.

•Law Advice. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. An attorney is available to give free legal advice to self-represented litigants in civil, nonfamily matters. No appointment necessary.

Miller Branch

9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950.

•Bas Bleu. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

•'Choose Civility the Elephant and Piggie Way.' Wed., Oct. 10, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Ages 4-7. Tickets required.

•Dudes on Books. Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.