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. Thu., Oct. 18, 10:15 a.m.; and Fri., 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.

•'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.

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

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

Elkridge Branch

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.