10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 410-313-7860.
•All Together Now. Saturdays, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. All ages; 30 minutes.
•Eclectic Evenings. Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
•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.
•Learn All About the FIFA World Cup. July 10, 7 p.m. Let's Talk Soccer; and July 13, 4 p.m. Watch the World Cup Finals.
•Mystery. Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
•Noontime. Third Thursdays, noon.
•Oh, Say Can You See? Wed., July 9, 7 p.m. Celebrate the bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner. A National Park Service Ranger introduces the life of a Ft. McHenry soldier during the War of 1812. Ages 6 and older. Registration required.
•Owl Outreach. July 30, 2 p.m. Join Tabby Fique of Howard County Conservancy to learn about hunting techniques and digestion, habitat requirements, and adaptations that owls use to survive in Maryland. Meet and observe Ranger, a Barred Owl. Dissect a sterilized owl pellet, and investigate to discover what the owl ate. Ages 11-17. Registration required.
•Pages from the Past. First Mondays, 7 p.m.
6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7700.
•All Together Now. Wednesdays, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. All ages; 30 minutes.
•Black Fiction. First Saturdays, 1 p.m.
•Cello Exploration. July 26, 3 p.m. for ages 5-8; 4:30 p.m. for ages 9-12. Dr. Maxim Kozlov hosts an interactive cello class where he performs then allows you to explore and play the cello. Registration required.
•Engineering Club. Tuesdays, July 8 and 15, 6:30 p.m. Use NASA software to design and build air and water rockets, then launch them; and July 22, 6:30 p.m. Construct a PVC frame to support a custom designed roller coaster that can perform loops, corkscrews and even jumps. Ages 11-17. Registration required.
•Good Reads. First Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
•Morning Books with Coffee. Third Mondays, 10 a.m.
6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5077.
•Cello Exploration. July 22, 1 p.m. for ages 5-8; 2:30 p.m. for ages 9-12. Dr. Maxim Kozlov hosts an interactive cello class where he performs then allows you to explore and play the cello. Registration required.
•Claymation Camp. Mon.-Thu., July 7-10, 2 p.m. Self-directed teams collaborate to create an original animation. Registration required.
•Elks Excellent Reads. Second Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.
•Forensic Mystery. July 19, 2 p.m. Rookie Crime Scene Investigators: a body lies dead at the Elkridge Branch. Complete full forensic testing, then deduce the culprit from all the evidence. Non-latex gloves, fingerprint dusting powder, and fingerprint ink used. Registration required.
•Hogwarts Summer School. July 28-31, 2 p.m. Subjects include remedial potions, the care of magical creatures, charms, transfiguration with a review of changing mice into snuffboxes, and giant wizard chess. Ages 9 and older. Registration required.
•Poetry Slam. July 28, 7 p.m. Deliver poetry to an audience.
2350 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5577.
•Cello Exploration. July 24, 2:30 p.m. for ages 5-8; 4 p.m. for ages 9-12. Dr. Maxim Kozlov hosts an interactive cello class where he performs then allows you to explore and play the cello. Registration required.
•Contemporary Literature. First Monday, 7 p.m.
•Journey Cover to Cover. Third Thursdays, 10 a.m.
•Small Science: Buggy Science. July 29, 10:30 a.m. Ages 4-6. Registration required.
•Small Science: Sink or Float. July 15, 10:30 a.m. Ages 4-6. Registration required.
•Small Science: Summer Snow. July 22, 10:30 a.m. Ages 4-6. Registration required.
•Squishy Circuits. July 19, 3 p.m. and July 21, 1 p.m. Light-up summer with homemade, flour-based conductive and resistant doughs to create an LED powered sculpture. Ages 11-17. Registration required.
•Upcycling: Metal Boxes. July 17, 7 p.m. Repaint and repurpose cookie and candy tins you can't bear to toss.
9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950.
•Asian American Literature. Third Mondays, 7 p.m.
•Bas Bleu. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
•Cello Exploration. July 26, 11 a.m. for ages 5-8; 12:30 p.m. for ages 9-12. Dr. Maxim Kozlov hosts an interactive cello class where he performs then allows you to explore and play the cello. Registration required.
•Cow Appreciation Day. July 10, 2 p.m. Cow stories, trivia and activities. Ages 6-9. Ticket required.
•Dudes on Books. Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
•Enchanted Garden Club: Go Native. July 17, 4:30 p.m. Explore the garden in search of native plants and their insect partners. Ages 9-11. Registration and signed release form required.
•English Conversation Class. Wednesdays, 7:45 p.m.
•Fact Check Book Club. Second Mondays, 7 p.m.
•Fall Vegetable Gardening. July 17, 7 p.m. By planting late summer and early fall vegetables now, enjoy fresh greens, broccoli, and root vegetables at Thanksgiving.
•Little Ninjas. July 7 and 9, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. Sykesville Tae Kwon Do Academy students demonstrate skills to aid in focus, balance, coordination, memory, control, discipline, confidence, and fitness through the art of Tae Kwon Do. Wear athletic shoes and loose fitting pants or shorts. Ages 5-7 with adult. Registration and a signed release form required.
•Owl Outreach. July 21, 7 p.m. Join Tabby Fique of Howard County Conservancy to learn about hunting techniques and digestion, habitat requirements, and adaptations that owls use to survive in Maryland. Meet and observe Ranger, a Barred Owl. Dissect a sterilized owl pellet, and investigate to discover what the owl ate. Ages 11-17. Registration required.
•Mermaids and Monsters. July 23, 7 p.m. and July 24, 2 and 4 p.m. Ages 7-10. Ticket required.
•Sharks: Who's Attacking Whom? July 21, 2:30 p.m. Find a large shark walking around the library before he spots you. Then, explore shark characteristics, adaptations, instincts, and conservation with Richard Anderson from The Snyder Foundation for Animals. This class explains how human activity may negatively affect sharks' environments, and it includes specimens. Participants may have the opportunity to touch some specimens. Ages 8 and older. Ticket required.
•Small Science: Bubble Fun. Tue., July 8, 10:30 a.m. Ages 4-6. Registration required.
•Tea and Tomes. Third Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
•Wanted: Enchanted Garden Youth Volunteers. July 7, 14 and 28, 5 p.m. If you like to dig, weed, plant, harvest, learn about gardening, and meet new people, the Enchanted Garden needs you. No prior experience necessary. Ages 11-14. Registration required once for the series of classes. Signed release form required for each class.
•The Women of Monocacy: Living on a Battlefield. July 15, 7 p.m. Claudia Floyd, retired professor of history from Stevenson University, focuses on how women and their families were affected and the roles they played when the battle ended.
•Why Buy Local: A Primer on the Benefits of Buying Local Produce. July 23, 3 p.m. Learn about the plentiful harvest in the community. Meet local farmers and hear about what they are growing and how they are working to make these products accessible to the local community. Learn when and where to find local products, seasonality of products, shopping tips, and recipe ideas. Also, hear from local chefs on how they are incorporating local ingredients into their menus.
8360 Court Ave., Ellicott City. 410-313-2135.
•Law Advice. First three Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. Attorney available to give free legal advice to self-represented litigants in civil, non family matters. No appointment necessary.
•Legal Advice in Family Law Matters. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. Free.
The Columbia Maryland Family History Center
4251 Columbia Road, Ellicott City. 410-465-1642.
•Free access to several subscription genealogy websites such as Ancestry.com, Fold3 and Find My Past. There are more than 1,500 U.S. and world genealogy books and several thousand permanent microfiche and microfilm records. The staff are all volunteers with genealogy research experience in a variety of countries. Monday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 7- 9 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.