10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 410-313-7860.
•A Comet is Coming to Mars. Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m. Solar system ambassador Becca Sepan answers questions about Comet Siding Spring making a close approach to Mars in October. Ages 8-10. Registration required.
•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.
•Family Movie: 'Finding Nemo.' Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks.
•Films to Talk About: 'A Separation.' Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
•Grandparents are Special. Sept. 4, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Celebrate Grandparents Day. Ages 2-5, grandparents welcome. Ticket required.
•Lisa Ferguson: Hammered Dulcimer. Sept. 23, 5 p.m. Ferguson plays traditional, Celtic and classical melodies.
•Maximize your History Day Research. Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. Meet History Day judges and learn strategies to locate sources. Ages 11-17, with parents. Registration required.
•Noontime. Third Thursdays, noon.
•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.
•Computer Guts. Sept. 12, 4:30 p.m. Change hard drives, power supplies and motherboards. Registration requested.
•Fractured Fairy Tales. Sept. 25, 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Ages 5-8.
•Grandparents are Special. Sept. 5, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Celebrate Grandparents Day. Ages 2-5, grandparents welcome. Ticket required.
•Meet the Author: Ned Tillman – 'Saving the Places We Love.' Sept. 16, 7 p.m. Tillman discusses climate change and other modern challenges to a healthy environment.
•Oh Say Can You See? Sept. 12, 11 a.m. Be ready to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. All ages. Ticket required.
6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5077.
•Art in a Box. Sept. 13, 2 p.m. Create a miniature 3-D world. Bring a shoe box and your imagination. Ages 5 and older. Registration required.
•Family Movie: 'Despicable Me.' Sept. 4, 6:30 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks.
•Frozen. Sept. 25, 2 p.m. Listen to music from "Frozen" and learn about the properties of ice through stories and activities. Ages 5 and older. Registration required.
•Hands Only CPR and AED. Sept. 16, 7 p.m. Registration required.
•Level Up: Realistic Fiction. Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Stretch reading habits by sampling multiple genres and subjects.
•The library system and Grimm + Parker Architects. Sept. 8, 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Two "dream" sessions scheduled to engage the community in planning the new HCLS Elkridge Branch.
•Maximize your History Day Research. Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. Meet History Day judges and learn strategies to locate sources. Ages 11-17, with parents. Registration required.
•Play Partners. Saturdays, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.
•Teaching Tolerance – Banned Book Week. Sept. 29, 7 p.m. Learn about the most challenged books in 2014 as you meet the young heroes fighting against censorship.
2350 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5577.
•College Essays. Sept. 9, 7 p.m. Gail Jacobson discusses successful strategies for college selection, campus visits, applications and essays. Registration required.
•Contemporary Literature. First Monday, 7 p.m.
•Fairy Tale Engineering: Rapunzel Engineers an Escape. Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m. Ages 5-8. Registration required.
•Inspiring Illustrators: Eric Carle. Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m. Learn how pictures tell and enhance stories. Ages 6 and older. Registration required.
•Journey Cover to Cover. Third Thursdays, noon.
•Stress Busters for Teens! Wed., Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Discover coping strategies for stress as you learn about triggers and their physical effects. Registration required.
•Virtual Read Out – Banned Book Week. Sept. 27, 1 p.m. Use technology and imagination to create a video proclaiming the virtues of the "freedom to read." Ages 13-17. Registration required.
9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950.
•Asian Genealogy: Part 1. Sept. 17, 7 p.m. Learn to appreciate the traditional culture, language, and genealogy practices of Asian families before widespread emigration. Troy Goss, volunteer at the Columbia Family History Center, leads a genealogical journey from America back to Asia to find and record "old country" family history documents. Cosponsored by Howard County Genealogical Society.
•Astronomy Night. Wed., Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Learn about the planets and stars, then weather permitting, view them through a telescope. Registration required.
•Bas Bleu. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
•Bring on the Games: Video Duel. Sept. 8, 7 p.m. Challenge friends to a duel in Super Smash Brothers Brawl or race around the track in Mario Kart.
•Discovering Great Artists: Grandma Moses. Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Ages 6-9. Registration required.
•Dudes on Books. Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
•Enchanted Garden Club: Seeds on the Move. Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m. Learn gardening basics, grow healthy habits and more. Ages 9-11. Registration and signed release form required.
•Enchanting Rainbows. Sept. 13, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Explore the Enchanted Garden in search of colors. Ages 6-8. Registration and signed release form required.
•English Conversation Class. Wednesdays, 7:45 p.m.
•Family Movies. Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. "The Land Before Time," and Sept. 12, 11 a.m. "The Lego Movie." Free popcorn and drinks.
•Family Time in Nature. Sept. 27, 3 p.m. Chiara D'Amore, founder of Columbia Families in Nature, outlines research on how time in nature with family strengthens bonds and cultivates environmentally responsible behavior. Learn how to act locally. Families welcome.
•Films to Talk About: 'Zero Dark Thirty.' Sept. 4, 7 p.m.
•Lego Wars. Sept. 11, 7 p.m. Ages 9-17.
•Notable Author: Neal Barnard. Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Dr. Neal Barnard, New York Times best selling author of "Power Foods for the Brain" and "21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart," returns to discuss healthy approaches to weight control, reversing diabetes, and the connection between nutrition and health. Registration requested.
•Science Club: 1+2+3= Fibonacci. Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Register requested.
•Tae Kwon Do: Mommy and Me. Sept. 8, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. Ages 2-3, with adult. Registration and signed release form required.
•Tea and Tomes. Third Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
9525 Durness Lane, Laurel. 410-880-5975.
•Be a Book Artist. Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m. Create illustrations for your favorite book.
•Choose your own Civility. Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. Explore ways to choose to be civil as you create buttons, either for yourself or others.
•HiTech classes. More than 25 different HiTech classes focus on creative applications of science, technology, engineering and math concepts. Go to http://www.hclibray.org/hitech for details.
•Maximize your History Day Research. Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. Meet History Day judges and learn strategies to locate sources. Ages 11-17, with parents. Registration required.
•Tie Dye Lite. Sept. 6, 11 a.m. Make a tie dye T-shirt without making a mess. T-shirt supplied. Ages 8-13. Registration required.
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.
•Family Law Self Help Workshop. Mon., Sept. 8 and Nov. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Circuit Court for Howard County is offering a series of programs designed to assist litigants represent themselves in family law matters. If interested in attending, contact Lisa Mohink, deputy court administrator, 410-313-2293 or email@example.com. Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.
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.