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.

•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.

Halloween Costume Parade. Thu., Oct. 31, 6:45 p.m. All ages.

•I'm Going to be a Big Brother or Sister. Nov. 9, 2 p.m. Prepare for the arrival of a baby in this class for new siblings. For families. Ticket required.

•Noontime. Third Thursdays, noon.

East ColumbiaBranch

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

•A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable's Malcolm X. Tue., Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Jared A. Ball and Todd Steven Burroughs have taken a clear stance that Manning Marable's "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" reshapes and distorts Malcolm X's legacy. Working from this premise, they edited Black Classic Press' "A Lie of Reinvention," critical essays by established and emerging black scholars and activists -- including A. Peter Bailey, Bill Strickland, William Sales, and themselves.

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

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

•Cow Wars. Nov. 16, 3 p.m. Ticket required.

•Mystery Author Extravaganza. Sat., Nov. 2, 1 p.m. Donna Andrews, Mary Burton, Sujata Massey, Joanna Campbell Slan, Rebecca York, and other authors from the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime discuss their work.

•Romance. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

•Share a Scare. Fri., Oct. 31, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Have a laugh with not-so-scary stories, songs and activities. Ages 3-5. Ticket required.

Elkridge Branch

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

•The Contagious Intelligence Project. Nov. 18, 7 p.m. Magnetism. Registration required.

•Cow Wars. Nov. 9, 3 p.m. Ticket required.

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

•Level Up. Nov. 25, 7 p.m. "Shadow on the Mountain," by Margi Preus.

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

Glenwood Branch

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

•Fairy Tale Engineering. Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m. Classic stories and fun problem-solving activities. Ages 5-8. Registration required.

•Fit 'n' Trimmings. Nov. 25, 3 p.m. Enjoy Thanksgiving stories, learn fun dances and ways to keep fit during the holidays. Ages 5-8. Registration required.

•Journey Cover to Cover. Third Thursdays, 10 a.m.

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

Howard CountyLaw Library

8360 Court Ave., Ellicott City. 410-313-2135.

•Law Advice. First three 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.

•Asian American Literature. Third Mondays, 7 p.m.

•Bas Bleu. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

•Chemistry in the Library. Energy: Now and Forever. Fri., Nov. 1, 1 and 3 p.m. Ages 7 and older. Registration required.

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

•English Conversation Class. Wednesdays, 7:45 p.m.

•Fact Check Book Club. Second Mondays, 7 p.m.

•Genealogy Help Desk. Third Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. The help desk is open to genealogical research in all areas of the United States, Europe and other countries. 410-480-3250.

•Remembering Our Greatest Generation. Nov. 9, 2 p.m. Fred Campbell, associate professor of history at Howard Community College, examines the veteran experience in World War II.

•Share a Scare. Thu., Oct. 31, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Have a laugh with not-so-scary stories, songs and activities. Ages 3-5. Ticket required.

•Tea and Tomes. Third Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.