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.

•Anime and Manga. Jan. 17, 4 p.m. Learn about anime and manga. Ages 9-11. Registration required.

•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.

•Good Bye, Boring Valentines. Jan. 21, 3 p.m. Use the art of henna design to create unique cards. Registration required.

•Mystery. Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

•Noontime. Third Thursdays, noon.

•Pages from the Past. First Mondays, 7 p.m.

East ColumbiaBranch

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. Fri., Jan. 3, 4:30 p.m. Discover what's inside a computer. Registration required.

•Good Reads. First Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

•Launching Your Encore Career featuring Kerry Hannon. Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Discover the possibilities, challenges and secrets of landing a job in today's market when you are 50 years old or older. Hannon is a contributing editor to Forbes magazine and writes the "Second Verse" column for Forbes.com.

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

•Romance. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Elkridge Branch

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

•Anime and Manga. Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Learn about anime and manga. Ages 9-11. Registration required.

•The Contagious Intelligence Project. Jan. 13, 7 p.m. Get your geek on with this interactive science series. Registration required.

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

•I'm Going to be a Big Brother or Sister. Jan. 11, 2 p.m. For families. Registration or ticket required.

•Rock the Mic. Jan. 24, 4 p.m. Stop by to perform original comedy, music, poetry or magic – or kick back and watch. Registration required.

Glenwood Branch

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

•Contemporary Literature. First Monday, 7 p.m.

•Healthy Kids. Wednesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10:30 a.m. Explore simple health concepts inspired by children's literature. Ages 3-5 with adult. Ticket required.

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

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

•School's Out: LEGO Blocks and Games. Jan. 16, 3 p.m. Ages 7 and older.

•Totally Cool Winter Science. Jan. 21, 2 and 4 p.m. Explore the science of snow and ice with science fair ideas. Ages 6-10. Registration required.

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.

•Anime and Manga. Jan.29, 7 p.m. Learn about anime and manga. Ages 9-11. Registration required.

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

•Bas Bleu. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

•Career and Technology Educated Expo: Focus on Your Future. Jan. 23, 7 p.m. Learn how the Howard County Public School System's Career Academies prepare high school students for college and careers in the 21st century.

•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.

•LEGO Wars. Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Ages 9-17.

•Level Up! Jan. 27, 7 p.m. Stretch reading habits by sampling multiple genres and subjects. The featured book is "Chime" by Franny Billingsley. Registration required.

•Life's Last Records. Wed., Jan. 8, 2 p.m. Cosponsored by Howard County Genealogical Society and Howard County Historical Society. Dottie Aleshire, instructor at the Family History Center in Ellicott City, discusses how to find and use obituaries, newspaper notices and interment records.

•Science Club. Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Registration required.

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