This summer, local organizations such as the Howard County Conservancy at Belmont in Elkridge and the Howard County Public Library System are gearing up for a season of fun and activity-packed days that are sure to please participants of all ages and their families.

According to Victoria Goodman, the publicity specialist for the Howard County Library System, "Summer reading clubs make reading fun and rewarding with games and prizes for all ages."

HCLS kicks off summer reading on May 31. Readers and literature lovers of all ages are invited to join the celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

The day's activities include an entertaining look at science concepts with Eric Energy and a hands-on class that offers interesting insight into Bubble Science. The fun also includes face painting and crafts for kids; Wii Games and a scavenger hunt for teens, and instant prize drawings for adults. Refreshments are available for purchase from local food trucks.

Everyone in Howard County, babies to adults, can read for fun and earn prizes during the summer reading program. Participants can sign up for one of four age-defined reading clubs at any branch or online at http://www.hclibrary.org . Summer reading clubs feature book suggestions along with activities and prizes that make reading and discovering the library fun for all ages.

In addition, local authors such as Ned Tillman are stepping out and serving up exciting and informative programs for the community, including the following program offered in conjunction with the Howard County Conservancy at Belmont.

On Tuesday, June 10, at 6 p.m., at the Carriage House in the Belmont Estate area of Rockburn Park, come out for an evening with Ned Tillman, award-winning local author of "The Chesapeake Watershed." Ned will lead a 40-minute walk around the estate followed by a presentation on his latest book, "Saving the Places we Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship." The walk begins at 6 p.m. at the Carriage House, followed by the presentation and book signing. This event is free.

I hope you'll take advantage of these opportunities to get out, get social and have fun. As always, please share your news, events and accomplishments with the Elkridge area by giving me a heads-up at rebecca_lippa@hotmail.com or 410-274-0563.