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All Together Now at Howard library branches

Central Library

10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 410-313-7800.


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

•Chemistry in the Library: Chemists Celebrate Earth Day. Sat., April 26, 2 p.m. Join a chemist from the Army Research Laboratory and the American Chemical Society for hands-on experiments. Ages 7 and older. 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.

•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.


•Arbor Day: Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax.' Fri., April 25, 11 a.m. Watch "The Lorax" movie. Ideal for homeschool families. Ages 4 and older.

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

•Chemistry in the Library: Chemists Celebrate Earth Day. Sat., April 26, 11 a.m. Join a chemist from the Army Research Laboratory and the American Chemical Society for hands-on experiments. Ages 7 and older. Registration required.

•Good Reads. First Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

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

•Romance. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.


•S.O.S. School's Out Surprise. Thu., April 24, 2 p.m. Independent discovery and activities featuring puzzles and games. Ages 6-9. Ticket required.

Elkridge Branch

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

•The Amazing Library Race. Thu., April 24, 2 p.m. Teams quietly race to destinations located in databases, books and mini-game checkpoints.

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

•Level Up. Mon., April 28, 7 p.m. Stretch your reading habits by sampling multiple genres and subjects. April's book is "Calamity Jack" by Shannon Hale. Registration required.


Glenwood Branch

2350 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5577

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

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

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

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.

•Calvin and Hobbes. Thu., April 24, 2 p.m. Learn to draw the characters, create a comics, and participate in a relay race. Ages 9-12. 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.

•Meet the Author: Larry S. Gibson. Tue., April 29, 7 p.m. Gibson discusses "Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice," the first close examination of the formative period of Thurgood Marshall's life in Baltimore.

•Preserving Your Family Papers and Photographs. Wed., April 30, 10:30 a.m. Learn the 10 points of preservation, how to process family collections, and where to find essential preservation materials.

•Stand Up to SAT's Math. Mon., April 28, 4-6 p.m. SAT Math Prep course specifically designed to help students excel on math portion of test. Take and official practice exam to simulate the experience, learn test-taking strategies and solve problems related to algebra, geometry and probability. Grades 9-12 only. Graphing calculators recommended. Registration required.

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


•The Rise of the Undead: Zombies in Pop Culture. Mon., April 28, 7 p.m. Explore the rise of the undead in movies, television and books.

•Winning Strategies to Prepare for Retirement. Wed., April 30, 7 p.m. Discussion and question-and-answer session with BB&T; financial management experts Evan Fishman, investments counselor; Greg Misko, private financial services advisor; and Steve Smith, Howard County market president.

Howard County

Law Library

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, Fold3 and Find My Past. There are over 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.