All Together Now at Howard library branches

Central Library

10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 410-313-7860.


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

•Blue Box Companions. Sat., Oct. 18, 2 p.m. Join fellow Whovians for games, talk and jelly babies. Registration required.


•Book Madness. Sat., Oct. 18, 4 p.m. Bring a copy of a favorite book, wear bright clothing, and receive a framed, personalized READ photograph. Play "Book Madness," where protagonists and antagonists from literature fight to be champion. Bring a white T-shirt and design a Teen Read Week fashion statement. Registration required.

•Costume Parade. Oct. 31, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Families, up to age 10.

•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.


•Everything Book Club. Tue., Oct. 21, 7 p.m. "Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem," by Rosalyn Schanzer. Ages 11-15.

•Favorites From American Culture. Mon., Oct. 20 and 27, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Explore traditional stories, songs and rhymes that reinforce American cultural literacy. Ages 3-5. Ticket required.

•Finding Miles Lassiter: My Journey to Home. Thu., Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Margo Williams based genealogical research on stories and names from her mother, leading her to long lost relatives in Asheboro, N.C. She found a large, loving family and prominent black Quaker ancestor Miles Lassiter, born in 1777. Lassiter was granted rare full Quaker meeting membership, a status not often granted to African Americans at that time. Williams is a well-known lecturer for the Family History Centers of the Church of Latter-day Saints.

•Grant Seeking Basics. Mon., Oct. 20, 7 p.m.

•Noontime. Third Thursdays, noon.

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

East Columbia


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., Oct. 17, 4:30 p.m. Discover what's inside a computer. Registration requested.

•Ed Emberley's Not-So-Scary Monsters. Oct. 24, 2 p.m. Ages 3-5. Ticket required.

•Fall Prints: Apple. Thu., Oct. 16, 2 p.m. Ages 3-5.

•Fall Prints: Leaf. Oct. 23, 2 p.m. Ages 3-5.

•Fall Prints: Pumpkin. Oct. 30, 2 p.m. Ages 3-5.

•Music of the Renaissance and Early Baroque with Sine Nomine. Oct. 23, 7 p.m.

•Share a Scare. Oct. 31, 2 p.m. Share some scary silly books and spooky songs, then make a creepy craft. Ages 3-5.

•Teen Investor. Thu., Oct. 16 and 23, 7 p.m. Learn to pick stocks and maximize returns. Ages 13-17.

Elkridge Branch

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

•Dreams to Reality – Urban Legends. Tue., Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Discover which popular urban legends defy fiction.

•Eerie Edibles. Oct. 31, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Parade in costume through the library and into the senior center to create a spooky edible snack. Ages 2-5. Registration required.

•Level Up! Horror Fiction. Mon., Oct. 20, 7 p.m.

•Play Partners. Saturdays, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

Glenwood Branch

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

•Attract Bats to your Backyard. Wed., Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Learn why to try and attract bats for gardeners and homeowners.

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

•Dreams to Reality – Dream Jars. Fri., Oct. 17, 3 p.m. Discuss favorite books, characters and authors that inspire you to reach your dreams. Registration required.

•Fairy Tale Engineering: Humpty Dumpty Egg Drop. Thu., Oct. 16, 4:30 p.m. Ages 5-8. Registration required.

•Horrific Snacks. Oct. 25, 1 p.m. Registration required.

•Inspiring Illustrators: Denise Fleming. Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m. Learn how pictures tell and enhance stories, by reading and discussing the works of selected illustrators. Ages 6 and older. Registration required.

•Journey Cover to Cover. Third Thursdays, noon.

•Maximize your History Day Research. Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Meet History Day judges and learn strategies to locate sources. Ages 11-17, with parents. Registration required.

•Pumpkins with Personality. Oct. 23, 7 p.m.

Miller Branch

9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950.

•Bas Bleu. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

•Crucial Conversations. Mon., Oct. 20, 7 p.m. Discover how to communicate with and confront others without being aggressive or confrontational.

•Dress as your Favorite Book Character. Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Listen to stories and songs, then show off costumes in a parade. Ages 5-8.

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

•Enchanted Garden Club: Ghoulish Gourds. Thu., Oct. 16, 4:30 p.m. Harvest and decorate unusual gourds. Ages 9-11. Registration required.

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

•Monster Makeover. Oct. 31, 4 p.m. Get make-up advice for Halloween costumes.

•Superfoods. Mon., Oct. 20, 7 p.m. Some foods promote health and longevity better than others.

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

Savage Branch

9525 Durness Lane, Laurel. 410-880-5975.

•Be a Book Artist. Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. Create illustrations for your favorite book.

•Create a Rain Garden. Wed., Oct. 22, 7 p.m.

•Personal Development on your Schedule. Sat., Oct. 18, 1 p.m. Learn about the personal development courses offered by GALE COURSES via hclibrary.org.

•Writer's Group. Mon., Oct. 20, 7 p.m.

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.

•Family Law Self Help Workshop. Nov. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Circuit Court for Howard County is offering a series of programs designed to assist litigants to represent themselves in family law matters. If interested in attending, contact Lisa Mohink, deputy court administrator, 410-313-2293 or lisa.mohink@mdcourts.gov. 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.

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