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All Together Now at Howard library branches

Central Library

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

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

•Blue Box Companions. Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Join fellow Whovians for games, talk and jelly babies.

•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.

•Family Bingo. Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Registration required.

•Favorites From American Culture. Mon., Dec. 1, 8 and 15, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Ticket required.

•Holiday Sing Along. Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.

•Joy of Movement. Dec. 9, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Ages infant to 23 months. Ticket required.

•'The Muppet Christmas Carol.' Dec. 29, 2 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks.

•Noon Year's Eve. Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m. Ring in the new year early. Registration or ticket required.

•Noontime. Third Thursdays, noon.

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

East Columbia

Branch

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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.

•Chess Club. Dec. 4 and 18, 3 p.m. Ages 9-17.

•Gingerbread Houses. Dec. 6, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ages 4 and older. Registration required.

•Holiday Madrigal Songs with Camerata Musica. Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

•'The Lego Movie.' Dec. 26, 2 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks.

•Noon Year's Eve. Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m. Ring in the new year early. Registration or ticket required.

•Snapology: Imagine. Build. Learn. Dec. 18, 11 a.m. Create a short storyline and build it using LEGO pieces. Ages 3-5. Registration required.

•Where is the Gingerbread Man? Dec. 12, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Hear a story, play a game, and decorate gingerbread cookies. Ages 2 and 3. Registration required.

Elkridge Branch

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

•Divergent Faction Rainbow Loom Bracelets. Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Registration required.

•Frog and Toad. Mon., Dec. 1, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Amphibian stories and songs. Meet Frog and Toad from Red Branch Theatre. Ages 4 and older. Ticket required.

•Minecraft Mondays. Mon., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

•Noon Year's Eve. Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m. Ring in the new year early. Registration or ticket required.

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

•The Polar Express. Dec. 10, 7 p.m. and Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m. Slide-show telling of Chris Van Allsburg's "The Polar Express." Ages 2-5. Registration required.

•Scottish Gaelic and the Gaels: Their Culture and Language. Wed., Dec. 3, 7 p.m.

•'Toy Story.' Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks.

Glenwood Branch

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

•Blood Pressure Screening. Mon., Dec. 1, 3:30 p.m.

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

•DIY Letter Tile Craft. Dec. 20 and 23, 1 p.m. Ages 11-17. Registration required.

•Gingerbread Man-ia. Dec. 16 and 30, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-6. Registration required.

•Give the Gift of Warmth. Tue., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Make blankets to be donated to charity. Ages 12-17. Registration required.

•Holiday Harmonies. Dec. 13, 1 p.m. Local students perform chamber music.

•Journey Cover to Cover. Third Thursdays, noon.

•Knit 'n Chat Teen Knitting Group. Tue., Dec. 2 and 16, 6:45 p.m. Beginners and experts welcomed.

•Knot Just Knitters. Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Beginners welcomed.

•LEGO Maze Challenge. Dec. 30, 2 p.m. Ages 9-17.

•Noon Year's Eve Penguin Ball. Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m. Dress up in black and white and ring in the new year penguin style. Ages 3-7. Registration required.

•The Nutcracker Sweet. Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m. and Dec. 13, 11 a.m. Ages 3-7. Registration required.

Miller Branch

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

•Act Mock Test and Strategy Session. Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Take a practice ACT. Ages 14-17. Registration required.

•Astronomy Night. Wed., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. Learn about planets and stars; weather permitting view them through a telescope.

•Bas Bleu. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

•Calming Crafts. Mon., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

•Deck the Halls with Natural Materials. Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

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

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

•Fun with Paddington Bear. Dec. 10, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Ages 5-7. Ticket required.

•How to Borrow eBooks from HCLS: iPad. Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

•LEGO Wars. Dec. 11, 7 p.m. Ages 9-17.

•Meet the Author: Majid Fotuhi: Stress and Your Brain. Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Learn to boost brain capacity at any age.

•Merry Melodies with C Street Brass. Dec. 10, 7 p.m.

•Misako Ballet. Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m.

•Noon Year's Eve. Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m. Ring in the new year early. Registration or ticket required.

•Science Club: Optical Illusions. Dec. 17, 7 p.m. Explore STEM concepts. Registration required.

•'Snow Dogs.' Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks.

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

•Trivia Night. Dec. 18, 7 p.m.

•Wednesdays at Downtown. Dec. 3, 7 p.m. Discuss "Downton Abbey.:

Savage Branch

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

•'Frozen.' Dec. 26, 3 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks.

•Let it Snow. Dec. 13, 3 p.m. Hot cocoa and snow inspired crafts. Ages 9-12.

•Noon Year's Eve. Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m. Ring in the new year early. Registration or ticket required.

•Picture Book Parade. Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. Ages 2-5.

•Teen Book Review Blog. Mon., Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.

•Writer's Group. Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

•Yum Yum Cookies. Dec. 10, 10:15 a.m. Celebrate National Cookie Day. Ages 3-5. Registration required.

Howard County

Law Library

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

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•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 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.

Salute to Veterans

In conjunction with a series of classes designed to commemorate the centennial of World War I, the library system will raise awareness for both veterans and active military personnel throughout November with a systemwide Salute to Veterans. A pictorial salute honoring local veterans and active military will be featured on monitors at all HCLS branches, and various children's classes will provide opportunities for children and their family members to create thank you messages to service men and women for distribution by Operation Welcome Home Maryland. For classes, activities and a printable list of WWI book selections, go to http://www.hclibrary.org/SaluteToVeterans.

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