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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.


•Eclectic Evenings. Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

•The Employment Edge. Wed., Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m. Presented by Howard County Office of Workforce Development. Topics include: job search tools, resume writing, interview skills, and professionalism on the job.

•English Conversation Class. Mondays, 10 a.m. and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. Register before attending.

•History Lives. Feb. 14, 2 p.m. The Howard County Library System joins the Columbia, Maryland, Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to offer the community a look into the conflict, challenges, and change which occurred locally during the 11-year era of public school desegregation. Patrick J. O'Guinn Sr., professor of criminal justice and computer forensics at Howard Community College, will examine early Negro education in Howard County Public Schools. Attendees will learn about the dynamics of the time between 1954 and 1965, and how the lives of school children, their families, and the local community were affected.

•Noontime. Third Thursdays, noon.

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. Feb. 20, 4:30 p.m. Discover what's inside a computer. Ages 11-17. Registration required.

•Crafternoon. Feb. 14, 2 p.m. Drop in and make fun crafts.

•Mother Daughter Book Club. Wed., Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Ages 7-9. Registration required.


Elkridge Branch

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

•Blood Pressure Screening. Tue., Feb. 10, 1 p.m. Free.

•How to Borrow eBooks from HCLS – Kindle. Feb. 19, 7 p.m. Learn to browse, borrow and download eBooks from HCLS' collection to a Kindle.

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


Glenwood Branch

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

•Bulbs for Your Garden: Part I – Hidden Treasures: Narcissus, Tulips, Lillies. Feb. 26, 7 p.m. A tour of bulbs, their history, nature and care, presented by Judy Petersen.

•DIY Natural Botanical Scrub. Feb. 21, 2 p.m. Learn to make a simple botanical facial scrub with all natural ingredients. Ages 18 and older.

•Journey Cover to Cover. Third Thursdays, noon.


Miller Branch

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

•Bas Bleu. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

•Baywise. Thu. Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Create a landscape and conserve water by adding a rain barrel and rain gardens to your yard.

•Calming Crafts. Mon., Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Use artistic expression to improve moods. All levels of artistic ability welcomed.

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


•Emotional Intelligence in Sports. Tue., Feb. 10, 7 p.m. How can we manage and master the powerful emotions that accompany competitive sports while keeping the game civil? Presented by Terry McAulay, top tier football official in the National Football League and Coordinator of Football Officials for the American Athletic Conference. Registration preferred.

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

•How to Borrow eBooks from HCLS – Android/Nook Tablet. Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Learn to browse, borrow and download eBooks from HCLS' collection to an Android/Nook tablet.

•How to Borrow eBooks from HCLS – iPad. Wed., Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Learn to browse, borrow and download eBooks from HCLS' collection to an iPad.

•How to Borrow eBooks from HCLS – Kindle. Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Learn to browse, borrow and download eBooks from HCLS' collection to a Kindle.

•Movie Matinee. Feb. 12, 3 p.m. "The Help."


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

Savage Branch

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

•Blood Pressure Screening. Mon., Feb. 9, 10 a.m. Free.

•Cooking Up Collaboration. Feb. 17, 10:15 a.m. Stories and activities about sharing. Ages 3-5.


•Dim Sum of Crafts. Feb. 19, 2 p.m. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a variety of crafts. Ages 4 and older.

•Writer's Group. Mon., Feb. 9, 7 p.m. Share original writing with other aspiring authors for support and feedback.

Howard County

Law Library

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

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•Family Law Self Help Workshop. March 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The workshop will address basic trial procedure, how to prepare for court and provide general legal information in the following types of cases: divorce, custody and/or visitation, child support, and modification of a prior court date. Lisa Mohink, deputy court administrator, 410-313-2293 or Children cannot attend, and there are no facilities for child care. Meeting Room, Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Free.

•Legal Advice in Civil Law Matters. 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; and first and third Fridays, 9 a.m. Attorney available to provide free legal advice to self-represented litigants in family matters. No appointment necessary.

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 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.