10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 410-313-7860.
•All Together Now. Saturdays, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. All ages; 30 minutes.
•Chess Club. Feb. 22, 1 p.m. All skill levels welcomed. Ages 9-17.
•Classics Club. Feb. 25, 7:15 p.m. Discussions and activities about classic novels. Ages 9 and older. Registration required.
•Eclectic Evenings. Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
•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.
•Everything Book Club. Tue., Feb. 17, 7 p.m. "I am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai.
•First Look Committee. Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Be among the first to read book before they are published. Ages 12-16. Registration required.
•History Lives. Sat., 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.
•Illustrators on Parade. Feb. 23, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Ticket required.
•Noontime Books. Third Thursdays, noon.
•Valentines Day Fun. Thu., Feb. 12, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Stories and craft about Valentines Day. Ticket required.
•Winter Science: Birds in Your Backyard. Thu., Feb. 12, 3 p.m. Registration required.
•Year of the Sheep. Feb. 19, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Celebrate the Lunar New Year in style. Ages 2 and older. Ticket required.
6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7700.
•All Together Now. Wednesdays, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. All ages; 30 minutes.
•Anime Club. Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Ages 13-17.
•Black Fiction. First Saturdays, 1 p.m.
•Chess Club. Feb. 19, 3 p.m. All skill levels welcomed. Ages 9-17.
•Computer Guts. Feb. 20, 4:30 p.m. Discover what's inside a computer. Ages 11-17. Registration required.
•Crafternoon. Sat., Feb. 14, 2 p.m. Drop in and make fun crafts.
•Discovering Great Artists: Matisse. Feb. 28, 2 p.m. Learn about the life and methods of Henri Matisse, one of history's great post-impressionist artists, then use his techniques to create paper cutouts. Ages 5-8. Registration required.
•Divergent Thursday. Thu., Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m. Discuss the book, "Divergent," and then enjoy the film.
•'The Land Before Time.' Fri., Feb. 13, 2 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks. All ages.
•S.O.S. School's Out So...Straw Towers. Thu., Feb. 12, 2 p.m. Ages 6-10. Ticket required.
6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5077.
•Book – n – Chat. Thu., Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Ages 6-8. Registration required.
•'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.' Fri., Feb. 13, 2 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks. All ages.
•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.
•Rainbow Fish. Thu., Feb. 12, 2 p.m. Ages 6-8. Ticket required.
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.
•Elephant and Piggie: Tales of Caring. Thu., Feb. 12 and 14, 10:30 a.m. Ages 2-5. Registration required.
•Journey Cover to Cover. Third Thursdays, noon.
•Knit 'n Chat Teen Knitting Group. Feb. 24, 6:45 p.m. Beginners and experts welcomed. Supplies provided.
•Love Knots. Sat., Feb. 14, 3 p.m. Ages 13-17.
•Pinkalicious Valentine Fun. Thu., Feb. 12, 3 p.m. Ages 4-7. Registration required.
•Wrong Wrangle. Tue., Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Ages 9-17.
9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950.
•Bas Bleu. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
•Chess Club. Feb. 24, 7 p.m. All skills welcomed. Ages 9-17.
•Choose Civility: Family Read and Meet the Author: Fred Bowen. Feb. 21, 11 a.m. " Winners Take All" examines sportsmanship through the decision of one young baseball player. Ages 8-12. Registration required.
•Dudes on Books. Second Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
•English Conversation Class. Wednesdays, 7:45 p.m.
•'Frozen.' Fri., Feb. 13, 2 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks. All ages.
•Got Talent? Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Registration required.
•Hands-Only CPR and AED. Feb. 21, 3 p.m. Ages 9-18. Registration required.
•How to Borrow eBooks from HCLS – Android/Nook Tablet. Thu., 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 – Kindle. Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Learn to browse, borrow and download eBooks from HCLS' collection to a Kindle.
•LEGO Wars. Thu., Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Ages 9-17.
•Movie Matinee. Thu., Feb. 12, 3 p.m. "The Help."
•'Mulan.' Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks. All ages.
•Murder at the Library. Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Use sleuthing skills to examine the crime scene, question the suspects, and uncover the murderer. Ages 11-17.
•Nice Matters. Feb. 21, 12 p.m. Explore the principles of Choose Civility through games, crafts and other activities. Grades 2-5.
•Puzzle it Out. Tue., Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Answer quirky trivia questions.
•Science Club: Sound and Music. Wed., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Registration required.
•Tea and Tomes. Third Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
•Tween Sprouts: Enchanted Garden Club. Thu., Feb. 12, 4:30 p.m. "Let's Scream for Micro Greens." Ages 9-11. Registration and signed release form required.
•Valentines Day Fun. Sat., Feb. 14, 3 p.m. Ticket required.
9525 Durness Lane, Laurel. 410-880-5975.
•Cooking Up Collaboration. Tue., Feb. 17, 10:15 a.m. Stories and activities about sharing. Ages 3-5.
•'Despicable Me 2.' Fri., Feb. 13, 3 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks. All ages.
•Destination Australia. Thu., Feb. 12, 2 p.m. Ages 6-8. Ticket required.
•Dim Sum of Crafts. Feb. 19, 2 p.m. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a variety of crafts. Ages 4 and older.
•Picture Book Parade. Fri., Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m. Ages 2-5.
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8360 Court Ave., Ellicott City. 410-313-2135.
•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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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.