It is easy to see that spring is a time of miracles; and, as we participate in the celebration of new life, it is tough not to wonder just exactly how these feats of nature come about. Thankfully, our own Elkridge Branch Library has programs to help us to satiate the curiosity that we may have for the wonderments of spring.

On April 10 at 10:30 a.m., you can Spring into Science at the Elkridge Branch Library. Explore simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature. The program is for children ages 3-5 with an accompanying adult and lasts for 45 minutes.


It is a multi-week series and registration is required. Register online at or by calling 410-313-5085.

We all know that April showers bring May flowers; but, what about the wind? Where does it come from? What does it do?

Answer these questions and more at the Elkridge Branch Library's A Windy Day on April 14th at 2:00 p.m.. Listen to stories and songs about wind and then make a wind-inspired collage. The program is for children ages 5-8 and lasts for 45 minutes. Register online at or by calling 410-313-5085.

Howard County Schools are closed April 15. Why not get a little taste of summer fun at Elkridge Branch Library's Game Day! Hang out and play on Wii and board games from 2-4 p.m. No registration is required. Children aged 6-10 just show up.

Finally, on Wednesday, April 16, the Elkridge Senior Center and Library's Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.. Don't miss this wonderful annual event, featuring games, prizes, an exciting egg hunt and delicious refreshments. A surprise visit from a certain bunny is expected! Lunch will be available with a donation with pre-registration. Call to register at 410-313-5192.

Soon, spring will be showing its full colors and, just like in our homes, it is the inspiration for the reorganizing and management of our space which is known as spring cleaning. Let's not forget that the outdoors is our space as well. Help make a difference in just 20 minutes by participating in a county-wide spring cleanup.

Howard County's 20-Minute Cleanup is back for its fifth year and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is once again urging everyone to step outside for 20 minutes anytime on Thursday, April 10, to help clean up our community by picking up litter around your neighborhood, school or business.

With all of the opportunities for families to get out and have some fun this spring, it should be a vibrant time for our community. Hope to see you around!