Central Library

10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-313-7800.


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

•Book Boosters. First Wednesdays, 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.

•'Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater' Puppet Show. Oct. 18, 10:15 a.m.; and Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ages 3 and older. Tickets required.

•Noontime. Third Thursdays, noon.

•Play Partners. Fridays, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Ages up to 23 months with adult; 20-30 minutes.

•Reception and Lecture: 'Justice Under Stress.' Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. Edward Papenfuse, Maryland state archivist and commissioner of land patents, discusses the federal court in Baltimore during the Civil War.

•The Underpinnings of Civil War Era: Women's Fashion. Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Learn what women wore during the 1860s.

•'Why Did Lincoln Free the Slaves?' Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Michael Johnson, professor and Civil War historian, explains Lincoln's motivations behind the Emancipation Proclamation.

East ColumbiaBranch

6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7700.

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

•Black Fiction. First Saturdays, 1 p.m.

•'How the Media Fuels Childhood Obesity and What to do About it.' Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Dr. Dan Levy, pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, discusses the impact of the media on food and drink choices made by children.


•Maximize Your History Day Research. Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Meet History Day judges and learn strategies to locate sources. Ages 11-17

•Morning Books with Coffee. Third Tuesdays, 10 a.m.

•New Release Cinema. Oct. 18, 7 p.m. View a critically acclaimed new DVD on a large screen.

Elkridge Branch

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

•Elks Excellent Reads. Second Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.

•Literary Explorers Club. Second Mondays, 7 p.m.

•Play Partners. Tuesdays, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 11:15 a.m. Ages up to 23 months with adult; 20-30 minutes.

Glenwood Branch

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

•Mean Girls. Thu., Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to negotiate the social world of female friendships with expert Deborah West. Registration required.

•Oh So Kind. Wed., Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m.; and Thu., Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m. Everyone deserves a little kindness, including animals. Ages 3-6. Registration required.

•Monster Mash. Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Join the party and create a monster mask for Halloween. Ages 2-5.

•Paragraphs Pals. Oct. 15, 4:30 p.m. Ages 6-8. Registration required.

•Picture Book Parade. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 2-5 with adult.

•Readers' Tea at 10. First Wednesdays, 10 a.m.

Howard CountyLaw Library

8360 Court Ave., Ellicott City. 410-313-4851.

•Law Advice. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. An attorney is available to give free legal advice to self-represented litigants in civil, nonfamily matters. No appointment necessary.

Miller Branch

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

•Bas Bleu. Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

•'Choose Civility the Elephant and Piggie Way.' Wed., Oct. 10, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Ages 4-7. Tickets required.

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

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

•'Ethical Behavior: Recipe for the Good Life.' Thu., Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Author and economist Dr. Gopal Dorai explores the implications of ethical conduct for personal well-being, social cohesion and economic growth.

•Keep it Civil: Straight Talk Teen-to-Teen. Oct. 16, 7 p.m. A facilitated panel discussion exploring civility in daily life for teens. Registration required.

•'License to Thrive: Title IX at 35.' Oct. 17, 7 p.m. This film examines how Title IX has opened doors for girls and women.

•Maximize Your History Day Research. Wed., Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Meet History Day judges and learn strategies to locate sources. Ages 11-17.

•Meet the Author: Amy Stewart. Oct. 24, 7 p.m. Stewart takes a scary yet comical look at the natural world.

•'Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater' Puppet Show. Oct. 23, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Ages 3 and older. Tickets required.

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

•Would it Kill You to be More Civil? Thu., Oct. 11, 6:15 p.m. Featuring NPR's Korya Coleman in conversation with author Henry Alford.

Savage Branch

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

•Asian American Literature. Third Mondays, 7 p.m.

•Blood pressure screenings. Second Mondays, 12:30-3 p.m. Free.

•HiTech. Monday-Wednesday, through Nov. 28, 3 p.m. Experience the latest technology and software hands-on in the new HiTech STEM digital learning lab. Ages 11-18.

•'Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater' Puppet Show Oct. 29, 10:15 a.m. Ages 3 and older. Tickets required.

•Mystery. Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

•Nonfiction. Third Wednesdays. 7 p.m.

•Picture Book Parade. Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. Ages 2-5, with adult.