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04/18/15
10:00 AM
East Columbia Branch

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Children's Discovery Fair: Look What's In Our Neighborhood
A celebration for young children and their families with free hands-on activities that teach developmentally appropriate educational concepts, including interactive games, crafts, and stories. Please bring a donation for the Howard County Food Bank. Ages 3-5 with adult; drop-in activity, 10 am - 1 pm.

In partnership with the Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council. HCLS Signature Event.

No registration required.
04/18/15
10:00 AM
Savage Branch

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The Science of Movie Making
Students will experience what is involved in the movie making process, starting with organizing during the pre-production stage, then actual production using the Canon Rebel T3i 600D, to post-production. Students will take a look at how digital cameras are engineered and how the light entering the camera is then turned into an electrical signal. Students will
also get to, not only work with video editing software like iMovie, but audio editing software Logic Pro X as well. By the end of the program each student will have produced, filmed, and edited their own movie. Ages 11-18.

Class: 10 am - 12 pm
Lab: 12 pm - 1 pm

This is a 5 month class. When you register once, you will be registered for all dates:
Jan 10, 24, 31; Feb 7, 21, 28; Mar 7, 14, 21, 28; Apr 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9.

HiTech is funded in part by a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from IMLS. Visit hclibrary.org/hitech_events for more HiTech classes.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.0760.
04/18/15
10:00 AM
Glenwood Branch

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Ask A Master Gardener
Discuss gardening questions and concerns. 3rd Saturdays; 10 am - 12 pm. University of Maryland Extension - Howard County Master Gardeners.

No registration required.
04/18/15
10:00 AM
Miller Branch

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Ask A Master Gardener
Discuss gardening questions. Saturdays: 10 am - 12 pm (except holiday weekends and Summer Reading Kickoff).

University of Maryland Extension - Howard County Master Gardeners.

No registration required.
04/18/15
10:15 AM
Central Branch

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All Together Now
Stories, songs, and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/18/15
10:15 AM
Elkridge Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min.

No registration required.
04/18/15
10:30 AM
Savage Branch

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All Together Now
Stories, songs, and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/18/15
11:00 AM
Miller Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min. Ticket required

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/18/15
11:00 AM
Glenwood Branch

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Chemistry in the Library: Chemists Celebrate Earth Day
Join a chemist from the American Chemical Society for hands-on experiments. Ages 7 & up (an adult must accompany 7-8 yr. olds); 60 min.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.5579.
04/18/15
11:15 AM
Elkridge Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min.

No registration required.
04/18/15
11:30 AM
Central Branch

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All Together Now
Stories, songs, and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/18/15
2:00 PM
Miller Branch

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Meet the Authors!
Meet mystery and fantasy middle grade authors! Jonathan Auxier, author of The Night Gardener, Kate Milford, author of Greenglass House, and Aaron Starmer, author of The Riverman discuss their books. Book sales and signing. In partnership with GreenRow Books in Ellicott City. Ages 9 & up; 60 min.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.
04/18/15
2:00 PM
Central Branch

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Blue Box Companions
Come with us on a journey through time and space. Join fellow Whovians for games, talk, and jelly babies. Ages 11-17.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.7800.
04/18/15
2:00 PM
Central Branch

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Chemistry in the Library: Chemists Celebrate Earth Day
Join a chemist from the American Chemical Society for hands-on experiments. Ages 7 & up (an adult must accompany 7-8 yr. olds); 60 min.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.7880.
04/18/15
2:00 PM
East Columbia Branch

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Black-Eyed Susan Picture Book Club: Grades K-3
Ideal for homeschool families. Listen to and discuss picture book nominees for Maryland's children's choice award, in preparation for spring voting. Includes a craft or activity. Grades K-3; 45 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/18/15
3:00 PM
Savage Branch

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Robo-Doodler
It's a robot! It's a doodler! It's a robo-doodler! Make a simple robot to take home using everyday objects and watch as it doodles for you! Ages 8-13; 60 min.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.0760.
04/18/15
3:00 PM
Glenwood Branch

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Sloppy Saturdays
Seasonally themed crafts. Ages 5-10; 20 min. Register for each session separately.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.5579.
04/18/15
4:00 PM
Central Branch

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Science Club
Explore STEM concepts in this class for science lovers. Ages 11-17.

Students are challenged to construct a catapult from a design plan and predict which type of ammunition and lever angle allows them to reach their target.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.7800.
04/20/15
10:00 AM
Central Branch

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English Conversation Class
Is English your second (or third) language? Practice speaking and listening in a small group. Mondays; 10 am - 12 pm, Central Meeting Room.

No registration required.
04/20/15
10:00 AM
East Columbia Branch

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Morning Books with Coffee
Book discussion, 3rd Mondays; 10 - 11 am.

Mar 16 - The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
Apr 20 - As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway
May 18 - Visible City by Tova Mirvis

No registration required.
04/20/15
10:15 AM
Miller Branch

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What a Concept!
Stories, songs, and activities about shapes, colors, letters, and numbers. Ages 2-4; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/20/15
10:15 AM
Savage Branch

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Just for Me
For children who are ready for an independent class that includes creative expression, listening comprehension, and early reading skills. Ages 3-5; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/20/15
10:15 AM
Central Branch

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Just for Me
For children who are ready for an independent class that includes creative expression, listening comprehension, and early reading skills.

Ages 3-5; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/20/15
10:15 AM
Elkridge Branch

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All Together Now
Stories, songs, and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/20/15
11:15 AM
Elkridge Branch

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All Together Now
Stories, songs, and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/20/15
11:30 AM
Miller Branch

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What a Concept!
Stories, songs, and activities about shapes, colors, letters, and numbers. Ages 2-4; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/20/15
11:30 AM
Central Branch

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Just for Me
For children who are ready for an independent class that includes creative expression, listening comprehension, and early reading skills.

Ages 3-5; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/20/15
1:30 PM
East Columbia Branch

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All Together Now
Stories, songs, and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/20/15
2:00 PM
Miller Branch

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Just for Me
For children who are ready for an independent class that includes creative expression, listening comprehension, and early reading skills. Ages 3-5; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/20/15
2:00 PM
Central Branch

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Hola = Hello
Learn basic Spanish vocabulary through stories, music and a craft. Ages 3-5 with adult; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/20/15
3:00 PM
East Columbia Branch

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Homework Club
Join us after school for a snack while working on your homework in a relaxed setting. Mondays - Thursdays; 3 - 4 pm (school days only). Ages 11-17.

No registration required.
04/20/15
3:30 PM
Glenwood Branch

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Blood Pressure Screening
Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. 1st & 3rd Mondays; 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Well & Wise event.

No registration required.
04/20/15
3:45 PM
Central Branch

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Hola = Hello
Learn basic Spanish vocabulary through stories, music and a craft. Ages 3-5 with adult; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/20/15
6:30 PM
Central Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/20/15
7:00 PM
Central Branch

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Talking: Pictures
Delve into international films' historical, social, and psychological significance. Borrow the movie from HCLS, watch it ahead of time, then participate in a lively discussion.

Apr 20: Discussing Still Mine

*Registration is preferred. Register online or by calling 410.313.7800.
04/20/15
7:00 PM
Miller Branch

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Go Native, Sow Seeds!
Celebrate Earth day and sow some native seeds. Create seed bursts with native seeds, potting mix, and clay, then spread native seeds to help the pollinators in our community.

Ages 11-17. Registration and signed release form required. The release form will be sent in the confirmation email.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.
04/20/15
7:00 PM
Savage Branch

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Pajama Time
Stories and music just before bedtime. Pajamas, teddy bears, and blankets welcome. All ages; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/20/15
7:00 PM
Central Branch

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First Look Committee
Be among the first to read exciting new books before they are published! Discuss and recommend favorites to HCLS. Service learning hours available. Ages 12-16.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.7800.
04/20/15
7:00 PM
Elkridge Branch

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Teen Fiction Writing Workshop
Celebrate the power of stories and your imagination in this fun series. Learn to craft well-developed characters, settings, and real dialogue. Create conflict and explore the basics of plotting in your writer's notebook. Hone your skills through peer coaching. Ages 11-17.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.5088.
04/20/15
7:00 PM
Miller Branch

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Pajama Time
Stories and music just before bedtime. Pajamas, teddy bears, and blankets welcome. All ages; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/20/15
7:00 PM
Miller Branch

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Asian American Literature
Book discussion, 3rd Mondays; 7 - 8:30 pm.

Mar 16 - Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
Apr 20 - American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
May 18 - Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

No registration required.
04/20/15
7:00 PM
Miller Branch

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Ask A Master Gardener
Discuss gardening questions. Mondays; 7 - 8:30 pm.

University of Maryland Extension - Howard County Master Gardeners.

No registration required.
04/20/15
7:00 PM
East Columbia Branch

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Pajama Time
Stories and music just before bedtime. Pajamas, teddy bears, and blankets welcome. All ages; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/21/15
10:00 AM
Central Branch

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English Language Learners
Learn to read, write, and speak English for everyday life. Beginning level: Tuesdays; 10 am - 12 pm, Central Meeting Room.

No registration required.
04/21/15
10:15 AM
Savage Branch

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3, 2, Fun!
Stories, songs, and activities. Ages 2-3 with adult; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/21/15
10:15 AM
East Columbia Branch

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3, 2, Fun!
Stories, songs, and activities. Ages 2-3 with adult; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/21/15
10:15 AM
Elkridge Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min.

No registration required.
04/21/15
10:15 AM
Central Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min. Ticket Required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/21/15
10:30 AM
Glenwood Branch

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Mini Milestones
Prepare your toddler as you learn about some mini-milestones. Ages 18-36 months with adult; 30 min. Four-week series. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/21/15
10:30 AM
Glenwood Branch

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Just for Me
For children who are ready for an independent class that includes creative expression, listening comprehension, and early reading skills. Ages 3-5; 30 min.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.5579.
04/21/15
11:15 AM
Savage Branch

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3, 2, Fun!
Stories, songs, and activities. Ages 2-3 with adult; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/21/15
11:15 AM
East Columbia Branch

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3, 2, Fun!
Stories, songs, and activities. Ages 2-3 with adult; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/21/15
11:15 AM
Elkridge Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min.

No registration required.
04/21/15
11:30 AM
Central Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min. Ticket Required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/21/15
2:00 PM
Central Branch

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EatPlayGrow™
Explore health and safety concepts inspired by children's literature. Ages 3-5 with adult; 45 min. Multi-week series. Well & Wise event. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/21/15
2:00 PM
East Columbia Branch

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Spring Into Science
Explore simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature.

Ages 3-5 with adult; 45 min. Multi-week series. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/21/15
3:00 PM
East Columbia Branch

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Homework Club
Join us after school for a snack while working on your homework in a relaxed setting. Mondays - Thursdays; 3 - 4 pm (school days only). Ages 11-17.

No registration required.
04/21/15
3:45 PM
Central Branch

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EatPlayGrow™
Explore health and safety concepts inspired by children's literature. Ages 3-5 with adult; 45 min. Multi-week series. Well & Wise event. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/21/15
4:00 PM
Savage Branch

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Science Lab
Drop in to work on self-study science projects for school or to test the science kits provided. Ages 11-18.

No registration required.
HiTech is funded in part by a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Visit hclibrary.org/hitech_events for more HiTech classes.
04/21/15
6:00 PM
East Columbia Branch

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Civil and Family Law Self-Help Center
Howard County Library System partners with the Howard County Circuit Court to meet the needs of self-represented litigants in Howard County. Attorneys provide free legal assistance for income-eligible walk-in clients. 6 - 8 pm.

Family Law Assistance Program: Attorneys provide free legal assistance for income-eligible walk-in clients on matters such as divorce, separation, custody, child support, alimony, and name change.

Contact Circuit Court Law Librarian Sandy Brewer at 410.313.2135 with questions.

Civil Law Center
Mar 3 (canceled), Apr 7, May 5

Family Law Assistance Program
Mar 10 & 17, Apr 14 & 21, May 12 & 19

No registration required.
04/21/15
6:30 PM
Central Branch

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The Citizenship Test
Learn important details about the U.S. Citizenship test. Proficiency in English is strongly recommended.

*Registration is preferred. Register online or by calling 410.313.7800.
04/21/15
6:30 PM
East Columbia Branch

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Business and Political Economy Discussion Group
Discuss book reviews and topics in business, management, and political economy; discover HCLS' specialized online research tools; and explore business planning with case studies. Syllabus available at the branch or by contacting yao.aziabu@hclibrary.org. 3rd Tuesdays; 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

*Registration is preferred. Register online or by calling 410.313.7700.
04/21/15
6:45 PM
Glenwood Branch

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Knit 'n Chat Teen Knitting Group
Beginners and experts welcome! Spend time with other teen knitters and learn to make cool items. Supplies provided. Ages 11-17.

No registration required.
04/21/15
7:00 PM
Glenwood Branch

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Earth Day Mural Party
Celebrate Earth Day and decorate the library by creating a mural of the planet Earth. Ages 11-17.

No registration required.
04/21/15
7:00 PM
Miller Branch

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Meet the Authors: Gina A. Oliva and Linda Risser Lytle
Turning the Tide: Making Life Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Schoolchildren presents a qualitative study of deaf and hard of hearing (dhh) individuals who spent a sizeable proportion of their K-12 years as the only deaf children in their schools. Authors Oliva and Lytle discuss the challenges their subjects reported about friendship, identity, and support services. These stories demonstrate how dhh students need social as well as academic support to attain an equitable education.

Books available for purchase and signing. In partnership with Howard Community College, Howard County Association for the Deaf, Maryland School for the Deaf, and Howard County Poetry & Literature Society. Become a Friend of HCLS at jointhefriends.org.

*Registration is preferred. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.
04/21/15
7:00 PM
Miller Branch

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Beastly Art
What's your favorite animal? Explore art with animals as the subject, then make a "beastly" masterpiece. Ages 6-9; 45 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/21/15
7:00 PM
Savage Branch

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Pajama Time
Stories and music just before bedtime. Pajamas, teddy bears, and blankets welcome. All ages; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/21/15
7:00 PM
Central Branch

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Everything Book Club
Choose and talk about books from a wide variety of genres and an even wider (and crazier) variety of topics.

Mar 17: Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
Apr 21: How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial by Darryl Cunningham
May 19: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

No registration required.
04/21/15
7:00 PM
Elkridge Branch

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Murder, Mischief, and Mayhem
Book discussion, 3rd Tuesdays; 7 - 8 pm.

Mar 17 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Apr 21 - Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
May 19 - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

No registration required.
04/22/15
10:15 AM
Miller Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/22/15
10:15 AM
Savage Branch

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Spring Into Science
Explore simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature.

Ages 3-5 with adult; 45 min. Multi-week series. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/22/15
10:15 AM
East Columbia Branch

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All Together Now
Stories, songs, and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/22/15
10:15 AM
Elkridge Branch

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Just for Me
For children who are ready for an independent class that includes creative expression, listening comprehension, and early reading skills. Ages 3-5; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/22/15
10:15 AM
Glenwood Branch

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Sensory Friendly Stories & Fun
Books, music, and plenty of movement in a small group. Ages 3-5 with adult. 30 min.

Visit http://hclibrary.org/index.php?page=65 and read A Children's Class to help prepare for your visit.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.5579.
04/22/15
11:15 AM
East Columbia Branch

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All Together Now
Stories, songs, and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/22/15
11:15 AM
Elkridge Branch

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Just for Me
For children who are ready for an independent class that includes creative expression, listening comprehension, and early reading skills. Ages 3-5; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/22/15
11:30 AM
Miller Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/22/15
11:30 AM
Savage Branch

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Spring Into Science
Explore simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature.

Ages 3-5 with adult; 45 min. Multi-week series. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/22/15
1:30 PM
Savage Branch

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All Together Now
Stories, songs, and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/22/15
3:00 PM
East Columbia Branch

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Homework Club
Join us after school for a snack while working on your homework in a relaxed setting. Mondays - Thursdays; 3 - 4 pm (school days only). Ages 11-17.

No registration required.
04/22/15
3:30 PM
Savage Branch

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Homework Club
Join us after school for a snack while working on your homework in a relaxed setting. Wednesdays; 3:30 - 4:30 pm (school days only). Ages 11-17.

No registration required.
04/22/15
4:00 PM
Savage Branch

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Earth Day!
Celebrate Earth Day! Learn ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle with stories, songs, activities, and a craft! Ages 5-8; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/22/15
4:30 PM
Glenwood Branch

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Fairy Tale Engineering
Classic stories and fun problem-solving activities. Ages 5 -8; 45 min. Register for each session separately.

Mar 25: Three Pigs Construction Challenge
Apr 22: The Crow and the Pitcher (Aesop's Physics)
May 13: Rapunzel Engineers an Escape

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.5579.
04/22/15
6:00 PM
Central Branch

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Speakeasy Book Club
Join us for a literary happy hour at one of Columbia's newest destinations: Seasons 52! 4th Wednesdays; 6 - 7 pm. In partnership with Seasons 52.

Mar 25 - Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Apr 22 - David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
May 27 - The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

Location: Seasons 52 Restaurant
(10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia)

*Registration is preferred. Register online or by calling 410.313.7800.
04/22/15
7:00 PM
Miller Branch

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Meet the Author: Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.
Kay Redfield Jamison is an internationally renowned author and expert on manic-depressive illness and depression, and a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Co-Director of its Mood Disorders Center. She authored The New York Times bestseller, An Unquiet Mind: a Memoir of Moods and Madness. The memoir chronicles her experience with depression and mania, and according to Oliver Sacks, "stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance, and beauty." Her other works include Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide; Exuberance: The Passion for Life; and Nothing Was the Same: a Memoir.

In 2013, Jamison's book Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament was awarded the Lewis Thomas Prize, which recognizes scientific works that reach a wider audience outside of the laboratory. Jamison coauthored Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression, first published in 1990 and the definitive book on the topic.

Kay Redfield Jamison is the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders, Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. She is also Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is co-author of the standard medical text on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness, which was chosen as the most outstanding book in biomedical sciences by the American Association of Publishers. Dr. Jamison has written more than 125 scientific and clinical articles about mood disorders, suicide, creativity, and lithium. Her memoir, An Unquiet Mind, which chronicles her own experience with manic-depressive illness, was cited by several major publications as one of the best books of 1995. It was on The New York Times bestseller list for five months and translated into twenty–five languages. Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide was a national bestseller and selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 1999. Exuberance: The Passion for Life was selected by The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best books of 2004 and by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of the year. Her most recent book, Nothing Was the Same, was chosen by The Washington Post as one of the best books of 2009. Dr. Jamison is the recipient of numerous national and international literary and scientific prizes, including the Lewis Thomas Prize and a MacArthur Award.

Signed books available for purchase. In partnership with NAMI, Howard County. Become a Friend of HCLS at jointhefriends.org.

*Registration is preferred. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.
04/22/15
7:00 PM
Miller Branch

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Book-N-Chat
Build book club skills by reading a picture book together, followed by discussion and related activities. Ages 6-8; 45 min. Register for each session separately.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.
04/22/15
7:00 PM
Savage Branch

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Create a Rain Garden
Caroline Feil discusses the benefits of a rain garden and offers suggestions on building one. University of Maryland Extension - Howard County Master Gardeners.

*Registration is preferred. Register online or by calling 410.313.0760.
04/22/15
7:00 PM
Elkridge Branch

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Pajama Time
Stories and music just before bedtime. Pajamas, teddy bears, and blankets welcome. All ages; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/22/15
7:45 PM
Miller Branch

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English Conversation Class
Is English your second (or third) language? Practice speaking and understanding in a small group. Wednesdays 7:45 - 8:45 pm.

No registration required.
04/23/15
10:00 AM
Miller Branch

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Pins and Needles
Bring the projects you'd love to finish! All stitchers welcome. Thursdays; 10 am - 12 pm.

No registration required.
04/23/15
10:15 AM
Savage Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min.

No registration required.
04/23/15
10:15 AM
Central Branch

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3, 2, Fun!
Stories, songs, and activities. Ages 2-3 with adult; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/23/15
10:15 AM
East Columbia Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/23/15
10:30 AM
Glenwood Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min.

No registration required.
04/23/15
10:30 AM
Elkridge Branch

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Spring Into Science
Explore simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature.

Ages 3-5 with adult; 45 min. Multi-week series.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.5085.
04/23/15
11:15 AM
Savage Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min.

No registration required.
04/23/15
11:15 AM
East Columbia Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/23/15
11:30 AM
Central Branch

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3, 2, Fun!
Stories, songs, and activities. Ages 2-3 with adult; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/23/15
3:00 PM
East Columbia Branch

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Homework Club
Join us after school for a snack while working on your homework in a relaxed setting. Mondays - Thursdays; 3 - 4 pm (school days only). Ages 11-17.

No registration required.
04/23/15
4:00 PM
Central Branch

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Afternoon Crafts
Celebrate Earth Day and make recycled comic book crafts. Ages 11-17.

No registration required.
04/23/15
4:00 PM
Savage Branch

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Audio/Video Lab
Drop in our A/V lab to work on your A/V, film or video projects - for school or personal use. Ages 11-18.


No registration required.

HiTech is funded in part by a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from The Institute of Museum and Library Services. Visit for more HiTech classes.
04/23/15
4:00 PM
Savage Branch

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HiTech Hangout
Drop in to play games, work independently to design a new game, or study the dynamics of game design. Ages 11-18.

No registration required.
HiTech is funded in part by a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Visit hclibrary.org/hitech_events for more HiTech classes.
04/23/15
6:30 PM
East Columbia Branch

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Engineering Club
Use NASA software to design and build air and water rockets, then launch them. Ages 11-17.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.7700.
04/23/15
7:00 PM
Miller Branch

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How to Borrow eBooks from HCLS (Android or Nook Tablet)-*** CANCELED ***
Learn how to browse, borrow, and download eBooks from HCLS' growing collection.

Click here for a full list of training dates.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.
04/23/15
7:00 PM
Miller Branch

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Upcycled Book Art
Give an old book new life with a few fun crafting projects. Ages 11-17.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.
04/23/15
7:00 PM
Miller Branch

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Pajama Time
Stories and music just before bedtime. Pajamas, teddy bears, and blankets welcome. All ages; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/23/15
7:00 PM
Central Branch

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Perennial Gardening
Discuss how to design, prepare soil, select plants, and maintain beautiful perennial gardens using sustainable practices. Presented by Paul Beares. University of Maryland Extension - Howard County Master Gardeners.

*Registration is preferred. Register online or by calling 410.313.7800.
04/23/15
7:00 PM
East Columbia Branch

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Anime Club
Meet fellow fans, enjoy a movie and snacks, and enter a drawing to win prizes! Ages 13-17. Refreshments.

No registration required.
04/23/15
7:00 PM
Elkridge Branch

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Appreciating Art Through Fiction
Explore the fiction collection's artistic side with novels about Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, and Édouard Manet, which feature colorful works of art. Discover the lives of artists, their subjects, and specific art styles and techniques.

*Registration is preferred. Register online or by calling 410.313.5088.
04/23/15
7:00 PM
Central Branch

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Pajama Time
Stories and music just before bedtime. Pajamas, teddy bears, and blankets welcome. All ages; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/23/15
7:00 PM
Savage Branch

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Spring Into Science
Explore simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature. Ages 3-5 with adult; 45 min. Multi-week series. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/23/15
7:30 PM
Central Branch

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English Conversation Class
Is English your second (or third) language? Practice speaking and listening in a small group. Thursdays; 7:30 - 8:30 pm, Project Literacy Resource Center.

No registration required.
04/24/15
10:00 AM
Elkridge Branch

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Maryland Legal Aid
Howard County Library System partners with Maryland Legal Aid to provide free civil legal services to financially qualified Marylanders. For initial interview and appointment, please call 410.480.1057.

1st Wednesdays, 2nd & 4th Fridays; 10 am - 1 pm.
04/24/15
10:15 AM
Miller Branch

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All Together Now
Stories, songs, and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/24/15
10:15 AM
Central Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min.

No registration required.
04/24/15
10:15 AM
Elkridge Branch

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Storybook Friends
A story and craft to enjoy with your child. Ages 2-5 with adult; 30 min. Ticket required.

Apr 10: Gossie & Gerti
Apr 17: Clifford
Apr 24: Curious George

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/24/15
10:15 AM
Glenwood Branch

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Fingerpaint Fridays
Ages 2-5 with adult; 15 min. Register for each session separately.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.5579.
04/24/15
10:30 AM
Savage Branch

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Picture Book Parade
Tales, tunes, and tons of fun! Make a craft too. Ages 2-5 (2 year olds must be accompanied by an adult); 30 min.

No registration required.
04/24/15
10:30 AM
Glenwood Branch

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All Together Now
Stories, songs, and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages; 30 min.

No registration required.
04/24/15
11:00 AM
East Columbia Branch

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I'm Going to Be A Big Brother or Sister
Prepare for the arrival of a baby in this class for new siblings. Enjoy stories, activities, and bring a favorite doll or stuffed animal to practice holding your baby. Resources for parents, too. Families; 30 - 45 min. Ticket required.

In partnership with Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Well & Wise event.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/24/15
11:15 AM
Elkridge Branch

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Storybook Friends
A story and craft to enjoy with your child. Ages 2-5 with adult; 30 min. Ticket required.

Apr 10: Gossie & Gerti
Apr 17: Clifford
Apr 24: Curious George

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/24/15
11:15 AM
Glenwood Branch

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Fingerpaint Fridays
Ages 2-5 with adult; 15 min. Register for each session separately.

*Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.5579.
04/24/15
11:30 AM
Miller Branch

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All Together Now
Stories, songs, and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages; 30 min. Ticket required.

*Limited space; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
04/24/15
11:30 AM
Central Branch

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Play Partners
Stories, baby games, and musical activities. Ages infant-23 months with adult; 20-30 min.

No registration required.
04/24/15
3:30 PM
Savage Branch

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Family Movies
Films the entire family can enjoy. Free popcorn and drinks. All ages.

Mar 20: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (G)
Apr 24: Wall-E (G)
May 22: Planes - Fire & Rescue (PG)

Sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library System.

No registration required.
04/24/15
4:00 PM
Savage Branch

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Music Lab
Drop in to test new music technology, record or mix your own music, or record vocals. Work on school music projects or create your own personal project. Ages 11-18.

No registration required.
HiTech is funded in part by a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Visit hclibrary.org/hitech_events for more HiTech classes.
 

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