Workshop on Renters' Rights

The Howard County Office of Human Rights will conduct a workshop on the rights of renters from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Dr. in Ellicott City.

Sponsored in conjunction with the Howard County Community Housing Resource Board, the Howard County Board of Realtors, and the Apartment Builders and Owners Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland, the workshop will provide training and answers to participants' questions about federal, state and local fair housing laws and will give examples of cases filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Maryland Commission on Human Relations and the Howard County Office of Human Rights.

To register, send a check for $10, payable to the Howard County Director of Finance, to Howard County Office of Human Rights, 3450 Court House Dr., Ellicott City, Md. 21043.

For further information or to submit questions for the workshop, call Mary Campbell, OHR training coordinator, 992-2162 or 992-2462 for the hearing impaired. Interpreters will be provided if the office is notified 48 hours before the meeting. Literary Cafe Planned in Columbia

Longtime Columbia residents Perry and Marsha Berman are planning to expand their Cover to Cover bookstore to include the community's first literary cafe.

If all goes according to plan, the Bermans will move their store in the Owen Brown Village Center to a bigger site and reopen in April with enough seating for 40 to 50 people.

Marsha Berman said the new store will have a "casually elegant, typically Columbia" feel, with New Age music, a coffee bar, a stage for live entertainment and poetry readings, and a "light menu" featuring sandwiches, salads, cappuccino and desserts.

The Bermans also have scheduled a hearing before the county Liquor Board this month seeking a license for selling beer, wine and specialty drinks. 4-H Teen Club Organized

The Howard County 4-H program has started a Teen Club that will meet six to eight times a year. Youths interested in the club should attend the next meeting, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cooperative Extension Service. Call 992-2030 for directions and more information.Nominees for Volunteer Awards

Residents are being asked to submit nominations for the annual Howard County volunteer awards. The awards are sponsored by the Association of Community Services and the Volunteer Involvement Program of the United Way.

Anyone from the community may submit nominations for the following categories: individual, group, and student. Nomination forms must be submitted by March 5 to the ACS/VIP office, 7050 Oakland Mills Rd., Suite 100, Columbia, Md. 21046. Call 290-9390 for nominating forms and further information.