Library Events to Mark

Black History Month

Several special events are planned by the Howard County Library to observe Black History Month.

Anita Henderson, a local physician, and Civil War hobbyists will reenact the life of Maria Lewis, an African American who disguised herself as a cavalryman and rode with the Union Army. The event will take place tonight at 7 at the Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy. in Columbia.

"The Legacy of Malcolm X," as told by Wanda Williams, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, also at the Central Library. Williams is a journalist who contributed to "The Malcolm X Encyclopedia," a collection of 500 essays examining the life of Malcolm X.

Next Thursday, "Harriet Tubman Was Here" will focus on Howard County's place in the Underground Railroad. The event, for children 8 and older, will be held at 4 p.m. at the East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

County Government

Will Close Monday

Howard County government offices, the courts, libraries and schools will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents' Day. The landfill will remain open, regular trash and recycling services will operate, and parking meters will require coins.

Columbia Organization

Sets Annual Meeting

Columbia Building in Howard County, an organization that focuses on cultural diversity, conflict resolution and reducing prejudice, will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, in Columbia. Officers will be elected during the meeting, which is open to the public. For more information, call 410-730-3334.

Sexual Trauma Center

Hires New Director

The board of directors of the Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery (STTAR) Center appointed Jeannie Meece as executive director. Meece will manage a staff of 16 that helps victims of sexual crimes through educational outreach services, counseling, fundraising and crisis intervention. She previously worked as executive director of the Great Lakes Center for Independent Living in Detroit.

College, Center Plan

Day on Volunteering

Howard Community College and the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County will host a Volunteer Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Galleria of the HCC campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Representatives from service organizations will provide information on volunteer, internship and employment opportunities.

Registration to Start

For Kids on Campus

Registration for Kids on Campus, summer courses for students ages 7 to 17, will begin March 3 at Howard Community College. Classes are offered in math, science, reading and writing, arts and crafts, entertainment, SAT preparation and more. A new class, "Journey into Jeopardy," will feature instruction on literature, history, geography, science and vocabulary. At the end of the course, students will be eligible to compete for HCC scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,225. The one- and two-week sessions will start June 23 and end by Aug. 15. For a catalogue with registration forms, call 410-772-4110 or e-mail