Thursday 16

LIBRARY PRESCHOOL PROGRAM, for children ages 2-3 accompanied by an adult. Stories, activities, finger plays and songs. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursdays, through July 28, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-7880.

ELLICOTT CITY LIBRARY PROGRAM, for ages 3 and older. Stories and songs in celebration of Father's Day, which is Sunday. 2 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m. Friday, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd. Free. 410-313-1955.

COLUMBIA CHESS CLUB, for children ages 9-17 of all skill levels. Must have a basic understanding of the game. 6:30-7:30 p.m. today and June 30, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7700.

Friday 17

HARRIET TUBMAN STORY TIME, for adults and ages 8 and older. Learn about Tubman's Civil War-era exploits in freeing slaves through the Underground Railroad and about her courage, leadership and secret codes in quilts; includes storytelling, music and refreshments. Sponsored by the Friends of Howard County Library and the Columbia Festival of the Arts, 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; admission tickets required and are available from all library branches. 410-313-7880.

Saturday 18

BALTIMORE AQUARIUM PROGRAM, for ages 5-7. Learn about seals and the aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Program. 10-11 a.m., National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. $30; aquarium members, $15. 410-576-3833 or www.aqua.org.

GARDENING TALK, discussion of gardening concerns and problems by a master gardener. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, 410-313-1950; and 10 a.m.-noon the third Saturday of each month, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. 410-313-5577. Free.

ELLICOTT CITY CHESS CLUB, for players ages 9-17 of all skill levels. Must have a basic understanding of the game. 1:15-5:30 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd. Free. 410-313-1950.

Monday 20

COLUMBIA LIBRARY NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 6-9. Learn about owls through stories and games. There will be a live owl from the Irvine Nature Center. 10:30 a.m. Monday and 7 p.m. June 23, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Free; registration required. 410-313-7880.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND TRAUMA SUPPORT, for female sexual-assault or child-abuse victims recovering from alcohol or drug abuse who live or work in Howard County. Emphasis is on staying sober while going through a trauma. Sponsored by the county's Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center, noon-1 p.m. Mondays, call for program location. Free; registration required. 410-290-6432.

LIBRARY NATURE TALKS, for ages 5 and older. Learn about wild animals Take a bag lunch and a drink. Noon Mondays, through July 18, Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

COLUMBIA BABY-SITTING COURSE, for ages 11-15. Learn about safety, first aid and bedtime issues. Taught by a 4-H extension educator of the Howard County Cooperative Extension; participants can receive a certificate. Refreshments provided. Two-session program, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.

LIBRARY BOARD GAMES, for ages 11-17. Play Scrabble, Life, Yahtzee, Monopoly and others, or bring a favorite board game. 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville, 410-313-5577; 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel, 410-880-5980. Free.

ELLICOTT CITY LANGUAGE PROGRAM, for those with English as a second or third language. Practice English skills in a group setting. Sponsored by the English Conversation Club, 7:45-8:45 p.m. Mondays, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd. Free. 410-313-1950.

Tuesday 21

MOUNT AIRY AGING SERIES, tips on how to age successfully. Topics of discussion include "Aging, Mind, Body and Spirit," led by older-adult specialist Mary Ann Wilkinson from Humanium, an organization that provides services for people with disabilities, 10 a.m. Tuesday; "Exercise -- Why Do We Need It and What Should We Be Doing?" 10 a.m. June 28; "Living Well Through the Ages," 9:30 a.m. July 5; "Nutritional Deficiencies and the Older Adult," 10 a.m. July 12, Western Howard County Senior Center, temporarily located at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 1125 St. Michaels Rd., Mount Airy. Free; registration required. 410-313-5440.

COOKSVILLE PET DISCUSSION, for adults and children ages 8 and older. Learn about choosing a pet and about pets and careers from veterinarians from the Animal Medical Hospital in Glenwood. 1:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road). Free. 410-313-5579.

ELLICOTT CITY BOOK CLUB MEETING, for girls ages 12 and older. A discussion of titles for future book club discussions. Sponsored by the Chick-Lit Book Club, 4-5 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd. Free. 410-313-1950.

COOKSVILLE WILDLIFE STORY TIME, for ages 6 and older. In "Wild Habitats: Glorious Grassland Gang," learn about wildlife through stories and other activities. 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road). Free; registration required. 410-313-5579.

Wednesday 22

ELLICOTT CITY KNITTING GROUP, a drop-in program. Knit and crochet afghans, blankets and baby clothing for local charities, hospitals and senior centers. Sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Rd. Free. 410-313-7279.

COLUMBIA CARD-MAKING COURSE, for adults and children ages 7 and older. Make a different card to take home each week. Sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association; free introductory class, 6:30-7 p.m. Wednesday; program, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, July 6-Aug. 17, Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd. Class fee, $40; supplies fee, $18; registration required. 410-730-3987.

BUSINESS START-UP WORKSHOP, "Tips for the Entrepreneur." Richard Lowery, professor of management and small business at Bowie State University, discusses how to start and continue a successful business; he'll also talk about demographics, technology, competition and the economy. 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.

SUMMER CELEBRATION, for ages 11 and older. Listen to beach tunes, bring flip-flops or sunhats to decorate, and make necklaces and frames from seashells. 7-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.

Thursday 23

ELKRIDGE KIDS MUSIC PROGRAM, for children ages 2-3 accompanied by an adult. Music and movement activities to celebrate the summertime. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd. Free; registration required. 410-313-5085.

ELLICOTT CITY SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS, for adults and teenagers. Learn about the culture of the hearing impaired and how to use American Sign Language, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd. Free; registration required. 410-313-1950.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES

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