LIBRARY PROGRAMS, for ages 6 and older. Stories and activities about wildlife in faraway places. "Perfectly Polar Posse," 10 a.m. today and 7 p.m. Monday; and "Radical Rainforest Residents," 7 p.m. July 26 and 10 a.m. July 28. Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5579.
KIDS STORY TIME, for ages 2-5; children age 2 must be accompanied by an adult. Stories, songs and activities about animals. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1955.
DIABETES OPEN HOUSE, for those with diabetes and those interested in the facts about diabetes. An educational and resource-sharing program includes information on exercise and nutrition and new developments in care and resources. Light refreshment provided. Sponsored by the Howard County Diabetes Coalition and the Columbia Association, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Columbia Gym, River Hill Village Center, 6151 Daylong Lane, Clarksville. Free. 410-531-0800.
GARDENING TALKS, discussion of gardening concerns and problems by a master gardener. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, through Sept. 26, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, 410-313-1950; 10 a.m.-noon the second Saturday of each month, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, 410-313-7800; 10 a.m.-noon the second Saturday of each month, Catonsville Branch Library, 1100 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, 410-887-3100. Free.
COLUMBIA FESTIVAL, food, rides and entertainment to benefit the youth basketball league of Proud and Positive Inc., Reach One Teach One program. Noon-4 p.m., the Barn, Columbia Teen Center, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl. $5. 443-392-8045.
DOLPHIN PLAY TIME, a chance to watch dolphins and learn about their personalities from a specialist, take a look behind the scenes at the mammal kitchen and see what dolphins eat, join a trainer for a playtime session with the dolphins and make a craft to take home. No physical contact with dolphins. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sundays, through July 31, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., $58; ages 60 and older, $54; ages 5-11, $49. 410-576-3833 or www.aqua.org.
SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM, for ages 8-12. One-week nature camp programs develop respect for the natural world. Camp includes hikes; nature games; and discussion of topics such as wildlife, wildlife habitats, life cycles, grasslands and forests, weather, wind and water, and Maryland history, sponsored by the Howard County Conservancy. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays, July 11-Aug. 19, Mount Pleasant Farm, Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock. Admission, free; camp cost, $250 per week; registration required. 410-465-8877.
PARENTS AND TOTS PLAY GROUPS, for children ages 6 months-4 years. Summer session groups limited to about 15 children. Activities include coloring, playing with toys and reading; juice provided. Sponsored by the Town Center Community Association, 10 a.m.-noon Mondays-Wednesdays, through Aug. 31. Ages 6 months-4 years, Mondays; ages 24 months and older, Tuesdays; ages 6 months-24 months, Wednesdays, Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. $22; Columbia residents, $20; siblings, half price; registration required. 410-730-4744.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND TRAUMA SUPPORT, for adult female sexual-assault or child-abuse victims recovering from alcohol or drug abuse who live or work in Howard County. Program focuses on staying sober while going through a trauma. Sponsored by the Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center, noon-1 p.m. Mondays; call for program location. Free; registration required. 410-290-6432.
BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Namesake: A Novel," by Jhumpa Lahiri, facilitated by Lucie Pettis. 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.
COLUMBIA SUMMER BOOK CLUB, for ages 8 and older. Take a book to share based on the theme of the week; includes an activity or snack. "Historical Fiction," 7 p.m. Monday; "Fantasy," 7 p.m. July 25, East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free; registration required. 410-313-7730.
WORLD EXPLORATION STORY TIME, for ages 6 and older. Stories and activities about the world. Discussion of South America, 2 p.m. Tuesday; Africa, 2 p.m. July 18; Asia, 2 p.m. July 28, Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5978.
BOOK DISCUSSION, for girls ages 12 and older. Choose title at first meeting. Sponsored by the library's Chick-Lit Book Club, 4-5 p.m., Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-1950.
CHESAPEAKE BAY HEALTH TALK, "The State of the Bay." Patty Yergey of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation discusses efforts to clean up and restore the Chesapeake Bay and the bay's "report card." 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5980.
BOOK DISCUSSION, for ages 12-19. "The Red Badge of Courage," by Stephen Crane. Sponsored by the Classics for Teens book group, 7-8 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.
READING PROGRAM, for ages 3-12. Stories based on a related gallery or museum collection in a hands-on educational format. 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy., Baltimore. Free with museum admission, $10; seniors and students, $6; ages 4 and younger, free. 410-727-4808.
MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION, "City of Lights," by Lauren Belfer. Sponsored by the Savage Mystery Book Club. 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5980.
ANTIQUE APPRAISAL TALK, discussion by Shirley Viviano and Valarie Diamond of the Enoch Pratt Free Library Fine Arts Department and John Caplan of Caplan's Auction Co. about the resources available to assess the value of antiques and collectibles. Bring a small item to be appraised. 7 p.m., Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7860.
HARRY POTTER TRIVIA CONTEST, for ages 8 and older. Test your knowledge of Harry Potter books; prizes and refreshments included. 7-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97 (Roxbury Mills Road), Cooksville. Free; registration required. 410-313-5577.
KIDS CRAFT PROGRAM, for ages 5-9. Craft stories and activities. Design a fan in "It's a Breeze," 2 p.m. July 14; make a puppet in "Lions, Tigers and Bears," 2 p.m. July 28, Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-313-7880.
-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES
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