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    Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 9 pm Fri. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm Sun. 1 pm - 5 pm

  • Children Ages

    Newborn to Adult

Central Library, Howard County Library

A major destination not only for downtown Columbia but also for all of Howard County, the Central Branch of Howard County Library System (HCLS) is an education center featuring research, instruction, and a myriad of community and cultural events. Housing over 200,000 items in its various collections, the Central Branch welcomes over half a million visitors each year, with 20,000 children alone attending classes on an annual basis. Conveniently located on major thoroughfares with access to local transit, the Central Branch of HCLS takes pride in offering high-quality public education for all on a daily basis.

Central has 92 computers available to the public. All computers have word processing capabilities. In addition, there are two games computers in the children's department and two in the young adult area. These four do not have Internet access.

Riders of Howard Transit buses can purchase unlimited-ride monthly passes and 10-ride tickets at the Howard County Central Branch circulation desk. Individual tickets are not available at the Library; they must be purchased when boarding the bus. The Library will accept cash or check (payable to Howard County Library). There is no limit on the number of passes or tickets that may be purchased. Student, senior and disabled riders will be asked to show identification at the time of purchase. Disabled riders may use a Metro identification card or obtain one from Corridor Transportation Corporation (301-725-4000).

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Events (33)
Saturday, August 24, 2019 Start Your Own Business (Must register with Project Literacy)
Saturday, August 24, 2019 All Together Now (all ages)
Saturday, August 24, 2019 All Together Now (all ages)
Saturday, August 24, 2019 LEGO® Engineering Challenge (ages 9-12, RG)
Saturday, August 24, 2019 LEGO® Free Build (ages 9-12, RG)
Monday, August 26, 2019 English Conversation Class (Open to Public)
Monday, August 26, 2019 Picture Book Parade (ages 2-5 with adult, TK)
Monday, August 26, 2019 Picture Book Parade (ages 2-5 with adult, TK)
Monday, August 26, 2019 Free Afternoon Snacks (up to age 18)
Monday, August 26, 2019 Basic Everyday English/Burlington English (Must Register with Project Literacy)
Monday, August 26, 2019 Play Partners (ages 0-23 months with adult, TK)
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 English for Life & Work (Open to Public)
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Play Partners (ages 0-23 months with adult, TK)
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Play Partners (ages 0-23 months with adult, TK)
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Free Afternoon Snacks (up to age 18)
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Computer Literacy (Must Register with Project Literacy)
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Reading, Writing and Grammar for English Language Leaners
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Free Afternoon Snacks (up to age 18)
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Speakeasy Book Discussion
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Conversation Class (Open to Public)
Thursday, August 29, 2019 Speaking and Listening (Must register with Project Literacy)
Thursday, August 29, 2019 Free Afternoon Snacks (up to age 18)
Thursday, August 29, 2019 Pajama Time (all ages, TK)
Friday, August 30, 2019 Work Culture/Burlington English (Must register with Project Literacy)
Friday, August 30, 2019 Play Partners (ages 0-23 months with adult)
Friday, August 30, 2019 Play Partners (ages 0-23 months with adult)
Friday, August 30, 2019 American Culture/Burlington English (Must register with Project Literacy)
Friday, August 30, 2019 Free Afternoon Snacks (up to age 18)
Saturday, August 31, 2019 Start Your Own Business (Must register with Project Literacy)
Saturday, August 31, 2019 All Together Now (all ages)
Saturday, August 31, 2019 All Together Now (all ages)
Sunday, September 01, 2019 Library Closed
Monday, September 02, 2019 Library Closed
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Summer Reading Fun!

6/11/2010

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"Howard County kicked off their summer reading program last week and I highly recommend you stop by one of the branches to sign up! They'll give each child an age appropriate "game" board to encourage reading throughout the summer and it will come with several free coupons to various things (good stuff too!). As you complete reading tasks on the board, you turn in a coupon (2) for a prize. I sign up for this program every summer with my kids and they just love it. They even have an adult summer reading program with prizes as well. The librarians at the Central Library Children's Desk and the Main Desk are sooooo kind and helpful. Don't forget to pick up a summer class schedule as well - lots of great, free programs for the kids!"