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

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    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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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Sensory Friendly Stories & Fun (ages 3-5 with adult, RG)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Sensory Friendly Stories & Fun (ages 3-5 with adult, RG)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Crafternoon (families, TK)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Free Afternoon Snacks (up to age 18)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 "Classic" Black-Eyed Susan Book Club (Grades 4-8, RG)
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Needle Arts
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Speaking and Listening
Thursday, June 20, 2019 All Together Now (all ages)
Thursday, June 20, 2019 All Together Now (all ages)
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Noontime Books
Thursday, June 20, 2019 LEGO® Coding (ages 6-10, TK)
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Free Afternoon Snacks (up to age 18)
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Pajama Time (all ages, TK)
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age
Friday, June 21, 2019 Play Partners (ages 0-23 months with adult)
Friday, June 21, 2019 Play Partners (ages 0-23 months with adult)
Friday, June 21, 2019 Free Afternoon Snacks (up to age 18)
Saturday, June 22, 2019 All Together Now (all ages)
Saturday, June 22, 2019 All Together Now (all ages)
Sunday, June 23, 2019 Sunday Matinee: First Man
Monday, June 24, 2019 Web Design
Monday, June 24, 2019 English Conversation Class
Monday, June 24, 2019 Picture Book Parade (ages 2-5 with adult, TK)
Monday, June 24, 2019 Tech Stop
Monday, June 24, 2019 Picture Book Parade (ages 2-5 with adult, TK)
Monday, June 24, 2019 Java Programming
Monday, June 24, 2019 SAT Math Prep
Monday, June 24, 2019 Intro to Geometry
Monday, June 24, 2019 Carnival Engineering: Horse Race
Monday, June 24, 2019 Masterful Mosaics (ages 9-12, RG)
Monday, June 24, 2019 Free Afternoon Snacks (up to age 18)
Monday, June 24, 2019 Internet of Things: Arduino Project
Monday, June 24, 2019 Computer Illustration
Monday, June 24, 2019 Play Partners (ages 0-23 months with adult, TK)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Web Design
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 English for Beginners
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Play Partners (ages 0-23 months with adult, TK)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Play Partners (ages 0-23 months with adult, TK)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 SAT Math Prep
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Java Programming
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Carnival Engineering: Horse Race
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Intro to Geometry
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Build with Magformers® (ages 3-5 with adult, TK)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Build with Magformers® (ages 3-5 with adult, TK)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Free Afternoon Snacks (up to age 18)
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Internet of Things: Arduino Project
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Computer Illustration
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 What Is PTSD?
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Web Design
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Java Programming
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 SAT Math Prep
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Intro to Geometry
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Carnival Engineering: Horse Race
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Owl Outreach (ages 9 & up, RG)
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Owl Pellet Dissection (ages 9 & up, RG)
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Free Afternoon Snacks (up to age 18)
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Internet of Things: Arduino Project
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Computer Illustration
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Speakeasy Book Discussion
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Magformers® Mania (ages 6-8, TK)
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Web Design
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Speaking and Listening
Thursday, June 27, 2019 All Together Now (all ages)
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Tech Stop
Thursday, June 27, 2019 All Together Now (all ages)
Thursday, June 27, 2019 SAT Math Prep
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Java Programming
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Intro to Geometry
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Carnival Engineering: Horse Race
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Animal Aliens Living Among Us! (all ages, TK)
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Free Afternoon Snacks (up to age 18)
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Internet of Things: Arduino Project
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Computer Illustration
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Crafty Thursdays: Cosmic Cards
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Pajama Time (all ages, TK)
Friday, June 28, 2019 Web Design
Friday, June 28, 2019 Play Partners (ages 0-23 months with adult)
Friday, June 28, 2019 Play Partners (ages 0-23 months with adult)
Friday, June 28, 2019 Java Programming
Friday, June 28, 2019 SAT Math Prep
Friday, June 28, 2019 Intro to Geometry
Friday, June 28, 2019 Carnival Engineering: Horse Race
Friday, June 28, 2019 Free Afternoon Snacks (up to age 18)
Friday, June 28, 2019 Internet of Things: Arduino Project
Friday, June 28, 2019 Computer Illustration
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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!"