Fresh & Healthy

A big pile of bell peppers in all shades, centered on a yellow one.
Weekly farmers’ market at HCLS Miller Branch.

The library isn’t just providing good food for thought through books, movies, and other materials – it also can help you make good choices in staying healthy with cookbooks, nutrition guides, and classes.

The Farmers’ Markets are open again! You can shop for locally grown herbs and flowers, fresh produce, meats, and other food and drink. Operated by Howard County Economic Development Authority, there are several throughout the county, including at HCLS East Columbia Branch on Thursdays from 12-6 pm and HCLS Miller Branch on Wednesdays from 2-6 pm.

Join us in June for a wide variety of classes related to health and wellness:

Fight Stress Before It Gets to You
For adults. Register here.
In our modern lives, our bodies and minds are subject to many stresses. When we support our bodies before we are challenged, we can prevent certain negative health impacts. Nutrition Specialist Courtney Carpenter focuses on diet and lifestyle choices, including supplements.
Thu, Jun 1 at 7 – 8:30 pm
Central Branch

Addressing Menopause Naturally
For adults. Register here.
Menopause can be a challenging time in a woman’s life. Nutrition Specialist Courtney Carpenter discusses menopause, including recent developments in our understanding of hormones. In addition, learn how fine-tuning one’s diet and taking advantage of both foods and natural products can make this transition more manageable.
Thu, Jun 8 at 7 – 8:30 pm
Central Branch

Edible Landscaping with the Community Ecology Institute (CEI)
For adults. Register here.
Are you interested in incorporating edible plants into your existing landscape, but don’t know where to start? Discover plants that you can easily add to a large or small landscape or to containers. Gain a better understanding of edible plants and the knowledge you need to get you started. Feel free to bring photos to the Q & A with staff from the CEI Nourishing Gardens program.
Visit the Freetown Farm display during June in the Miller Branch lobby.
In partnership with the Community Ecology Institute.
Sat, Jun 10 at 10:30 am – 12 pm
Miller Branch

Fry, Fry Baby: Air Fryer Tips and Tricks
For adults. Register here.
Learn how to boost your produce intake, reduce your saturated fat intake, and keep your taste buds happy. Presented by Melanie Berdyck, Giant Food Nutritionist.
Thu, Jun 22 at 2 – 3 pm
Elkridge Branch

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