Thursday 8

THURMONT DROP-IN CRAFTS, for all ages, "Build a Castle Picture," materials provided. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today; 1-5 p.m., tomorrow; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

THURMONT PRESCHOOL STORY TIME, for ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free; registration required. 301-271-7721.

FREDERICK PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES, for ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Admission, free.

* 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, and 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, C. Burr Artz Central Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick, 301-694-1630;

* 10:30 a.m. Thursdays and Wednesdays, through Aug. 12, Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown, registration required, 301-371-7560;

* 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 11, Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick, 301-834-9065; and

* 10:30 a.m. Thursdays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, 240-629-6329.

FREDERICK STORY TIME, for ages 6-7, listen to tall tales and bring a bag lunch. Noon, C. Burr Artz Central Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-694-1367.

BRUNSWICK STORY TIME, for all ages. 7 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 12, Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

MIDDLETOWN BOOK TALK, Gary Kinder's "Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea," based on the 1989 discovery of a gold-laden 1857 shipwreck. 7:30 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

Friday 9

BOOK READING AND TALK, Alexander McCall Smith's mystery novel "Morality for Beautiful Girls (More From the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)." 10 a.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.

FREDERICK INFANT STORY TIMES, for ages 24 months and younger with an adult, the "Babies With Books" program will show how to teach children the rhythms and meanings of speech and make connections among words, pictures and objects. 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Friday and July 30, C. Burr Artz Central Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

BRUNSWICK HIKE AND CRAFT, for ages 6-10, a hike to learn about bugs and a nature plaster-cast craft. 11 a.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free; registration required. 301-834-9065.

YOUTH HATHA YOGA, for students in grades 6-12, hatha instructor Marilyn Olson teaches awareness of body, breath and mind; wear loose, comfortable clothing. Noon-1 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free; registration required. 301-271-7721.

Saturday 10

WALKERSVILLE WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP, Janine Danner demonstrates watercolor techniques; bring a piece of fruit, sheets of watercolor paper, brushes or watercolor paints. 10:30 a.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free; registration required. 301-845-8880.

SINGLE ADOPTIVE PARENTS SUPPORT, for single parents and their adopted children, sponsored by Frank Adoption Center. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Staley Park, 1000 Motter Ave., Frederick (rain location, Magnetic Devices building lobby, 712 Northeast St., Frederick); other meetings, the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, at varying locations. Free. 301-682-5025.

THURMONT PARK STORY TIME, for all ages, "Once Upon a Sign," learn about American Sign Language with stories and songs of magic by Kathy MacMillan, sponsored by the Thurmont Branch Library. 11 a.m.-noon, Thurmont Community Park (large pavilion), 21 Frederick Rd., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

Monday 12

FREDERICK STORY TIME, for age 2 accompanied by an adult, "Time for Twos: Summer Fun." 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Monday and July 19, C. Burr Artz Central Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-694-1630.

BRUNSWICK STORY TIME, for age 2 accompanied by an adult, "Two by Two." 10:30 a.m. Mondays, through Aug. 9, Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

YOUTH BOOK DISCUSSION, for grades 6-8, Karen Hesse's "Music of the Dolphins." 3 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free; registration required. 301-271-7721.

FREDERICK GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for people who have experienced the death of a loved one, Genesis Support Group, a self-help organization. 7-8:45 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month, Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave., Frederick. Free. 301-698-3033.

STORIES BY SIGN LANGUAGE, for all ages, "Once Upon a Sign," learn about American Sign Language with stories and songs by Kathy MacMillan. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free; registration required. 301-371-7560.

BRUNSWICK WORKSHOP, Flo Vincent teaches rubber stamping and scrapbook making. 7 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free; registration required. 301-834-9065.

FREDERICK GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for people who have experienced the death of a loved one, Genesis Support Group, a self-help organization. 7-8:45 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month, Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave., Frederick. Free. 301-698-3033.

Tuesday 13

EMMITSBURG STORY TIME, for age 2 accompanied by an adult, "Two-Terrific." 10:30 a.m. the first, second and third Tuesdays of each month, through Aug. 17, Emmitsburg Branch Library, 101 Silo Hill Rd., Emmitsburg. Free. 301-447-2682.

MIDDLETOWN STORY TIME, for age 2 accompanied by an adult, "Two's Company." 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Aug. 10, Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free; registration required. 301-371-7560.

THURMONT STORY TIME, for age 2 accompanied by an adult, "Stories Two-gether." 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free; registration required. 301-271-7721.

FREDERICK HIKE AND CRAFT, for ages 6-9, learn about bugs and make a nature plaster-cast craft. 10:30-11:30 a.m., C. Burr Artz Central Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-694-1630.

DISABLED PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP, a discussion of parenting concerns including discipline, nutrition and medical, school and neighborhood issues; meet other parents with disabilities who are facing the same issues. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, the Arc of Frederick County, 620A Research Dr., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-663-0909 or 301-663-0936 (TDD).

FREDERICK STORY TIME, for ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult, stories, songs and puppet craft, "P Is for Puppets." 2 p.m., C. Burr Artz Central Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-694-1630.

BRUNSWICK FRENCH COOKING, for grades 6-12, learn to make a meal, from appetizer to dessert. 6 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free; registration required. 301-834-9065.

FREDERICK STORY TIMES, for all ages. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, through Aug. 24, Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville, 301-845-8880, and 7 p.m. Tuesdays, C. Burr Artz Central Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick, 301-694-1630. Free.

BOOK CLUB TALK, Debby Bull's "Blue Jelly: Lost Love and the Lessons of Canning." 7:30 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 101 Silo Hill Rd., Emmitsburg. Free. 301-447-2682.

Wednesday 14

WALKERSVILLE SUMMER STORY TIME, for all ages. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, through Aug. 26, Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.

THURMONT STORY TIME, for all ages, "Books Before Bedtime." 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

EMMITSBURG STORY TIME, for all ages, fairy tales by storyteller Ann Griffith. 7 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 101 Silo Hill Rd., Emmitsburg. Free. 301-447-2682.

YOUTH FAIRY TALE STORIES, for ages 8-14, includes library cardholder craft. 7 p.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.

Thursday 15

THORPE WOOD STORY PROGRAM, for ages 3-5 with an adult, of nature-related stories, sponsored by Thurmont and Emmitsburg library branches. 1-2 p.m., Thorpe Wood Environmental Center, 12805 Old Mink Farm Rd., Thurmont. Free; registration required. 301-271-2823 or www.thorpewood.org.

KNITTING CLUB, for teenagers and adults at any skill level, learn about basic knitting stitches, share skills and information and trade yarn. 4 p.m. July 15 and Aug. 19, Emmitsburg Branch Library, 101 Silo Hill Rd., Emmitsburg. Free. 301-447-2682.

BRUNSWICK STORY TIME, for all ages, fairy tales by storyteller Ann Griffith. 7 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free; registration required. 301-834-9065.

FREDERICK BOOK TALK, Doug Holt, Frederick Community College Business Management faculty member discusses Jim Collins's "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't." 7-8:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Central Library, business resource center, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-694-1367.

WALKERSVILLE BOOK TALK, Sandra Dallas's novel, "The Persian Pickle Club." 7 p.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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