Thursday 14

KIDS LUNCH AND STORY TIME, for ages 6-7, "My African Journey." A library staff member leads a story program and craft-making; take along a lunch. Part of the library's Brown Bag Lunch Series. 12:30-1:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-694-1630.

BOOK DISCUSSION, Robert Baer's "Sleeping With the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude." 1 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

HERBS AND EDIBLE FLOWERS, Phyllis Heuerman, Frederick County master gardener, discusses cultivating, preserving, and using culinary herbs and edible flowers; samples will be available and recipe ideas offered. 7 p.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.

MIDDLETOWN BOOK TALK, Walker Percy's 1961 novel "The Moviegoer," the National Book Award winner about a New Orleans man's romantic and spiritual quests. 7:30 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

Friday 15

STORYBOOK CHARACTER VISITS, the children's-book monkey Curious George, created by Hans and Margret Rey, visits libraries; bring a camera. 10 a.m. Friday, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick, 301-694-1630; 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick, 301-834-9065; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont, registration required, 301-271-7721; 1 p.m. Wednesday, Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville, 301-845-8880; and 11 a.m. July 21, Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown, 301-371-7560. Free.

Saturday 16

SAFARI ADVENTURE, travel with storyteller Ann Griffith as she tells a tale of wild animal adventure. 11 a.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

FREDERICK STORIES AND ANIMALS, for ages 2-6, staff members from the Baltimore zoo present "The Big Book of Animal Tales," including live animals. 11 a.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; tickets required and available at the children's desk. 301-694-1630.

ANIMAL HABITATS TALK AND ANIMALS, for ages 6 and older, staff members of the Baltimore zoo present "Living Places, Living Planet," including live animals. Noon, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; tickets required and available at the children's desk. 301-694-1630.

Sunday 17

SINGLE PARENT ORIENTATION, information about discussion groups, socials, workshops, sports, and child and adult activities; sponsored by Parents Without Partners, Chapter 60. 1:30-2:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, Business Conference Room, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; registration requested. 301-696-8660 or www.pwp60.org.

FREDERICK SINGLES DANCE, music by a disc jockey, snacks and a cash bar. 6:30-10 p.m., Holiday Inn, Francis Scott Key Mall, routes 85 and 355, Frederick. $7. 301-682-6174.

Monday 18

KIDS LUNCH AND STORY TIME, for ages 5-8, "Gone Fishing," a library staff member leads a story program and a craft-making opportunity; bring a lunch; part of the library's Brown Bag Lunch Series. 12:30-1:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-694-1630.

Tuesday 19

DISABLED ADULTS SUPPORT GROUP, a discussion of parenting concerns, including discipline, nutrition, and medical, schooling and neighborhood issues; meet other parents facing the same issues. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, the Arc of Frederick County, 620A Research Dr., Frederick. Free; registration required. 301-663-0909.

FREDERICK GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for people who have experienced the death of a loved one, Genesis Support Group, a self-help organization. 2-3:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month, Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave., Frederick. Free. 301-698-3037.

Wednesday 20

HARRY POTTER PARTY, for ages 9 and older, celebrate the recent publication of J.K. Rowling's latest fantasy novel, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," with games and refreshments; costumes welcome, 1 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free; registration required. 301-834-9065.

Thursday 21

THORPEWOOD THURSDAY, for ages 3-5, a nature-oriented story program that includes a craft, activity and snack; sponsored by Emmitsburg and Thurmont branch libraries and the ThorpeWood Nature Retreat. 1 p.m., ThorpeWood, 12805-A Mink Farm Rd., Thurmont. Free; registration required. 301-271-2823.

EMMITSBURG KNITTING CIRCLE, for adults and teenagers of all skill levels, make scarves and shawls; bring needles and yarn. 4 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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