Friday 5

WALKERSVILLE BOOK TALK, Yann Martel's novel "Life of Pi." 10 a.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.

LIBRARY BOARD GAMES, for ages 6 and older; children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult, checkers, chess, Parcheesi and more; games provided. 2-4 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

MIDDLETOWN FRENCH CLASS, for children ages 3 and older, a native French speaker teaches French through stories, songs and other activities. 3:30 p.m. Fridays, Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free; registration required. 301-371-7560.

Saturday 6

MIDDLETOWN KIDS CRAFTS WORKSHOP, for ages 6-11, "Bead Magic," make beads out of old magazines; materials provided. 11 a.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

STATE PARK NATURE PROGRAM, for all ages, learn about reptiles and birds; sponsored by the Emmitsburg and Thurmont branch libraries. 11 a.m., in the Manor Area Visitors Center, Cunningham Falls State Park, 16 miles north of Frederick, Route 15 (across the street from the Catoctin Zoo), Thurmont. Free; registration required. 240-629-6329 or 301-271-7721.

Sunday 7

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 or www.fredericksingles.org.

Monday 8

THURMONT BOOK TALK, for students in grades 6-9, Christopher Paul Curtis's novel "The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963." 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. 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month, Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave., Frederick. Free. 301-698-3037.

Tuesday 9

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.

EMMITSBURG BOOK TALK, Tim Winton's novel "Dirt Music." 7:30 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

Thursday 11

EMMITSBURG BOOK TALK, Tanya Shaffer's nonfiction book "Somebody's Heart Is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa." 1 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

MIDDLETOWN BOOK TALK, Russian-born American author Vladimir Nabokov's novel of sexual obsession, "Lolita." 7:30 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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