Thursday 11

BOOK DISCUSSION, David Cay Johnston's book "Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich -- and Cheat Everybody Else." Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

Friday 12

ANIME-MANGA PROGRAMS, for students in grades 6-12; children can view and discuss the comic art forms popularized in Japan and create Japanese-style comic characters. 5:30-7 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

Sunday 14

SINGLE PARENT ORIENTATION, information on discussion groups, socials, workshops, sports, and children 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. 301-676-0423 or www.pwp60.org.

Monday 15

BOOK DISCUSSION, Dan Brown's novel "The DaVinci Code." 7 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

BOOK DISCUSSION, Dan Brown's novel "Angels & Demons." 7:30 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

Tuesday 16

DISABLED ADULTS SUPPORT GROUP, a discussion of parenting concerns, including discipline, nutrition and medical, schooling and neighborhood issues; opportunity to 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.

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.

YOUTH BOOK CLUB, for students in grades 6-12, Thura al-Windawi's "Thura's Diary: My Life in Wartime Iraq." 7 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

Wednesday 17

BOOK DISCUSSION, "A Confederacy of Dunces," John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer prize-winning novel about colorful New Orleans characters. 11 a.m.-noon, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

CIVIL WAR LUNCH LECTURE, a museum staff member discusses "Medical Caregivers of the Civil War." 12:15-1:15 p.m., National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. $2. 301-695-1864.

BUG SHOW AND TELL, for all ages, participants can bring an insect to show and discuss; a librarian will help identify unidentified bugs with insect guide books. 4 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

WEARABLE ART CLASS, for ages 10-18, youths are asked to bring a 100 percent cotton T-shirt, shorts or socks to tie-dye and take home; old clothes recommended. 7 p.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free; registration required. 301-845-8880.

Thursday 18

THORPEWOOD THURSDAY, for ages 3-5, a nature-oriented story program, including a crafts, other activities and a 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.

KNITTING CIRCLE, for adults and teenagers of all skill levels, participants can make scarves and shawls and should 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.

BOOK DISCUSSION, Edward P. Jones's novel "The Known World." 7 p.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.

BOOK DISCUSSION, Ken Follett's novel "A Place Called Freedom." 7:30 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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