THURMONT AUTHOR LECTURE, local writer Jeff Yocum discusses his new book, "The Eyes of God" and his feelings about writing. 7 p.m. Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.
WALKERSVILLE BOOK TALK, Adriana Trigiani's novel "Big Stone Gap." 10 a.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.
COMPUTER CLASS, learn how to set up an e-mail account and start using e-mail. 8:55 a.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.
CHESS INSTRUCTION, experienced player teaches new tricks and how to play. 10:30 a.m.-noon, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.
AUTHOR TALK, Roy VanDerLinden, local author, physicist and inventor, discusses his novel "The Darking." 10:30 a.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.
CHILDREN'S THEATER, for ages 3-10, Debra Linton, director of Creative Kids, tells "The Nutcracker" story, then participants portray the characters in costume; costumes and ballet instruction provided. Ages 3-5, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; ages 6-10, noon-1 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.
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. 301-676-0423.
HALLOWEEN CRAFTS CLASS, participants can make a craft in anticipation of the Oct. 31 observance; a self-directed program. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 14 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15, Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.
TAKE-HOME CRAFTS WORKSHOP, participants can drop in during library hours to create a craft to take home. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 14 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15, Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.
DISABLED ADULTS SUPPORT GROUP, a discussion of parenting concerns, including discipline, nutrition and medical, schooling and neighborhood issues; an 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 or 301-663-0936 (TDD).
TUESDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB, Rick Bragg's memoir "All Over but the Shoutin'." 7:30 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.
HARVEST CRAFTS WORKSHOP, teaches how to make crafts with pumpkins, squash and gourds. 7 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free; registration required. 301-834-9065.
CIVIL WAR BOOK TALK, Eileen Conklin's "Women at Gettysburg." 1 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.
MIDDLETOWN BOOK TALK, Betty Smith's classic novel "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." 7:30 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.
-- Compiled by TINA TOLL
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