Thursday 13

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.

Friday 14

ANIME-MANGA CLUB, for grades 6-12. Youths can view and discuss comic art forms popularized in Japan and create Japanese comic characters. Sponsored by the Emmitsburg and Thurmont branch libraries. 6-8 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

Saturday 15

CHESS GAMES, participants can learn tricks or learn how to play from an experienced player. 10:30 a.m.-noon, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

KIDS CUISINE DEMONSTRATION, John Hovde, chef at the Carriage House, prepares kids snacks and meals for sampling and talks about food, nutrition and health; parents encouraged to attend. 11 a.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

HOBBY SHOW AND TELL, for ages 6 and older. Children can share information about their hobbies. 11 a.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

CIVIL WAR MEDICINE TALK, members of the Freedom Guards Living History Company discuss the aid and relief the U.S. Sanitary Commission gave to soldiers and their families during the Civil War; presentations are about one hour and begin each hour on the hour. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. $6.50; seniors, $6; ages 10-16, $4.50; ages 9 and younger, free. 301-695-1864.

Sunday 16

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 17

YOUTH PHOTO EXHIBIT, "Your Real Life Photo Collage" displays photos taken by Brunswick teenagers in grades 6-12 trained by a professional photographer and given a disposable camera to take pictures revealing or representing their lives. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Oct. 20, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 21 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 22, Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

BOOK TALK, Cristina Garcia's novel "The Aguero Sisters." 7 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

INVESTMENT CLUB, Kathryn Reddie of the National Association of Investment Clubs discusses how to analyze a stock using Better Investing magazine's stock selection guide. 7:30-8:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

BOOK TALK, John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer-winning novel "A Confederacy of Dunces." 7:30 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

Tuesday 18

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 or 301-663-0936 (TDD).

YOUTH BOOK CLUB, for students in grades 6-9, Helen Fox's futuristic novel "Eager." 7 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

YOUTH BOOK CLUB, for teenagers in grades 6-12, Mark Haddon's novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." 7 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

Wednesday 19

BOOK TALK, discuss any book written by Anita Shreve. 11 a.m.-noon, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

HARVEST CRAFTS WORKSHOP, learn about making crafts with pumpkins, squash and gourds. 7 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free; registration required. 301-834-9065.

Thursday 20

THORPEWOOD NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 3-5, a nature-oriented story program, including 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.

BOOK BUDDIES, for ages 8-11, discuss pig-themed readings, including Dick King-Smith's "Babe the Gallant Pig" and "Ace the Very Important Pig," and Walter Brooks's "Freddy" the pig books; activity to follow. 4-5 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

KNITTING CIRCLE, for adults and teenagers of all skill levels, an opportunity to make scarves, and shawls; bring needles and yarn. 4 p.m. Oct. 20 and the third Thursday of each month, Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

TEEN COFFEEHOUSE, a musical performance, art exhibit, emcee Joanna Lubbes, host of Adelphia 10's Backstage Pass; refreshments. 5:30-8:30 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

MOVIE MAKERS CLUB, for students in grades 6-12. Youths can join others interested in making movies, learn the basics of filmmaking, and share experiences and resources to make movies. The goal is to host a film fair and show films produced by the club. 7-8 p.m. Oct. 20 and the third Thursday, Emmitsburg Branch Library 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free; registration required. 240-629-6329.

BOOK TALK, Dai Sijie's novel "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress." 7 p.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.

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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