Thursday 20

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

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, plus other activities. 4-5 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

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

FREDERICK TEEN COFFEEHOUSE, a musical performance and an art exhibit, with master-of-ceremonies Joanna Lubbes, host of "Backstage Pass," a cable TV show; 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, learn about the basics of filmmaking and share experiences and resources to make movies, with the goal of hosting a film fair and showing films produced by the club. 7-8 p.m. today and the third Thursday of each month, Emmitsburg Branch Library 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free; registration required. 240-629-6329.

WALKERSVILLE 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.

MIDDLETOWN BOOK TALK, Betty Smith's classic 1943 novel "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." 7:30 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

Friday 21

NET SURFING FOR SENIORS, for 55 and older, learn how to find information on the Internet; participants must have experience with a mouse and keyboard; limited to five participants. 10-11 a.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free; registration required. 301-271-7721.

BRUNSWICK ANIME-MANGA NIGHT, for students in grades 6-12, view and discuss the comics art forms popularized in Japan, and create comics characters. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

CRYPTIC CODE CRACKING, for ages 6-11, cryptography games and other activities; learn how to create and break codes; refreshments. 7 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

Saturday 22

COMPUTER CLASS, a one-lesson introduction to using Microsoft Word software; prerequisite: "Introduction to Computers." 8:55 a.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

FREDERICK CHESS GAMES, bring a friend; learn new tricks or learn from an experienced player. 10:30 a.m.-noon, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Free. 301-694-1630.

SIGN LANGUAGE & DANCE CLASSES, a dance and a class to learn basic sign language. For ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick, 301-694-1630; for all ages, 11:15 a.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick, 301-694-1630. Free.

SCARECROW STUFFING WORKSHOP, bring old clothes, a pillowcase and accessories to create a scarecrow for your porch or yard; straw provided. 11 a.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

CELL PHONE POUCH WORKSHOP, for 13 and older, make a bag for toting cell phones, keys, cash or any other small item you need to keep handy; materials provided. 2 p.m., Thurmont Branch Library, 11 Water St., Thurmont. Free. 301-271-7721.

Tuesday 25

MYSTERY GAME NIGHT, for grades 6-12, portray a character in an unfolding mystery called "Barbecue With a Vampire"; script and clues provided; lots of character interaction; the game is over when the mystery is solved. 6-8 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

Wednesday 26

GENERATIONS BOOK TALK, for students in grades 5-8 and their parents or guardians, discuss Patricia Wrede's fantasy novel "Dealing With Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One"; book-related activities and snack. 7 p.m., Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. Free. 301-845-8880.

BRUNSWICK BOOK TALK, Kathleen Cambor's 2001 novel "In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden." 7:30 p.m., Brunswick Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick. Free. 301-834-9065.

Thursday 27

GENEALOGY FOCUS GROUP, learn about resources and share tips in researching ancestors. 7 p.m., Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Free. 240-629-6329.

HEALTH INFORMATION ONLINE, Chris Miller, public services librarian at the Scientific Library of the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute in Frederick, shows how to find the right source of health information on the Internet and how to distinguish between good and bad sites. 7-8 p.m., Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. Free. 301-371-7560.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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