The North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of August. The library is located at 317 W. U.S. 24. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-252-0950. 

• 2017 Great American Eclipse: The Day the Sun Goes Dark, for adults, 3 p.m. Aug. 1. On Aug. 21, Missouri will truly become the Show-Me State when a swath from St. Joseph to near Cape Girardeau will offer some of the best viewing of what’s being called The Great American Eclipse. Join us to learn the science behind eclipses, all about the special effects the moon and the sun create together, and when, where, and how best to safely view it. 

• The Hooterville Trilogy: Hollywood Homegrown in Missouri, for adults, 2 p.m. Aug. 6. The Hooterville Trilogy – The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres – can trace its roots back to Missouri and the imagination of Independence native Paul Henning. Join film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler for a screening of three episodes from these classic television series, and hear how these three rural comedies dominated the entertainment landscape of the 1960s. 

• JobQuesters Series: A 7-week course designed for job seekers who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the online job application process. With each class, JobQuesters steps participants through learning the computer skills they need to begin the online job search process. Classes include: Computer basics, 10 a.m. Aug. 8; mousing and keyboarding, 10 a.m. Aug. 15; Internet navigation, 10 a.m. Aug. 22; email fundamentals, 10 a.m. Aug. 29. 

• Wire People Sculptures, for adults, 7 p.m. Aug. 8. Use wire and other embellishments to create a unique self-portrait that captures your personality. 

• WeDo LEGO Robotics: Dancing Birds, for ages 8 and older, 6 p.m. Aug. 10. Build noisy birds and program them to dance to your beat. Kids will work in pairs to make these simple robots. 

• Teens at the Library, 3:30 p.m. Aug. 10. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you. 

• TEDxKC Live Stream, for adults, 6 p.m. Aug. 18. The Library will live-stream the evening of thought-provoking talks and performances from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s theme is “Perspective: Where You Stand Matters.” Tickets are $10. Visit to see the lineup of speakers and performers and to purchase tickets to this event. Colbern Road Branch and Woodneath Library Center will also be live-streaming. Contact the branch for more information regarding a specific watch party location. 

• Exotics R Us, for all ages, 3 p.m. Aug. 19. Exotics R Us brings the zoo to the Library with its collection of unique animals including tortoises, foxes, monkeys, porcupines, and felines. 

• Retirement: Making Your Money Last, 7 p.m. Aug. 22. It’s not enough to have enough money to retire. You need enough to get you through retirement. Discover strategies to help ensure that your retirement portfolio lasts. 

• Distracted Driving, for teens, 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015. Learn how texting isn’t the only thing that can take your attention off the road and the impact all these interruptions can have on you, your friends, and family. 

• Kids Lab, for ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. Aug. 24. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life. 

• Fairy Tales, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. Aug. 25. All-time classic fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears will be told with zeal and enthusiasm, causing the listeners to step right up and become a part of the stories. 

• Fabric Boxes, for adults, 7 p.m. Aug. 29. Create a fabric box that will complement your decor. A limited number of sewing machines will be available, or feel free to bring your own. A supply list is available at the branch. 

– Jillayne Ritchie