The Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of August. The library is located at 2220 S. Missouri 7. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-229-3571. 

• Teens at the Library, 7 p.m. Mondays. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you. 

• 2017 Great American Eclipse: The Day the Sun Goes Dark, for adults, 2 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. 

• Build a Magical World, for ages 3 and older, 2 p.m. Aug. 3. Tommy Terrific will open his Magician’s Handbook for a worldwide tour of the greatest architectural structures ever imagined to inspire kids to build their own magical world at the Library. 

• Retirement: Making Your Money Last, for adults, 2 p.m. Aug. 11. 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, 2 p.m. Aug. 12. 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, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life. 

• Family History: The Perfect Social Media, for adults, 2 p.m. Aug. 19. The Internet is the perfect tool to find, record, research, and share your living and ancestral family. Learn how to use blogs, wikis, YouTube, Facebook, and a host of other online resources to extend your family lines. 

• Keeping Your Child Safe Online, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Parents will hear helpful suggestions on how to keep children safe online. There will also be an opportunity to discuss individual concerns as a group. 

– Jillayne Ritchie