The Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of August. The library is located at 6131 Raytown Road. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-353-2052. 

• Distracted Driving, for teens, 7 p.m. Aug. 1. 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. 

• 2017 Great American Eclipse: The Day the Sun Goes Dark, for adults, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2. 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. 

• Resume Help with WorkExpress, for adults, 10 a.m. Aug. 2. A WorkExpress professional will be at the Library to help you write or update your resume on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Please pick up a Resume Creation worksheet at the Library prior to the program. 

• Build a Magical World, for ages 3 and older, 6:30 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. 

• Creating Magical Moments: Things to Consider When Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation, 7 p.m. Aug. 8. There’s a lot to consider – accommodations, dining, ticket options, and seasons. Learn what resources are available, as well as tips and tricks to make your planning a bit easier. 

• Chess Free Play, for teens, 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 and 26. Play chess, learn the basics, brush up on your chess skills, challenge other players at the library. Offered in collaboration with the Raytown High School Chess Team coaches. Chess boards and chess pieces provided. 

• Animals and You, for ages 6 and older, 11 a.m. Aug. 12. Get to know Missouri animals from their pelts and prints, and then create animal tracks to take home. 

• Getting to Know Your Computer, for adults, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use one. 

• Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, for beginners, 7 p.m. Aug. 24. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in your genealogy research. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along. 

• Managing the Photos on Your Smartphone, for adults, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Are your photos taking up too much space on your smartphone? This class will teach you the various methods of storing and organizing your smartphone photos. 

• Raytown Citizen’s Police Academy, for ages 16 and older, 6 p.m. Aug. 30. Get an inside look at the Raytown Police Department and how it operates. The Citizen’s Police Academy is a 10- week class. Topics will include crime analysis, patrol operations, domestic violence, emergency management, role- playing in traffic stop scenarios, Police Academy experiences, and Neighborhood Crime Watch programs. After registration, prospective participants will be contacted by the Raytown Police Department and must pass a background check before confirming enrollment in this program. 

– Jillayne Ritchie