The Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of September. The library is located at 1000 N.E. Colbern Road in Lee's Summit. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-525-9924. 

• Retirement: Making Your Money Last, for adults, 7 p.m. Sept. 5. 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. 

• Craft Group, for adults, 1 p.m. Sept. 5 and 19. Creating your own works of art is one of the best ways to express yourself and share good will. Join us to meet new people, create new items, and even learn a thing or two. Quilt, knit, scrapbook, crochet, and more! 

• Life is Like a Box of Crayons, for adults, 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Whether you stay in the lines or venture outside them, coloring is credited with lowering stress and anxiety in adults, promoting greater self-esteem and awareness, as well as encouraging creativity and personal expression. No artistic ability is required. 

• Puppets and Pjs, for ages 3 and older, 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Put on your pajamas, and come enjoy a new tradition at the library, a bedtime puppet show! Fun for the whole family. 

• Play and Learn Time, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. Sept. 8 and 22. Enjoy a special preschool playtime that is designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. We offer stimulating and fun activities as well as an opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents. 

• Accessing eBooks with OverDrive, for adults, 2 p.m. Sept. 11. Can’t find a book on the shelf? Try looking in our digital collection! Learn the steps to searching and checking out an eBook through OverDrive Digital Downloads, and reading it on your computer or device. 

• The First Beverly Hillbilly: Paul Henning and the Dawn of Hooterville, for adults, 7 p.m. Sept. 14. Independence native Paul Henning is best known for creating the Clampetts, one of America’s most beloved families in television history, and Hooterville, one of its wackiest hometowns. Join Woodneath Press Manager David Burns for a look at The First Beverly Hillbilly, a new memoir of Henning’s life, as well as a screening of a documentary looking at the Missouri-inspired world he brought to the small screen. 

• R.E.A.D. Dog: Pets for Life, for ages 5 and older, 10 a.m. Sept. 16. Sit down and read to a very good listener – a Pets for Life Reading Education Assistance Dog (READ). A dog will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence. Space is limited. Check with your local branch for more information. 

• Decluttering: Finding Ways to Let Go, for adults, 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Is your stuff stressing you out? Join design consultant Lisa Holiman as she shares a methodology to pack up, donate, and throw away the things that are getting in your way and complicating your life. 

• Butterfly and Beetle Watercolor Pencil Class, for ages 5 and older, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Use watercolor pencils, wiggly eyes, and 3-D raised paint to create butterflies and beetles with personalities all their own. 

• 10 Steps to Selling Your Food Product in Stores, for adults, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26. If you dream of getting your food product onto store shelves, let Xander Winkel from the Ennovation Center’s food incubator help you realize it. Learn the regulations, how to work with grocery stores, how to market your product, and how to scale your business to keep up with demand. This program is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. 

– Jillayne Ritchie