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

• Film Series: The Vietnam War in Film – “Hamburger Hill (1987, rated R), 2 p.m. Oct. 1. Join film critic and enthusiast Robert Butler for a look at the Vietnam War through the eyes of Hollywood’s filmmakers.

• Beginning Word, for adults, 7 p.m. Oct. 4. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

• Homeschoolers at the Library, for ages 7 and older, 2 p.m. Oct. 6. Join us for fun enrichment programs geared toward homeschool families. Participants will explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using Library resources to satisfy their curiosities.

• Play and Learn Time, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. Oct. 7 and 21. 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 the opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents. The open playtime allows you to come and go as your schedule permits.

• Pink Party: Breast Cancer Awareness, for ages 18 and older, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Have you or someone you know been affected by breast cancer? Put on your pink and bring a friend to this special Library event that connects you to others on the same path and helps you move forward to a better future. Enjoy fun activities, a little pampering, guest speakers, and win door prizes (for attendees ages 18 and older, please). Discover ways to help yourself and others with breast cancer.

• Beginning Excel, for adults, 7 p.m. Oct. 11. Learn the basics about Microsoft Excel and how to format a simple spreadsheet.

• The Book Stops Here: Presidential Book Group, for adults, 2 p.m. Oct. 12. Join Doug Richardson, Chief of Interpretation and Visitors Services at the Harry S Truman National Historic site, for an exploration into the lives of the American presidents, their influence on history, and the events of their times. October's book: “Truman” by David McCullough.

• Teens at the Library, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 26. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

• Getting to Know Your Computer, for adults, 10 a.m. Oct. 18. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

• Kids Create, for ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. Oct. 12. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

• Frankenstein – Live!, for adults, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Dr. Frankenstein recounts his story revealing the truth behind his creation and the irreversible horrors he unleashed in this unique adaptation by Hampstead Stage. You will ask, “Who is the real monster?”

• KC Magic Man, for ages 3 and older, 3 p.m. Oct. 21. Take a magical journey into the world of illusions with KC Magic Man Brad Lynn. Be prepared to be amazed by his magical feats using cards, coins, cups, and more.

• Medicare Part D Enrollment Event, 2 p.m. Oct. 24. Sign up for a one-on-one appointment, and have a trained CLAIM counselor help you answer questions about your Part D or Advantage plan. CLAIM is Missouri’s State Health Assistance Insurance Program, offering free, confidential, and unbiased Medicare counseling and education to Missouri’s Medicare beneficiaries. Call 800-390-3330 to reserve your spot.

• Navigating Your Computer, for adults, 10 a.m. Oct. 25. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer.

• Operation Wildlife Presents: Going Batty, for ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Uncover the truth behind one of nature’s most misunderstood mammals. Discover the secret lives of bats, the science behind echolocation, their environmental benefits, the many varieties of bats in our region, and then look at a bat skeleton.

• Tricks and Treats: Magic with Eric Vaughn, for all ages, 10 a.m. Oct. 27. Halloween has never had so many creepy tricks or brain-teasing treats as magician Eric Vaughn opens his bagful of not-so-super-scary-but-definitely-spooky magic. Only the bravest of participants need volunteer. Boo!

• Teen Lock-In, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27. When the branch shuts down, it’s time to party it up! Permission slip required.

• Boo-tifully Sculpted Scene, for ages 7 and older, 3 p.m. Oct. 28. Work with tissue paper and Model Magic to create a fall scene with a mini tree, hand-sculpted ghost, and pumpkins mounted on a base for holiday decorating.

• Create with LEGO Bricks: Halloween, for ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. Oct. 29. Bricks 4 Kidz classes programs are built around our special model plans designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks.

• Missouri Hauntings and Ghost Stories, for adults, 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Missouri has its dark side, a history of ghostly residents, haunted locations, and eerie urban legends. Step into the darkness with a seasoned paranormal researcher for some hair-raising tales from the Show-Me State.

– Jillayne Ritchie