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

• Flu Shots, 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Walgreens offers opportunities for uninsured and insured residents above the age of 18 to arm their immune system this fall with a flu shot. Walgreens will file insurance claims for Cigna, United Health Care, Aetna, Blue Cross, Medicare, and Medicaid. Contact Walgreens for the uninsured price.

• Outsmart the Scammers, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Discover the latest ways phone scammers are trying to get your money and how to avoid falling for their tricks.

• KC Zoo Presents: The Amazon, for ages 5 and older, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Join the Kansas City Zoo for an Amazon adventure. We will share Amazon folklore and culture, as well as show you an animal or two. Come with us to learn something new about the Amazon.

• Introduction to Tai Chi, for adults, 2 p.m. Oct. 6, 13 and 20. During this 3-part program, you'll explore the ancient practice of Tai Chi, and experience the benefits these low-impact exercises have on balance and fitness.

• Become a Family Investigator, for ages 4 and older, 2 p.m. Oct. 7. Celebrate Family History Month at the Library by becoming a family investigator! Bring a list of your family members – parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents – and we’ll show you how place them on the family tree.

• Beginning Word, for adults, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

• Retirement Education, 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Saving for retirement is something everyone should do, but many of us postpone. Explore how much you should save, how living longer can affect your retirement portfolio, and how a financial expert can help you create a strategy. This program is designed to help anyone, no matter what stage they are in life.

• Deer Hunting Fever, for adults, 2 p.m. Oct. 21. No game species is more popular in Missouri than the white-tailed deer. Join hunter and outdoor writer Brent Frazee for a discussion of all aspects of the hunt including traditions, deer camp, trophy bucks, and current hunting trends.

• Operation Wildlife Presents: Going Batty, for ages 6 and older, 10 a.m. Oct. 21. 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.

• READ to a Dog, for age 3 and older, 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Sit down and read to some very good listeners – Pet Partner Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ). Dogs will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence.

• Missouri Hauntings and Ghost Stories, for adults, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. 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.

• Early Childhood Literacy Fair, for ages 1 and older, 10 a.m. Oct. 28. Parents and caregivers, along with their children ages birth through six, are invited to an Early Literacy Fair to promote pre-reading skills. Join us as we explore many of the Library’s early literacy resources and participate in a wide variety of activities including games, music, movements, and more.

• Self-Defense for Teens, 2 p.m. Oct. 28. Learn to defend yourself against attack. Tamara Shumate teaches self-defense tactics, including hit-and-run escapes and pressure points. Be proactive not reactive when it comes to personal safety.

– Jillayne Ritchie