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

Internet for Beginners: For adults, 10 a.m. Nov. 1. Learn the basics of internet use including terminology, how to get connected, and how to find what you’re looking for online. This class will also cover printing and a few words on Internet safety.

Beginning Puppetry – Talking with Animals: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Kids will learn puppetry basics, from creating realistic movements and lip-syncing to entering and exiting the stage. They can review their progress by making short videos of their work.

Game Day at the Library: For adults, 10 a.m. Nov. 4. Have a favorite game you want to share, or just tired of playing the same thing over and over? Come meet and mingle with fellow gaming enthusiasts, share your favorite pastimes, and maybe try something new!

Play and Learn Time: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. Nov. 4, 7, 14, 18, 28. 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.

JobQuesters Series: For adults – This 7-week course designed for job seekers who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the online job application process. Participants will learn the computer skills they need to begin the online job search process. Classes include: Computer basics, 2 p.m. Nov. 7; Mousing and keyboarding, 2 p.m. Nov. 14; Internet navigation, 2 p.m. Nov. 21; Email fundamentals, 2 p.m. Nov. 28.

Storytelling Celebration 2017: For all ages, 11 a.m. Nov. 8. Sit on the edge of your seat as you are led into new worlds through words and stories. The Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features storytellers at various locations throughout the metro area. For a complete listing of events, go to

Beginning Word: For adults, 10 a.m. Nov. 8. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

WeDo Lego Robotics – Roaring Lion: For ages 8 and older, 6 p.m. Nov. 9. Roar with robots. Build a roaring lion and command it to sit up and lay down. Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot.

Creation Stations – Retro Video Game Art: For teens, 3 p.m. Nov. 11. It all starts with a pixel. Recreate your favorite iconic 8-bit video game characters or a world all of your own while learning basic Adobe Photoshop skills.

Winding the Clock: For adults, 3 p.m. Nov. 11. Did you know that the old Jackson County Courthouse on the Independence Square contains remnants of five previous courthouses? Join historian and preservationist David Jackson for a virtual tour of the courthouse and historic Square to learn more about the site’s unique role in local and American history.

Easy-to-Make Holiday Drinks: For adults, 7 p.m. Nov. 14. From a creative spin on wassail to a quick and delicious coffee drink, barista Emily Duffey can help you create easy and mouthwatering holiday drinks that can be made kid-friendly or spiced up for more grown- up tastes. Recipes will be provided.

Beginning Excel: For adults, 10 a.m. Nov. 15. Learn the basics about Microsoft Excel and how to format a simple spreadsheet.

Dino O’Dell’s Happy Birthday, Marty!: For all ages, 10 a.m. Nov. 15. It’s Marty’s birthday and Dino is throwing a party. Join the fun as Dino and Marty celebrate together with singing, dancing, and swimming in peanut butter.

Marty’s Party: For all ages, 11 a.m. Nov. 15. It’s Marty’s birthday and he wants to celebrate with you! Come to the party, meet Marty, and enjoy stories, songs, refreshments, and fun!

“A Christmas Carol”: 2 p.m. Nov. 19. The great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens is returning to MCPL for a special engagement. A professional actor in England, the energetic Gerald Dickens leaps, laughs, and sobs as he portrays the voices of A Christmas Carol. His striking resemblance to his great-great-grandfather and his dramatic rendition of A Christmas Carol bring the classic to life. Refreshments will be served. No audio or visual recordings or still photographs are allowed during the performance. For more information, visit

Night Before Christmas Carol: 7 p.m. Nov. 28. Join Charles Dickens in his study for a very special night. On this evening in 1843, he creates his holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Renowned Dickens scholar, author, playwright, and lecturer, Elliot Engel, has crafted a work that allows David zum Brunnen to portray the 17 Christmas Carol characters and Charles Dickens himself.

– Jillayne Ritchie