The Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of November. The library is located at 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-224-8772.

Stop the Bully: For children, 10 a.m. Nov. 4. Hunker down to hear the tale of an Old West town where settlers had great hair and about the day the bad guys came to muss things up. Join Miles McMahon for a rip-roarin’ look at bullying and how to stop it. Get ready to be a part of the show.

The Kennedy Assassination – Fact vs. Myth: For adults, 7 p.m. Nov. 7. Examine the facts and fiction surrounding one of the most momentous events in American history. Veteran private investigator and former police officer Larry Berkland lays out the undisputed facts and the many conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, as well as the development and tactics of the United States Secret Service.

Retirement Education: 7 p.m. Nov. 9. 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.

Chocolate Tasting Party: For kids 8 and older, 10 a.m. Nov. 11. Learn where chocolate comes from and what makes it so delicious with local food critic Pete Dulin. Then treat your taste buds to samples of America’s favorite treat.

Getting to Know Our New Catalog: For adults, 2 p.m. Nov. 13. Need help using the new online catalog? Learn about all of the new features the Library has added to help you access the books and other materials you need and get the most out of your account.

GIMP 2.8 – Photo-Editing Software: For teens, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Discover GIMP 2.8, a free photo-editing program that is similar to Adobe Photoshop. Learn to create posters, photos, business cards, wedding invitations, and artwork with this power-packed software.

Gift Giving by the Book: For adults, 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Discover which books will make the best gifts this holiday season, and get started by bringing a book to swap. Enjoy a tasty treat while you browse.

American Red Cross Blood Drive: 3 p.m. Nov. 20. Members of the community are invited to donate blood and support this lifesaving initiative to help ensure reliable blood inventories in their area and beyond. Make an appointment online at Eligible donors will need to be at least 17 years old (16 with written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and generally be feeling well the day of the donation. Allow an hour for your donation and bring any form of photo ID with you. Call the Red Cross toll free with other eligibility questions at 866-236-3276.

A Christmas Carol: 10 a.m. Nov. 21. 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

Teen Anime: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Join fellow fanatics for fun!

– Jillayne Ritchie