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

Getting to Know Your Computer: For adults, 2 p.m. Jan. 3. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

Navigating Your Computer: For adults, 2 p.m. Jan. 10. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer.

The Book Stops Here – Presidential Book Group: For adults, 2 p.m. Jan. 11. 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.

Kids Create: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. Jan. 11. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

Mr. Stinky Feet’s Winter Jamboree: For all ages, 10 a.m. Jan. 12. Shake off the cabin fever and join Kansas City’s favorite kid-rocker, Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove for a high-energy, interactive show. Come prepared to sing, dance, and have fun as we rock the Library.

Play and Learn Time: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. Jan. 13 and 27. 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.

Internet for Beginners: For adults, 2 p.m. Jan. 17. 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.

Teen Lock-In: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19. When the branch shuts down, it’s time to party it up! Permission slip required.

Email for Beginners: For adults, 2 p.m. Jan. 24. Email is the most common form of communication used today. Learn to understand your inbox, as well as how to write effective emails.

Kids Lab: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. Jan. 25. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life.

On Purls and Needles – Teens Learn to Knit: 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and 3 p.m. Jan. 27. Transform a skein of yarn into a one-of-a-kind phone case when you learn to knit. During the first week, learn to cast on, knit stitch, and figure gauge. In the second week, get an introduction to the purl stitch and how to finish off your project. A supply list is available online or at the library.

Dinosaur O’Dell’s Heroes of Outer Space: For all ages, 10 a.m. Jan. 26. Buckle up for an interstellar musical and storytelling adventure with Dino to meet astronauts, fix alien spaceships, and learn about our solar system.

Beginning Word: For adults, 2 p.m. Jan. 31. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

– Jillayne Ritchie