The South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of January. The library is located at 13700 E. 35th St. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-461-2050.

Free ACT Practice Test with College Tutors: For teens, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 6. Mid-Continent Public Library is partnering with College Tutors to provide free ACT practice tests. These practice tests are designed to give each student an assessment of where they might score on the real ACT. The only requirement is to bring a pencil and a scientific calculator. Composite scores will be provided to each student within five days.

Using Your iPad for the First Time: For adults, 7 p.m. Jan. 8. Learn some of the basic tips and tricks for using an iPad tablet.

Getting to Know Your Computer: For adults, 2 p.m. Jan. 9. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

Introduction to Tai Chi: For adults, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 10-24. During this three-part program, explore the ancient practice of Tai Chi, and experience the benefits these low-impact exercises have on balance and fitness.

WeDo LEGO Robotics – Roaring Lion: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m. Jan. 13. 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.

Tech Talk: For adults, 2 p.m. Jan. 22. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have had lots of experience, there are always questions waiting to be asked about technology. Bring your questions to the branch, or just come to listen and learn from other participants. You may bring your own laptop computer or tablet.

Using a Mouse and Keyboard: For adults, 2 p.m. Jan. 23. This two-hour, hands-on session will guide you through some of the basics of mouse and keyboard use. No experience required. Computers will be provided.

Winding the Clock – Independence Square and the Truman Jackson County Courthouse: For adults, 7 p.m. Jan. 25. 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.

READ to a Dog: For ages 3 and older, 2 p.m. Jan. 27. 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. Space is limited.

– Jillayne Ritchie