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

Free Tax Help for Seniors: AARP Tax-Aide representatives will be at the Library to assist seniors with moderate to low incomes with tax questions and tax return preparation. No farm returns or rental properties, please. Appointments begin at 9 a.m. Days: Mondays, Feb. 5, 12, 26; Tuesdays, Feb. 13, 20, 27; and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Call for appointment.

Homeschoolers at the Library: For ages 7 and older, 2 p.m. Feb. 2. Join us for fun enrichment programs geared toward homeschool families. Participants will explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using Library resources to satisfy their curiosities.

Play and Learn Time: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. Feb. 6, 10, 13, 24, 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.

Beginning Excel: For adults, 2 p.m. Feb. 7. Learn the basics about Microsoft Excel and how to format a simple spreadsheet.

Kids Create: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. Feb. 8. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

The Book Stops Here: Presidential Book Group: For adults, 2 p.m. Feb. 8. 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.

Beaded Rabbits: For adults, 7 p.m. Feb. 13 and 20. Learn how to create this cute little rabbit with beads. Join us for this two-part class. There is a one-time hands-on materials fee of $11.

Getting to Know Your Computer: For adults, 10 a.m. Feb. 14. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

Kid Reads: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. Feb. 16. Read it, love it, share it. Experience a book like never before.

Free ACT Practice Test with College Tutors: For teens, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17. 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.

They Were All Stars: Negro Leagues Stars Become Major League All-Stars: For adults, open during normal branch hours, Feb. 20 through 28. They Were All Stars remembers the 20 players who began their baseball careers in the Negro Leagues before joining Major League Baseball after integration, and were voted or selected to play in an All-Star Game during their careers. On loan from Kansas City’s Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the exhibit features large format baseball card-style panels with photos, facts, and stats on each player.

Navigating Your Computer: For adults, 10 a.m. Feb. 21. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer.

WeDo LEGO Robotics: Drumming Monkey: For ages 8 and older, 6 p.m. Feb. 22. Boom! Boom! Boom! Build a musical monkey and program him to drum to your beat! Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot.

The Villisca Axe Murders of 1912: Unsolved and Haunted: For adults, 7 p.m. Feb. 27. In June of 1912, six members of the Moore family and two houseguests were found bludgeoned to death in Villisca, Iowa. More than a century later, the Moore house is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in America. Join paranormal researcher and investigator Becky Ray as she talks about what happened in that house and what spirits may still linger.

Internet for Beginners: For adults, 10 a.m. Feb. 28. 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.

– Jillayne Ritchie