The Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of March. The library is located at 2220 S. Missouri 7. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-229-3571.

Free Tax Help for Seniors: Beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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. Call to schedule and appointment.

R.E.A.D. Dog – Pets for Life: For ages 5 and older, 6:30 p.m. March 1. Sit down and read to a very good listener—a Pets for Life Reading Education Assistance Dog (READ). A dog will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence.

Kids Create: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. March 3. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

Teens Create: 7 p.m. March 5. Unleash your imagination.

MU Extension Series – Introduction to Selling Local Foods: 6:30 p.m. March 6. Thanks to the growing demand for fresh, clean, and nutritious food, the “Local Foods” movement has become one of today’s hottest business trends. Despite the growth opportunities for “Local Foods,” there remain some unique challenges to creating a sustainable local foods enterprise, including safety, legal, and economic considerations. Learn how to evaluate local food opportunities, the best local resources, and best practices to opening a farm-to-market business.

Intermediate Excel: For adults, 6:30 p.m. March 8. If you are ready to go beyond just making lists, this class will teach you a few new features like AutoFill, AutoSum, and sorting and filtering. Attendance of the program Beginning Excel is suggested.

Mourning During the Civil War: For adults, 2 p.m. March 9. Americans and their thoughts on death were brought into focus during the Civil War. Barbara Hughes portrays Amanda Pine Stout and shares the 19th century view of mourning and the impact of the Civil War.

Teen Games: 6:30 p.m. March 12. Challenge yourself; challenge your friends. Bring it!

Storytime LIVE!: For all ages, 2 p.m. March 13. Don’t just sit there! Join us as we turn classic storytime tales into interactive adventures that will have you up, moving, and being part of the story.

Missouri Caves: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m. March 14. What better way to celebrate Missouri being the Cave State than learning more about them! Participants will learn the importance of caves, how they form, what lives in them, what makes them unique, and how we can help make sure they stay healthy.

How to Catch A Leprechaun: For ages 4 and older, 2 p.m. March 17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and learn to how to find a pot of gold at the Library! We’ll read How to Catch A Leprechaun by Adam Wallace, play leprechaun games, and make our own leprechaun traps!

Novel Writing Tool Making: For teens, 6:30 p.m. March 19. Join author Kevin Kraft to create writing tools that will help you complete a novel and promote it once it’s done. Attendees should come with writing utensils, and be prepared to think and work.

More Off the Beaten Path: For adults, 6:30 p.m. March 20. Join Alexis Webb Bechtold and Traci Angel as they share more new and different lesser-known attractions in the Kansas City Area. Find out about fun and unusual places to visit this summer.

Poetree: For all ages, 2 p.m. March 14. Celebrate World Poetry Day, March 21, by participating in our Poetree! Visit the poetry creation station March 14-21 and create a poem to hang on the Poetree. Entries will be displayed at the Library through March. Visit the Library for complete details.

Kids Lab: For ages 6 and older, 6:30 p.m. March 22. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life.

Medicare 101: 2 p.m. March 23. If you’re turning 65, ready to start Medicare or know someone who is, or even just doing some preliminary planning for your retirement, let a representative from Missouri Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri share vital information to help you get the most from your Medicare benefits. More information about CLAIM, visit www. missouriclaim.org.

International Tolkien Reading Day: For adults, 2 p.m. March 24. Celebrate the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien at the Library. Bring your favorite J.R.R. Tolkien passage to read, song to sing, or memorabilia to share with us. Attending “in character” is highly encouraged.

Making Memes, Library Posters, and So Much More: For teens, 11 a.m. March 24. Using basic Adobe Illustrator tools, photos, and typography, learn to make your own memes and posters. Each participant will make two memes.

How to Become an Easter Bunny: For ages 3 and older, 2 p.m. March 31. Hop into the Library and listen to The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Brown Tegen. Then learn how to hop like a bunny and make bunny masks!

– Jillayne Ritchie