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

• JobQuesters Series: The 7-week course is designed for job seekers who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the online job application process. May 1: The Art of Resume Building. Learn how to create a resume using a Microsoft Word template and save it to a flash drive or create a PDF; May 8: Learn how to search and apply for work online using job search engines and other online resources; May 15: Practice your email and job search skills, and check out additional resources and education.

• Play and Learn Time: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. May 1, 8, 19, 22, 29. 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.

• Getting to Know Your Computer: For adults, 7 p.m. May 2. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

• Homeschoolers at the Library: For ages 7 and older, 2 p.m. May 4. Participants will explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using Library resources to satisfy their curiosities. Contact one of our host branches for details.

• Early Literacy Symposium: For adults, 9 a.m. May 5. The symposium focuses on the role music can play in early learning and literacy. The Symposium, a day of direction and support for parents, teachers, civic leaders, and others with a stake in children’s futures, features early literacy experts and practical approaches to early learning. This is a free event and attendees will earn training clock hours. Bring your MOPD ID number. Look up or register for a MOPD ID number at https://www.openinitiative.org/toolbox/MOPDID/MOPDIDLookUp.aspx.

• Navigating Your Computer: For adults, 7 p.m. May 9. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer.

• Draw Like da Vinci: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. May 10. Discover the art of Leonardo da Vinci with Young Rembrandts. Children will learn about one of the most important Renaissance artists by creating their own version of his most famous painting, Mona Lisa. They will explore da Vinci’s artistic style and contributions to the art world, as well as learn how to draw facial features, proportions, use color usage, and shading.

• The Book Stops Here – Presidential Book Group: For adults, 2 p.m. May 10. 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. The book selections will be “Wilson” by A. Scott Berg for May, “Coolidge” by Amity Shlaes for June, and “Write It When I’m Gone” by Thomas DeFrank for July.

• Waves of Danger Murder Mystery: For teens, 3:30 p.m. May 10. Sign up for a relaxing Caribbean cruise with a killer itinerary – literally. Join cruise director Jules McCoy and head of security Shaun Hardy for a voyage on the S.S. Carnage to help solve a murder mystery on the high seas. Are you a detective, an accomplice, or a murderer?

• LitUp – Books and Art for the Next Generation: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. May 12. This event was created to bring area teens and bestselling authors, screenwriters, poets and illustrators together in conversation. LitUp will include writing and illustrating clinics, a poetry slam, refreshments, and book signings! For a list authors, presentations and to register for individual sessions, visit LitUpFestival.org.

• Building a Solid Foundation for Opening a Restaurant: 6:30 p.m. May 15. If your dream is opening a restaurant, let Xander Winkel from the Ennovation Center walk you through the basics of regulations, marketing, and financials. Success doesn’t just depend on the taste of your food but the business behind it. This program is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

• Cooking with Real Food: For adults, 7 p.m. May 15. Healthy cooking does not have to be boring or bland. Learn to incorporate a variety of real, wholesome ingredients into your recipes without processed additives and without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. We’ll explore kitchen tools, herbs and spices, and tips for every meal.

• Internet for Beginners: For adults, 7 p.m. May 16. 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.

• Angel Aura Mermaid’s Magical Storytime: For all ages, 10 a.m. May 18. Have you ever met a real-life mermaid? Sail away with mermaid Angel Aura for an hour of magical stories featuring tales from the Islands of Paradise and the amazing sea creatures who call them home.

• Brandy Donielle’s Elite Face Painting Fun: 11 a.m. May 18. Come out and enjoy the excitement of Face Painting Paradise with Professional Artist Brandy Donielle as she shares her artistic talents with each one you! Receive a magical masterpiece as she paints by hand your own unique design!

• Kid Reads: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. May 18. Read it; love it; share it. Experience a book like never before.

• Teen Lock-In: 6:30 p.m. May 18. When the branch shuts down, it’s time to party it up! Permission slip required.

• Wings of Love Presents Awesome Birds: For all ages, 2 p.m. May 22. Meet some of the world’s most awesome birds from rare parrots and a toucan to the world’s largest type of owl. Be prepared to be amazed when these feathered entertainers take the stage to talk, perform tricks, and sing songs.

• Email for Beginners: For adults, 7 p.m. May 23. 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. May 24. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life.

• SLP Kick-Off Early Literacy Fair: For all ages, 10 a.m. May 25. Parents and caregivers, along with their children ages birth through six, are invited to an Early Literacy Fair to promote pre-reading skills. Join us as we explore many of the Library’s early literacy resources and participate in a wide variety of activities including games, crafts, music, movements, and more!

• The Two Charlies: For adults, 7 p.m. May 29. The 1950 assassinations of Kansas City mobsters Charlie Binaggio and Charlie Gargotta helped usher in the famed Kefauver Committee’s investigation of organized crime in the United States. Join author and filmmaker Terence O’Malley for a look at the criminal events that led up to the slayings and learn how they laid the foundation for the Civella Family to assume control over the city’s notorious mafia.

• Beginning Word: For adults, 2 p.m. May 30. Learn how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

– Jillayne Ritchie