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

• Small Business Bootcamp: May 4, CJC Fire Protection District Training Center, 4715 U.S. 40, Blue Springs. This morning seminar will include talks on business growth, business storytelling, and using social media, as well as networking with local resource organizations that help small businesses. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for networking and the keynote will begin at 9 a.m. Coffee and snacks will be provided. This program, presented by Mid-Continent Public Library’s Square One Small Business Services, the City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

• WeDo LEGO Robotics: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m. May 5. Spread your wings with LEGOs. Build a bird and program it to flap its wings. Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot.

• Cognitive Decline, Dementia, and Hearing Loss: 2 p.m. May 11. Adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop problems with thinking and remembering. Discover how degraded hearing may force the brain to devote too much of its energy to processing sound and ways to combat the resulting cognitive loss.

• Face Painting Paradise Glitter & Black Tattoo Fun: For all ages, 2 p.m. May 19. Come out and enjoy the excitement of Face Painting Paradise Glitter and Black Tattoos! Choose from more than 100 design options. These designs are waterproof and last up to 3-5 days!

• Libraries Rock with Mad Science and the Sounds of Summer: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. May 24. Discover how the sounds of woodland creatures can come together to create some awesome tunes. Through experimentation and audience participation, Mad Science will rock the Library with a one-of-a-kind nature band.

• Identity Theft: For adults, 2 p.m. May 25. Identity theft doesn’t have to happen to you. Private investigator Larry Berkland explains various identity theft scams and safeguards to avoid becoming a victim.

• En Garde, Bard! – Stage Combat: For teens, 2 p.m. May 26. Learn the art of stage combat from the masters at The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Take up a wooden sword, and join this interactive lesson using scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.

• Operation Wildlife Presents – The Night Shift: For all ages, 2 p.m. May 31. Ever seen a barn owl up close? Come see it and other owls as Operation Wildlife tells us about these beautiful birds and gives us insight into their habits of the night.

– Jillayne Ritchie