The North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of June. The library is located at 317 W. U.S. 24. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-252-0950.
• Play and Learn Time: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. June 2, 16, 30. 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.
• Internet Safety: For adults, 7 p.m. June 4 and 18. Protect yourself while surfing the web by learning a few of the more typical dangers found online and how to proactively keep you and your information safe.
• Basic Yoga: For adults, 7 p.m. June 5, 12, 19. Join in this three-week restorative class with slow-paced stretching, some simple breathing exercises, and perhaps seated meditation. This is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and to become comfortable with yoga. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat and/or towel.
• Peanut Butter Hamster – Libraries Rock: For all ages, 10 a.m. June 5. Join Peanut Butter Hamster and see how libraries are the rockin’ places to learn all the basic instructions you need in life. Be ready to sing, dance, and rock the Library with the Hamster!
• The Air Guitar Rock and Roll Tour: For ages 5 and older, 2 p.m. June 6. Join balloon artist Sammy J for a rockin’ good time complete with air guitar heroes and balloon-sculpted rock and roll costumes. Be ready to join the band and rock the Library.
• Beginning Excel: For adults, 7 p.m. June 6. Learn the basics about Microsoft Excel and how to format a simple spreadsheet.
• Cloud Storage: For adults, 7 p.m. June 11 and 25. Cloud storage allows you to save your files online, so you can access them from anywhere at any time. Learn how to store your documents, music, and photos on a cloud storage system.
• Getting to Know Your Computer: For adults, 10 a.m. June 13. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.
• The Book Stops Here – Presidential Book Group: For adults, 2 p.m. June 14. 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 “Coolidge” by Amity Shlaes for June, and “Write It When I’m Gone” by Thomas DeFrank for July.
• Kids Create: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. June 14. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.
• Mystery at Camp Runnamucka with Oh My Gosh Josh: For ages 5 and older, 2 p.m. June 18. Someone is trying to ruin all the fun at Camp Runnamucka. Who could it be? Join Oh My Gosh Josh in collecting clues at the campfire sing-a-long to solve the mystery and save everyone’s good time.
• Navigating Your Computer: For adults, 10 a.m. June 20. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer.
• Amado & Karen’s Junkyard Orchestra: For ages 5 and older, 3 p.m. June 23. Musical instruments can be found everywhere if you use a little imagination. Join Amado and Karen to explore how to make instruments out of everyday things and build a band to make amazing music.
• Internet for Beginners: For adults, 10 a.m. June 27. 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.
• Kids Lab: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. June 28. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life.
– Jillayne Ritchie