The South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of July. The library is located at 13700 E. 35th St. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-461-2050.
• MU Extension Series – Kids in the Kitchen: For ages 6 and older, 10 and 11 a.m. July 2 and 9. Hey, kids! Discover how to eat healthier and learn about cooking in a fun and safe environment during this six-week class. Learn all about choosing healthy foods, preparing healthy meals, and being active.
• Tools for Job Seekers: For adults, 6:30 p.m. July 10 and 17. Acquire the basic tools needed when applying for jobs in this two-part series. Session One will include resume assistance and tips for filling out online job applications. Session Two will include cleaning up online profiles and effective online communication that will help you put your best foot forward in today’s tough job market.
• Kids Create: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. July 11. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.
• Professor Leland’s Magical Sock Hop: For ages 5 and older, 7 p.m. July 12. Put on your poodle skirts and leather jackets for a magical adventure back in time with Professor Leland and his jukebox full of tricks and illusions. Shake, rattle, and roll back to the 1950s with the Professor and his magical rabbit, Mr. Whiskers.
• Kids at the Library: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. July 12. Discover, create, and play. Explore big ideas in a new way.
• Cartooning for Kids: For ages 8 and older, 10:30 a.m. July 14. Learn the basics of cartooning, from scribble art to sketching, and turn shapes into characters. Try techniques such as texture, contrast, shading, blocking, and overlapping to create awesome effects.
• Tom’s Town Quintet: For adults, 2 p.m. July 15. Five members of the Kansas City’s Vine Street Orchestra recreate a live jazz jam session with the music that made KC famous worldwide. Kansas City Jazz history is presented with an audience-friendly interactive discussion.
• Tech Talk: For adults, 2 p.m. July 16. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have had lots of experience, there are always questions waiting to be asked about technology. Bring your questions to the branch, or just come to listen and learn from other participants. You can bring your own laptop computer or tablet.
• Imagination Station: For ages 1 to 5, 11:30 a.m. July 18. Kids can unleash their imaginations with creative activities that promote early literacy skills through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.
• Fear Factor – The Gross Stuff: For ages 5 and older, 10 a.m. July 20. Eeeewwww that’s gross! Take on the role of an animal contestant, and learn about the weird and gross traits that help them survive. Participants will guess what creepy crawly they represent with challenges and fun facts.
• PAW-Etiquette for Pooches and People – Dog Safety: For ages 6 and older, 10 a.m. July 27. Dogs like people who know proper canine etiquette. Learn the proper way to greet a dog, when to leave a dog alone, and strategies to avoid dog attacks. Discover how dogs communicate through body language and how to read that body language.
– Jillayne Ritchie