The Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of August. The library is located at 1000 N.E. Colbern Road in Lee's Summit. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-525-9924.

Journey through the Solar System: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m. Aug. 4. Take a voyage from the Sun to Pluto with your imagination, and learn what makes the planets different from the sun and from each other. Through simple activities, you’ll better understand how the solar system works. Weather permitting, some activities may be conducted outside.

Give Your Property Curb Appeal: For adults, 2 p.m. Aug. 11. See how homes with outdated exteriors can get a new look with some design, color, and landscaping updates. Join architect and color consultant Paul Helmer as he shows how once ordinary and outdated properties can be economically renovated into homes with real curb appeal.

Kids Lab: For ages 6 and older, 7 p.m. Aug. 13; and 6 p.m. Aug. 20. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life.

Accessing eBooks with OverDrive: For adults, 2 p.m. Aug. 14. Can’t find a book on the shelf? Try looking in our digital collection! Learn the steps to searching and checking out an eBook through OverDrive Digital Downloads, and reading it on your computer or device.

Podcast Discussion Group: For adults, 7 p.m. Aug. 16. Don’t know where to find your next favorite podcast? Want to start listening to podcasts but don’t know where to start? Join us for a monthly discussion of three to five podcast episodes centered on the same theme.

Kid Fest: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. Aug. 19. Party with us – there’s always room for more!

Healthy Meal Planning on a Budget: For adults, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Learn how to meal plan on a budget without falling victim to impulse buys and spending more. Discover resources and strategies to get the most from your food dollars.

Otaku Club: 4 p.m. Aug. 21. Come for a celebration of all things anime. From Japanese culture and manga to cosplay and anime screenings, we’ll explore it all.

Helping Your Child with Homework: For adults, 7 p.m. Aug. 28. Parents don’t have to hide when it’s homework time. Learn to use the Library’s online resources to help your student with those tough assignments.

– Jillayne Ritchie