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. 

• Film Series: Sidney Lumet: The Big Picture, 2 p.m. May 1, 8, 15 and 22. Using his beloved New York City as a backdrop, Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema who brought emotionally complex stories to the screen that often addressed the socially-relevant issues of their times. 

• Kids at the Library, for ages 6 and older, 4:30 p.m. May 2, 9 and 23. Discover, create, and play. Explore big ideas in a new way. 

• Windows 10, for adults, 10 a.m. May 4. Get an introduction to the layout of the Windows 10 operating system and a demonstration on navigating its functions. You may bring your own Windows 10 laptops. 

• Beginning Word, for adults, 10 a.m. May 11. Learn how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word. 

• Papermaking, for teens, 2:30 p.m. May 12. You may not have written a book, but you can make the paper for it. Explore the history of papermaking and then make a sheet of paper for yourself. Be prepared to get your hands wet and a bit goopy as we create the first page for your own handmade book. 

• Personal Branding: What It Is and Why You Need It, for adults, 2 p.m. May 14. You want prospective employers and clients to see you as “the total package,” and personal branding can help achieve that. By identifying and communicating your passions, purpose, abilities, strengths, achievements, values, and goals, a personal brand can raise your credibility, visibility, and value, while influencing others in a positive way. Join multi-certified resume writer and career coach Karen Silins, and learn why a personal brand is an integral part of any job search, career management plan, or company strategy. 

• Cartooning for Kids, for ages 8 and older, 4:30 p.m. May 16. 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. 

• Things to Consider When Starting a Business, for adults, 7 p.m. May 17. Learn to recognize and avoid some of the common difficulties that come with starting a business as well as identify potential problems that can occur as businesses grow. 

• Beginning Excel, for adults, 10 a.m. May 18. Using a personal budget, you will learn some of the basic formatting tools of an Excel spreadsheet. 

• Kansas City Chronicles: An Up-to-Date History, for adults, 7 p.m. May 19. Thanks to its geography, character, and people, Kansas City has carved out a prime spot in American history. Join David W. Jackson, author of Kansas City Chronicles: An Up-to-Date History, as he shares insights with short vignettes dating back to the 1820s, which highlight the area’s unique past. 

• Nature Detectives: Missouri Reptiles, for ages 7 and older, 2 p.m. May 21. Become a nature detective, and discover how to tell if a snake is venomous and how many different types of turtles there are in our state. Join a Clay County Parks naturalist for a hands-on nature investigation. 

• Create with Lego Bricks, for ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. May 22. Programs are built around special model plans designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks. 

• End-of-Life Decisions: Don’t Leave Them to Chance, for adults, 7 p.m. May 24. Putting your end-of-life decisions off until it’s too late can place a strain on family ties and potentially lead to feelings of anger, guilt, and dissent among your survivors. Learn strategies for making these tough decisions and communicating them to the ones you love. 

• Facebook, for adults, 10 a.m. May 25. For those hesitant about joining Facebook, this program will walk you through the basics of having a Facebook account, and cover topics such as friending, events, messaging, photo albums, and feeds, with a brief look at privacy and security settings. 

– Jillayne Ritchie