The South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of May. The library is located at 13700 E. 35th St. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-461-2050. 

• Young@Heart, for ages 50 and older, 9 to 11:30 a.m. May 3. This free event will provide information about nonprofit organizations, volunteer opportunities, and free activities for seniors and their caregivers. There will be representatives from many organizations, including Social Security, AARP and Library-By-Mail to share their information and answer your questions. Do you have questions about your computer or eReader? Library staff will help you with your technology. 

• Tech Talks, for adults, 7 p.m. May 4 and 16. Whether you're a first-time computer user or have had lots of experience, there are always questions still to be asked about technology. Bring your questions to the branch, or just listen and learn from other participants. You may bring your laptops, computers or tablets. 

• ACT Practice Test, for teens, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 7. Mid-Continent Public Library is partnering with College Tutors to provide FREE ACT practice tests throughout 2016. These practice tests are designed to give each student an assessment of where they might score on the real ACT. The only requirement is to bring a pencil and a scientific calculator. Composite scores will be provided to each student within 72 hours. 

• Pitch Perfect: Cover Letters and Story Synopses That Sell, for adults, 7 p.m. May 9. A concise pitch letter and an engaging synopsis can be the difference between selling your writing and having it languish in an editor’s rejected pile. Join writing coach David Chartrand as he explains what makes a good pitch letter and synopsis, how they differ, and why they’re both crucial to selling your work. 

• “Ready, Set, Read!” and “Get in the Game, Read!” The Summer Reading Program encourages kids – from babies to teens – to read over summer vacation. In addition to prizes that can be won for participation, MCPL is hosting numerous events in celebration of the program including: Game On! Ready, Set, Play, for ages 7 and older, at 2 p.m. on May 14. 

• Teens Create, 4 p.m. May 18. Unleash your imagination. 

• Things to Consider When Starting a Business, for adults, 6 p.m. May 23. 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. 

• Studying the Masters: Roy Lichtenstein, 10 a.m. May 27. Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein was a master painter, well known for his comic book style imagery that emulates heroes and heroines. In this one session class, students will discuss the techniques of benday dots, humor, and practice illustration based drawing methods. Instruction and materials provided by the Kansas City Art Institute’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies. All skill levels are welcome. 

• Illustrating Heroic Stories, for ages 6 and older, 1 to 2 p.m. May 27. Learn how to draw an original superhero in action! Character development and storyboarding are just a few of the techniques that students will be introduced to. Instruction and materials will be provided by the Kansas City Art Institute’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies. 

– Jillayne Ritchie