The North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of December. The library is located at 317 W. U.S. 24. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-252-0950. 

• Early Childhood Literacy Fair, for all ages, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Parents and caregivers, along with their children aged birth through age six, are invited to an Early Childhood Literacy Fair to promote pre-reading skills. Join us as we explore many of the Library’s early literacy resources and participate in a wide variety of activities including games, crafts, music, movements and more. 

• Homeschoolers at the Library, for ages 7 and older, 2 p.m. Dec. 2. Participants will explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using library resources to satisfy their curiosities. 

• Introduction to Crochet, for adults, 3 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10. Learn the basics of crochet during this two-session class, and create a unique mug rug that uses beginning stitches and techniques. A supply list is available at the branch and online. 

• Film Series: A Dickens of a Tale: Hollywood’s Visions of “A Christmas Carol,” 2 p.m. Dec. 4: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992); Dec. 11: Scrooged (1988); Dec. 18: Scrooge/A Christmas Carol (1951). Reimagined dozens of times, Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is arguably Hollywood’s favorite Christmas story. 

• Medicare Part D Enrollment, for adults, 2 p.m. Dec. 6. A trained CLAIM counselor will help you answer questions about your Part D or Advantage plan. CLAIM is Missouri’s State Health Assistance Insurance Program, offering free, confidential, and unbiased Medicare counseling and education to Missouri’s Medicare beneficiaries. Call 800-390-3330 to reserve your spot. 

• Kids Create, for ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. Dec. 8. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities. 

• Jaime Lyon’s I AM Self-Portraits, for teens, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Create an artistic self-portrait by exploring historical and current self-portraiture. I AM Self-Portraits are a unique way to build self-confidence and discover the tools to increase esteem. 

• A Christmas Carol-LIVE, for ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. Dec. 13. Join Hampstead Stage for this classic holiday tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the four ghosts who teach him the true meaning of Christmas. 

• Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus, for all ages, 10 a.m. Dec. 16. Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a special trip from the North Pole to read a holiday story at the Library. After the story, sit on Santa’s lap to tell him what you want for Christmas. Parents, bring your cameras. 

– Jillayne Ritchie