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

• Free Tax Help for Seniors, AARP Tax-Aide representatives will assist seniors with moderate to low incomes with tax questions and tax return preparation through April 15. No farm returns or rental properties. Appointments begin at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Call to schedule and appointment. 

• Indian Tribes and the Conundrum of Individual and Collective Rights in the United States, for adults, 7 p.m. April 5. Many Americans view individual rights as fundamental to our Constitution, but that hasn’t always been the case and isn’t true for everyone today. Join Daniel Mandell, professor of history at Truman State University, as he explores how the shifting legal status of Indians and their tribes in particular highlight the tension between collective and individual rights in the United States from the Civil War to present day. 

• Internet for Beginners, for adults, 7 p.m April 5. Learn the basics of Internet use, including basic terminology and how to get connected, and find what you’re looking for online. This covers printing and introductory Internet safety. 

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

• Play and Learn Time, for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. April 8. This preschool playtime that is designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. We offer stimulating and fun activities, as well as an opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents. The open playtime allows you to come and go as your schedule permits. 

• Chair Yoga, for adults, 2 p.m. April 9, 16 and 23. If you have always wanted to try yoga, but have trouble getting up and down off the floor, this 3-week class is for you. Get comfortable with yoga by learning basic poses, simple breathing exercises, slow-paced stretching, and easy relaxation techniques. All levels welcome. 

• Food Truck Workshop, beginning at 11 a.m. April 9. Learn the business of food trucks from the experts. This 5-hour workshop led by Brandon Simpson, owner of Jazzy B’s food truck, and Xander Winkel of the Ennovation Center, will walk you through the steps of opening your own food truck business. Come ready to learn about health departments, truck build out, branding, advertising, and financial statements. Sample food truck cuisine and tour a food truck. This program is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Registration Required. The workshop will be held at the Ennovation Center, 201 N. Forest Ave., Independence. Register at www.mymcpl.org/events/calendar/food-truck-workshop. 

• Cravings, Sugar, and Emotional Eating, for adults, 7 p.m. April 10. Discover why you crave certain foods, what triggers your cravings, and the role your emotions play in the process. Certified health coach Nancy Oglesby shares helpful steps to prevent cravings as well as tools to address them when they happen. 

• Beginning Word, for adults, 7 p.m. April 12. Learn how to create, save, and print a document. 

• Kids Create, for ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. April 13. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities. 

• Teens at the Library, 3:30 p.m. April 13 and 27. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you. 

• Determine Your Plan of Care, for adults, 3 p.m. April 15. Ignoring end-of-life decisions until it’s too late can place a strain on family ties and potentially lead to feelings of anger, guilt, and dissent among survivors. Learn strategies for making these tough decisions and communicating them to the ones you love. 

• Beginning Excel, for adults, 7 p.m. April 19. Learn to create a simple spreadsheet that can be used for dozens of purposes including accounting, budgeting, and inventory tracking. 

• READ to a Dog, for ages 3 and older, 3 p.m. April 22. Sit down and read to some very good listeners – Pet Partner Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ). Dogs will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence. Space is limited. Call for details. 

• Access Art, April 22 – In cooperation with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Art Institute, Mid-Continent Public Library presents an all-day event for all ages with multiple opportunities for participants to create new works of art. For adults: Beginning watercolor, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; beginning chalk pastels, 9-10:30 a.m.; introduction to Adobe Photoshop, 9 a.m.; off-loom weaving, 1 p.m. For teens: Altered Book: Self portrait, 1 p.m.; metal stamping, 10 a.m.; For Children: Dragons to wear, for all ages, 9 a.m.; Draw Like Van Gogh, for ages 6 and older, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required for some sessions; for more information and a full schedule of Access Art opportunities, visit mymcpl.org/accessart or call the library. 

• Social Security: With You Through Life’s Journey, for adults, 2 p.m. April 25. Social Security is just one piece of the retirement puzzle. Discover how Social Security can help you secure your future and address your changing needs and lifestyle with information, tools, and resources. 

• Cloud Storage, for adults, 7 p.m. April 26. Explore ways to store and manage documents, music, and photos on “the cloud,” and always have access to your digital files no matter where you are. 

• Science City: Insects and Arachnids, for ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. April 27. Connect science and popular books to learn all about insects and arachnids. Join Science City educators for hands- on activities and experiments using science tools and materials to learn the science behind insects and arachnids. 

• The Library’s Future: A Community Stakeholder Discussion, 7 p.m. April 27. MCPL would like to know how you think the Library can better serve your community over the next decade. This meeting will have opportunity for discussion and participation. If you cannot attend, a link to an online survey will be emailed to you so you can share your views on these subjects with the Library. Registration is required. 

• Historic Independence (Walking Tour), for adults, 3 p.m. April 29. Walk in the footsteps of early Independence residents, and experience western expansion, the Civil War, outlaws, pioneer settlers, and Harry Truman. A 1 hour tour of the Independence Square takes you to places and events of the past. Meet at the Main Street Coffee House, 107 S. Main St., No. 100, in Independence. 

– Jillayne Ritchie