The Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of November. The library is located at 6131 Raytown Road. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-353-2052.

Introduction to Tai Chi: For adults, 10 a.m. Nov. 1, 8 and 15. Explore the ancient practice of Tai Chi, and experience the benefits these low-impact exercises have on balance and fitness during this three-part program.

Resume Help with WorkExpress: For adults, 10 a.m. Nov. 1. A WorkExpress professional will be at the Library to help you write or update your resume on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Please pick up a Resume Creation worksheet at the Library prior to the program.

Long-Term Care Planning: 7 p.m. Nov. 2. The majority of people over age 65 will need some type of long-term care at some point. Learn about long- term care options and how to create a plan to fit your needs.

Medicare Part D Enrollment Event: 2 p.m. Nov. 6. Sign up for a one-on-one appointment, and have a trained CLAIM counselor 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.

Effective Fiction Writing: For adults, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Effective fiction writing infuses a story with energy, emotion, and tension. Join author Kevin M. Kraft as he explores how to develop a better vocabulary, engage readers, and use personal experience to breathe new life into a story.

Tech Talk: For adults, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have had lots of experience, there are always questions waiting to be asked about technology. Bring your questions to the branch, or just come to listen and learn from other participants. You can bring your own laptop computer or tablet.

Chess Free Play: For teens, 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 11. Play chess, learn the basics, brush up on your chess skills, challenge other players at the library. Offered in collaboration with the Raytown High School Chess Team coaches. Chess boards and chess pieces provided.

Chocolate Class: For adults, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon or 1 p.m. Nov. 11. Discover how chocolate ganache can take your chocolate cake from ordinary to extraordinary. Join Chef Tito and his mobile kitchen for a lesson in how to work with ganache to crowd-pleasing cakes and truffles.

Warm from the Oven: For adults, 7 p.m. Nov. 14. Join an award-winning culinary team to learn how to make mouth-watering, made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls. This hands-on instructional class will take you through the steps of making the dough, rolling the rolls, and creating a sweet icing from scratch. Each participant will leave with a pan full of doughy goodness to take home and bake.

The History of Chocolate: For adults, 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Chocolate has captivated the world for more than four centuries. Explore the sweet history of chocolate, its cultural significance, its evolution, and its current economic influence with Chef Kolika Kirk. Then stay for a special chocolate tasting session.

“A Christmas Carol”: 7 p.m. Nov. 21. The great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens is returning to MCPL for a special engagement. A professional actor in England, the energetic Gerald Dickens leaps, laughs, and sobs as he portrays the voices of A Christmas Carol. His striking resemblance to his great-great-grandfather and his dramatic rendition of A Christmas Carol bring the classic to life. Refreshments will be served. No audio or visual recordings or still photographs are allowed during the performance. For more information, visit

– Jillayne Ritchie