The Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of November. The library is located at 1000 N.E. Colbern Road in Lee's Summit. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-525-9924.

American Red Cross Blood Drive: 10 a.m. Nov. 2. Community members are invited to donate and support this lifesaving initiative. Please make an appointment to donate blood online at Eligible donors will need to be at least 17 years old (16 with written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and generally be feeling well the day of the donation. Please allow an hour for your donation and bring any form of photo ID with you. Call the Red Cross with other eligibility questions at 866-236-3276.

Life is Like a Box of Crayons: For adults, 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Whether you stay in the lines or venture outside them, coloring is credited with lowering stress and anxiety in adults, promoting greater self-esteem and awareness, as well as encouraging creativity and personal expression. No artistic ability is required.

Puppets and Pjs: For ages 3 and older, 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Put on your pajamas, and come enjoy a new tradition at the library – a bedtime puppet show! Fun for the whole family.

Yan-Koloba: A Character and Community Building Game Rooted in the Cultures of Africa: For all ages, 10 a.m. Nov. 4. Learn to play Yan-Koloba, a game with deep African roots that reaches across all cultural boundaries to teach respect, teamwork, collaboration, acceptance, and trust. Join in and play this game that will offer you hours of fun and bonding with family, friends, coworkers, and people you don’t even know.

Craft Group: For adults, 1 p.m. Nov. 7 and 21. Creating your own works of art is one of the best ways to express yourself and share good will. Join us to meet new people, create new items, and even learn a thing or two. Quilt, knit, scrapbook, crochet, and more!

Storytelling Celebration 2017: For all ages, 11 a.m. Nov. 8. Sit on the edge of your seat as you are led into new worlds through words and stories. The Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features storytellers at various locations throughout the metro area. For a complete listing of events, go to

Play and Learn Time: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. Nov. 10. Enjoy a special 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.

Marty’s Party: For all ages, 10 a.m. Nov. 10. It’s Marty’s birthday and he wants to celebrate with you! Come to the party, meet Marty, and enjoy stories, songs, refreshments, and fun!

ACT Practice Test with College Tutors: For teens, tests will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Mid-Continent Public Library is partnering with College Tutors to provide free ACT practice tests. 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 five days.

Kansas City Author Steve Paul: For adults, 7 p.m. Nov. 14. Join this writer and former Kansas City Star editor for a discussion of his new book, “Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year That Launched an American Legend.” In the book, Paul looks at Hemingway’s arrival in Kansas City, 100 years ago this fall, to begin a career in journalism and writing and his subsequent journey to the war in Europe, where he was seriously wounded. The book offers new material and never-published voices who speak about Hemingway’s Kansas City experience.

Easy-to-Make Holiday Drinks: For adults, 2 p.m. Nov. 18. From a creative spin on wassail to a quick and delicious coffee drink, barista Emily Duffey can help you create easy and mouthwatering holiday drinks that can be made kid-friendly or spiced up for more grown- up tastes. Recipes will be provided.

– Jillayne Ritchie