The Blue Springs South Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7, is planning many events this month. For further information or to register for events, call 816-229-3571 or go to mymcpl.org/events.


Unless otherwise stated, registration for events is required.


Hours:


• Monday through Thursday – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


• Friday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


• Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.


• Sunday - 1 to 5 p.m.


A Matter of Balance, 2 p.m. March 13. Are you afraid of falling, or do you have a family member who is? Learn ways to decrease your risk for falls by modifying your home and exercising. Registration is required.


Book group, 7:30 p.m. March 5, 7 p.m. March 10, 1 p.m. March 19. Meet like-minded people, enjoy lively discussion, learn which books inspire others, and talk about your favorite books, Call or visit the branch to find out what they are reading next. Geared toward adults; registration required.


Flowing Through History: Kansas City, the City of Fountains, 6:30 p.m. March 31. Photographer Alexis Bechtold dives into the history of Kansas City’s fountains.


Historic Independence walking tour, 11 a.m. March 21. Walk in the footsteps of early Independence residents, and experience western expansion, the Civil War, outlaws, pioneer settlers, and Harry Truman. A one-hour tour of the Square takes you to places and events of the past. Meet at the Main Street Coffee House, 107 S. Main St. Registration is required.


That’s Craftastic, 6:30 p.m. March 24. Each time, the group creates a different project. Registration is required.


The Quiet Beatle: The Development of George Harrison’s Songwriting, 6:30 p.m. March 4. Trace Harrison’s development as a songwriter from 1963 to 1969 during this hour-long multimedia presentation.


Kid Lit, 4:30 p.m. March 18. Use reading to explore the world – history, theater, literature and more. For ages 6 and up.


Kindergarten Readiness Storytime Series, 10 a.m. March 10. Storytime experts will demonstrate the ways you can use picture books, music, fingerplays, and movement activities to grow your child’s love of reading and fully prepare them for success in kindergarten. For ages 3 and up.


Leprechauns at the Library, 2 p.m. March 17. Celebrate all that is St. Patrick’s Day with leprechaun masks, gold coins and rainbows. We will read a story and play leprechaun games. Ages 2 and up.


Play and Learn Time, 10 a.m. March 13 and 27. A special preschool playtime designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. Stimulating and fun activities as well as the opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents. The open playtime allows you to come and go as your schedule permits. Ages 3 and up.


Read to a Pet, 11 a.m. March 28. Read to some very good listeners – Pet Partners registered therapy pets. These special animals will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence. Space is limited. Check with your local branch for more information. Ages 3 and up.


Spring Break Art Studio, 2 p.m. March 22. The library will have glitter, stickers, colored pencils, markers and other art supplies that kids of all ages can use to make their next masterpiece. Ages 2 and up.


STEAM-Powered Program: Little Bits, 2 p.m. March 7. Get geared up for a variety of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics-centered activities. These programs are designed with 8- through 14-year-olds in mind.


Storytime for Families, 6:30 p.m. March 5 and 19. Hear stories, sing songs, join in movement activities and more. Designed for families of all ages.


Storytime for Preschoolers, 10 Wednesdays and 10 a.m. March 17, 24 and 31. Explore the first steps toward reading readiness for you and your preschooler. Designed for preschoolers between 3 and 5 years old and their caregivers.


Storytime for Toddlers, 10 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Parents and caregivers will enjoy a fun and interactive environment with their toddlers that will engage and encourage those next steps into early literacy. Designed for toddlers between 18 and 36 months old and one-on-one caregivers. Program may require parental participation.


Tech-Free Family Night, 6:30 p.m. March 25. Put away your phones and tablets for an evening of unplugged fun – games, books, crafts, and snacks everyone will enjoy. All ages.


STEAM-Powered Program: Solder a Flashlight, 7 p.m. March 30. Get geared up for a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics-centered activities. This program is designed with 11- through 14-year-olds in mind.


Teen Lit, 7 p.m. March 9, 16, and 23. Read it. Love it. Share it. Experience a book like never before.


Intermediate Excel, 6:30 p.m. March 12. If you are ready to go beyond Excel basics, this class adds to your Microsoft Excel knowledge by introducing sorting, simple functions, and other useful tools. Attendance of the program Beginning Excel is suggested. Registration is required.


Advanced Excel, 6:30 p.m. March 26. Learn even more advanced skills to use with Microsoft Excel as this class explores additional functions, investigates the Insert Function Wizard, practices ways to manage large amounts of data, and discusses basic spreadsheet printing. Attendance of the programs Beginning ExcelŽ and Intermediate ExcelŽ is suggested. Registration is required.