The Mid-Continent Public Library system is rolling out a redesigned summer learning program, with the aim of helping students avoid the academic slippage that many experience when school is out.

Sign-ups for the “Build a Better World” program begin Monday. Activities are built around a theme of “STEAM” – sports and science, technology and teamwork, environment and engineering, arts and architecture, and “math and me.”

The programs are for anyone from babies up to age 19, and points for reading books and other activities are awarded in three categories: up to age 5, ages 6 to 12 and ages 13 to 19. There are prizes for earning points.

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A summer learning program kick-off early literacy fair is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the North Independence branch, 317 West U.S. 24. Then there’s a “Lego Play: Build a Better World” event from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

There’s also a kick-off event at 10 a.m. Monday at the Colbern Road branch, 1000 N.W. Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit.