The Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of January. 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.

Craft Group: For adults, 1 p.m. Jan. 2 and 16. 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!

Life is Like a Box of Crayons: For adults, 7 p.m. Jan. 4. 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. Jan. 4. Put on your pajamas, and come enjoy a new tradition at the library – a bedtime puppet show! Fun for the whole family.

Coffee and Conversation with Librarians: For adults, 6 p.m. Jan. 8. Join your friendly, neighborhood librarians for coffee and conversation about the future of the Colbern Road Branch.

Kids Create: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. Jan. 11 and 18. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

Play and Learn Time: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. Jan. 12 and 26. 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.

Beginning Word: For adults, 2 p.m. Jan. 16. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

Intermediate Word: For adults, 2 p.m. Jan. 23. Sharpen your document creation skills with several great features of Microsoft Word. Attendance of the program Beginning Word is suggested.

Kid Fest: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. Jan. 27. Party with us – there’s always room for more!

Advanced Word: For adults, 2 p.m. Jan. 30. More experienced users can become familiar with some of the advanced options provided in Microsoft Word. Attendance at Beginning Word and Intermediate Word is suggested.

– Jillayne Ritchie