The South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of February. The library is located at 13700 E. 35th St. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-461-2050.

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

Kids at the Library: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. Feb. 3. Discover, create, and play. Explore big ideas in a new way.

The Sandwich Generation: Caring for Aging Parents: For adults, 7 p.m. Feb. 6. Many young to middle-aged adults are finding they’ve joined the “Sandwich Generation,” adults still raising their own children while assisting in caring for their aging parents. Learn how to identify when intervention is needed, how to tap into support resources, as well as tips on how to care for yourself while caring for others.

Getting to Know Our New Catalog: For adults, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Need help using the new online catalog? Learn about all of the new features the Library has added to help you access the books and other materials you need and get the most out of your account.

American Red Cross Blood Drive: Beginning at 1 p.m. Feb. 9. Eligible donors 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. Call the Red Cross toll free with other eligibility questions at 866-236-3276. Allow an hour for your donation and bring any form of photo ID with you. Registration is required, visit

MU Extension Series: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12. CDSMP is a community-based program that assists participants in maintaining quality of life when faced with chronic medical conditions. Come to the library for two-hour CDSMP sessions once a week for six weeks. Classes are highly participative, during which mutual support and success will build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The program was developed by Stanford University and is funded by the Arthritis Foundation.

Simple Steps to Starting Your Business: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Explore what it takes to start a business with expert advice from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). Experienced SCORE volunteers offer an overview for starting a business, outline the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, identify the most profitable businesses, explore the key factors to start-up success, and cover the fundamentals of forming, organizing, marketing, and funding your venture. This program is presented in partnership with Mid-Continent Public Library’s Square One Small Business Services.

Medicare Explained in Plain English: 7 p.m. Feb. 15. Get a straightforward and easy-to-understand explanation of Medicare and the benefits you may be entitled to receive. Designed for Medicare newbies, this program is especially helpful for those turning 65.

Intermediate Word: For adults, 2 p.m. Feb. 16. Sharpen your document creation skills with several great features of Microsoft Word. Attendance of the program Beginning Word is suggested.

KC Zoomobile – Australia: For families with ages 5 and older, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17. Go on an Australian-themed adventure with the Kansas City Zoo. Learn Aussie folklore and culture, and meet some animal friends from “down under.” Join the Zoo staff, and learn something new about Australia!

Marketing for Existing or Start-Up Small Businesses: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Learn the basic principles of marketing a small business with help from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). SCORE volunteer Paulette Crawford offers a practical approach to marketing with methods and tools to maximize your customer reach. Find out about pricing, positioning, the difference between features and benefits, and different marketing strategies. This program is presented in partnership with Mid-Continent Public Library’s Square One Small Business Services.

Medicare 101: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21. If you’re turning 65, ready to start Medicare or know someone who is, or even just doing some preliminary planning for your retirement, let a representative from Missouri CLAIM (Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri) share vital information to help you get the most from your Medicare benefits. More information about CLAIM can be found at

Who was George Washington Carver?: For ages 7 and older, 2 p.m. Feb. 21. Before he became a famous scientist and inventor, George Washington Carver was born a slave, kidnapped by outlaws, orphaned, and barred from attending his local school. Join rangers from the George Washington National Carver Monument to discover how Carver persevered to help African American farmers and his make major contributions to American society.

Teens at the Library: 6 p.m. Feb. 27. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

10 Steps to Selling Your Food Product in Stores: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27. If you dream of getting your food product onto store shelves, let Xander Winkel from the Ennovation Center’s food incubator help you realize it. Learn the regulations, how to work with grocery stores, how to market your product, and how to scale your business to keep up with demand. This program is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

– Jillayne Ritchie