The North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of March. The library is located at 317 W. U.S. 24. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-252-0950.

They Were All Stars – Negro Leagues Stars Become Major League All-Stars: Open during normal branch hours, March 1 through 6. They Were All Stars remembers the 20 players who began their baseball careers in the Negro Leagues before joining Major League Baseball after integration, and were voted or selected to play in an All Star Game during their careers. On loan from Kansas City’s Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the exhibit features large-format, baseball card-style panels with photos, facts, and stats on each player.

Free Tax Help for Seniors: AARP Tax-Aide representatives will be at the Library to assist seniors with moderate to low incomes with tax questions and tax return preparation. No farm returns or rental properties, please. Appointments begin at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Call for appointment.

STEAM-Powered Program: For ages 8 and older, 2 p.m. March 2. 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. Count on a skill-building good time!

Play and Learn Time: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. Tuesdays, and Saturday March 10 and 24. 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 the opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents. The open playtime allows you to come and go as your schedule permits.

Email for Beginners: For adults, 10 a.m. March 7. Learn to understand your inbox, as well as how to write effective emails.

The Book Stops Here – Presidential Book Group: For adults, 2 p.m. March 8. Join Doug Richardson, Chief of Interpretation and Visitors Services at the Harry S Truman National Historic site, for an exploration into the lives of the American presidents, their influence on history, and the events of their times.

Kids Create: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. March 8. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

PAW-Etiquette for Pooches and People – Dog Safety: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. March 12. Dogs like people who know proper canine etiquette. Learn the proper way to greet a dog, when to leave a dog alone, and strategies to avoid dog attacks. Discover how dogs communicate through body language and how to read that body language.

Beginning Word: For adults, 10 a.m. March 14. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

Kid Reads: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. March 16. Read it; love it; share it. Experience a book like never before.

Easy Pillowcases: For adults, 7 p.m. March 20. Create a pillowcase to match your décor, the season, your mood, or give it as a gift. These easy-to-sew custom pillowcases come together in an hour. A limited number of sewing machines will be available, so feel free to bring your own. A supply list is available at the library.

Beginning Excel: For adults, 10 a.m. March 21. Learn the basics about Microsoft Excel and how to format a simple spreadsheet.

Kids Lab: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. March 22. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life.

Food Truck Workshop: For adults, 10 a.m. March 25, at the Ennovation Center, 201 N. Forest Ave., Independence. Learn the business of food trucks from the experts. This five-hour workshop, led by Brandon Simpson, owner of Jazzy B’s food truck, and Xander Winkel of the Ennovation Center, will walk you through the steps of opening your own food truck business. Come ready to learn about health departments, truck buildout, branding, advertising, and financial statements. Sample food truck cuisine and tour a food truck. This program is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Getting to Know Your Computer: For adults, 2 p.m. March 28. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

Yoga for Kids: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. March 31. Kids will hiss like snakes and flutter like butterflies in this animal-inspired yoga class guaranteed to strengthen young bodies, minds, and imaginations.

– Jillayne Ritchie