The Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of April. The library is located at 2220 S. Missouri 7. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-229-3571.

Teen Art Gallery: For ages 10 to 18. Celebrate World Art Day, April 15, by participating in the Teen Art Gallery. Entries will be displayed at the South Branch April 2-16. Submissions will be accepted through April 2. For complete details, pick up an entry form at the library.

Free Tax Help for Seniors: Beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 15. 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. Call to schedule and appointment.

Understanding Your Child’s Developing Brain: 6:30 p.m. April 3. Parents, teachers, and caregivers can gain a deeper understanding of brain development and developmental delays. Learn how to apply brain development information in the classroom, techniques for behavior management, and day-to-day activities that help develop the brain.

Kids Lab: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. April 7; 6:30 p.m. April 26. Discover how you can bring science and technology to life.

Book Group: For adults: 7 p.m. April 10; 1 p.m. April 19. Come meet like-minded people, enjoy lively discussion, learn which books inspire others, and talk about your favorite books.

Exploring Our New Website: For adults, 6:30 p.m. April 11.Come learn about the new features and personalized experience available at

Advanced Excel: For adults, 6:30 p.m. April 12. Learn a few of the advanced options offered by Microsoft Excel, such as writing a formula, goal seek, and filtering large amounts of data. Attendance of the programs Beginning Excel and Intermediate Excel is suggested. To learn more advanced skills, visit to sign up for a variety of online courses you can take anywhere.

Kansas City Jazz – The Golden Years: 2 p.m. April 13. Join jazz historian Kent Rausch for an exploration of the golden years of Kansas City jazz through vintage images and audio recordings.

Teen Games: 6:30 p.m. April 16. Challenge yourself; challenge your friends.

Family Monopoly Tournament: For all ages, 2 p.m. April 21. Come see who can be the smartest with their money! Everyone’s welcome to come and try their luck at building a Monopoly empire.

Missouri Almanac – The Most Fascinating People and Places from Missouri: For adults, 11 a.m. April 21. Join authors Traci Angel and Andrea Sumy for an exploration of all things that are fascinating about Missouri. Get to know our state’s most interesting people and locations from the famous to the not-so-well-known.

Teens Create: 6:30 p.m. April 23. Unleash your imagination.

Creating Magical Moments – Things to Consider When Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation: 6:30 p.m. April 24. There’s a lot to consider when you plan a Disney World vacation, such as accommodations, dining, ticket options, and seasons. Learn what resources are available, as well as tips and tricks to make your planning a bit easier.

MU Extension Series – Be Active Your Way: For adults, 2 p.m. April 27. Walking and other aerobic exercise is only one component of everyday living. Strength and balance exercises are also important to good health. Explore the different types of physical activity and the impact they can have on health and overall quality of life.

Adobe Character Animator: For teens, 2 p.m. April 28. Create your own cartoon characters using Adobe’s new animation software, and animate them using a webcam, your facial expressions, and your voice.

Call of the Wild: For ages 4 and older, 11 a.m. April 28. How do birds sing? Why do coyotes howl? Learn how animals communicate using sound and how to make some of those sounds yourself.

– Jillayne Ritchie