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

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: 1 p.m. Tuesdays. This community-based program assists participants in maintaining quality of life when faced with chronic medical conditions. Sessions are once a week for two hours 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.

Storytime for Toddlers: For ages 18 to 36 months, 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Parents and caregiver, enjoy a fun and interactive environment with your toddlers that will engage and encourage those next steps into early literacy.

Storytime for Families: For all ages, 10 a.m. Thursdays. Hear stories, sing songs, join in movement activities, and more. Bring the whole family.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Hearing Health: 6:30 p.m. April 2. Did you know that more than 47 million Americans suffer from some type of hearing loss? Learn how many health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia, and obesity can affect hearing.

Teens at the Library: 3 p.m. April 5, and 6 p.m. April 24. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

Kids at the Library: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. April 7. Discover, create, and play. Explore big ideas in a new way.

Book Group: For adults, 2 p.m. April 3, 17; 7 p.m. April 19. Come meet like-minded people, enjoy lively discussion, learn which books inspire others, and talk about your favorite books.

Tech Talk: For adults, 2 p.m. April 16. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have had lots of experience, there are always questions waiting to be asked about technology. Bring your questions to the branch, or just come to listen and learn from other participants. You can bring your own laptop computer or tablet.

D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read): For all ages, 10:30 a.m. April 28. D.E.A.R. is a national April-long celebration of reading, designed to remind kids of all ages to make reading an everyday priority. Sharing her special collection of favorites, Jo will prompt and inspire the kiddos and adults to make sure that reading is a regular part of their daily routine.

– Jillayne Ritchie