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

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 through April 15. Call for appointment.

JobQuesters Series – Computer Basics: For adults, 7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning April 3. JobQuesters is a seven-week course designed for job seekers who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the online job application process. Learn the computer skills they need to begin the online job search process. Computer basics April 3; mousing and keyboarding April 10; Internet navigation April 17; email fundamental April 24.

Play and Learn Time: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. April 3, 10, 24, and Saturday April 7 and 21. 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.

Navigating Your Computer: For adults, 2 p.m. April 4. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer.

Homeschoolers at the Library: For ages 7 and older, 2 p.m. April 6. Participants will explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using Library resources to satisfy their curiosities. Contact one of our host branches for details.

Internet for Beginners: For adults, 2 p.m. April 11. Learn the basics of Internet use, including terminology, how to get connected, and how to find what you’re looking for online. This class will also cover printing and a few words on internet safety.

The Book Stops Here – Presidential Book Group: For adults, 2 p.m. April 12. 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. April 12. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

Access Art: Beginning at 1 p.m. April 15. In cooperation with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Art Institute, Mid-Continent Public Library presents an all-day event for all ages with multiple opportunities for participants to create new works of art. Workshops: Portraits simplified (adults); introduction to acrylic painting (adults); explore the flexibility of acrylics; introduction to needle felting (2 p.m.); Draw Like Da Vinci (1 and 2:30 p.m., for ages 6 and older); Think 3D (all ages); surreal self workshop (teens). Reservations are required for some sessions; for more information and a full schedule of Access Art opportunities, visit

Tom’s Town Quintet: 7 p.m. April 17. Five members of the Kansas City’s Vine Street Orchestra recreate a live jazz jam session with the music that made KC famous worldwide. Kansas City Jazz history is presented with an audience-friendly interactive discussion.

Email for Beginners: For adults, 2 p.m. April 18. Learn to understand your inbox, as well as how to write effective emails.

Kids Read: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. April 20. Read it; love it; share it. Experience a book like never before.

Beginning Word: For adults, 2 p.m. April 25. Learn how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

Brixology – Boats: For ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. April 26. Create a seaworthy vessel as you set sail with nautical engineering! Build and test a boat powered by potential and kinetic energy. Then try changing specific variables to improve speed, buoyancy, and stability.

– Jillayne Ritchie