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

• Simple Strings Dulcimers Music Performances: For ages 10 and older, 9:30 a.m. May 1. Take a trip through history with Simple Strings Dulcimers and learn the stories behind the songs and instruments they play.

• Young@Heart: For adults, stop by between 9 and 11:30 a.m. May 1. Are you wondering what your local community has to offer for citizens age 50 and above? This free event will provide information about nonprofit organizations, volunteer opportunities, and free activities for seniors and their caregivers. We will have representatives from many organizations including Social Security, AARP, and Library-By-Mail here to share their information and answer your questions. Do you have questions about your computer or eReader? We will have Library staff here to help you with your technology. Join us for this free and informative open house!

• Kids Create: For ages 6 and older 2 p.m. May 2. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

• Kids at the Library: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. May 10. Discover, create, and play. Explore big ideas in a new way.

• R.E.A.D. Dog – Pets for Life: For ages 5 and older, 10:30 a.m. May 12. Sit down and read to a very good listener – a Pets for Life Reading Education Assistance Dog (READ). A dog will be available for 10-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence.

• Imagination Station: Designed for ages 1 to 5, 11:30 a.m. May 16. Kids can unleash their imaginations with creative activities that promote early literacy skills through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.

• From Ancient Trails to the Modern Highway: For adults, 3 p.m. May 19. Less than a century ago, Americans couldn’t easily drive from state to state, let alone from coast to coast. Learn how our nation’s modern highway system evolved from pack trails used by trappers and traders to the modern superhighways we drive today.

• Tech Talk: For adults, 2 p.m. May 21. 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.

• Facebook Advertising for Small Businesses and Organizations: For adults, 6:30 p.m. May 22. Learn to put Facebook to work advertising your business. Join Mid-Continent Public Library’s business specialists for an in-depth, 90-minute workshop where you can create a business Facebook page, identify the correct format for images, learn the best times to post and write engaging posts.

• Identity Theft: For adults, 7 p.m. May 24. Identity theft doesn’t have to happen to you. Private investigator Larry Berkland explains various identity theft scams and safeguards to avoid becoming a victim.

• A Trad Jazz Celebration: For ages 5 and older, 10 a.m. May 25. Join renowned storyteller and vocalist Brother John and guitar/banjo extraordinaire Rick Cole for an enthusiastic, interactive concert celebrating Dixieland-flavored jazz. Learn how jazz got its start, why Louis Armstrong started to scat, and other fascinating jazz facts.

• Libraries Rock with Mad Science and the Sounds of Summer: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. May 26. Discover how the sounds of woodland creatures can come together to create some awesome tunes. Through experimentation and audience participation, Mad Science will rock the Library with a one-of-a-kind nature band.

• Exotics R Us: For all ages, 2 p.m. May 29. Exotics R Us brings the zoo to the Library with its collection of unique animals including tortoises, foxes, monkeys, porcupines, and felines.

• Rock Your Library: For all ages, 7 p.m. May 30. Discover the stacks of magic in store for you when you explore the Library with the Fishin’ Magicians. With magic, puppets, and more than a few laughs, the Fishin’ Magicians show how you can rock the Library!

– Jillayne Ritchie