The Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of May. The library is located at 1000 N.E. Colbern Road in Lee's Summit. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-525-9924.

• TED Talks Discussion Group: For adults, 6:30 p.m. May 1. Join the Colbern Road Branch each month to watch TED Talks on a variety of topics. After watching the videos, there will be an opportunity to discuss ideas that come from the talks.

• May the Fort Be with You: For all ages, 5:30 p.m. May 4. It’s a Star Wars blanket fort party! Join us for this special after-hours program for the whole family. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and bring your blankets and pillows. We’ll provide the snacks and supplies!

• Healthful Eating: For adults, 7 p.m. May 8. Discover the connections between diet and health, and learn how informed choices at the dinner table can help relieve or even prevent many diseases and conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

• Fairy Tale Tea Party: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. May 9. It’s a magical morning at the library. Arrive as your favorite character, listen to an enchanting story, and transform a plain snack into a charming treat.

• Play and Learn Time: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. May 11 and 25. 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 an opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents.

• My First Garden: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. May 16. Learn about science through gardening. We’ll read a story and then you’ll plant and take home a mini garden of your own.

• Podcast Discussion Group: 7 p.m. May 16. Want to start listening to podcasts but don’t know where to start? Join in this monthly discussion of three to five podcast episodes centered on the same theme.

• R.E.A.D. Dog – Pets for Life: For ages 5 and older, 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. May 19. 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.

• Rock the Library with Mr. Stinky Feet: For all ages, 10 a.m. May 23. Join Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove for a high-energy, interactive concert that’s guaranteed to rock the Library! Come prepared to sing, dance, and have a rockin’ good time.

• Musical Tales with Shakers, Chimes, and Drums: For ages 3 and older, 2 p.m. May 24. Chime in summer with lots of joyous sounds! This musical storytelling program introduces little ears to unique hand instruments used in creating clever rhythms and sounds for the stories. We’ll start with a solo and work our way up to a full orchestra. The happy sounds of summer will fill the library as music-making young listeners create this hands-on program.

• Around Since the Dinosaurs: For ages 8 and older, 11 a.m. May 26. They might not be exactly the same as their ancestors, but some of the animal species we know today definitely shared the world with dinosaurs. Discover how bats, fish, opossums, turtles, crayfish, and others all co-existed with the T-Rex and Hadrosaurids.

• Rock Your Library: For all ages, 10 a.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