The Blue Springs North Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of May. The library is located at 850 N.W. Hunter Drive. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-224-8772.

• Kids Create: For age 6 and older, 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

• Cartoon Creations: For teens, 6:30 p.m. May 8. Do you like to doodle and want to learn more? Learn the basics of cartooning and have fun turning scribbles into cartoons!

• Cognitive Decline, Dementia, and Hearing Loss: 7 p.m. May 17. Adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop problems with thinking and remembering. Discover how degraded hearing may force the brain to devote too much of its energy to processing sound and ways to combat the resulting cognitive loss.

• What’s Next Fest: 1 p.m. May 19. The live music event focuses on up-and-coming bands from the Kansas City area. This showcase of new talent from a wide range of genres will launch an online compilation series #whatsnextkc. Come out for an afternoon of great music, help support musicians in Kansas City, and give new bands an outlet for their creativity. 

• More Off the Beaten Path: For adults, 2 p.m. May 20. Join Alexis Webb Bechtold and Traci Angel as they share more new and lesser-known attractions in the Kansas City Area. Find out about fun and unusual places to visit this summer.

• Teen Anime: 6:30 p.m. May 22. Join fellow fanatics for fun!

• Fear Factor – The Gross Stuff: For ages 5 and older, 10 a.m. May 25. Take on the role of an animal contestant, and learn about the weird and gross traits that help them survive. Participants will guess what creepy crawly they represent with challenges and fun facts.

• Dino O’Dell’s Music Around Us: For all ages, 10:30 a.m. May 26. Whether it’s the beating of our hearts, birds singing in the trees, or the clickety-clack of a train rolling down the track, sounds tell a story. Join Dino O’Dell for an interactive musical adventure, and learn about the four categories of instruments: percussion, wind, string, and electronic.

• Rock Your Library: For all ages, 2 p.m. May 31. 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