The Colbern Road Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of June. 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.
• Teen Lock-In: 5:30 p.m. June 1. When the branch shuts down, it’s time to party it up! Permission slip required.
• Basic Yoga: For adults, 2 p.m. June 2, 9, 16. If you’ve always wanted to try yoga, now’s your chance. Join in this three-week restorative class with slow-paced stretching, some simple breathing exercises, and perhaps seated meditation. This is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and to become comfortable with yoga. All levels welcome.
• TED Talks Discussion Group: For adults, 6:30 p.m. June 5. Each month stop by 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.
• Cool Cats – The Rock ’n’ Roll Accordion Band: For all ages, 10 a.m. June 6. Rock out to the hits of the ’50s through the ’90s with the Cool Cats Accordion Orchestra. The Cool Cats are an accordion orchestra made up of students, kids and adults from the United Teachers of Music in Independence.
• Discover Nature Through Fishing – Cane Pole Fishing FUNdamentals: For ages 3 and older, 6:30 p.m. June 7. Cane pole fishing is a great way to teach young children to fish. Learn the fundamentals of fishing from the Missouri Department of Conservation—everything from protecting the outdoors to practicing safe fishing techniques. Then on June 6, you can try out what you learned with help from a conservation staff member at the James A. Reed Conservation Area. Separate registration is required to participate in the hands-on fishing class through the Missouri Department of Conservation.
• Amado’s World Music Odyssey: For ages 5 and older, 10 a.m. June 13. Let’s go on an adventure from the Arabian Desert down to the Filipino Sea and up to the high plains of Bolivia with Amado’s World Music Odyssey! Learn about musical instruments from around the world including the charango, kulintang, and didgeridoo.
• Now Playing for Kids: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. June 14, 21, 28. Escape to the Library for an adventure on the Big Screen.
• WeDo LEGO Robotics – Flying Bird: For ages 8 and older, 6:30 p.m. June 14. Spread your wings with LEGOs. Build a bird and program it to flap its wings. Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot.
• Peanut Butter Hamster – Libraries Rock: For all ages, 2 p.m. June. 15. Join Peanut Butter Hamster and see how libraries are the rockin’ places to learn all the basic instructions you need in life. Be ready to sing, dance, and rock the Library with the Hamster!
• MU Extension Series – Food Preservation: For adults, 7 p.m. June 19. The farm-to-table movement has spurred interest in homegrown food. Join the University of Missouri Extension for a hands-on workshop that provides the most up-to-date, research-based recommendations for preserving foods safely with tested techniques and recipes. Learn the basics of pressure and boiling water canning, dehydration, freezing, and storage.
• Angel Aura Mermaid’s Magical Storytime: For all ages, 10 a.m. June 20. Have you ever met a real-life mermaid? Sail away with mermaid Angel Aura for an hour of magical stories featuring tales from the Islands of Paradise and the amazing sea creatures who call them home.
• Podcast Discussion Group: 7 p.m. June 20. 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.
• Horse Hooves in the Grass: For all ages, 11 a.m. June 23. Who said horses can’t visit the library? Come to the library and meet, groom, and pet a beautiful horse. Then learn about horse care, horse safety, and much more.
• Kid Fest: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. June 24. Party with us.
• A Wild Adventure: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. June 27. Join Georgia and her wild animal friends for an interactive adventure filled with stories and songs, and discover why elephants have trunks and rabbits have short tails.
– Jillayne Ritchie