The Blue Springs South Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of June. The library is located at 2220 S. Missouri 7. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-229-3571.

• Dance-A-Story: For ages 3 and older, 2 and 3:30 p.m. June 7. Young children will bring stories to life with costumes, creative movement, and music during this 45-minute dance workshop.

• Urban Birding: For adults, 2 p.m. June 8. Learn about the birds that live in your own backyard from their unique physical characteristics to their nesting, eating, and social habits. Discover how you can conduct your own backyard studies and provide natural habitat protection to conserve urban bird species.

• Self-Publishing Made Easy(ish): For teens, 6:30 p.m. June 11. Thanks to digital technology, self-publishing is easy and inexpensive through print-on-demand publishing platforms. Join award-winning author Kevin M. Kraft for a demonstration of how to use, and see a book published before your eyes.

• Exotics R Us: For all ages, 10 a.m. June 14. Exotics R Us brings the zoo to the Library with its collection of unique animals including tortoises, foxes, monkeys, porcupines, and felines.

• MU Extension Series – Kids in the Kitchen: For ages 6 and older, 10 a.m. June 15, 22, 29. Hey, kids! Discover how to eat healthier and learn about cooking in a fun and safe environment during this six- week class. Learn all about choosing healthy foods, preparing healthy meals, and being active.

• Nature Detectives – Missouri Mammals: For ages 7 and older, 11 a.m. June 16. Become a nature detective, and learn to identify Missouri mammals by what they eat, where they live, and how they look. Join a Clay County Parks naturalist for a hands-on investigation of mammal skulls and hides. It’s nature CSI!

• Sock Hop Smiles: For age 4 and older, 2 p.m. June 21. Goodness gracious, great stacks of books! Join P.J. the DJ as he rocks the Library with the sounds of 1950s rock and roll. So get on the horn, invite the paper shakers, and get ready to sail to Cloud 9 at this sock hop guaranteed to make you smile.

• Healthful Eating: For adults, 2 p.m. June 22. 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.

• Side Show Terry’s Comedy Stunt Show: For teens, 2 p.m. June 23. It’s crazy! It’s creepy! It’s comical! Join T. Texas Terry for this one-man stunt show and be amazed and a little grossed out as he eats fire, swallows razor blades, pounds a nail up his nose, and much more!

• Read and Draw – Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: For ages 4 and older, 2:30 and 4 p.m. June 28. Preschool children can explore the world of Laura Numeroff with a reading of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and by drawing their very own mouse. All materials provided.

– Jillayne Ritchie