The North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of September. The library is located at 317 W. U.S. 24. All activities are free, but registration is required. Call 816-252-0950.

ELL/ESL Classes: For adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays. This group-friendly approach toward the mastery of English includes lessons recognizing three distinct areas of communication: conversational, academic, and professional. Conversations in each area focus on emergency, day-to-day, and special occurrences. Participants will learn through group, paired, and individual activities. Each session lasts 90 minutes.

Getting to Know Your Computer: For adults, 7 p.m. Sept. 5. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

Trails to Truman Trivia Night: For adults, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Test your knowledge of all things Harry S Truman, Kansas City, and pop culture in this special trivia night sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library, The Truman Library, and the Truman Home National Historic Site. Teams of four adults will compete in this contest of knowledge and strategy. The top three teams will take home trophies and prizes.

Homeschoolers at the Library: For ages 7 and older, 2 p.m. Sept. 7. Join us for fun enrichment programs geared toward homeschool families. Participants will explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using Library resources to satisfy their curiosities. Contact one of our host branches for details.

Play and Learn Time: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. Sept. 8, 11, 18, 22 and 25. Preschool playtime is designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. We offer stimulating and fun activities as well as the opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents.

Give Your Property Curb Appeal: For adults, 7 p.m. Sept. 11. See how homes with outdated exteriors can get a new look with some design, color, and landscaping updates. Join architect and color consultant Paul Helmer as he shows how once ordinary and outdated properties can be economically renovated into homes with real curb appeal.

Navigating your Computer: For adults, 7 p.m. Sept. 12. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer.

The Book Stops Here – Presidential Book Group: For adults, 2 p.m. Sept. 13. Join Doug Richardson, Chief of Interpretation and Visitors Services at the Harry S Truman National Historic site, for an exploration into the lives of the American presidents, their influence on history, and the events of their times.

Coding Rocks: For ages 8 and older, 6 p.m. Sept. 13, 20 and 27. Join the scientists from Mad Science for a three-week workshop that teaches code-building basics through fun, game-like activities. Designed for kids grades 2 to 5.

Superhero Time with Wonder Woman and Batman: For all ages, 2 p.m. Sept. 15. Join Wonder Woman and Batman in their epic quest to defend the universe! Come dressed in your favorite superhero costume, and join forces with this super duo for a power hour of heroic music, games, pictures, and fun.

A Fiesta to Die For: For ages 4 and older, 2 p.m. Sept. 16. All over Latin America, people throw parties to celebrate their family members who have passed. Learn how different Latin American cultures honor their departed loved ones with food, music, and art.

Order to be Shot: For adults, 7 p.m. Sept. 18. The Kansas-Missouri border was a dangerous place 150 years ago. Historian Arnold Schofield recounts the gruesome history of military discipline, court-martials, and executions in Kansas and Missouri during the Civil War.

Internet for Beginners: For adults, 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Learn the basics of internet use, including terminology, how to get connected, and how to find what you’re looking for online. This class will also cover printing and a few words on internet safety.

Kid Reads: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. Sept. 21. Read it; love it; share it.

Veterans Salute program: Sept. 22. The family-friendly event pays tribute to the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. This year’s Salute will include a variety of displays and activities.

Email for Beginners: For adults, 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Email is the most common form of communication used today. Learn to understand your inbox, as well as how to write effective emails.

Create with Lego Bricks – Rebel Fighter: For ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Programs are built around our special model plans designed by engineers and architects.

– Jillayne Ritchie