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

Play and Learn Time: For ages 3 and older, 10 a.m. Tuesdays. 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 the opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents.

Animal Adaptations: For all ages, 2 p.m. Nov. 5. Why do opossums sleep all day? Why do foxes have big ears? Animals have special adaptations to help them survive in the wild. Kids can learn about these animal super powers and try some of them out with dress-up activities.

Thomas Hart Benton Workshop: For ages 6 and older, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6. At the beginning of the Kansas City Chiefs 1969 season, Thomas Hart Benton sat on the sidelines and sketched during the team’s practices and pre-game warm-ups. His sketches became the model for his paintings and sculptures of the team. Learn the history of Benton and the KC Chiefs, and then try your hand at replicating Benton’s process, first with sketching and then dough sculptures.

10 Steps to Selling Your Food Product in Stores: For adults, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8. If you dream of getting your food product onto store shelves, let Xander Winkel from the Ennovation Center’s food incubator help you realize it. Learn the regulations, how to work with grocery stores, how to market your product, and how to scale your business to keep up with demand. This program is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Kids Create: For ages 6 and older, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities.

Teens at the Library: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

Tablescapes: Entertaining with Ease: For adults, 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Design consultant Lisa Holiman offers ideas on how to set your room, your table, or your house with ease for any occasion.

Hidden History of Kansas: For adults: 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Missouri’s neighbor to the west has some secrets to tell. Join author and historian Adrian Zink for stories of Kansas’s hidden past and the role Missouri played in this little-known history.

Wild Animals Make Bad Pets: For all ages, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 24. Despite how movies and television might make it appear, keeping a wild animal as a pet is not a good idea. Join the Lakeside Nature Center staff for a lesson on behaviors that make wild animals less than picture-perfect pets.

Beginning Word: For adults, 2 p.m. Nov. 26. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document.

Now Playing for Kids: For ages 6 and older, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27. Escape to the Library for an adventure on the Big Screen.

Otaku Club: For teens, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27. Come to the Library for a celebration of all things anime. From Japanese culture and manga to cosplay and anime screenings, we’ll explore it all.

– Jillayne Ritchie