February events at the North Independence branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 West U.S. 24, 816-252-0950.
Tax help for seniors (free from AARP) – Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. Mondays (Feb. 4, 11 and 25) at 9 a.m. and Tuesdays (Feb. 12, 19 and 26) at 9 a.m. AARP Tax-Aide representatives will assist seniors with moderate to low incomes with tax questions and tax return preparation. No farm returns or rental properties, please. The tax preparation season is Feb. 1 to April 15. Time listed indicates starting time of appointments. Please contact branch for registration.
ELL/ESL classes for adults – 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. A group-friendly approach toward the mastery of English with 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 learn through group, paired, and individual activities. Each session last 90 minutes.
Las clases para adultos comenzará en agosto y se reunirán dos veces a la semana por seis semanas Las lecciones ayudaran a mejorar su ingles en lugares sociales, la escuela y su trabajo. Aprenda a cómo comunicarse durante casos de emergencia y durante su rutina diaria. Las clases durarán por 90 minutos y serán guiadas por instructores profesionales.
Tuskegee Airmen – 2 p.m. Feb. 1. Known as the Red Tails, the Tuskegee Airmen were a corps of African-American pilots during World War II who flew as bomber escorts. Learn the story of these elite group of fliers who never lost a bomber on their watch. (Ages 7 and up) Registration is required.
Trails to Truman Trivia: Civil Rights Edition – 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1. In honor of Black History Month, the night’s theme will be the American Civil Rights era with questions spread across the categories of history, entertainment and sports. Prizes to the top three teams. Complimentary appetizers and beverages. Sign up your team of 4 to 6 individuals by sending an email to: truman.events@ nara.gov. This event is free, but space is limited. Registration is required.
Beginning Excel – 2 p.m. Feb. 6. Learn Microsoft Excel basic terminology, spreadsheet navigation, and formula writing as you create and format a simple spreadsheet. Registration is required.
Alcohol Ink on Tiles – 2 p.m. Feb. 9. Experiment with several techniques to create impressionistic art suitable for framing. All supplies will be provided. Dress to get messy. Registration is required.
Book Group – 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 2 p.m. Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Feb. 19 and 7 p.m. Feb. 25. Meet like-minded people, enjoy lively discussion, learn which books inspire others, and talk about your favorite books. Call or visit a branch to find out what they are reading next. Registration is required.
Cloud storage – 2 p.m. Feb. 11. Cloud storage allows you to save your files online, so you can access them from anywhere at any time. Learn how to store your documents, music, and photos on a cloud storage system. Registration is required. Getting to know your computer – 7 p.m. Feb. 13. Learn the basic features of a computer. Hands on. Registration is required.
Internet for beginners – 7 p.m. Feb. 27. The basics of internet use, including basic terminology, how to get connected, and how to find what you’re looking for online. Also, printing and a few words on internet safety. Registration is required.
Internet safety – 2 p.m. Feb. 4 Learning a few of the more typical dangers found online and how to proactively keep yourself and your information safe. Registration is required.
Navigating your computer – 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer. Registration is required.
Salsa Dancing Progressive Classes – 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 13 and 20. Learn to Salsa dance one night a week for three weeks. Learn newmoves each week and practice what you learned the previous weeks. No partners are required. Socks or slick-soled shoes recommended. Registration is required.
The Book Stops Here: Presidential Book Group – 2 p.m. Feb. 14. Doug Richardson, chief of interpretation and visitors services at the Harry S Truman National Historic site, leads exploration into the lives of the American presidents, their influence on history, and the events of their times. Registration is required.
Living Dead Escape Rooms – 6 p.m. Feb. 21. Try your hand at getting out of two zombie-themed mobile escape rooms at the library. In “Escape the Living Dead,” you’ll find yourself in a bunker trapped with a member of the living dead ready to attack. In “Circus of the Living Dead” you’ll be trapped in the game devised by a sadistic showman looking to make you a permanent cast member of the zombie road show. You have five minutes to escape. Can you do it? Registration is required.
The Crown Crafted Music Series Presents Eddie Moore – Noon Feb. 23. Jazz musician Eddie Moore plays in the latest free concert in the Crown Crafted Music Series from Mid-Continent Public Library and One Kansas City Radio. Moore came to Kansas City to study jazz under Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has become a part of the city’s music community. Enjoy free music and food. Registration is required.
BOOM! Stories & Science – 3 p.m. Feb. 16. It’s fiction vs. nonfiction in a battle between stories and science. Kids will enjoy a lively mix of science experiments and storytelling that will get them excited about science and reading. (Ages 5 and up) Registration is required.
“Born a Slave” – 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. His family has been identified as Caucasian for five generations, but after more than 30 years of genealogical research, local historian David W. Jackson discovered his great-great-grandfather was born a slave. Jackson traces the path that led him to this revelation and how his experience could offer insights to other genealogy researchers. Registration is required.
Brixology Creatures – 6 p.m. Feb. 28. Discover nature’s engineering secrets by investigating biomimicry. Build a walking insect machine, and then test different ways to help it climb up the steepest branch. (Ages 6 and up) Registration is required. Kid Reads – 2 p.m. Feb. 15. Read it; love it; share it. Experience a book like never before. (Ages 6 and up) Registration is required.
Kids Create – 6 p.m. Feb. 14. Spark your imagination and express yourself through art and craft activities. (Ages 6 and up) Registration is required. Play and Learn Time – Tuesdays (Feb. 5, 12, and 26) at 10 a.m. and Saturdays (Feb. 9 and 23) at 10 a.m. A preschool playtime designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. Stimulating and fun activities as well as the opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents. The open playtime allows you to come and go as your schedule permits. (Ages 3 and up)
Storytime for Families – Wednesdays (Feb. 6, 13 and 27) at 10 a.m., Thursdays, (Feb. 7, 14 and 28) at 10 a.m., Fridays (Feb. 8 and 15 at 10 a.m.). Share the early literacy experience with the whole family. Hear stories, sing songs, join in movement activities, and more. Bring the whole family. Designed for families of all ages. (All ages.) Registration is required.