Events this month at the Blue Springs South branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 2220 S. Missouri 7, 816-229-3571.

Hours:

• 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

• 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

 

Tax Help for Seniors – 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays. Free from AARP. Tax-Aide representatives will be at the library to 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.

“Born a Slave” – 2 p.m. Feb. 9. 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.

Alcohol Ink on Tiles – 6 p.m. Feb. 19. See what happens when you combine alcohol ink and ceramic tiles. 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. 12, 1 p.m. Feb. 21. 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. Unless otherwise noted, the book groups are geared toward adults. Registration is required.

Climate Change and Health – 2 p.m. Feb. 22. Learn about predicted climate changes for our region and how they may impact the health of residents, especially those most at risk. Discover how the Jackson County Health Department is promoting community health and resilience to climate change. Registration is required.

Marketing for Existing or Start-Up Small Businesses – 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Learn the basic principles of marketing a small business with help from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). SCORE volunteer Paulette Crawford offers a practical approach to marketing with methods and tools to maximize your customer reach. Find out about pricing, positioning, the difference between features and benefits, and different marketing strategies. This program is presented in partnership with Mid-Continent Public Library’s Square One Small Business Services. Registration is required.

Simple Steps to Starting Your Business – 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Explore what it takes to start a business with expert advice from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). Experienced SCORE volunteers offer an overview for starting a business, outline the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, identify the most profitable businesses, explore the key factors to start-up success, and cover the fundamentals of forming, organizing, marketing, and funding your venture. This program is presented in partnership with Mid-Continent Public Library’s Square One Small Business Services. Registration is required.

Social Media and You – 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Satisfy your curiosity about popular social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Registration is required. Tech Talk – 6:30 Feb. 21. Whether you are a first-time computer user or have had lots of experience, there are always questions waiting to be asked about technology. Bring your questions to the branch, or just come to listen and learn from other participants. You can bring your own laptop computer or tablet. Registration is required.

Understanding Dreams – 6;30 p.m. Feb. 26. Join Andrew Sherwood for an exploration of analytical psychology and its role in interpreting dreams using the principles of Carl Jung. Registration is required.

Winter Birding 101 – 2 p.m. Feb. 15. Join Missouri State Parks staff to discover what birds make Missouri their winter home, learn how to use binoculars and bird guides, and create a feeder for birds to enjoy. Registration is required.

Kid Games – 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Connect, cooperate and compete in a variety of games that are fun for your brain. Ages 7 and up. Registration is required.

Play and Learn Time – 10 a.m. Feb. 8 and 10 a.m. Feb. 22. Preschool playtime designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. The open playtime allows you to come and go as your schedule permits. Ages 3 and up.

Storytime for Preschoolers – 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Visit the Library for an exciting and unique storytime journey. We will explore the first steps toward reading readiness for you and your preschooler. Designed for preschoolers between 3 and 5 years old and their caregivers. (Ages 3 and up) Registration is required.

Storytime for Toddlers – 10 a.m. Feb. 11 and 25, and 10 a.m. Thursdays. Parents and caregivers will enjoy a fun and interactive environment with their toddlers that will engage and encourage those next steps into early literacy. Designed for toddlers between 18 and 36 months old and one-on-one caregivers. Program may require parental participation. Ages 2 and up. Registration is required.

Zoo to You – 11 a.m. Feb. 16. Kansas City Zoo staff and docents will provide touchable artifacts and bring three or four animals for an informal presentation and discussion. (Ages 3 and up) Registration is required.

Teens at the Library – 7 p.m. Feb. 11 and 25. Discover what we’ve planned just for you. Registration is required.