Programs in July at the North Independence Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24, Independence, 816-252-0950.

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, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Family programs

Storytime for Families: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (except the first week of July). All ages. Share the early literacy experience with the whole family.

Play and Learn Time: 10 a.m. Tuesdays (except July 2) and 10 a.m. July 13 and July 27. Ages 3 and up. A preschool playtime designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills, with the opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents. The open playtime allows you to come and go as your schedule permits.

Everyone Can Juggle! – 3 p.m. July 20. Ages 7 and up Learn juggling from the experienced instructors at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.

Jim Cosgrove, Mr. Stinky Feet: 2 p.m. July 14. All ages. Join Kansas City’s own award-winning kid-rocker Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove for a concert of original songs and old favorites that promises to be educational, interactive, and high-energy.

Kid STEAM: 6 p.m. July 25. Explore sciences, technologies, engineering, arts and math. Bring it all to life! (Ages 6 and up)

Mad Science Presents Living in Space: 3 p.m. July 15. Ages 6 and up. Live the life of an astronaut using teamwork to complete an important mission, build a model space station, and make your very own cosmic chronometer watch to measure the time.

Stories in the Stars-LIVE! – 2 p.m. July 23. Ages 5 and up. Soar through the stars in this compilation of Greek myths. Travel the night sky explore various constellations and legends about why they are in the sky.

Young Rembrandts: Let’s Draw the Solar System: 6 p.m. July 11. Ages 6 and up. Kids will draw their own solar system and learn how STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art and math – helps us understand and appreciate the beauty of our solar system. All materials provided.


Adult programs

Teens at the Library: 6 p.m. July 18. It’s your time to hang at the library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

Book group: 7 p.m. July 3, 7 p.m. July 5, 2 p.m. July 9, 7 p.m July 15, 7 p.m. July 22. Meet like-minded people, enjoy lively discussion, learn which books inspire others, and talk about your favorite books. Call or visit the branch to find out what the group is reading next.

The Book Stops Here: Presidential Book Group: 2 p.m. July 11. 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.

Alcohol Ink on Tiles: 6 p.m. July 16. Discover the endless possibilities for artistic creativity when you combine alcohol ink and ceramic tiles. All supplies will be provided. Dress to get messy.


Tech programs

Beginning Excel: 2 p.m. July 17. Learn Microsoft Excel® basic terminology, spreadsheet navigation, and formula writing as you create and format a simple spreadsheet.

Beginning Word: 2 p.m. July 10. This introduction will focus on how to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

Email for Beginners: 2 p.m. July 3. Learn to understand your inbox, as well as how to write effective emails.

Windows 10: 7 p.m. July 1. An introduction to the layout of the Windows 10 operating system and a demonstration navigating its functions.

Tech Talk: 7 p.m. July 8. Bring your technology questions to the branch, or just come to listen and learn from other participants. You can bring your own laptop computer or tablet.