Events in August at the Blue Springs North branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 N.W. Hunter Drive.

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.

Registration is required for events. Go to www.mymcpl.org/events or call 816-224-8772.

Play and learn time: 10 a.m. Tuesdays. A special preschool playtime designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills, with fun activities and the opportunity to meet other preschoolers and their parents. No registration required. Ages 3 and up.

Storytime for families: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Share the early literacy experience with the whole family. Hear stories, sing songs, join in movement activities and more. All ages.

Book group: 7 p.m. Aug. 1. 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 they are reading next.

Daycare resources open house: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7. This program has several opportunities to meet the local library branch staff who support you as a small business owner, child-care provider and kindergarten-readiness advocate. For more information,contact Scott Rader at srader@mymcpl.org or 816-521-7228.

Backyard birding basics: 3 p.m. Aug. 13. Learn how to bring birds to your backyard and how to identify them using field guides. Ages 7 and up.

Bats, Balls and a Book: 10 a.m. Aug. 16. Jill Seib-Schaub, manager of educational programs at the Royals Hall of Fame Manager, leads for a baseball storytime. Ages 3 and up.

Kid STEAM: 4:30 p.m. Aug. 6, 20 and 27. Explore sciences, technologies, engineering, arts and math. Ages 6 and up.

Otaku Club: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27. A celebration of all things anime, from Japanese culture and manga to cosplay and anime screenings.

Teen Games: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Challenge yourself; challenge your friends.