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

Hours:

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

• Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Unless otherwise stated, registration is required for events. Go to www.mymcpl.org/events or call 816-252-0950.

• ELL/ESL Clases Para Adultos: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 20 and 27, and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 22 and 29.

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.

• Adult Beginning Fiber: 11 a.m. Aug. 17. A two-hour workshop focused on hand sewing and felting. Take home a project from the skills you learn. Instruction and materials provided by Continuing Education at the Kansas City Art Institute.

• Beaded Peacock: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13 and 20. This is a two-part class. Each class lasts 90 minutes, and there is a materials fee of $15.50.

• Book Group: 2 p.m. Aug. 8, 2 p.m. Aug. 13, and 7 p.m. Aug. 19 and 26. 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.

• Early Literacy Symposium: 10 a.m. Aug. 24. Earn up to 3 Missouri clock hours with Ron Mohl, lead educational presenter for Lakeshore Learning Materials. Register by contacting Scott Rader at srader@mycpl.org or 816.521.7228. Registration is required.

• Game Day at the Library: 1 p.m. Aug. 17. Have a favorite game you want to share, or just tired of playing the same thing over and over? Meet and mingle with fellow gaming enthusiasts, share your favorite pastimes, and maybe try something new.

• Learning Circle: Create Your Own Business Action Plan: 10 a.m. to noon, Fridays, Aug. 2 through Aug. 30. A business plan canvas is designed to help you think through your business model quickly and efficiently, so you can launch your business. Join local entrepreneur and business consultant Stephanie Zamora to explore the components of a business canvas. This Learning Circle is a five-part class.

• Thomas Hart Benton Paints the Ozarks: 6 p.m. Aug. 27. See the Ozarks through the sketches, paintings, and words of Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton.

Families and youth

• Play and Learn Time: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Aug. 10 and 24. A 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. No registration required.

• Storytime for Babies: 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays. A fun and engaging storytime, designed to build an early literacy foundation through play and one-on-one interaction with a parent or caregiver. Recommended for babies up to 18 months old and a one-on-one caregiver. No registration is required.

• Storytime for Families: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Hear stories, sing songs, join in movement activities and more. Designed for families of all ages. No registration required.

• En Garde, Bard! Stage Combat: 6 p.m. Aug. 15. A teen program to learn the art of stage combat from the masters at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Take up a wooden sword, and join this interactive lesson using scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.

• Teen Lock-In: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23. When the branch shuts down, it’s time to party it up. Permission slip required.

• Kid Lit: 2 p.m. Aug. 16. History, theater, literature and more. Ages 6 and up. No registration required.

• Kid STEAM: 6 p.m. Aug. 8 and 22. Explore sciences, technologies, engineering, arts and math. Ages 6 and up. No registration required.

• Monarch Madness: 3 p.m. Aug. 10. Explore the unique world of monarch butterflies, and discover their amazing migration route. See the way scientists and volunteers tag them for further study. Ages 5 and up.

Technology

• Tech Talk: 6 p.m. Aug. 26. 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.

• Google Docs: 2 p.m. Aug. 12. Learn how to create, save, and print a document using Google Docs.

• Google Sheets: 2 p.m. Aug. 19. Learn Google Sheets basic terminology, spreadsheet navigation, and formula writing as you create and format a simple spreadsheet.

• Google suite overview: 2 p.m. Aug. 5. Discover some of the popular Google Apps that you can access for free on your computer.