Programs in August at the South Independence Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 12700 E. 25th St., Independence, 816-461-2050.

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. Unless otherwise stated, registration is required for events. Go to www.mymcpl.org/events or call 816-461-2050.

• Book Group: 2 p.m. Aug. 6 and 20, 7 p.m. Aug. 15, 2 p.m. Aug. 26. Meet like-minded people, enjoy lively discussion, and talk about your favorite books. Call or visit the branch to find out what they are reading next.

• Craft Group: 6 p.m. Aug. 13. Quilt, knit, scrapbook, crochet and more. Call the branch for meeting details.

• Intermediate ELL/ESL classes for adults: 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 19 and 26, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 21 and 28. This 12-session class provides practice in intermediate-level mainstream American English to adult learners and non-native speakers. Focusing on life and workforce skills, the class will help students become active and informed community members. This class is the next step after the library’s ELL/ ESL classes for adults. Registration is required.

• American Red Cross Blood Drive: 3 p.m. Aug. 29. Make an appointment to donate blood online at www.redcrossblood.org. Eligible donors need to be at least 17 years old (16 with written parental consent), weigh at least 110 lbs., and generally be feeling well the day of the donation. Call the Red Cross toll free with other eligibility questions at 1-866-236-3276. Bring any form of photo ID with you.

Toddlers to teens

• Kid STEAM: 5 p.m. Aug. 6 and 20. Explore sciences, technologies, engineering, arts and math. Ages 6 and up.

• STEAM-Powered Program: Virtual Reality Cardboard: 4 p.m. Aug. 5. Get geared up for a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics-centered activities. These programs are designed with 8- through 14-year-olds in mind.

• Play and Learn Time: 10 a.m. Fridays, 4 p.m. Aug. 5 and 19. A preschool playtime designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills with stimulating 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. No registration required.

• Storytime for Babies: 9 a.m. Thursdays. An engaging storytime for babies, 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.

• Storytime for Families: 10 a.m. Thursdays. Share the early literacy experience with the whole family. Stories, songs, movement activities and more. Designed for families of all ages.

• Storytime for Toddlers: 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Parents and caregivers enjoy an interactive environment with their toddlers that will engage and encourage next steps into early literacy. Designed for toddlers between 18 and 36 months old and one-on-one caregivers. Program may require parental participation.

• Stuffed Animal Sleepover: Dropoff at 4 p.m. Aug. 23, and event at 2 p.m. Aug. 24. The library’s stuffed animals invite your stuffed friends to a sleepover at their house. Drop off your friend at the library the day before. Then come back for a program featuring a slideshow of their overnight adventures. Dolls and other toys are also invited.

• WeDo LEGO Robotics: Dancing Birds: 2 p.m. Aug. 10. Tweet! Tweet! Build noisy birds and program them to dance to your beat. Kids will work in pairs to make these simple robots. Ages 8 and up.

• Teens at the Library: 4 p.m. Wednesdays. It’s your time to hang at the Library. Discover what we’ve planned just for you.

Technology

• Beginning Word: 7 p.m. Aug. 6. How to create, save, and print a document using Microsoft Word.

• Intermediate Word: 7 p.m. Aug. 20. Sharpen your document creation skills with several great features of Microsoft Word. Attendance of the program Beginning Word is suggested.

• Tech Talk: 2 p.m. Aug. 19. 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.

• Getting to Know Your Computer: 2 p.m. Aug. 23. Introduction to the basic features of a computer and how to use it.