Many events are planned for January at the North Independence branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, 317 W. U.S. 24. For further information or to register for events, call 816-252-0950 or go to Registration is required unless otherwise stated.


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

• Friday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m..

• Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m.

Archiver: How Missouri History Sounded: 7 p.m Jan. 13. Listen and discuss a podcast originally broadcast by KMBC radio in the mid-20th century. This is part one of a three-part series and explores the history of cowboy music and shows in Missouri.

Book Group: 2 p.m. Jan. 9 and 14, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24, and 7 p.m. Jan. 9, 13 and 27. Enjoy lively discussion and talk about your favorite books. Call or visit a branch to find out what they are reading next.

Celebrating the Life of J.R.R. Tolkien: 6 p.m. Jan. 7. Join The Tolkien Society of Kansas City for an exploration of his major works and his influence.

Chili, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways: 3 p.m. Jan. 18. Beef, chicken, pork, or vegetarian are just the starting point for making a great pot of chili. Join Mel Cole for a discussion on numerous ways to make it.

ELL/ESL Classes for Adults: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 16, 21, 23 and 30. English classes for beginners will be guided by professional instructors. Learn how to communicate in social places, school, your job, or during emergencies. Classes run for 90 minutes and will meet twice a week for seven weeks.

Email for Beginners: 2 p.m. Jan. 29. Learn to understand your inbox as well as how to write effective emails.

Getting to Know Your Computer: 2 p.m. Jan. 8. This hands-on program will introduce you to the basic features of a computer and how to use them.

Internet for Beginners: 2 p.m. Jan. 22. Learn the basics of internet use, including basic terminology, how to get connected, and how to find what you’re looking for online. This class will also cover printing.

Navigating Your Computer: 2 p.m. Jan. 15. Learn how to find and organize the apps and files on your computer.

Tech Talk: 6 p.m. Jan 27. Bring your questions (and your computer or tablet), or just come to listen and learn from other participants.

Open Mic Poetry and Prose: 6 p.m. Jan. 8. Calling poets and prosers! Gather at the library to read your written work and practice your performance skills.

Homeschoolers at the Library: 2 p.m. Jan. 3. Fun enrichment programs geared toward homeschool families. Explore a variety of topics with an emphasis on using Library resources. Ages 7 and up.

KC Magic Man: 6 p.m. Jan. 23. Journey into the world of illusions with KC Magic Man Brad Lynn. Ages 3 and up.

Kid Lit: 2 p.m. Jan. 17. History, theater, and literature. Ages 6 and up.

Play and Learn Time: 10 a.m. Jan. 4 and 18 and on Tuesdays. Designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. Stimulating and fun 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.

Read and Feed: 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except when library is closed). MCPL is partnering with Harvesters to provide free meals to kids 18 and under throughout the school year. All ages under 18.

Read to a Pet: 11 a.m. Jan. 25. Read to some good listeners – Pet Partners registered therapy pets. Ten-minute sessions to help children improve their reading skills and build self-confidence. Ages 3 and up.

Storytime for Babies: 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays. A fun and engaging storytime for babies, designed to build an early literacy foundation.Recommended for babies up to 18 months old and a one-on-one caregiver.

Storytime for Families: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, beginning Jan. 8. Hear stories, sing songs,and join in movement activities. Designed for families of all ages.

The Adventurer’s League: 2 p.m. Jan. 11. Join a game of Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. All experience levels are welcome. Character sheets and dice provided. STEAM-Powered Program. Solder a Flashlight: 6 p.m. Jan. 9. Science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics-centered activities designed with 11- through 14-year-olds in mind.

Teens at the Library: 6 p.m. Jan 16. Discover what the library has planned just for you.