The Raytown Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of October. The library is located at 6131 Raytown Road. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-353-2052.
• James Farm Display, for adults, 9 a.m. Oct. 1. Explore this display of items from the life and times of legendary outlaw Jesse James. View photos, letters, guns, and other items, and learn more about one of Missouri’s most famous bad boys. Sponsored by the Friends of the James Farm.
• Science City: Green Engineering Challenge, for teens, 11 a.m. Oct. 1. This hands-on, team-based workshop helps students develop critical thinking skills using Lego Mindstorm robotics. Teams will assemble, program, and test their robots in head-to-head competition.
• Tools for Job Seekers, for adults, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11. During this two-part series, you'll acquire the basic tools needed when applying for jobs. Session one will include resume assistance and tips for filling out online job applications. Session two will include cleaning up online profiles and effective online communication that will help you put your best foot forward in today’s tough job market.
• Raytown Citizen’s Police Academy, for ages 16 and older, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5-26. Get an inside look at the work and cases Raytown’s police officers handle every day. Join the Raytown Police Department for an eight-week Citizen’s Police Academy at the Raytown Branch. Officers will cover crime analysis, patrol operations, domestic violence, emergency management, internet identity theft, and Neighborhood Crime Watch programs. After registration, prospective participants will be contacted by the RPD and must pass a background check before confirming enrollment in this program.
• Chess Free Play, for teens, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 8. Play chess, learn the basics, brush up on your chess skills, challenge other players at the library. Offered in collaboration with the Raytown High School Chess Team coaches. Chess boards and chess pieces provided.
• Using Findmypast, for adults, 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Learn how to search Findmypast.com to find what you need. This is a beginner-level class for adults. Basic computer literacy needed to follow along.
• Business Basics: Search Engine Optimization, for adults, 10 a.m. Oct. 22. A great looking website isn’t effective if it can’t be found in a keyword search. Learn the basics of website SEO in this interactive seminar, including how search engines index and rank websites and what you can do to improve your site. This program is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
• Haunted Kansas City, for adults, 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Take a visual tour of Kansas City’s most haunted spaces. Alexis Webb Bechtold and Traci Angel reveal where the city’s ghostly residents reportedly hang out. Be prepared to be scared.
– Jillayne Ritchie