Trails West Branch

Trails West Branch

Beginning Monday, Sept. 25, the Trails West Branch parking lot will be replaced. During construction, parts of the lot will be closed and access will be limited; please take note of any directional signs.

Please enter on the Vermont Ave. side. The book drop is currently blocked to drive-up traffic but can be accessed on foot.

We will remain open throughout the improvement project; any materials may be returned inside.

The Trails West Branch Library is located a few blocks off the Santa Fe Trail in Independence, within two miles of the Harry S. Truman historical district and world headquarters for the Community of Christ. This branch has numerous activities and programs for children and adults.

Featured Activity at This Branch

Patrick Dobson is a local award winning writer, scholar and poet. He will be speaking at Trails West Library on Saturday, November 18th as a guest of the Trail Blazers book group, who have read his book Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains. He has also written Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer, as well as a book of poetry. We invite all who are interested to come and listen as Patrick Dobson shares with us. His books will be available for purchase.

Date of Event: 
Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:00 pm

At this branch

  • Computers: 13 for adults, 3 for business, 4 for teens, 4 for kids, 3 "express" (15-minute limit), & 7 laptops
  • Wireless: All branches have free Wi-Fi wireless Internet access.
  • Study Rooms:
    2 rooms — accommodate 1 – 2 people
    (2 hour limit; available on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Meeting Rooms: 2 rooms
  • Passport Services
Coffee and Coloring

Begins October 6 2017. All adults and senior adults are welcome to join us for coffee and coloring!
Coffee and coloring supplies will be provided or bring your own.
Drop in as long as you like. No registration is required.

K-pop & Anime Support Group

If you're a super fan in either of these areas, you'll likely find the support you've been looking for to share your extensive knowledge on trivia and conspiracy theories or new songs and comebacks. We represent fans from both groups with some crossover. This program is led and developed by teen Kpop and Anime fans.

Medicare Made Easy

Learn everything you need to know about Medicare in plain English. No registration is required.

Rockin' Ramblin' Readers

Bring your little ones for a storytime with music and great books, followed by a fun activity for all to enjoy.

Tabletop Gaming

Explore the world of Tabletop Gaming! It's not just Monopoly anymore. The games are bigger, better and weirder. From cooperative to competitive, we have a large selection of games that we'll rotate through, so that every time you visit you'll likely play something new.

Tuesday Family Fun

Make Tuesday nights the night to bring your family to check out books! Stop by anytime between 5-7pm and we’ll have an activity that everyone can enjoy.

Sept 12 — Build with Blocks
Test out your building skills. Can you build the tallest tower?
Sept 26 — Pajama Family Storytime
Come dressed in your pjs as we read fun bedtime stories. Stories begin at 6:15pm.
Oct 3 — Falling with Leaves Art
Create your own masterpiece using leaves.
Oct 10 — Blowing with Bubbles
We are going to play with bubbles.
Oct 24 — Make your own Stamp
Create and design your own rubber stamp.
Oct 31 — Spooky crafts
Stop by in your costume to make fun spooky crafts.
Nov 7 — Making bracelets
Design your own bracelet using beads and lanyard.
Nov 14 — Build with LEGOs
Time to get creative, we’re building with LEGOs!
Dec 5 — Playing with Dash & Dot
Stop by and meet coding robots Dash & Dot.
Dec 12 — Holiday Crafts & Cookies
Decorate your own sugar cookie (1 cookie per person)

Walk On

Don't worry about the weather. Come walk a mile in the comfort of air conditioning. Participants will follow Leslie Sansone DVDs to start their weight loss journey with a gentle paced 1 mile beginner walk program. Participants will increase their heart rate with low impact moves.

Walk On II

Get fit fast with America s #1 walking system! Leslie Sansone's 2 Mile Brisk Walk-30 Minutes
This is an extension of the Walk On 1 class. Participants will follow Leslie's DVD in a 2 mile walking workout that builds strength, endurance and flexibility, while boosting energy levels and super-charging your upper and lower body. This class is free and open to the public.

Passport Services

U.S. Passport application services are available at the Trails West Branch. No appointment necessary—services are offered during regular business hours. Passport service ends one hour before closing time.

There are required documents to bring and other steps to review before your visit. A checklist of materials and details can be found on the Passport Services page.