Trails West Branch

Trails West Branch

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

Are you job hunting for your first time? Do you need some refreshers on how to get that interview? Look no further! Join us and learn some fun tips and tricks on how to personalize your resume, craft a cover letter, and expand your network.
Find the work that works for you!

Register today at 816-701-3483 (limited space)

Meeting Room A

Date of Event: 
Sat, April 7, 2:00 pm
2:00 pm to 3:00 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
FREE Tax Preparation
Representatives from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be on hand to assist with your federal and state (MO and KS) income tax returns.

Walk-ins only. The first to arrive will fill the available slots for the day at each location.
Thursdays starting at 10:00 a.m.

This service is available to individuals making $60,000 per year or less.

Library staff are NOT tax experts.  All questions are to go through the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

Before visiting a VITA volunteer, see Publication 3676-B for a list of services provided and check out the IRS What to Bring page to ensure you have all the required documents and information the volunteers will need to help you.

Please bring the following items:
  • Proof of identification (photo ID)
  • Social Security cards or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents (Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN)
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • All 1095 Forms, Health Insurance Statements Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
  • Direct deposit and/or banking information
  • Proof of daycare expenses with provider name, address and ID number
  • Copies of income transcripts from IRS and state, if applicable

To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
KC Kids Create: LEGO

Join us as we build and create with LEGO® bricks*. Who can build the tallest building? Or design the fastest car?

Appropriate for ages 8 to 12 years old.

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.

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.

Jan 9 — Build with Blocks
Test out your building skills. Can you build the tallest tower?
Jan 23 — Snowflakes
Come make a winter wonderland as we make snowflakes out of paper.
Feb 6 — Build with LEGOs
Time to get creative, we’re building with LEGOs!
Feb 13 — Art with Hearts
Create your own masterpiece using hearts.
Feb 27 — Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Stop by for some fun Dr. Seuss activities.
March 6 — Spring Flowers
Spring is almost here! Celebrate with these paper flowers.
March 13 — Build with LEGOs
Time to get creative, we’re building with LEGOs!
April 3 — Making Bracelets
Design your own bracelet using beads and lanyard.
April 10 — Make your own Stamp
Design and create you own cork stamp.
April 24 — Build with LEGOs
Time to get creative, we’re building with LEGOs!

Walk On I

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.