Events & activities

To find Events and Activities at the Kansas City Public Library:

  • Use the main menu under Events & Activities (above)
  • Select a date on the calendar (left)
  • Select your preferences in the "Check out Library events" dropdown menus (left).
  • Scroll down to see Special Events below.

If you require ADA accomodation to utilize Library services or attend events, please notify the Library office at least 48 hours in advance at 816.701.3400.

Special Events

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Stanford Thompson – founder and artistic director of Play On, Philly!, the after-school initiative offering daily musical instruction to underserved students in Philadelphia – appears for a screening of Crescendo: The Power of Music, a documentary about the program. He takes audience questions afterward.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Ethan S. Rafuse of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the South’s stunning downturn in the final two years of the Civil War and the events preceding Robert E. Lee’s surrender in April 1865.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Community School #1 students stage a new, musical look at the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin. The adapted script reflects their love for Kansas City and for having a good time.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Celebrate April Fool’s Day  all month long with this selection of films featuring one or more notable fools.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Ashley Milne-Tyte, a regular on the public radio program Marketplace and producer and host of the popular podcast The Broad Experience, examines the ways in which gender affects people’s working lives.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Nearing the end of the 10th anniversary year of the opening of Kansas City’s downtown Central Library, educator and technology expert John Palfrey discusses his new book and the assertion that libraries – while still essential – must embrace a digital future to survive.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Kansas City native Jason Divad is a magician, juggling guru, handstand artist, and master unicyclist, and he delights in making young audience members a part of his performance.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
As part of Money Smart Month  of Greater Kansas City, the Library offers more than a dozen free sessions on personal finance topics ranging from budgeting to retirement planning, plus consultation with financial planners.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Celebrate April Fool’s Day  all month long with this selection of films featuring one or more notable fools.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife, Dianne Cleaver, recognize local high school artists during an exhibit of their works at the Central Library, part of the nationwide A Voyage of Artistic Discovery program.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, March 28, 2015
The Library’s new Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery was made possible by the generosity of one of Kansas City’s most talented and diverse artists, Gabriella Polony Mountain. It opens with an exhibit of her sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling – via eminent domain – of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Lucile Bluford – for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named – played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. This exhibit chronicles that legal struggle and a life in which she also distinguished herself as a journalist.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
For more than a century the Kansas City Stockyards fed a hungry nation. This new exhibit features a historical treasure trove of photographs, blueprints, maps, drawings, and documents celebrating the city’s great economic engine.