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

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Celebrate April Fool’s Day  all month long with this selection of films featuring one or more notable fools.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
There is a resurgence of interest among today’s home buyers and sellers in the classic, 20th-century ranch house. Mary van Balgooy, the biographer of influential architect and ranch house pioneer Cliff May, discusses this modernistic, uniquely American architectural creation.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Lennon and McCartney. Jobs and Wozniak. Writer Joshua Wolf Shenk sits down with native Kansan and author Robert Day to discuss Shenk’s new book about the rewards of one-to-one collaboration, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Stanford University’s Eric Hanushek discusses the quantifiable economic impact of effective classroom teaching, asserting that we should make significant changes in how we evaluate – and especially reward – our educators.
Friday, May 1, 2015
Kansas City’s Cultural Crossroads initiative looks at the variety of holidays celebrated around the world, helping young participants learn and understand other cultures by creating crafts to take home. Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Orson Welles was born 100 years ago this month. Recall, or be introduced to, this film making genius with a month long selection of his films, curated by University of Kansas professor John Tibbetts.  Citizen Kane  (1941; PG)
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages.   Take Me to Your BBQ by Kathy Duval
Monday, May 4, 2015
In a conversation about his  new book with co-author Matt Fulks, Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore spells out the leadership principles, strategies and decisions behind the team’s rise to American League champion and World Series darling.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
University of Kansas historian Theodore A. Wilson examines the impact of service in World War II on a succession of presidents – from Truman to George H.W. Bush – and what a lack of wartime experience might mean for 21st-century commanders-in-chief.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Patrick Dobson, an adjunct history professor at Johnson County Community College, discusses his new book on his transformative journey nearly 20 years ago from Helena, Montana, to Kansas City – by canoe on the Missouri River. That, after he’d walked to Helena.

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.