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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
nternationally recognized textile artist, designer, and teacher Jason Pollen – who has made Kansas City his home since 1983 – discusses his life and career here in conjunction with an exhibit of his work, Unfurled, now on display at the Library’s Guldner Gallery.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Author Justin Martin discusses his book about the wild, decadent, and incredibly influential band of artists – including poet Walt Whitman – who hung out at Pfaff’s saloon in New York City in the 1850s and were considered the country’s original Bohemians.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Westport, Terry Beckenbaugh of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College examines the defeat that sent Confederate Gen. Sterling Price into retreat and signaled the end of rebels’ conventional military presence in Missouri.
Friday, October 24, 2014
The renowned Native American artist and storyteller known as Black Pinto Horse talks about his artwork, how it has empowered him as an adult, and how it made him a successful student in his younger years.   Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
This all-day family event screens award-winning shorts and a free family feature and offers interactive filmmaking workshops on important storytelling principles. Making a special appearance is Hallmark Cards artist and head of character development Pedro Martin.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Son of Frankenstein (NR)
Monday, October 27, 2014
Join us for a different horror movie every Monday in October. These PG-13 films pack plenty of thrills and chills.  Gremlins (1984)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Jeff Clements punctuates the argument in his book that the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision  to ease restrictions on political spending by corporations and labor unions “upended the American ideal that we are a government of people rather than a government  of corporate wealth.”
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Americans unfamiliar or perhaps unconcerned with the Islamic State – ISIS – snapped to attention with the group’s recent beheading of two journalists. Brian L. Steed of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College lends historical context to the expanding Sunni organization.
Friday, October 31, 2014
If trick-or-treating isn’t your thing, join us a screening of Tim Burton’s 1993 classic animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Appropriate for all ages.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Internationally renowned textile artist Jason Pollen has made Kansas City his home since 1983. This exhibit of his work, some on public display for the first time, celebrates that three-decade (and counting) chapter of his career.
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.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
 New Compositions: The Dance Portraiture of Orval Hixon highlights the local legend’s rich selection of photographic portraits, including images of some of the best-known dancers of his time.