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, October 1, 2014
Library Director Crosby Kemper III holds a public conversation with a young Ernest Hemingway – portrayed by local actor Rusty Sneary – as Meet the Past moves to Union Station in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the terminal’s 1914 opening.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
The tales of fierce, all-female Amazon warriors were long assumed to be a product of Greek imagination. But as Stanford University’s Adrienne Mayor attests in a discussion of her deeply researched new book, Amazon-like women were very real – if mythologized.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Award-winning author Ann Bausum tells a true story of a terrier that wandered onto an Army training field, befriending Pvt. James Robert Conroy and accompanying him into the trenches of World War I and onto the pages of history.  Appropriate for kindergartners and up.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June-October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library host the seventh annual City Market Summer Book Sales.  Featured this month: New Release and Best Sellers and Holiday Books
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Jamaica Inn (NR)
Sunday, October 5, 2014
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.   The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
In a discussion of his new book, Adam Tanner demonstrates how the personal information we routinely share with companies ranging from Amazon to casino giant Caesars Entertainment can quickly be mined and used by corporations, marketers, and more nefarious entities.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Vanity Fair contributing editor Howard Blum examines the German terror cell that operated in the U.S. early in World War I, hitting New Jersey’s munitions-packed Black Tom pier and other targets in a series of “accidents” involving explosives and biological weapons.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Village Square offers an alternative to today’s political rancor: Have people with opposing views share a meal, then rationally discuss the issues of the day. UMKC’s Allan Katz introduces the initiative he co-founded to Kansas City. Note that this is not a free event.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Kids can meet Kansas City author Bridget Heos, learn more about the curiously mustachioed star of her award-nominated book, play games, and make crafts. There’ll also be Mustache Baby photo ops.  Recommended for kids preschool and older.

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.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
This new exhibit reflects the celebrations, sorrows, challenges, and other personal experiences of 40 artists – most of Chicano-Latino heritage – who mastered the specialized silkscreen technique of serigraphy in workshops at the Austin, Texas, studio of the late Sam Coronado.
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.