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 13, 2015
Historian Tim Rives discusses Dwight Eisenhower’s view of the extinction of the American frontier – declared in 1890, the year of Ike’s birth – as the beginning of a new, progressive era of American history.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Kevin Briggs, who drew from his own personal struggles in talking scores of troubled souls out of jumping from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, discusses his new memoir – co-written by Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
In conjunction with the Great City | Great Read initiative celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, artist Peregrine Honig discusses the  art world’s fascination with the book’s heroine and peculiar supporting cast.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
In a discussion of his book Chief Executive to Chief Justice: Taft Betwixt the White House and Supreme Court, historian Lewis L. Gould examines William Howard Taft’s rise from ignominious defeat in his 1912 bid for re-election as president.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Join the Library and mascot KC Wolf in celebrating the release of the new picture book Kansas City Chiefs ABCs and 1-2-3s. Listen to football stories, play games, and take your picture with the Wolf.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
As part of the Great City | Great Read initiative celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Library screens a monthlong series of films highlighting the unusual experiences of people in wondrous, reality-bending worlds.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
On the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library offers a series of films favorited in recent years by Latino/Latina audiences. Movies are introduced by area scholars and experts, who return to lead question-and-answer sessions after the screenings. Instructions Not Included (Mexico; 2013; PG-13)
Sunday, October 18, 2015
MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Tyler Blake discusses the research conducted in Kansas City by novelist Sinclair Lewis in advance of writing his acclaimed Elmer Gantry. What did it contribute to Lewis’ controversial views of Midwest Protestantism?
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
As America wrestles with the issue of immigration, a panel of Kansas Citians – all naturalized citizens – discusses their experiences, why they settled in KC, and how they view the immigration experience today.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Author Antonya Nelson, a Kansas native whose award- winning work includes four novels and seven short story collections, discusses her writing with Angela Elam, the producer and host of KCUR-FM’s New Letters on the Air.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, October 10, 2015
This original exhibit, curated by internationally recognized artist Peregrine Honig, draws from scenes, descriptions, characters, and conversations in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – centerpiece of the Library’s Great City | Great Read initiative.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
This new exhibit, in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City, spotlights the colorful, evocative works of many of Mexico’s top illustrators of youth literature.

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