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, June 2, 2015
In a discussion of his new book, former Kauffman Foundation executive Robert E. Litan makes the case that economists – whose reputation took a hit with the 2008 stock market crash – actually are actually unsung heroes whose theories drive business innovation.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Michael Auslin, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, examines Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to revive the country and what the outcome could portend for America and Europe.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Stuart Anderson, who heads the nonprofit National Foundation for American Policy, draws from his report American-Made 2.0: How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Continue to Contribute to the U.S. Economy in discussing the substantial impact of immigrant entrepreneurs and professionals in the country today.
Friday, June 5, 2015
Join a musical safari, encountering an array of African animals whose names are set to rhythm. Then, pick a percussion instrument and let the jungle jam begin.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June-October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library host the eighth annual City Market Summer Book Sale.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
In a monthlong celebration of Father’s Day, which falls this year on June 21, the Library screens four films that offer a lighthearted look at fatherhood. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983, R)
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Four films starring Bob Hope – curated by Time magazine theater critic Richard Zoglin – are screened in June in conjunction with Zoglin’s June 17 discussion of his new biography about the comedy icon. Road to Utopia (1946; NR)
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Elizabeth Burnes of the National Archives at Kansas City shows  how enterprising genealogists, biographers, and historians can access a trove of records – visas, photographs, applications, affidavits, and official correspondence – kept by the government while tracking arriving immigrants since the 1940s.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Author Denise Kiernan recounts the experiences of thousands of civilians, many of them young women, recruited during World War II to work at a secretive site in Tennessee. Their mission, as later revealed: enriching the uranium that led to the first atomic bombs.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
In a discussion of her new book, author LaDene Morton examines one of the grandest experiments of American urban planning, Kansas City’s exclusive Country Club District. Its boundaries still unmarked, its full story remained untold – until now.

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.