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, November 5, 2014
Philip White retraces Harry S. Truman’s remarkable (and ultimately successful) effort to salvage the 1948 election in a discussion of his new book, Whistle Stop: How 31,000 Miles of Train Travel, 352 Speeches, and a Little Midwest Gumption Saved the Presidency of Harry Truman.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Kansas City author and Writers at Work series organizer Whitney Terrell joins accomplished novelist Jayne Anne Phillips in discussing Phillips’ 2013 book based on the real-life murder of a lonely widow and her three children.
Friday, November 7, 2014
The 15th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration opens with a Friday Night Family Fun concert and ghost tales. Saturday’s Storytelling Spectacular features multicultural folklore and more from a diverse lineup of storytellers.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. The Light That Failed (NR)
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Continuing a celebration of Jason Pollen’s three-decade career in Kansas City, the Library showcases a second collection of his internationally acclaimed textile art in the refurbished Genevieve Guldner Gallery. Also featured is a never-before-seen collection of Pollen’s sketchbooks.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Local historian Joelouis Mattox examines the role of African Americans in World War I, focusing on the 92nd Infantry Division popularly known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Among its ranks was a Kansas City private for whom the American Legion’s Wayne Miner Post 149 is named.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Judy King, Bruce Mathews, and other contributors to their book, Kansas City’s Historic Union Cemetery: Lessons for the Future from the Garden of Time, recall the early pioneers, service veterans, and additional notables now interred in the city’s oldest public cemetery.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The U.S. remains the world’s leader in science, lifted in part by trailblazers from undergraduate institutions of only modest scientific renown. The University of Wisconsin’s J. Rogers Hollingsworth examines how that “outsider” status feeds an entrepreneurial spirit that promotes creativity.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Sandra Moran discusses her debut novel – about three women united by love and kinship, struggling to conform to the social norms of their times – which has won raves and awards from the LGBT community since its 2013 release.
Friday, November 14, 2014
As explorers and pioneers arrived in Missouri, what kind of wildlife did they see? Staff members from the Wornall/Majors House Museums and Operation WildLife help answer that question – accompanied by live animals.

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.