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

Saturday, May 3, 2014
The Created Equal documentary series chronicles  the civil rights struggles of African Americans. KU’s Randal M. Jelks  provides opening and closing remarks.  The Loving Story (2011)
Sunday, May 4, 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. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Lawyer Kevin Underhill discusses his new book about weird, bizarre, illogical, and just plain funny laws from the past and the present. For example, in one county in the state of Washington, it is illegal to kill a sasquatch – a creature whose existence has never been proven.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Author Paul Tough argues that educational success has less to do with intelligence than with character traits such as perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Dav Pilkey and Dan Santat introduce young readers to the newly re-illustrated Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot book series – written by Pilkey and drawn by Santat.   Appropriate for ages 6 and up.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Doug Dorst discusses the creation of S., a layered literary mystery in which the story on the printed page dovetails with the scribblings in the margins and the various objects – photos, maps, telegrams, postcards, letters – found between the pages.
Friday, May 9, 2014
The Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts Band stages a free concert featuring some of Kansas City’s best high school musicians.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (NR)
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Bill Bundschu discusses his book Abuse and Murder on the Frontier, which chronicles the story of Rebecca Hawkins, a woman put on trial in 1838 for the poisoning and murder of her abusive husband.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
The Kansas City Public Library and Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre conclude the eighth season of Script-in-Hand performances, this year focusing on classic comedies.

Exhibits at the Library

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
More than 200 vintage postcards are featured in this exhibit, winner of the American Library Association’s 2014 Excellence in Library Programming Award. Featured are vintage images of landmarks, hotels, parks, and public buildings.
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.