Events & activities

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and remain closed all day on Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.

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

Sunday, December 6, 2015
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.   Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Longtime Kansas City Star film critic Robert W. Butler, a former writer in the Library’s public affairs department and co-author of Walt Disney’s Missouri, examines the impact of Disney’s Missouri roots on his remarkable success.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Kansas-reared Robert Day, author of the modern western classic The Last Cattle Drive, sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a wide-ranging conversation in conjunction with the launch of his second novel, Let Us Imagine Lost Love.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Johnson County, Kansas, blogger and best-selling author Jen Mann gives the holiday season her own inimitable spin in a discussion of her new book. Hint: It’s not all warm and sugary (but it’s hilarious).
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Kaite Stover, the Library’s director of readers’ services, joins other Kansas City-area librarians in a discussion designed to help you find just the right book ¬ or several ¬ for yourself or your friends and family this Christmas.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Kansas-based Piccadilly Productions delivers a sweet, family-friendly show featuring Belinda Baker, who makes a special wish as she bakes a boy made of gingerbread. He, in turn, makes himself a sister, and silliness ensues.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
More than 60 photos – drawn in part from the Library of Congress, Denver Public Library, Nebraska State Historical Society, and the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections – shine a light on the controversial Wounded Knee massacre 125 years ago.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
The Kansas City Digital Media Lab invites young makers of all skill levels to join in this day of digital building and storytelling. Activities range from 3-D design and building to stop motion animation, LEGO construction, and re-creating several KC landmarks in Minecraft.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens poised to shatter box office records after its December 18 release, the Library screens four of the most popular Christmas Day movies ever based on gross, single-day receipts.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Sister Act Face Painting literally paints a smile (or a butterfly or dragon) on kids’ faces during this holiday celebration. There’s also craft time and an appearance by Santa Claus.  Appropriate for all ages.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, October 24, 2015
This new Pictures of the Year International exhibition celebrates the work of the world’s leading photojournalists, featuring 50 of the most arresting images from pivotal events of the past year. They range from news and sports shots to memorable feature photos and portraits.
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.

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