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

Sunday, July 19, 2015
PGAV Architects’ Mike Schaadt and Kimberlee Ried of the National Archives at Kansas City explain how the Federal Historic Tax Credit and adaptive reuse technology allowed the Adams Express Building, previously a freight storage structure, to be converted into an archival facility used by the National Archives.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Drawing from seven years of work on his documentary, The Story of the Ozark Music Festival: 3 Days of Sodom & Gomorrah in Sedalia, Missouri, filmmaker Jefferson Lujin discusses a Woodstock-esque weekend of sex, drugs, and rock and roll in July 1974.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Julie Urbanik, a former associate professor of geosciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, looks at how animals – cattle, horses, mules, and even the zoo’s popular polar bears – have long been central to the city’s identity and landscape.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
On the heels of the announcement of a new 800-room Hyatt hotel that officials hope will boost Kansas City’s convention prospects, Heywood T. Sanders discusses his book on how a nationwide surge in convention- related development has delivered only limited returns.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Kansas City civil rights activist Alvin Sykes and former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn discuss their roles in the ground-breaking cold-case bill of 2008. Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, initially opposed it; but Sykes convinced him to change his mind, opening the door to passage.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Dads and longtime musicians Chuck Folds, Steve Willard, and Eddie Walker are a high-energy, power-pop band – Big Bang Boom – whose mix of alternative, hip-hop, country, pop, and other genres energizes both kids and grownups. Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Beat the heat. Take in a series of Saturday afternoon movies that celebrate the virtues of man’s best friend. Turner and Hooch (1989, PG)
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Jon Knight, senior principal at Populous who oversees design, describes the changes being made to the Board of Trade Building (4800 Main St.). The building will soon be home to Populous, the Kansas City-based architecture firm specializing in sports stadiums and arena design, as well as various other tenants.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
University of Illinois at Chicago historian Kevin M. Schultz discusses his revealing new book about two icons of the Sixties, conservative William F. Buckley and the left-wing Norman Mailer, friends who had far more in common than their ideological differences would suggest.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Best-selling author and screenwriter Chris Enss and three fellow writers – Bill Markley, Monty McCord, and Sherry Monahan – discuss their latest works and share stories of the Old West on the first stop of their Most Intrepid Western Authors Posse tour of the Midwest.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, June 13, 2015
This group exhibit, curated by Kansas City’s Plug Projects, features local and national artists who explore text and language as they related to both medium and content. Paintings, collages, and other images bridge the space between book and art object.
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.