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

Thursday, June 11, 2015
In a discussion of his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges examines the social and psychological factors that foster rebellion. And he suggests that environmental destruction and wealth polarization are planting the seeds of worldwide revolt today.
Friday, June 12, 2015
On the eve of the annual West 18th Street Fashion Show, Kansas City’s fashion industry harkens back to its illustrious past. Seamstresses from the Garment District’s 20th-century heyday share their stories with fashion show co-executive producer Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Jay Cady and Leslie Seifert-Cady utilize juggling, a touch of magic, and the adventures of library hero Dewey Decimal as they explore feats of skill, daring, and just plain, dumb luck.  Appropriate for all ages.
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, June 13, 2015
As part of the four-day HEAR Now Festival, award-winning audiobook narrators including Barbara Rosenblat and Dion Graham discuss the appeal of audiobooks and how to become a narrator. They also read from some of their favorite works.
Saturday, June 13, 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. 3 Men and a Baby (1987, PG)
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Local historian Bruce Mathews discusses the artistry of stained glass windows in this Westport Historical Society Speaker Series event. Mathews examines Kansas City’s collection of stained glass windows as featured in his book, Windows of Kansas City:  As Art, History and Inspiration.
Sunday, June 14, 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. My Favorite Blonde (1942; NR)
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Launching a new series, Real/Modern: KC, social media and digital marketing veterans Ramsey Mohsen and John Kreicbergs lead a fast-paced public discussion about the ways organizations and businesses use Kansas City as a selling point.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Time magazine’s Richard Zoglin discusses the gifted but flawed subject of his illuminating book. Comedian Bob Hope was a dogged worker, gracious with fans, and generous with friends. He also was an indiscriminate womanizer and, regrettably, stayed in show business too long.

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.