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 accommodation 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, July 13, 2016
How could William Shakespeare, with limited education, have amassed such an impressive body of work? Some scholars say he didn’t. University of Missouri-Kansas City theatre professor Felicia Hardison Londre delves into the sensitive question of authorship.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Cerner Corporation co-founder Cliff Illig sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III to discuss Cerner’s phenomenal growth, his co-ownership of soccer’s Sporting Kansas City,  and his involvement in an array  of civic, educational, and entrepreneurial initiatives.
Friday, July 15, 2016
The St. Louis-based indie pop/surf band Fire Dog has spread positive, dance-inducing vibrations since 2006. The group just released its fifth family-friendly album (and first specifically for kids) appropriately titled “For the Kids.”  Appropriate for all ages.
Friday, July 15, 2016
The Library’s annual Off-the-Wall film series presents a Bard-themed batch of movies with offbeat takes on Shakespeare’s plays. Bring ye olde blankets and folding chairs to the Rooftop Terrace of the Central Library and enjoy an evening of downtown KC skyline cinema.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
The Library screens five films in July that not only reached summer blockbuster status – totaling nearly $1.3 billion in domestic ticket sales – but also rank the among all-time best big-screen offerings of the season, according to critics.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Staged in partnership with the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, this exhibit features photographs, video, and other artifacts from the nation’s last contested political convention - the 1976 Republican National Convention held in Kansas City.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Local historian Joelouis Mattox discusses what he calls Kansas City’s Gloomy Years – the  nearly four-decade period,  from approximately 1918-54, when African Americans were subjected to wide bigotry and discrimination. Attendees  can share what they saw  and experienced.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Susan Jezek Ford, an architectural historian, researcher and preservation consultant, discusses the distinguished career of Henry F. Hoit, who designed Kansas City’s iconic Power & Light Building and other notable commercial and residential landmarks.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
In a discussion led by Library Director Crosby Kemper III, a panel of experts, observers, and others look back at the drama of the nation’s last contested political convention – the 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Kids can enjoy a variety of activities introducing them to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).  Up to kindergarten-age

Exhibits at the Library

Monday, June 27, 2016
Enter the untamed world of Dav Pilkey – creator of George, Harold, and the super-powered Captain Underpants – through this imaginative, 16-foot “pop-up book” created by team at Kansas City’s interactive The Rabbit Hole.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Artists across the world were invited by Landfillart, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit, to transform hundreds of discarded hubcaps into fine art. More than a thousand responded, and 35 of the best works make up this unique, thought-provoking traveling exhibit.
Monday, June 6, 2016
The Library serves as the lone host site in Missouri for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. The centerpiece: a 393-year-old copy of the First Folio
Saturday, May 28, 2016
This exhibit – part of the Library’s 2016 celebration of Shakespeare – showcases a collection of costumes and sets from various productions by Kansas City's Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, along with representations of scenes in which the costumes are worn.

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