Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.

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, February 21, 2016
The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America for a series of discussions and screenings of films adapted from books by African American authors.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
University of Missouri-Kansas City sociology professor Theresa Torres examines Kansas City’s Guadalupanas, the remarkable Mexican American women working as effective agents for change despite what once were gender-limited roles within both church and community.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
During the Money Matters Workshop: Give Yourself Credit you can learn how lenders view credit, which credit card is the best for you, and how to make a positive impact on your credit.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Brian L. Steed, a military historian at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and specialist on the Middle East, examines the makeup, motivations, and operations of the violent Islamic State (or ISIS).
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Acclaimed Harvard University scholar and author Leo Damrosch examines the iconic but enigmatic poet, engraver, artist, and 18th-century visionary William Blake in a discussion of his new book.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Thurgood Marshall Jr., son of the Supreme Court justice who argued as a young lawyer for desegregation of the Swope Park pool, joins a discussion of the 1951 case that put Kansas City at the forefront of the civil rights movement.
Friday, February 26, 2016
Celebrate the Irish in everyone with a performance by Kansas City’s O’Riada Manning Academy of Irish Dance.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
In conjunction with A Winter’s  Tale Spin, the theme of its Shakespeare-themed Adult  Winter Reading Program,  the Library screens these films spotlighting the Bard’s life and works.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Area high school students lend their own interpretations of Shakespeare’s works as they compete in this annual event sponsored by the Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union. At stake: a berth in the national competition in New York.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
In the latest installment of Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III, the Library director holds a public conversation with iconic Midwest artists Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood – as portrayed by actors Robert Gibby Brand and Matt Rapport.

Exhibits at the Library

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.

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