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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Nearing the end of the 10th anniversary year of the opening of Kansas City’s downtown Central Library, educator and technology expert John Palfrey discusses his new book and the assertion that libraries – while still essential – must embrace a digital future to survive.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Kansas City native Jason Divad is a magician, juggling guru, handstand artist, and master unicyclist, and he delights in making young audience members a part of his performance.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
As part of Money Smart Month  of Greater Kansas City, the Library offers more than a dozen free sessions on personal finance topics ranging from budgeting to retirement planning, plus consultation with financial planners.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Celebrate April Fool’s Day  all month long with this selection of films featuring one or more notable fools.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife, Dianne Cleaver, recognize local high school artists during an exhibit of their works at the Central Library, part of the nationwide A Voyage of Artistic Discovery program.
Sunday, April 12, 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.   Where the Wild Things Are  by Maurice Sendak
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Observing the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, James H. Willbanks of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth examines the events that precipitated the final collapse of South Vietnam.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
On the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, historian Richard Brookhiser discusses his new book about our 16th president and the guidance and inspiration he took from the lives and works of George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
German-Nigerian author Jennifer Teege joins the Library’s Kaite Stover for a public conversation about Teege’s awful discovery – that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant chillingly depicted by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Guided by artists from the Owen/Cox Dance Group’s Take the Stage Program, young participants draw inspiration from children’s books and literature during National Library Week to find the dancer in them.  Appropriate for all ages.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling – via eminent domain – of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Lucile Bluford – for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named – played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. This exhibit chronicles that legal struggle and a life in which she also distinguished herself as a journalist.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
For more than a century the Kansas City Stockyards fed a hungry nation. This new exhibit features a historical treasure trove of photographs, blueprints, maps, drawings, and documents celebrating the city’s great economic engine.