Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor 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, September 13, 2015
Judy Schachner – winner of the first E.B. White Read Aloud Award Award for her Skippyjon Jones series – discusses her latest work, Dewey Bob, and an enchanting body of work encompassing some two dozen children’s books.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Spotlighting six ethnically diverse families, KCPT tackles racism, prejudice, and immigration in the online documentary series Your Fellow Americans. Producers Christopher Cook and Nate Bozarth screen several of the interviews and lead subsequent discussions.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Kicking off a two-month, citywide celebration of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Mark Burstein – former president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America – discusses the impact that Carroll’s story and characters have had on literary and popular culture.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Dowling College historian Yanek Mieczkowski, the author of Eisenhower's Sputnik Moment: The Race for Space and World Prestige, discusses Ike’s calm, effective response to the Soviet Union’s inauguration of the Space Age in 1957.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Bring blankets and lawn chairs  and join us on the Rooftop Terrace for a movie under the stars. This summer’s Off-the-Wall film series focuses on people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
As Kansas City settles into a new school year, the Library devotes its September film series to famously disaffected students – the loners, the misunderstood, the (ultimately redeemable) troublemakers. Brick (2005, R)
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
In a discussion of his new book, Florida State University’s Wayne A. Wiegand – widely considered the “dean of American library historians” – explains why libraries remain a beloved cultural institution, defying predictions of doom.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Mitch Brian of the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Communication/Film Studies Department surveys the big-screen history of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Using clips, he explores how Hollywood has adapted Alice themes and tropes to film.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Emory University’s Carol Anderson recounts the experiences of the young black Americans who longed to serve their country as pilots in World War II, met initial rejection, and ultimately gained renown as the Tuskegee Airmen.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
As Kansas City settles into a new school year, the Library devotes its September film series to famously disaffected students – the loners, the misunderstood, the (ultimately redeemable) troublemakers. Rushmore (1998, R)

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.

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