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

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes tells the stories of women who worked to bring down “Boss” Tom Pendergast’s political machine in the late 1930s and early ’40s, helping to end 20 years of mob rule in the city.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
On the 150th anniversary of the railway-focused Battle of Atlanta, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College’s Christopher R. Gabel examines the importance of rail transportation to both Union and Confederate commanders.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Paul Mesner Puppets presents a series of tales inspired by the 1992 Caldecott Award winner The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.  Appropriate for ages 3 and up.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Author Tevi Troy combines research with witty observations  to tell the story of how our presidents have been shaped  by pop culture, from Thomas Jefferson’s literary bent to Barack Obama’s fascination with HBO’s The Wire.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Enjoy comedic and dramatic performances by children ages 3-17 under the direction of John Mulvey, who holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts degree from Benedictine College in  Atchison, Kansas.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. The Roaring Twenties (NR)
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Local historian William Worley discusses the life and work of architect Clarence E. Shepard, a former employee of Frank Lloyd Wright who designed more than 600 houses in Kansas City.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Blend funk and soul into a colorful rock and roll package, add a touch of pop songwriting sensibilities, humor and a high-energy live show and you’ve got the Sugar Free Allstars.  Appropriate for ages 3 and up.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
In a discussion of his new book, Walter Kirn details his long friendship with the man he knew as banker and art collector Clark Rockefeller – but who turned out to be an imposter, child kidnapper, and murderer.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Thomas W. Devine discusses his book about the presidential candidate who was ahead of his time on many issues – including civil rights and universal government health insurance – but was branded a Communist dupe.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, June 21, 2014
This exhibit from the Smithsonian  Institution celebrates the history of America’s Asian Pacific citizens – from the first Asian immigrants to their place in key moments in America’s history.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
The humble apron gets a fascinating re-evaluation in this traveling exhibit of vintage and contemporary kitchen aprons. The exhibit looks at the way they became vehicles for self-expression and signaled evolving attitudes toward women and domestic work.
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.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
 New Compositions: The Dance Portraiture of Orval Hixon highlights the local legend’s rich selection of photographic portraits, including images of some of the best-known dancers of his time.