Events & activities

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All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 5, for 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 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

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Author and Harper’s magazine critic Joshua Cohen joins Writers at Work series organizer Whitney Terrell in a public conversation about Cohen’s acclaimed fourth novel, Book of Numbers; his work at Harper’s; and his story collection Four New Messages.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Through storytelling and song, vocalist Brother John leads attendees in exploring ways to stay safe and aware.  Appropriate for all ages.
Friday, September 16, 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, September 17, 2016
The nonprofit organization Rightfully Sewn goes inside the local fashion industry at its inaugural Fashion Forward event, screening the documentary  A Stitch in Time and staging a discussion with individuals who have worked in various capacities in KC’s Garment District.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Celebrating the golden anniversary, the Library screens the best installment in each of the movie series as rated by RottenTomatoes.com. It wraps up with 1999’s Galaxy Quest, the popular, tongue-in-cheek homage to Star Trek and its legion of Trekkies.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Michael Wells of the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections examines the history of urban renewal in Kansas City and its impact on the landscape and populace. Was that redevelopment mishandled?
Monday, September 19, 2016
Historian and best-selling author Ross King looks at Monet’s most famous series of paintings and the hardship behind them in a discussion of King’s new book Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Three of the people who knew Ewing Kauffman best – daughter and philanthropic leader Julia Irene Kauffman, former Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation President and CEO Lou Smith, and baseball icon George Brett – discuss the life and legacy of KC’s entrepreneurial, philanthropic, and civic giant.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Author Paul Hendrickson looks at Ernest Hemingway’s life from 1934-61 – as viewed from Papa’s beloved fishing boat (and sanctuary) Pilar – in a discussion of his acclaimed biography Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
KCPT-TV’s Nick Haines emcees an event spotlighting participants in Literacy Kansas City’s adult-learning program, who tell their stories. Writer and poet Alan Proctor and novelist and UMKC professor Whitney Terrell discuss what writing has brought to their lives.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, August 27, 2016
The political poster has evolved from marketing tool to art and a place in America’s cultural history. Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844-2012 showcases a sampling of rare, beautiful posters from the past 170 years.

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