Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 1, 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

Thursday, September 11, 2014
In the latest installment of Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III, the Library director holds a public conversation with the influential developer of Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza,  J.C. Nichols, as portrayed by historian Bill Worley.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Heidi Swedberg, who has built a national reputation for her highly interactive, ukulele-inflected approach to family music-making, returns to the Library with her unique Sukey Jump style.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Internationally renowned textile artist Jason Pollen has made Kansas City his home since 1983. This exhibit of his work, some on public display for the first time, celebrates that three-decade (and counting) chapter of his career.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Rose of Washington Square (NR)
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Rick Hellman, chronicler of Kansas City’s music history, examines the night 50 years ago this month that the Beatles played in old Municipal Stadium – enticed by a then-astronomical $150,000 offer from controversial A’s baseball team owner Charlie Finley.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Stephanie Kelton, chair of UMKC’s economics department, and the University of Missouri’s Joseph Haslag face off in a discussion of the government’s role in the economy. Does it really know people’s wants and needs? What market failures can it address? Mike Shanin moderates.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Art Stewart, who in more than six decades as a baseball scout brought Bo Jackson to Kansas City and signed 70-some other players including current Royals catcher Salvador Perez, discusses his career and new book with Kansas City Star columnist and co-author Sam Mellinger.
Friday, September 19, 2014
In a program presented by Kansas City’s John Wornall House Museum, Jay Clasen offers a hands-on look at an array of antique toys from his collection. Then, he leads a “real life” game.  Appropriate for all ages.
Friday, September 19, 2014
This summer’s Off-the-Wall film series features music-heavy titles from 1984. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars on the Rooftop Terrace.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (NR)

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.
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.