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

Friday, August 14, 2015
Join us for an evening of interactive art. The Young Rembrandts method teaches drawing while developing visual learning skills that give children ages 3 1/2 to 12 an academic advantage in the classroom.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Hollywood has too often relegated Latino characters to stereotype: the bandido, the buffoon, the harlot, the Latin lover. Not so with the Library’s August film series, Latinos in Cinema. Bless Me, Ultima (2013, PG-13)
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Journalist and local historian Cindy Higgins presents an illustrated talk about the brewers and breweries of early Kansas, their role in fostering a sense of community within the state’s German enclaves, and their surprising legacy among today’s beer aficionados.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Best-selling author and former Kansas City Star columnist Joe Posnanski discusses his new book about the most remarkable rivalry and (eventual) friendship in modern golf – between Jack Nicklaus and KC-area icon Tom Watson.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Kansas City’s ad-industry history runs deep, featuring a host of agencies representing major brands including Guy’s Potato Chips and the McDonald’s Happy Meal. Representatives of the American Advertising Federation of Kansas City offer an illustrated tour.
Friday, August 21, 2015
How do our favorite superheroes do it? Science makes levitation, invisibility, camouflage, and other extraordinary powers conceivable. Kids – and adults – will enjoy learning how they do it.
Friday, August 21, 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, August 22, 2015
Hollywood has too often relegated Latino characters to stereotype: the bandido, the buffoon, the harlot, the Latin lover. Not so with the Library’s August film series, Latinos in Cinema. Stand and Deliver (1988, PG)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Author Cynthia Bond joins Library Director of Readers’ Services Kaite Stover in a discussion of Bond’s acclaimed first book, a contemporary African American novel about a man determined to protect the woman he loves from a town desperate to destroy her.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
In conjunction with Women’s Equality Week in Kansas City, Jessica Neuwirth – founder of the women’s rights organization Equality Now – discusses her new book Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment Is Now.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, June 13, 2015
This group exhibit, curated by Kansas City’s Plug Projects, features local and national artists who explore text and language as they related to both medium and content. Paintings, collages, and other images bridge the space between book and art object.
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.