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

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Jamaica Inn (NR)
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages.   The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
In a discussion of his new book, Adam Tanner demonstrates how the personal information we routinely share with companies ranging from Amazon to casino giant Caesars Entertainment can quickly be mined and used by corporations, marketers, and more nefarious entities.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Vanity Fair contributing editor Howard Blum examines the German terror cell that operated in the U.S. early in World War I, hitting New Jersey’s munitions-packed Black Tom pier and other targets in a series of “accidents” involving explosives and biological weapons.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Village Square offers an alternative to today’s political rancor: Have people with opposing views share a meal, then rationally discuss the issues of the day. UMKC’s Allan Katz introduces the initiative he co-founded to Kansas City. Note that this is not a free event.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Kids can meet Kansas City author Bridget Heos, learn more about the curiously mustachioed star of her award-nominated book, play games, and make crafts. There’ll also be Mustache Baby photo ops.  Recommended for kids preschool and older.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. The Hound of  the Baskervilles (NR)
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Local historian Daniel Smith reviews the circumstances that caused 30,000 troops to clash for two days in October 1864 along the Blue River and Brush Creek in what is now Kansas City.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Public radio host and Peabody Award winner Michael Lasser explores the songs that Kansas Citians were playing and listening to from 1914-18, including those inspired by the First World War. Many, including “Over There,” we still hum today.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Bring undamaged, unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to the Library and for each one get a $1 credit toward the reduction of existing overdue fines.

Exhibits at the Library

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 6, 2014
This new exhibit reflects the celebrations, sorrows, challenges, and other personal experiences of 40 artists – most of Chicano-Latino heritage – who mastered the specialized silkscreen technique of serigraphy in workshops at the Austin, Texas, studio of the late Sam Coronado.
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.