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, April 19, 2015
Kansas mills once packed their flour in cotton sacks stamped not only with names, locations, and brands but also political views and other distinctive motifs. Nancy Jo Leachman, a Salina librarian and vintage flour sack collector, delivers an illustrated walk-through.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Kansas City-born LaShonda Katrice Barnett joins journalist Eric Wesson of The Call for a discussion of Barnett’s much-praised debut novel – about a female journalist escaping the Jim Crow South of the early 1900s and fighting injustice in Kansas City through her African American newspaper.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Historian Lewis L. Gould discusses the subject of his book Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Creating the Modern First Lady. She ran Theodore Roosevelt’s White House with a sure, sophisticated hand but left a legacy complicated by virulent racism, among other things.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Celebrate April Fool’s Day  all month long with this selection of films featuring one or more notable fools.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
There is a resurgence of interest among today’s home buyers and sellers in the classic, 20th-century ranch house. Mary van Balgooy, the biographer of influential architect and ranch house pioneer Cliff May, discusses this modernistic, uniquely American architectural creation.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Lennon and McCartney. Jobs and Wozniak. Writer Joshua Wolf Shenk sits down with native Kansan and author Robert Day to discuss Shenk’s new book about the rewards of one-to-one collaboration, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Stanford University’s Eric Hanushek discusses the quantifiable economic impact of effective classroom teaching, asserting that we should make significant changes in how we evaluate – and especially reward – our educators.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
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.   Take Me to Your BBQ by Kathy Duval
Sunday, May 10, 2015
The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, concludes with a musical about a wealthy mother vacationing in Italy with her beautiful but emotionally stalled teenage daughter.

Exhibits at the Library

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.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling – via eminent domain – of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Lucile Bluford – for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named – played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. This exhibit chronicles that legal struggle and a life in which she also distinguished herself as a journalist.