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 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.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
In a discussion of his new book, On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope, veteran reporter and former USA TODAY editorial writer Richard Whitmire spotlights the nonprofit Rocketship Education network of public elementary charter schools.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
In a discussion of his new book, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen examines a less-remembered theater of World War I – the Middle East – and explains how the fighting’s devastation and postwar re-mapping sowed the seeds for much of the region’s instability today.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Former Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker discusses his newly released biography of Bill Cosby – covering the well-known triumphs of the iconic comedian, actor, producer, author, educator, and social activist as well as his setbacks and personal dramas.
Friday, October 17, 2014
The 2014 Kansas City Digital Inclusion Summit will provide a forum to share and discuss local digital inclusion efforts, and needs. Topics include digital and online information literacy, broadband adoption, low-cost technology, workforce development and access to information technology.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Children’s songwriter Dino O’Dell – a.k.a. Kevin Dolan – sings and tells stories of space aliens, monsters under the bed, and swimming in peanut butter. Put on your Halloween costume and join in the fun.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Tower of London (NR)

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.