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 accommodation 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, September 16, 2016
The Library’s annual Off-the-Wall film series presents a Bard-themed batch of movies with offbeat takes on Shakespeare’s plays. Bring ye olde blankets and folding chairs to the Rooftop Terrace of the Central Library and enjoy an evening of downtown KC skyline cinema.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
The nonprofit organization Rightfully Sewn goes inside the local fashion industry at its inaugural Fashion Forward event, screening the documentary  A Stitch in Time and staging a discussion with individuals who have worked in various capacities in KC’s Garment District.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Three of the people who knew Ewing Kauffman best – daughter and philanthropic leader Julia Irene Kauffman, former Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation President and CEO Lou Smith, and baseball icon George Brett – discuss the life and legacy of KC’s entrepreneurial, philanthropic, and civic giant.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff explores one of the more astonishing chapters in American history – the Salem Witch Trials – in a public conversation with Library director Crosby Kemper III about her book The Witches: Salem, 1692.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Join us on the first Saturday of the month, from August to October, as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the ninth annual City Market Book Sale.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
In a discussion of her new book, culinary historian and Johnson County Community College professor Andrea Broomfield explores how KC became famous for great cuisine, iconic dishes, and crossroads hospitality and how those features continue to define the city.

Exhibits at the Library

Sunday, July 17, 2016
Staged in partnership with the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, this exhibit features photographs, video, and other artifacts from the nation’s last contested political convention - the 1976 Republican National Convention held in Kansas City.

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