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

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Library Director Crosby Kemper III holds a public conversation with a young Ernest Hemingway – portrayed by local actor Rusty Sneary – as Meet the Past moves to Union Station in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the terminal’s 1914 opening.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
The tales of fierce, all-female Amazon warriors were long assumed to be a product of Greek imagination. But as Stanford University’s Adrienne Mayor attests in a discussion of her deeply researched new book, Amazon-like women were very real – if mythologized.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June-October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library host the seventh annual City Market Summer Book Sales. Featured this month: Young Adult & Juniors
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.
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)
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.
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.

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.