Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

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

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Pennsylvania photographer Matthew Christopher discusses his new book, Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences, and its documentation of the country’s abandoned factories, theaters, churches, and prisons in hauntingly beautiful pictures  and words.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Coinciding with the final three days of the KC Fringe Festival, the YOUth Fringe Festival delivers activities and performances by youth for youth – starting with a variety of Friday Night Family Fun acts by the 12-and-under set.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Bring blankets and lawn chairs  and join us on the Rooftop Terrace for a movie under the stars. This summer’s Off-the-Wall film series focuses on people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Beat the heat. Take in a series of Saturday afternoon movies that celebrate the virtues of man’s best friend. My Dog Skip (2000, PG)
Sunday, July 19, 2015
PGAV Architects’ Mike Schaadt and Kimberlee Reid of the National Archives at Kansas City explain how the Federal Historic Tax Credit and adaptive reuse technology allowed the Adams Express Building, previously a freight storage structure, to be converted into an archival facility used by the National Archives.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Drawing from seven years of work on his documentary, The Story of the Ozark Music Festival: 3 Days of Sodom & Gomorrah in Sedalia, Missouri, filmmaker Jefferson Lujin discusses a Woodstock-esque weekend of sex, drugs, and rock and roll in July 1974.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Julie Urbanik, a former associate professor of geosciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, looks at how animals – cattle, horses, mules, and even the zoo’s popular polar bears – have long been central to the city’s identity and landscape.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
On the heels of the announcement of a new 800-room Hyatt hotel that officials hope will boost Kansas City’s convention prospects, Heywood T. Sanders discusses his book on how a nationwide surge in convention- related development has delivered only limited returns.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Kansas City civil rights activist Alvin Sykes and former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn discuss their roles in the ground-breaking cold-case bill of 2008. Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, initially opposed it; but Sykes convinced him to change his mind, opening the door to passage.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Dads and longtime musicians Chuck Folds, Steve Willard, and Eddie Walker are a high-energy, power-pop band – Big Bang Boom – whose mix of alternative, hip-hop, country, pop, and other genres energizes both kids and grownups. Appropriate for all ages.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, June 13, 2015
This group exhibit, curated by Kansas City’s Plug Projects, features local and national artists who explore text and language as they related to both medium and content. Paintings, collages, and other images bridge the space between book and art object.
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.