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

Friday, October 31, 2014
If trick-or-treating isn’t your thing, join us a screening of Tim Burton’s 1993 classic animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. The Rains Came (NR)
Sunday, November 2, 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 Night the Scary Beasties Popped Out of My Head by Daniel & David Kamish
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Caitlin Doughty sits down with Kaite Stover, the Library’s director of readers’ services, for a public conversation about the Los Angeles funeral director’s new book – both a witty memoir and eye-opening examination of the American way of death.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Philip White retraces Harry S. Truman’s remarkable (and ultimately successful) effort to salvage the 1948 election in a discussion of his new book, Whistle Stop: How 31,000 Miles of Train Travel, 352 Speeches, and a Little Midwest Gumption Saved the Presidency of Harry Truman.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Kansas City author and Writers at Work series organizer Whitney Terrell joins accomplished novelist Jayne Anne Phillips in discussing Phillips’ 2013 book based on the real-life murder of a lonely widow and her three children.
Friday, November 7, 2014
The 15th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration opens with a Friday Night Family Fun concert and ghost tales. Saturday’s Storytelling Spectacular features multicultural folklore and more from a diverse lineup of storytellers.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Continuing a celebration of Jason Pollen’s three-decade career in Kansas City, the Library showcases a second collection of his internationally acclaimed textile art in the refurbished Genevieve Guldner Gallery. Also featured is a never-before-seen collection of Pollen’s sketchbooks.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Local historian Joelouis Mattox examines the role of African Americans in World War I, focusing on the 92nd Infantry Division popularly known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Among its ranks was a Kansas City private for whom the American Legion’s Wayne Miner Post 149 is named.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Judy King, Bruce Mathews, and other contributors to their book, Kansas City’s Historic Union Cemetery: Lessons for the Future from the Garden of Time, recall the early pioneers, service veterans, and additional notables now interred in the city’s oldest public cemetery.

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.
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.