Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial 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

Friday, June 10, 2016
Coloradan Neil McIntyre — aka Mr. Kneel — delivers a blend of age-appropriate hip-hop and beatboxing that’s positive, inspiring, and most of all fun. Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
’Tis the season for plotting glorious summer vacations that, alas, don’t go quite so gloriously. The Library screens four films in June in which the warm-weather fun is undone by neurosis, nature, or enduring ineptitude.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Robert Willson of the University of Missouri-Kansas City discusses Twelfth Night and the Art of Comedy, continuing a series of inside-the-play presentations focusing on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s summer production of the mistaken-identity comedy.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Join Kansas City's Paul Mesner Puppets in a singalong with the farmer we all know and love. Here, at his rhyming ranch, all kinds of animals can be found and fondly remembered.  Appropriate for all ages.
Friday, June 17, 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, June 18, 2016
’Tis the season for plotting glorious summer vacations that, alas, don’t go quite so gloriously. The Library screens four films in June in which the warm-weather fun is undone by neurosis, nature, or enduring ineptitude.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Sidonie Garrett, executive artistic director of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, continues a series of inside-the-play presentations focusing on HASF’s summer production of Twelfth Night, discussing what goes into Putting on the Show.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
’Tis the season for plotting glorious summer vacations that, alas, don’t go quite so gloriously. The Library screens four films in June in which the warm-weather fun is undone by neurosis, nature, or enduring ineptitude.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
The Library devotes its 2016 series of Script-in-Hand performances to Shakespeare, leading up to a June exhibit featuring a rare, nearly 400-year- old First Folio – the first printed collection of the Bard’s plays.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Adam Potthast of Park University discusses Twelfth Night and the Ethics of Deception, concluding a series of inside-the-play presentations focusing on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s summer production of the mistaken-identity comedy.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, May 28, 2016
This exhibit – part of the Library’s 2016 celebration of Shakespeare – showcases a collection of costumes and sets from various productions by Kansas City's Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, along with representations of scenes in which the costumes are worn.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
This new exhibit conveys the beauty and poetry of turbulent weather, pairing 17 of photographer Stephen Locke’s most arresting images with the prose of former Kansas poet laureate Caryn Mirriam- Goldberg.

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