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

Thursday, March 12, 2015
In a discussion of his new book Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America, author  David O. Stewart reveals an accomplished – if perhaps overshadowed – leader who artfully collaborated with others toward common goals while caring little about who got the credit.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
In conjunction with the Library’s Winter Reading Program, themed Love on the Rocks, check out these films reminding us that not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Steve Noll of the Jackson County Historical Society recounts the epic story of how cowboys, stockyards commission men, meat packers, railroaders, and others formed a vibrant, now-vanished community in Kansas City’s West Bottoms in the early to mid-1900s.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Concluding a series of Citizens Project forums, four outgoing city council members join moderator Dave Helling of The Kansas City Star in discussing the most pressing issues going into Kansas City’s April and June municipal elections.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
KCUR’s Gina Kaufmann moderates a conversation among young stakeholders about the revival of Kansas City’s West Bottoms and what the future may hold for an area that has emerged as a destination for restaurants, art studios, vintage shops, and other businesses.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Terry and Melissa Wright – aka Peanut Butter Hamster – make young audiences a part of the singing, dancing, and laughing in their charming, interactive show.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling – via eminent domain – of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
In conjunction with the Library's Winter Reading Program, themed Love on the Rocks, check out these films reminding us that not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
National Review‘s Charles C.W. Cooke discusses a new breed of young Republicans who advocate fiscal responsibility and smaller government, but hold more liberal views on such social issues as gay marriage and drug control.
Friday, March 27, 2015
In partnership with the Kansas City Film Festival, the Library screens 1993’s baseball-themed, coming-of-age film. A brief discussion about the art of storytelling precedes the movie.  Recommended for ages 8 and up.  The Sandlot (1993, PG; 101 min)

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Lucile Bluford – for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named – played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. This exhibit chronicles that legal struggle and a life in which she also distinguished herself as a journalist.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
As mayor of Kansas City and as a prolific amateur photographer, Richard Berkley knew both sides of the camera lens. This new  exhibit features dozens of shots from his personal collection, some taken by him, others featuring him with local, national and international luminaries.
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.