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

Sunday, February 8, 2015
The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film screening and discussion series returns for an examination of the cinema of the Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Doubt (2008; PG-13)
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Former Kansas City Mayor Richard L. Berkley, an avid photographer, has snapped thousands of photos of the political leaders, entertainers, and other celebrities he has met. He offers an illustrated retrospective coinciding with an exhibit at the Central Library.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John explores the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.  Recommended for ages 5 and older.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
In the 2015 McKinzie Lecture, Saint Louis University’s Lorri Glover focuses on Washington, Jefferson, and other icons of history in discussing her book on how the American Revolution remade family life as much as it reinvented political institutions.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Computers are everywhere, yet only one in 10 schools offers programming classes. Youth can get a taste at the Library, joining in an encore session of Hour of Code events. Recommended for ages 5 and older.
Saturday, February 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, February 15, 2015
The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, kicks off with a poignant look at a relationship between a man and a women revealed in a lifetime of letters they read on stage.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Kansas Citians go to the polls in April and June to elect a mayor and 12 city council members. Continuing a series of Citizens Project forums, a panel including City Manager Troy Schulte identifies the issues the candidates ought to be addressing.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John explores the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.  Recommended for ages 5 and older.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Winners of the 22nd Annual Young Writers Contest – open to youth ages 5-12 – are recognized at a reception sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library, Johnson County Library, and Reading Reptile. Appropriate for all ages.

Exhibits at the Library

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.