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, April 12, 2015
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.   Where the Wild Things Are  by Maurice Sendak
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Observing the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, James H. Willbanks of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth examines the events that precipitated the final collapse of South Vietnam.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
On the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, historian Richard Brookhiser discusses his new book about our 16th president and the guidance and inspiration he took from the lives and works of George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
German-Nigerian author Jennifer Teege joins the Library’s Kaite Stover for a public conversation about Teege’s awful discovery – that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant chillingly depicted by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Guided by artists from the Owen/Cox Dance Group’s Take the Stage Program, young participants draw inspiration from children’s books and literature during National Library Week to find the dancer in them.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Celebrate April Fool’s Day  all month long with this selection of films featuring one or more notable fools.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Kansas City FilmFest screens Kevin Costner’s beloved ode to baseball, a blend of fairy tale, family and the national pastime that earned an Academy Award nomination for best picture in 1990.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Kansas mills once packed their flour in cotton sacks stamped not only with names, locations, and brands but also political views and other distinctive motifs. Nancy Jo Leachman, a Salina librarian and vintage flour sack collector, delivers an illustrated walk-through.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Kansas City-born LaShonda Katrice Barnett joins the Library’s Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner for a discussion of Barnett’s much-praised debut novel – about a female journalist escaping the Jim Crow South of the early 1900s and fighting injustice in Kansas City through her African American newspaper.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Historian Lewis L. Gould discusses the subject of his book Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Creating the Modern First Lady. She ran Theodore Roosevelt’s White House with a sure, sophisticated hand but left a legacy complicated by virulent racism, among other things.

Exhibits at the Library

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.
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, 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.
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.