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

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (NR)
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Michael Dickey, author of the award winning book Arrow Rock: Crossroads of the Missouri Frontier, disscusses the motivations of traders and how trade affected the Missouri economy.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Join Kansas Citians Alvin Brooks, Karen Slaughter, Telester Powell, Joe Louis Mattox, and others for the debut of their digital stories, in which they relate personal tales of human and civil rights and/or bullying as part of the All Together Now national intergenerational initiative.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
On the heels of a summer release of her two latest Joanna Brady books, The Old Blue Line: A Joanna Brady Novella and Remains of Innocence, bestselling mystery and horror author J.A. Jance discusses the series.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Opera Institute performers deliver a semi-staged production of Mozart’s Idomeneo, re di Creta – Italian for Idomeneo, King of Crete – a time-honored opera that historians suggest might have been the composer’s favorite work.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
John E. Miller discusses his book about how giants of American art, industry, and politics – the likes of Walt Disney, Henry Ford, George Washington Carver, and Ronald Reagan – were nurtured and shaped by their boyhoods in small Midwestern towns.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Historian Paul Jankowski discusses his book about one of history’s greatest and most demanding battlefield encounters,  a 302-day nightmare in northern France that left an estimated 303,000 French and German soldiers dead and more than 400,000 wounded.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
One day shy of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, Kansas City Southern President and CEO Dave Starling joins Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about KC Southern’s role in rebuilding the parallel Panama Canal Railway.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Decorated Kansas City musician Eric Vaughn delivers an interactive, enthusiastic – and just plain wacky – performance that keeps audiences simultaneously laughing and scratching their heads.  Appropriate for all ages.
Friday, August 15, 2014
This summer’s Off-the-Wall film series features music-heavy titles from 1984. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars on the Rooftop Terrace.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, June 21, 2014
This exhibit from the Smithsonian  Institution celebrates the history of America’s Asian Pacific citizens – from the first Asian immigrants to their place in key moments in America’s history.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
The humble apron gets a fascinating re-evaluation in this traveling exhibit of vintage and contemporary kitchen aprons. The exhibit looks at the way they became vehicles for self-expression and signaled evolving attitudes toward women and domestic work.
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.