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, May 12, 2016
Only 235 copies of the First Folio, the first printed collection of Williams Shakespeare’s plays, are known to survive today. University of Kansas professor Jonathan P. Lamb explores and explains the mystique of the nearly 400-year-old book.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Theatre professionals from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offer a two-hour workshop exploring the world of magic and superstition in Shakespeare's plays.   Appropriate for ages 7 and up.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Continuing the Indie Lens Pop-Up initiative, the Library and KCPT-TV screen the documentary Peace Officer. It examines the issue of police and SWAT firepower and tactics through the eyes of a former Utah county sheriff whose son-in-law was killed in a standoff.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
In conjunction with Planet Comicon, KC’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers an interactive presentation of stage combat techniques, allowing participants to try their hands at wooden-sword dueling in scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.   Suitable for grades 3 - 12.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
University of Missouri-Kansas City professor Joan FitzPatrick Dean discusses the enduring appeal of Shakespeare in America, attributable in part to an attention to love, sex, and marriage that was revolutionary in the Bard’s time.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Kansas City’s Bach Aria Soloists and actors with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival collaborate for an evening of rich, emotional storytelling, melding Shakespeare’s poetry and prose with baroque musical masterpieces.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Amid humanitarian crises in Syria and Iraq and debate in the U.S. about how to address them, a panel of Kansas City-area faith leaders discuss religious teachings and traditions and whether they could – or should – guide national policy.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Kick off the Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program with Kansas City-based kid rocker Jim Cosgrove. His high-energy, interactive show gets the whole family swingin’.  Appropriate for all ages.
Friday, May 20, 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.

Exhibits at the Library

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.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
This original exhibition features the ambitious sculptural works of three teaching artists, Brian Caponi, Shawn Murrey, and Thomas Schmidt, who employ a range of materials and fabrication processes in exploring philosophies relating to construction, technology, and place.

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