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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Kansas Citians go to the polls in April and June to elect a mayor and 12 city council members. Launching a series of Citizens Project forums, a panel of media representatives moderated by KCUR’s Steve Kraske identifies the issues the candidates ought to be addressing.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Coterie Theatre actors fold words of inspiration from the late poet, author, and songwriter Shel Silverstein, Charlotte’s Web heroes Charlotte and Wilbur, and a host of others into this rousing and enlightening production. Recommended for children in grades 1-5.
Saturday, January 24, 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, January 25, 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.  The Savages (2007; R)
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Hyde Park residents Patrick Alley and Dona Boley discuss their new book illustrating Kansas City’s transformation from “the filthiest city in the United States” in the 19th century into a clean, well-planned embodiment of the vision of renowned landscape architect George Kessler.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Wired magazine’s Fred Vogelstein discusses his book on the high-tech, high-stakes struggle between Apple and Google, which have steamrolled their competition while battling each other not only in the marketplace but also in the courts.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Yes, the Vikings pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But Yale University historian Anders Winroth adds depth to their identity in a discussion of his new book, noting that the Norse seafarers were explorers as well as raiders, settled peacefully, and developed a vast trading network.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Join Kansas City’s Tippi Toes Dance Company in a night of dancing, magic, and crafts drawing from the Academy Award-winning animated classic, Frozen. Included: a visit from our Frozen friend, Elsa. Recommended for all ages.
Saturday, January 31, 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 1, 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.   Anansi and the Talking Melon  retold by Eric A. Kimmel

Exhibits at the Library

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Continuing a celebration of Jason Pollen’s three-decade career in Kansas City, the Library showcases a second collection of his internationally acclaimed textile art in the refurbished Genevieve Guldner Gallery. Also featured is a never-before-seen collection of Pollen’s sketchbooks.
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.