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 accommodation to utilize Library services or attend events, please notify the Library office at least 48 hours in advance at 816.701.3400.

Special Events

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Kicking off the 74th World Science Fiction Convention  in Kansas City, two prominent writers of epic fantasy – Tamora Pierce and Brian McClellan – discuss their work and the evolution of the fantasy genre.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Andrea G. Baran, Regional Attorney of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s St. Louis District, discusses the status of women in the American workplace, addressing both their progress and (many) areas for improvement.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Nancy Finley, whose father Carl helped her unorthodox uncle, Charles O. Finley, run baseball’s Kansas City and Oakland A’s, discusses her book Finley Ball: How Two Baseball Outsiders Turned the Oakland A's into a Dynasty and Changed the Game Forever.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Kansas City-area entertainers Jay and Leslie Cady are off and running with a lively program of circus skills, funny fables, and audience participation.   Appropriate for ages 4 and up.
Friday, August 19, 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.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Commemorating Robert Redford’s 80th birthday (on August 18),  the Library screens four films during the month that showcase the Hollywood icon’s striking combination of All-American  looks and acting chops.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
David Wetzel, longtime editor-in-chief of the Colorado Historical Society, discusses one of the most renowned and enigmatic faith healers of the late 1800s in a discussion of his book The Vanishing Messiah: The Life and Resurrections of Francis Schlatter.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
M. Alison Kibler discusses her book Censoring Racial Ridicule: Irish, Jewish and African American Struggles over Race and Representation, 1890-1930, examining how ethnic groups at the turn of the 20th century confronted what’s now known as hate speech.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Lesbian author and activist Sarah Schulman and Kait Heacock of the Feminist Press discuss Schulman’s evocative new novel The Cosmopolitans and the publisher’s launch of the Corrective Canon initiative, aimed at broadening the scope of modern literature.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
On the eve of Women’s Equality Day, editor and activist Irene Tinker recounts the compelling testimonies of 27 women from a dozen countries who have contributed to the global women’s movement.

Exhibits at the Library

Sunday, July 17, 2016
Staged in partnership with the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, this exhibit features photographs, video, and other artifacts from the nation’s last contested political convention - the 1976 Republican National Convention held in Kansas City.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Artists across the world were invited by Landfillart, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit, to transform hundreds of discarded hubcaps into fine art. More than a thousand responded, and 35 of the best works make up this unique, thought-provoking traveling exhibit.

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