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, October 15, 2015
In a discussion of his book Chief Executive to Chief Justice: Taft Betwixt the White House and Supreme Court, historian Lewis L. Gould examines William Howard Taft’s rise from ignominious defeat in his 1912 bid for re-election as president.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Join the Library and mascot KC Wolf in celebrating the release of the new picture book Kansas City Chiefs ABCs and 1-2-3s. Listen to football stories, play games, and take your picture with the Wolf.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
As part of the Great City | Great Read initiative celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Library screens a monthlong series of films highlighting the unusual experiences of people in wondrous, reality-bending worlds.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
On the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library offers a series of films favorited in recent years by Latino/Latina audiences. Movies are introduced by area scholars and experts, who return to lead question-and-answer sessions after the screenings. Instructions Not Included (Mexico; 2013; PG-13)
Sunday, October 18, 2015
MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Tyler Blake discusses the research conducted in Kansas City by novelist Sinclair Lewis in advance of writing his acclaimed Elmer Gantry. What did it contribute to Lewis’ controversial views of Midwest Protestantism?
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Author Antonya Nelson, a Kansas native whose award- winning work includes four novels and seven short story collections, discusses her writing with Angela Elam, the producer and host of KCUR-FM’s New Letters on the Air.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
As America wrestles with the issue of immigration, a panel of Kansas Citians – all naturalized citizens – discusses their experiences, why they settled in KC, and how they view the immigration experience today.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Renowned New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine explains how Jesus’ first- century parables, when heard in historical Jewish context, can challenge and provoke us 2,000 years later.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Amy Von Lintel and Michael R. Grauer, both native Kansas Citians who are now art historians in the Amarillo, Texas, area, discuss the close connection between KC and Amarillo dating to the cattle-hauling days of the 1800s.
Friday, October 23, 2015
It’s a fun-tastic, non-scary Halloween spooktacular. Pumpkin Man drops in on this cabaret show along with the invisible couple, spooky skeletons, Martians, ghosts, and trick marionettes.   Appropriate for all ages.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, September 5, 2015
This new exhibit, in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City, spotlights the colorful, evocative works of many of Mexico’s top illustrators of youth literature.

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