Events & activities

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

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

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Kansas City Star reporter Brian Burnes discusses his coffee-table book, published by Kansas City Star Books, commemorating the 175th anniversary of the University of Missouri and chronicling its growth since 1839 into an economic and scholastic powerhouse.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Ethan S. Rafuse leads a panel of colleagues with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in examining the momentous year of 1864, when the balance of the Civil War may have tipped to the North.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The University of Central Missouri’s Christian Cutler discusses one of Kansas City’s most talented and diverse – yet unsung – artists, Gabriella Polony-Mountain. An exhibit of her work opens in winter 2015 in the Library’s new Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Enjoy holiday music with a percussive twist. Tri-Percussion Ensemble members John Currey, Mark Lowry, and Ray DeMarchi are joined by drummer Sam Wisman in celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, and of course Christmas.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Tarzan Finds a Son! (NR)
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Washburn University’s Tom Averill discusses his inventive new novel, which subtly evokes Charles Dickens’ Christmastime classic in telling the story of a small-college librarian in Topeka, Kansas, whose life is going through major change.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Buck Rogers (NR)
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Gunga Din (NR)
Sunday, January 4, 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.   The Snowy Day  by Ezra Jack Keats
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.