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

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Four films starring Bob Hope – curated by Time magazine theater critic Richard Zoglin – are screened in June in conjunction with Zoglin’s June 17 discussion of his new biography about the comedy icon. Road to Utopia (1946; NR)
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Elizabeth Burnes of the National Archives at Kansas City shows  how enterprising genealogists, biographers, and historians can access a trove of records – visas, photographs, applications, affidavits, and official correspondence – kept by the government while tracking arriving immigrants since the 1940s.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Author Denise Kiernan recounts the experiences of thousands of civilians, many of them young women, recruited during World War II to work at a secretive site in Tennessee. Their mission, as later revealed: enriching the uranium that led to the first atomic bombs.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
In a discussion of her new book, author LaDene Morton examines one of the grandest experiments of American urban planning, Kansas City’s exclusive Country Club District. Its boundaries still unmarked, its full story remained untold – until now.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
In a discussion of his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges examines the social and psychological factors that foster rebellion. And he suggests that environmental destruction and wealth polarization are planting the seeds of worldwide revolt today.
Friday, June 12, 2015
On the eve of the annual West 18th Street Fashion Show, Kansas City’s fashion industry harkens back to its illustrious past. Seamstresses from the Garment District’s 20th-century heyday share their stories with fashion show co-executive producer Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Jay Cady and Leslie Seifert-Cady utilize juggling, a touch of magic, and the adventures of library hero Dewey Decimal as they explore feats of skill, daring, and just plain, dumb luck.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
As part of the four-day HEAR Now Festival, award-winning audiobook narrators including Barbara Rosenblat and Dion Graham discuss the appeal of audiobooks and how to become a narrator. They also read from some of their favorite works.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
In a monthlong celebration of Father’s Day, which falls this year on June 21, the Library screens four films that offer a lighthearted look at fatherhood. 3 Men and a Baby (1987, PG)
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Local historian Bruce Mathews discusses the artistry of stained glass windows in this Westport Historical Society Speaker Series event. Mathews examines Kansas City’s collection of stained glass windows as featured in his book, Windows of Kansas City:  As Art, History and Inspiration.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, March 28, 2015
The Library’s new Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery was made possible by the generosity of one of Kansas City’s most talented and diverse artists, Gabriella Polony Mountain. It opens with an exhibit of her sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling – via eminent domain – of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Lucile Bluford – for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named – played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. This exhibit chronicles that legal struggle and a life in which she also distinguished herself as a journalist.