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

Saturday, August 6, 2016
Join us on the first Saturday of the month, from August to October, as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the ninth annual City Market Book Sale.
Saturday, August 6, 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.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
In a discussion of her book God Hates: Westboro Baptist Church, American Nationalism, and the Religious Right, Arkansas State University sociologist Rebecca Barrett-Fox goes inside the controversial Topeka ministry and a movement more mainstream than you might think.
Friday, August 12, 2016
Celebrate all things LEGO. Meet a LEGOLAND Discovery Center character, see if you can stump a master model builder in a five-minute building contest, and test your skills in other LEGO challenges.    Appropriate for ages 7-12.
Saturday, August 13, 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.
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.

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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