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 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.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
The political poster has evolved from marketing tool to art and a place in America’s cultural history. Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844-2012 showcases a sampling of rare, beautiful posters from the past 170 years.
Saturday, August 27, 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.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Paul Andrew Hutton examines a trying, largely overlooked chapter in U.S. history in a discussion of his book The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History.
Saturday, September 3, 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.
Friday, September 16, 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, October 1, 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.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
In a discussion of her new book, culinary historian and Johnson County Community College professor Andrea Broomfield explores how KC became famous for great cuisine, iconic dishes, and crossroads hospitality and how those features continue to define the city.

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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