Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.

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, February 28, 2016
Area high school students lend their own interpretations of Shakespeare’s works as they compete in this annual event sponsored by the Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union. At stake: a berth in the national competition in New York.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
In the latest installment of Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III, the Library director holds a public conversation with iconic Midwest artists Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood – as portrayed by actors Robert Gibby Brand and Matt Rapport.
Sunday, March 6, 2016
The Library devotes its 2016 series of Script-in-Hand performances to Shakespeare, leading up to a June exhibit featuring a rare, nearly 400-year- old First Folio – the first printed collection of the Bard’s plays.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
During the Money Matters Workshop: Banking Basics you can learn how to select a bank or credit union, balance your checkbook, protect and manage your money, and maximize banking products.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
During the Money Matters Workshop: Banking Basics you can learn how to select a bank or credit union, balance your checkbook, protect and manage your money, and maximize banking products.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
The Library and the UMKC English Department present a series of screenings and discussions of some of the best treatments of Shakespeare on film. Richard III (1995, R)
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
During the Money Matters Workshop: Banking Basics you can learn how to select a bank or credit union, balance your checkbook, protect and manage your money, and maximize banking products.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
In a discussion of his new book, Thomas Frank takes Democrats to task. They’ve occupied the White House for 15 of the past 23 years. Why haven’t they done more to advance the justice-for-all liberal agenda?
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Launching a new, election-centric season of Dateline: Washington, Time magazine Editor-at-Large David Von Drehle holds a public conversation with RealClearPolitics’ Carl Cannon about politics, partisanship, and the playbook for the 2016 campaign.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
The Library and the UMKC English Department present a series of screenings and discussions of some of the best treatments of Shakespeare on film. Richard II (2012, TV)

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, December 12, 2015
More than 60 photos – drawn in part from the Library of Congress, Denver Public Library, Nebraska State Historical Society, and the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections – shine a light on the controversial Wounded Knee massacre 125 years ago.

Kansas City Public Library Beta