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

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Nigeran-American author Nnedi Okorafor discusses her award winning science fiction and fantasy books, in which she routinely incorporates African culture.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Learn and then apply the art of wooden-sword dueling over two interactive sessions. The first, presented by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, introduces the basics. The second, presented by Amanda Barnhart, teen services librarian, builds upon these skills.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera – the first Latino appointed to the position – discusses his life and poetry and reads from his works in a special event co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and The Writers Place.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
This exhibit – part of the Library’s 2016 celebration of Shakespeare – showcases a collection of costumes and sets from various productions by Kansas City's Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, along with representations of scenes in which the costumes are worn.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
In conjunction with Planet Comicon, KC’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Author Deanna Fei recounts the harrowing – and maddening – aftermath of her daughter’s premature birth in discussing her book Girl in Glass: How My ‘Distressed Baby’ Defied the Odds, Shamed a CEO, and Taught Me the Essence of Love, Heartbreak, and Miracles.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
In a special installment of Meet the Past, famed playwright William Shakespeare – as portrayed by Kansas City actor Mark Robbins – sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a probing, public conversation about his life and celebrated body of work.
Friday, June 3, 2016
The Central Library joins downtown KC’s monthly First Friday festivities with an open house spotlighting its two popular art galleries. Check out what the Library has to offer, and enjoy live music on the Rooftop Terrace featuring local band Ruddy Swain.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
’Tis the season for plotting glorious summer vacations that, alas, don’t go quite so gloriously. The Library screens four films in June in which the warm-weather fun is undone by neurosis, nature, or enduring ineptitude.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, April 2, 2016
This new exhibit conveys the beauty and poetry of turbulent weather, pairing 17 of photographer Stephen Locke’s most arresting images with the prose of former Kansas poet laureate Caryn Mirriam- Goldberg.

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