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

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Mitch Brian of the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Communication/Film Studies Department surveys the big-screen history of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Using clips, he explores how Hollywood has adapted Alice themes and tropes to film.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Emory University’s Carol Anderson recounts the experiences of the young black Americans who longed to serve their country as pilots in World War II, met initial rejection, and ultimately gained renown as the Tuskegee Airmen.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
As Kansas City settles into a new school year, the Library devotes its September film series to famously disaffected students – the loners, the misunderstood, the (ultimately redeemable) troublemakers. Rushmore (1998, R)
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Two of youth literature’s best-known authors discuss their new books – Daniel Handler’s Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? and Brian Selznick’s highly anticipated The Marvels – and their overall works.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Drawing from his two-volume The Journey of a People, historian Mark Scherer traces the reestablishment of the Community of Christ – formerly called the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – and its search for a separate identity.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Jacqueline L. Gafford presents a one-woman play about the life of Barbara Jordan, the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives and the first African-American woman to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
In a discussion of his new book, former Kauffman Foundation executive Robert E. Litan argues that economists – whose reputation took a hit with the 2008 stock market crash – actually are unsung heroes whose theories drive innovation.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June-October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library host the eighth annual City Market Summer Book Sale.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich worries that the economic recovery is bypassing most Americans. Reich examines how the economic system that helped make our country strong is now failing us. And he lays out what’s needed to fix it.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Local historian Joelouis Mattox leads a discussion of fun places in Kansas City that have a less than stellar reputation. One such place is the Green Duck Tavern on Prospect Avenue, which was recently added to the Kansas City Register of Historic Places.

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.

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