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, February 19, 2015
Former Village Voice critic Kyle Gann, one of today’s foremost experts on American music, discusses his latest book on Charles Ives’ masterful Concord Sonata – a musical portrait of Emerson, Thoreau, and other renowned transcendentalist authors of the 19th century.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Winners of the 22nd Annual Young Writers Contest – open to youth ages 5-12 – are recognized at a reception sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library, Johnson County Library, and Reading Reptile. Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
In conjunction with the Library’s Winter Reading Program, themed Love on the Rocks, check out these films reminding us that not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film screening and discussion series returns for an examination of the cinema of the Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  A Most Wanted Man (2014; R)
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Join Bernard Norcott-Mahany and a cast of local actors and entertainers for an afternoon of stories and songs about “love gone wrong,” part of the Library’s Adult Winter Reading Program, Love on the Rocks. Mournful ballads and lovelorn blues songs intersperse performances of classic, ill-fated romances.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John explores the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.  Recommended for ages 5 and older.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America for a series of discussions and screenings of films adapted from books by African American authors.  Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
In the latest installment of Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III, the Library director holds a public conversation with iconic African American writer Zora Neale Hurston as portrayed by Carmaletta Williams.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Celebrate the Irish in everyone with a performance by Kansas City’s O’Riada Manning Academy of Irish Dance, which has offered classes for children and adults of all levels and backgrounds for more than 20 years. Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Those still standing after division competition in the expanded Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee face off for the bee championship. The winner moves on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Lucile Bluford – for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named – played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. This exhibit chronicles that legal struggle and a life in which she also distinguished herself as a journalist.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
As mayor of Kansas City and as a prolific amateur photographer, Richard Berkley knew both sides of the camera lens. This new  exhibit features dozens of shots from his personal collection, some taken by him, others featuring him with local, national and international luminaries.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
For more than a century the Kansas City Stockyards fed a hungry nation. This new exhibit features a historical treasure trove of photographs, blueprints, maps, drawings, and documents celebrating the city’s great economic engine.