Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial 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

Saturday, June 13, 2015
As part of the four-day HEAR Now Festival, award-winning audiobook narrators including Barbara Rosenblat and Dion Graham discuss the appeal of audiobooks and how to become a narrator. They also read from some of their favorite works.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
In a monthlong celebration of Father’s Day, which falls this year on June 21, the Library screens four films that offer a lighthearted look at fatherhood. 3 Men and a Baby (1987, PG)
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Local historian Bruce Mathews discusses the artistry of stained glass windows in this Westport Historical Society Speaker Series event. Mathews examines Kansas City’s collection of stained glass windows as featured in his book, Windows of Kansas City:  As Art, History and Inspiration.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Four films starring Bob Hope – curated by Time magazine theater critic Richard Zoglin – are screened in June in conjunction with Zoglin’s June 17 discussion of his new biography about the comedy icon. My Favorite Blonde (1942; NR)
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Launching a new series, Real/Modern: KC, social media and digital marketing veterans Ramsey Mohsen and John Kreicbergs lead a fast-paced public discussion about the ways organizations and businesses use Kansas City as a selling point.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Time magazine’s Richard Zoglin discusses the gifted but flawed subject of his illuminating book. Comedian Bob Hope was a dogged worker, gracious with fans, and generous with friends. He also was an indiscriminate womanizer and, regrettably, stayed in show business too long.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Richard Barbuto of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses Napoleon’s agonizing defeat at Waterloo – the leaders and followers, the myths and the legends, and the maelstrom of combat 200 years ago today.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Have you got what it takes to be a superhero? Attend our training camp and practice feats of strength, agility, and bravery. Make crafts. And get an official Library Superhero certificate.   Appropriate for all ages.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Bring blankets and lawn chairs  and join us on the Rooftop Terrace for a movie under the stars. This summer’s Off-the-Wall film series focuses on people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
In a monthlong celebration of Father’s Day, which falls this year on June 21, the Library screens four films that offer a lighthearted look at fatherhood. Father of the Bride (1991, PG)

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.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling – via eminent domain – of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.
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.