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

Friday, March 27, 2015
In partnership with the Kansas City Film Festival, the Library screens 1993’s baseball-themed, coming-of-age film. A brief discussion about the art of storytelling precedes the movie.  Recommended for ages 8 and up.  The Sandlot (1993, PG; 101 min)
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 28, 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, March 29, 2015
The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, continues with the romantic comedy about the bumpy beginning for two New York City newlyweds. It became Neil Simon’s longest-running Broadway hit.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Shakespeare made Julius Caesar’s assassination the most famous in history. Cornell University’s Barry Strauss, in a discussion of his new book, details the real story – which it turns out is even more gripping than the Bard’s depiction.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages.   Where the Wild Things Are  by Maurice Sendak
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages.   Take Me to Your BBQ by Kathy Duval
Sunday, May 10, 2015
The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, concludes with a musical about a wealthy mother vacationing in Italy with her beautiful but emotionally stalled teenage daughter.

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.