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

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. The Wizard of Oz (PG)
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Director Julian Zugazagoitia discusses the ways in which art can be a manifestation of the human spirit and experience. The event marks the opening of a new Library book collection, The Human Spirit, housed at the Plaza Branch.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Historian Petra DeWitt examines the suspicions and hostilities faced by Missouri’s sizable German American population during World War I, including questions about loyalty and an effort to ban the German language in the state.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Carl Weber continues the first season of the Library’s urban fiction series with a discussion of his sequel to the best-selling The Choir Director, further following the career and challenging personal life of title character Aaron Mackie.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Former State Department and CIA intelligence analyst Mark Stout discusses the birth of modern American espionage during World War I, from aerial reconnaissance and battlefield code-breaking to the search for spies and saboteurs back home in the States.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Best-selling author Frank Schaeffer doesn’t unequivocally believe in God. But moved in part by the love for his children and grandchildren, he prays every day. In a discussion of his latest book he asks: What’s wrong with that paradox?
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Stagecoach (NR)
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Twenty-three years after memorably accusing Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, Anita Hill visits the Library for the screening of a documentary chronicling that historic event. Following the film, she will take audience questions.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Historian Adrian Goldsworthy discusses his highly anticipated biography of the founder of the Roman Empire and man for whom the month of August is named – a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and risk-taking showman who begot stability and peace.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Stuart Davies, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Earth Observatories project, addresses the importance of healthy forests – our planet’s lungs – in the latest installment of a series of talks by Smithsonian scientists.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, June 21, 2014
This exhibit from the Smithsonian  Institution celebrates the history of America’s Asian Pacific citizens – from the first Asian immigrants to their place in key moments in America’s history.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
The humble apron gets a fascinating re-evaluation in this traveling exhibit of vintage and contemporary kitchen aprons. The exhibit looks at the way they became vehicles for self-expression and signaled evolving attitudes toward women and domestic work.
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.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
 New Compositions: The Dance Portraiture of Orval Hixon highlights the local legend’s rich selection of photographic portraits, including images of some of the best-known dancers of his time.