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

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
John E. Miller discusses his book about how giants of American art, industry, and politics – the likes of Walt Disney, Henry Ford, George Washington Carver, and Ronald Reagan – were nurtured and shaped by their boyhoods in small Midwestern towns.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Historian Paul Jankowski discusses his book about one of history’s greatest and most demanding battlefield encounters,  a 302-day nightmare in northern France that left an estimated 303,000 French and German soldiers dead and more than 400,000 wounded.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
One day shy of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, Kansas City Southern President and CEO Dave Starling joins Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about KC Southern’s role in rebuilding the parallel Panama Canal Railway.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Decorated Kansas City musician Eric Vaughn delivers an interactive, enthusiastic – and just plain wacky – performance that keeps audiences simultaneously laughing and scratching their heads.  Appropriate for all ages.
Friday, August 15, 2014
This summer’s Off-the-Wall film series features music-heavy titles from 1984. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars on the Rooftop Terrace.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Kansas City area residents ages 25 and younger are invited to take part in a planning session for the TEDX Youth event scheduled for October. Attendees can share ideas and volunteer to assist with event planning, set design, and video production.
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.
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?

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.