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 accommodation to utilize Library services or attend events, please notify the Library office at least 48 hours in advance at 816.701.3400.

Special Events

Monday, September 19, 2016
Historian and best-selling author Ross King looks at Monet’s most famous series of paintings and the hardship behind them in a discussion of King’s new book Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Three of the people who knew Ewing Kauffman best – daughter and philanthropic leader Julia Irene Kauffman, former Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation President and CEO Lou Smith, and baseball icon George Brett – discuss the life and legacy of KC’s entrepreneurial, philanthropic, and civic giant.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
KCPT-TV’s Nick Haines emcees an event spotlighting participants in Literacy Kansas City’s adult-learning program, who tell their stories. Writer and poet Alan Proctor and novelist and UMKC professor Whitney Terrell discuss what writing has brought to their lives.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Author Paul Hendrickson looks at Ernest Hemingway’s life from 1934-61 – as viewed from Papa’s beloved fishing boat (and sanctuary) Pilar – in a discussion of his acclaimed biography Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Celebrating the golden anniversary, the Library screens the best installment in each of the movie series as rated by It wraps up with 1999’s Galaxy Quest, the popular, tongue-in-cheek homage to Star Trek and its legion of Trekkies.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff explores one of the more astonishing chapters in American history – the Salem Witch Trials – in a public conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III about her book The Witches: Salem, 1692.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Renowned poet, novelist, and literary critic Conny Palacios, born in Nicaragua and now an associate professor at Anderson (South Carolina) University, discusses and reads her poetry in the latest installment of the Library’s 2016 Immigrant Heritage Series.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Former Kansas City Star columnist and longtime religion writer Bill Tammeus discusses his new book, The Value of Doubt, in which he takes on the self-certitude of religious zealotry. In truth, he says, healthy faith embraces doubt.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Join us on the first Saturday of the month, from August to October, as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the ninth annual City Market Book Sale.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
In a discussion of her new book, culinary historian and Johnson County Community College professor Andrea Broomfield explores how KC became famous for great cuisine, iconic dishes, and crossroads hospitality and how those features continue to define the city.

Exhibits at the Library

Sunday, July 17, 2016
Staged in partnership with the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, this exhibit features photographs, video, and other artifacts from the nation’s last contested political convention - the 1976 Republican National Convention held in Kansas City.

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