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

Sunday, May 11, 2014
The Kansas City Public Library and Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre conclude the eighth season of Script-in-Hand performances, this year focusing on classic comedies.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
As he prepares to repeat his solo canoe trip down the Mississippi, author Eddy Harris discusses his first trip 30 years ago and the changes the intervening years have wrought – on the river, on the country, and on himself.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
National Book Critics Circle Award winner and 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist Leo Damrosch explores the enigmatic man behind Gulliver’s Travels and explains why the public version of Jonathan Swift’s life — the one accepted until recently — was deliberately misleading.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College’s Louis DiMarco explains how the Battle of Yellow Tavern in May 1864 changed the role of cavalry in the Civil War from one of reconnaissance to active participation in battle.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Chain Reaction serves up solid science with a side of silliness.   Children’s Bookmark Contest winners will be recognized during the event.  The program is appropriate  for all ages.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Stanley and Livingstone (NR)
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.    The Lady Eve (1941)
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Food critic Charles Ferruzza explores our town’s carnivorous proclivities, connecting the historical and cultural dots between the Kansas City Stockyards, local steak joints, and the changing eating habits of the American people.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Lewis L. Gould looks beneath the surface of a sophisticated, tasteful, and discreet Edith Kermit Roosevelt, wife of Theodore Roosevelt, to find an astringent and sometimes nasty personality – and an alleged virulent racist whose views may have tainted her husband’s policies.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Best-selling urban fiction writer Kimberla Lawson Roby discusses and reads from her newest novel; the latest installment in her series based on the life of the Rev. Curtis Black.

Exhibits at the Library

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
More than 200 vintage postcards are featured in this exhibit, winner of the American Library Association’s 2014 Excellence in Library Programming Award. Featured are vintage images of landmarks, hotels, parks, and public buildings.
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.