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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Time magazine’s Richard Zoglin discusses the gifted but flawed subject of his illuminating book. Comedian Bob Hope was a dogged worker, gracious with fans, and generous with friends. He also was an indiscriminate womanizer and, regrettably, stayed in show business too long.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Richard Barbuto of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses Napoleon’s agonizing defeat at Waterloo – the leaders and followers, the myths and the legends, and the maelstrom of combat 200 years ago today.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Have you got what it takes to be a superhero? Attend our training camp and practice feats of strength, agility, and bravery. Make crafts. And get an official Library Superhero certificate.   Appropriate for all ages.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David McCullough discusses his new book on the lives, trials, and ultimate triumph of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright, selecting the Kansas City Public Library for a special engagement.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Bring blankets and lawn chairs  and join us on the Rooftop Terrace for a movie under the stars. This summer’s Off-the-Wall film series focuses on people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
In a monthlong celebration of Father’s Day, which falls this year on June 21, the Library screens four films that offer a lighthearted look at fatherhood. Father of the Bride (1991, PG)
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Four films starring Bob Hope – curated by Time magazine theater critic Richard Zoglin – are screened in June in conjunction with Zoglin’s June 17 discussion of his new biography about the comedy icon. The Seven Little Foys  (1955; NR)
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Military historian Dominique François examines the overlooked role of women during World War II - from the waves of non-combat volunteers in the U.S. and Britian to the Soviets on the front lines to France’s vilified “horizontal collaborators” with the Nazis
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Opening a five-day series of Urban Grown events, Kansas City Star food editor Jill Wendholt Silva leads a panel of community leaders in discussing the past decade of urban agriculture and local food in KC and what the future may hold.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
In a discussion of his new book Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You About Economics, Forbes magazine’s John Tamny takes a comprehensible, real-world look at how money works – and how he says it should work.

Exhibits at the Library

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 21, 2015
Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling – via eminent domain – of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.
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.