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, May 24, 2016
Learn and then apply the art of wooden-sword dueling over two interactive sessions. The first, presented by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, introduces the basics. The second, presented by Amanda Barnhart, teen services librarian, builds upon these skills.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
In a discussion of her acclaimed book, Andrea Mays unspools the story of millionaire businessman Henry Clay Folger – founder of the Shakespeare Folger Library – and his magnificent obsession with the First Folio, the first collection of Shakespeare’s plays.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Sean Gorman, known and reviled as pro wrestling’s Manager of Champions, details his fascinating life in a discussion of his memoir. It’s an intimate look inside an enterprise that blurs fantasy and reality – inside and quite often outside the ring.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Learn and then apply the art of wooden-sword dueling over two interactive sessions. The first, presented by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, introduces the basics. The second, presented by Amanda Barnhart, teen services librarian, builds upon these skills.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Young performers from Kansas City’s Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and the poetry slam competition Louder Than a Bomb deliver a hip-hop take on Shakespeare’s mistaken-identity farce, The Comedy of Errors.  Suitable for pre-teens through adults.
Friday, May 27, 2016
U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera – the first Latino appointed to the position – discusses his life and poetry and reads from his works in a special event co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and The Writers Place.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
In conjunction with Planet Comicon, KC’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Author Deanna Fei recounts the harrowing – and maddening – aftermath of her daughter’s premature birth in discussing her book Girl in Glass: How My ‘Distressed Baby’ Defied the Odds, Shamed a CEO, and Taught Me the Essence of Love, Heartbreak, and Miracles.
Friday, June 17, 2016
The Library’s annual Off-the-Wall film series presents a Bard-themed batch of movies with offbeat takes on Shakespeare’s plays. Bring ye olde blankets and folding chairs to the Rooftop Terrace of the Central Library and enjoy an evening of downtown KC skyline cinema.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
The Library devotes its 2016 series of Script-in-Hand performances to Shakespeare, leading up to a June exhibit featuring a rare, nearly 400-year- old First Folio – the first printed collection of the Bard’s plays.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, April 2, 2016
This new exhibit conveys the beauty and poetry of turbulent weather, pairing 17 of photographer Stephen Locke’s most arresting images with the prose of former Kansas poet laureate Caryn Mirriam- Goldberg.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
This original exhibition features the ambitious sculptural works of three teaching artists, Brian Caponi, Shawn Murrey, and Thomas Schmidt, who employ a range of materials and fabrication processes in exploring philosophies relating to construction, technology, and place.

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