Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Amid a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, the University of Florida’s Lillian Guerra discusses her book and her take on the long authoritarian rule of Fidel Castro – a citizen-abided “grassroots dictatorship” that still shapes Cuban life today.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Mad Science of Greater Kansas City activates an interactive Rube Goldberg machine – an over-complicated contraption that uses a chain reaction to accomplish a very simple task. In this case, it’s to get you to open a book. Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
The Library screens five films in July that not only reached summer blockbuster status – totaling nearly $1.3 billion in domestic ticket sales – but also rank the among all-time best big-screen offerings of the season, according to critics.
Friday, August 19, 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.
Friday, September 16, 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, 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

Monday, June 27, 2016
Enter the untamed world of Dav Pilkey – creator of George, Harold, and the super-powered Captain Underpants – through this imaginative, 16-foot “pop-up book” created by team at Kansas City’s interactive The Rabbit Hole.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Artists across the world were invited by Landfillart, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit, to transform hundreds of discarded hubcaps into fine art. More than a thousand responded, and 35 of the best works make up this unique, thought-provoking traveling exhibit.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
This exhibit – part of the Library’s 2016 celebration of Shakespeare – showcases a collection of costumes and sets from various productions by Kansas City's Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, along with representations of scenes in which the costumes are worn.

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