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, October 15, 2014
In a discussion of his new book, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen examines a less-remembered theater of World War I – the Middle East – and explains how the fighting’s devastation and postwar re-mapping sowed the seeds for much of the region’s instability today.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Former Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker discusses his newly released biography of Bill Cosby – covering the well-known triumphs of the iconic comedian, actor, producer, author, educator, and social activist as well as his setbacks and personal dramas.
Friday, October 17, 2014
The 2014 Kansas City Digital Inclusion Summit will provide a forum to share and discuss local digital inclusion efforts, and needs. Topics include digital and online information literacy, broadband adoption, low-cost technology, workforce development and access to information technology.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Tower of London (NR)
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Local historian Bruce Mathews examines Kansas City’s superb collection of stained glass windows – and the stories behind them – at the launch event for his new book, Windows of Kansas City: As Art, History and Inspiration. Opening remarks are delivered by Shirley Bush Helzberg.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
nternationally recognized textile artist, designer, and teacher Jason Pollen – who has made Kansas City his home since 1983 – discusses his life and career here in conjunction with an exhibit of his work, Unfurled, now on display at the Library’s Guldner Gallery.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Son of Frankenstein (NR)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Jeff Clements punctuates the argument in his book that the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision  to ease restrictions on political spending by corporations and labor unions “upended the American ideal that we are a government of people rather than a government  of corporate wealth.”
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages.   The Night the Scary Beasties Popped Out of My Head by Daniel & David Kamish
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages.   Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Internationally renowned textile artist Jason Pollen has made Kansas City his home since 1983. This exhibit of his work, some on public display for the first time, celebrates that three-decade (and counting) chapter of his career.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
This new exhibit reflects the celebrations, sorrows, challenges, and other personal experiences of 40 artists – most of Chicano-Latino heritage – who mastered the specialized silkscreen technique of serigraphy in workshops at the Austin, Texas, studio of the late Sam Coronado.
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.