Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 7th for Labor 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 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

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Irish-born comedian David Nihill looks at how stand-up comedy principles can be applied to public speaking in a discussion of his book Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (And Funnier) Public Speaker.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Join the Kansas City Keepers chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance in an evening of activities that are all about J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
This new exhibit, in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City, spotlights the colorful, evocative works of many of Mexico’s top illustrators of youth literature.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June-October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library host the eighth annual City Market Summer Book Sale.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
As Kansas City settles into a new school year, the Library devotes its September film series to famously disaffected students – the loners, the misunderstood, the (ultimately redeemable) troublemakers. Rebel Without a Cause (1955, PG-13)
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
KCPT-TV’s Nick Haines emcees an event spotlighting participants in Literacy Kansas City’s adult- learning program, who tell their stories. Kansas City Star columnist Jenee Osterheldt and playwright Frank Higgins also discuss what writing has brought to their lives.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
On the 10th anniversary of the publication of his seminal, Kansas City-based novel, UMKC’s Whitney Terrell joins a discussion of its themes of prejudice, greed, and segregation. How much has the city’s racial climate changed in the past decade?
Thursday, September 10, 2015
In a discussion of his new book, University of Kansas history professor Paul Kelton reveals the full story of how North America’s indigenous peoples were devastated by smallpox and other European-introduced diseases.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Philadelphia-born Kevin Roth draws from his collection of over 250 children’s songs for an interactive presentation focusing on character development, social skills, and teaching youngsters that we are all part of one world.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
As Kansas City settles into a new school year, the Library devotes its September film series to famously disaffected students – the loners, the misunderstood, the (ultimately redeemable) troublemakers. Mean Girls (2004, PG-13)

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.

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