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, August 4, 2015
Myths persist about the 1952 presidential race, starting with the notion that both Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson ran reluctantly. Historian John Robert Greene sets the record straight, examining two adversaries who coveted the White House and shrewdly pursued it.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Historian Jo Ann Trogdon discusses her new book, the first offering evidence that explorer William Clark – of Lewis and Clark fame – may have been involved in a series of treasonous plots dubbed the “Spanish Conspiracy.”
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Historian Adrian Burgos Jr. and Raymond Doswell of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum discuss the early struggles and now-growing impact of Latinos on big-league baseball – including their prominent role in the Kansas City Royals’ success
Friday, August 7, 2015
Enjoy comedic and dramatic performances by children ages 3-17 under the direction of John Mulvey, who holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts degree from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Hollywood has too often relegated Latino characters to stereotype: the bandido, the buffoon, the harlot, the Latin lover. Not so with the Library’s August film series, Latinos in Cinema. My Family/Mi Familia (1995, R)
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Joe Vaughan takes a look at one of Kansas City's most beloved suburbs, Fairway, Kansas, home to Johnson's Shawnee Indian Mission Historic Site.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Author Pete Dulin joins the Library’s director of programming and marketing, Steven Woolfolk, and representatives of local breweries Torn Label and Big Rip in a discussion of the burgeoning local beer scene and Dulin’s book KC Ale Trail.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Bobbi Baker, president and CEO of the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, discusses efforts to re-brand Independence Avenue and its array of ethnic restaurants and grocery, jewelry, and apparel stores as Kansas City’s International Market Place.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Donald Scott discusses his new memoir, which traces the rise of a poor black youth from Hunnewell, Missouri, to leadership as an Army brigadier general, founding director of Americorps, and ultimately chief operating officer of the Library of Congress.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Join us for an evening of interactive art. The Young Rembrandts method teaches drawing while developing visual learning skills that give children ages 3 1/2 to 12 an academic advantage in the classroom.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, June 13, 2015
This group exhibit, curated by Kansas City’s Plug Projects, features local and national artists who explore text and language as they related to both medium and content. Paintings, collages, and other images bridge the space between book and art object.
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.