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

Thursday, May 22, 2014
John Nichols discusses his expose of fabulously wealthy individuals and corporations who he says are co-opting America’s political life in a way that could signal the end of our democracy.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Emcee and vocalist Neil McIntyre (aka Mr. Kneeel), comes to town with a blend of hip-hop and beatboxing that’s both inspiring and fun.  The program is appropriate  for all ages.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Juarez (NR)
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Historian Pellom McDaniels III discusses his biography of the African-American jockey who was the most popular athlete of the 19th century and whose 44-percent win rate has never been matched.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
William Least Heat-Moon discusses his new book which chronicles the writing of his 1982 best-seller, Blue Highways, the story of his travels through back-road America.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Marine biologist Nancy Knowlton discusses the wonders of Earth’s oceans, the negative impact of human activity, and what can be done to turn the tide of destruction.
Friday, May 30, 2014
The Doo-Dads, a kid-cool rock and roll band, present a high-energy show that has every hallmark of a real rock concert: fun, excitement, and . . . bubbles!  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (NR)
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.    The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Exhibits at the Library

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
More than 200 vintage postcards are featured in this exhibit, winner of the American Library Association’s 2014 Excellence in Library Programming Award. Featured are vintage images of landmarks, hotels, parks, and public buildings.
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.