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

Friday, November 28, 2014
Skip the craziness of Black Friday shopping. Make it a playful “Bright Light Friday” instead, singing, dancing, and celebrating the start of the Christmas season with Kansas City-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Kick off the holiday season with a great movie on the big screen: 2004’s magical, visually stunning The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks.  Recommended for all ages.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. The Four Feathers (NR)
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Historian Sonny Gibson discusses his new coffee table-style book on Kansas City’s African American past, the product of a 25-year effort to “raise the cultural consciousness of the current generation and set right the history books for generations to come.”
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Historian John Suprin of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth examines tiny Finland’s valiant, 105-day stand against a massive Soviet invasion launched 75 years ago this week, shortly after the start of World War II.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Kids are the stars in this production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Professional actors with Kansas City’s Theatre of the Imagination invite children in the audience to help tell the magical story.  Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library’s 8th Annual Cookbook Sale offers hundreds of vintage, nearly new, and collectible cookbooks. Most are priced under $3. “Collectible” and newer books suitable for gift giving are $5-15.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Beau Geste (NR)
Sunday, December 7, 2014
When the U.S. finally entered World War I, it was left to former Kansas City newspaperman George Creel – head of President Woodrow Wilson’s Committee on Public Information – to sell the move to the largely neutral nation. Historian Timothy Westcott examines this trailblazing propagandist.
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

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Continuing a celebration of Jason Pollen’s three-decade career in Kansas City, the Library showcases a second collection of his internationally acclaimed textile art in the refurbished Genevieve Guldner Gallery. Also featured is a never-before-seen collection of Pollen’s sketchbooks.
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.