Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence 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

Saturday, July 4, 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.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Join a top secret mission to find the perfect pet; not all animals make good pets. With a large variety of exciting and interactive programs, the Zoomobile brings the world of the wild to you.  Appropriate for all ages.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The Cato Institute’s David Boaz explains how the Libertarian movement gained momentum in the wake of lingering conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, chronic budget deficits, the costly war on drugs, and expanding executive-branch power.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
On the eve of the 11th annual  KC Fringe Festival – an 11-day performing and visual arts extravaganza spread across multiple Kansas City venues – some of its hottest acts appear at a special preview event.
Friday, July 10, 2015
With diverse musical influences and unusual instrumentation, Chris “Boom” Wiser and Rob “Dr. Rock” Martin – aka the Sugar Free Allstars – offer a rock and roll party for kids and grownups alike.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Beat the heat. Take in a series of Saturday afternoon movies that celebrate the virtues of man’s best friend. Best in Show (2000, PG-13)
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Local author, educator, and historian William Worley discusses the New York Life Insurance Building (20 W. 9th St.). Regarded as Kansas City’s first skyscraper and its first building equipped with elevators, today it serves as the Catholic Center for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
In a discussion of her new book, infused with vintage photos, Midtown KC Post Editor Mary Jo Draper examines the history and unique charm of Kansas City’s Midtown area.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Joseph A. Califano Jr., Lyndon Johnson’s chief aide for domestic affairs for three and a half years, examines our 36th president – from the burden of Vietnam to his Great Society reforms – in a discussion of his book The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Pennsylvania photographer Matthew Christopher discusses his new book, Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences, and its documentation of the country’s abandoned factories, theaters, churches, and prisons in hauntingly beautiful pictures  and words.

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.