Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' 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, February 11, 2016
In a discussion of his new book, the University of North Dakota’s Michael Anderegg examines the connection that one of America’s greatest presidents felt with perhaps history’s greatest writer.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John Anderson helps young audience members explore the history of African-American cowboys  Appropriate for ages 5 and up.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Continuing a series of films as part of the PBS-backed Indie Lens Pop-Up initiative, the Library and KCPT-TV screen the documentary The Black Panthers, which takes a clear-eyed look at the Black Panther Party and its significance to American culture.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
In conjunction with A Winter’s  Tale Spin, the theme of its Shakespeare-themed Adult  Winter Reading Program,  the Library screens these films spotlighting the Bard’s life and works.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Lovers often turn to Shakespeare's sonnets for their depth of emotion and the richness of their ideas. But did Shakespeare try to suppress the publication of his sonnets in 1609? Local author Vern Barnet explores the mystery as part of  A Winter’s Tale Spin, this year’s Adult Winter Reading Program.
Sunday, February 14, 2016
James W. Muller, a professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and academic chairman of the Chicago-based Churchill Centre, discusses the great British statesman’s early insight into Islamism and reflections on empire, war, race, and religion.
Sunday, February 14, 2016
The Library and the UMKC English Department present a series of screenings and discussions of some of the best treatments of Shakespeare on film.  Shakespeare in Love (1998, R)
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
During the Money Matters Workshop: Give Yourself Credit you can learn how lenders view credit, which credit card is the best for you, and how to make a positive impact on your credit.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
In a discussion of his recent book, author Greg Weiner maintains that today’s politically polarized  America misses former presidential aide, United Nations ambassador, and U.S. senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a liberal who thought outside the liberal box.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America for a series of discussions and screenings of films adapted from books by African American authors.  Disappearing Acts (2000; R)

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, December 12, 2015
More than 60 photos – drawn in part from the Library of Congress, Denver Public Library, Nebraska State Historical Society, and the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections – shine a light on the controversial Wounded Knee massacre 125 years ago.

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