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

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (NR)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Philip K. Howard, founder of the nonpartisan coalition, Common Good, discusses his book on how to fix a broken government that leaves little to no room for common sense. His solution: Set goals and boundaries instead of dictating daily choices.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
In a discussion of his book, Florida International University’s Ediberto Román offers a counter-narrative on undocumented, often Spanish- speaking immigrants blamed by critics for raising crime rates, taking jobs away from citizens, crashing the economy, and eroding traditional American values.
Friday, September 26, 2014
On the eve of a new Kansas City festival spotlighting the region’s vital role in the pork industry, a panel of craft butchers from across the country discusses sustainable pork production. A reception features locally prepared pork dishes.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Hollywood Cavalcade (NR)
Sunday, September 28, 2014
In observance of the opening of Union Station 100 years ago next month, Jeffrey Spivak draws from his book, Union Station, Kansas City, in a discussion of the landmark building’s history, controversial adaptive reuse, and place in future transit and civic plans.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Following a screening of the great, John Ford-directed Hollywood Western The Searchers, Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Frankel discusses the true-life story behind it – a saga that started with the Comanche kidnapping of a 9-year-old white girl in 1836.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Library Director Crosby Kemper III holds a public conversation with a young Ernest Hemingway – portrayed by local actor Rusty Sneary – as Meet the Past moves to Union Station in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the terminal’s 1914 opening.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
The tales of fierce, all-female Amazon warriors were long assumed to be a product of Greek imagination. But as Stanford University’s Adrienne Mayor attests in a discussion of her deeply researched new book, Amazon-like women were very real – if mythologized.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Award-winning author Ann Bausum tells a true story of a terrier that wandered onto an Army training field, befriending Pvt. James Robert Conroy and accompanying him into the trenches of World War I and onto the pages of history.  Appropriate for kindergartners and up.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Internationally renowned textile artist Jason Pollen has made Kansas City his home since 1983. This exhibit of his work, some on public display for the first time, celebrates that three-decade (and counting) chapter of his career.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
This new exhibit reflects the celebrations, sorrows, challenges, and other personal experiences of 40 artists – most of Chicano-Latino heritage – who mastered the specialized silkscreen technique of serigraphy in workshops at the Austin, Texas, studio of the late Sam Coronado.
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.