Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial 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

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Author Deanna Fei recounts the harrowing – and maddening – aftermath of her daughter’s premature birth in discussing her book Girl in Glass: How My ‘Distressed Baby’ Defied the Odds, Shamed a CEO, and Taught Me the Essence of Love, Heartbreak, and Miracles.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
In a special installment of Meet the Past, famed playwright William Shakespeare – as portrayed by Kansas City actor Mark Robbins – sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a probing, public conversation about his life and celebrated body of work.
Friday, June 3, 2016
The Central Library joins downtown KC’s monthly First Friday festivities with an open house spotlighting its two popular art galleries. Check out what the Library has to offer, and enjoy live music on the Rooftop Terrace featuring local band Ruddy Swain.
Friday, June 3, 2016
Team Shakespeare, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s teen theatre troupe, performs arguably the Bard’s most enchanting comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Appropriate for ages 9 and up.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
’Tis the season for plotting glorious summer vacations that, alas, don’t go quite so gloriously. The Library screens four films in June in which the warm-weather fun is undone by neurosis, nature, or enduring ineptitude.
Monday, June 6, 2016
The Library serves as the lone host site in Missouri for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. The centerpiece: a 393-year-old copy of the First Folio
Monday, June 6, 2016
Dramaturg Alyson Germinder opens a series of inside-the-play presentations focusing on the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s summer production of Twelfth Night, offering an informative introduction to the mistaken-identity comedy.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Eric Rasmussen of the University of Nevada at Reno, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Shakespeare’s First Folio, discusses the Folio and his decades of research in identifying more than 200 copies of the rare volume.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
In a discussion of his provocative book, Harvard University professor, humanist, and scientist Robert D. Putnam examines a troubling “opportunity gap” that he says is imperiling the American dream. Hard work brings less, if any, guarantee of success.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Dion Graham (HBO’s The Wire) and Barbara Rosenblat (Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black) headline a special event, kicking off the fourth annual HEAR Now Festival in Kansas City. The presentation spotlights the inimitable sound of Shakespeare.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, May 28, 2016
This exhibit – part of the Library’s 2016 celebration of Shakespeare – showcases a collection of costumes and sets from various productions by Kansas City's Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, along with representations of scenes in which the costumes are worn.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
This new exhibit conveys the beauty and poetry of turbulent weather, pairing 17 of photographer Stephen Locke’s most arresting images with the prose of former Kansas poet laureate Caryn Mirriam- Goldberg.

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