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 accommodation 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, June 28, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016
The Library screens five films in July that not only reached summer blockbuster status – totaling nearly $1.3 billion in domestic ticket sales – but also rank the among all-time best big-screen offerings of the season, according to critics.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Kansas City’s Mark English, a top illustrator for TIME, Sports Illustrated and other magazines for more than four decades, joins one of today’s giants in the field, Sterling Hundley, in a discussion of their work and the industry.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
In a discussion of his book, Derek Cressman takes on the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that eased restrictions on political spending by corporations and unions, citing free speech protections.  In truth, Cressman argues, regulation of political speech is common. And effective.
Friday, July 8, 2016
Kids in the audience help Tommy Diaz’ alter ego, Tommy Terrific, save the day when Uncle Fumpernutter fails to show up for a magic show. It’s an enchanting, laugh-out-loud experience.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
The Library screens five films in July that not only reached summer blockbuster status – totaling nearly $1.3 billion in domestic ticket sales – but also rank the among all-time best big-screen offerings of the season, according to critics.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Local author and historian  Tom Taylor examines the productive partnership of Jesse F. Lauck and Elmer Boillot, whose firm designed more than 50 Kansas City buildings including the downtown Hotel Phillips and prestigious Walnuts apartment complex near the Plaza.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Rob Compton – aka award-winning St. Louis kids’ rocker Babaloo – delivers wacky tunes and antics that keep everyone energized and laughing.  Appropriate for all ages.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
How could William Shakespeare, with limited education, have amassed such an impressive body of work? Some scholars say he didn’t. University of Missouri-Kansas City theatre professor Felicia Hardison Londre delves into the sensitive question of authorship.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Cerner Corporation co-founder Cliff Illig sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III to discuss Cerner’s phenomenal growth, his co-ownership of soccer’s Sporting Kansas City,  and his involvement in an array  of civic, educational, and entrepreneurial initiatives.

Exhibits at the Library

Monday, June 27, 2016
Enter the untamed world of Dav Pilkey – creator of George, Harold, and the super-powered Captain Underpants – through this imaginative, 16-foot “pop-up book” created by team at Kansas City’s interactive The Rabbit Hole.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Artists across the world were invited by Landfillart, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit, to transform hundreds of discarded hubcaps into fine art. More than a thousand responded, and 35 of the best works make up this unique, thought-provoking traveling exhibit.
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
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.

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