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

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Mary Roach, called “America’s funniest science writer” by The Washington Post, joins the Library‘s director of readers’ services, Kaite Stover, for a tour of the alimentary canal, that much-maligned tube from mouth to rear end.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife, Dianne Cleaver, recognize local high school artists amid a weeklong exhibit of their works at the Central Library, part of the nationwide A Voyage of Artistic Discovery program.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. The Old Maid (NR)
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Think you’re film literate? Not until you’ve experienced the masterpieces of world cinema presented as part of this series.    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Sunday, April 27, 2014
In a discussion of his new book, Western historian Mark Lee Gardner explores the James-Younger gang’s 1876 raid on Northfield, Minnesota. Their bank robbery ended in chaos when citizens fought back, setting off one of the Old West’s most extensive manhunts.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
In a discussion of his new book, Stanford University’s Ian Morris takes the provocative position that despite its horrors, armed conflict has made humanity both safer and richer.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Seventy-five years ago, on April 30, 1939, amid the billowing clouds of lingering economic depression and imminent war, the New York World’s Fair heralded “The Dawn of a New Day.” Historian Robert Rydell discusses that landmark event.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Students from Kansas City’s Community School #1 perform their play “The Clowns,” in which stories and songs celebrate friendship and working together.   Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Young Mr. Lincoln (NR)
Saturday, May 3, 2014
To help launch the new Seed Library at the Ruiz Branch, Kansas City Star columnist Mike Hendricks and his wife, blogger Roxie Hammill, discuss Mike and Roxie's Vegetable Paradise, their memoir/guide to growing food in Kansas City.

Exhibits at the Library

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
More than 200 vintage postcards are featured in this exhibit, winner of the American Library Association’s 2014 Excellence in Library Programming Award. Featured are vintage images of landmarks, hotels, parks, and public buildings.
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.