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

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
University of Kansas historian Theodore A. Wilson examines the impact of service in World War II on a succession of presidents – from Truman to George H.W. Bush – and what a lack of wartime experience might mean for 21st-century commanders-in-chief.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Patrick Dobson, an adjunct history professor at Johnson County Community College, discusses his new book on his transformative journey nearly 20 years ago from Helena, Montana, to Kansas City – by canoe on the Missouri River. That, after he’d walked to Helena.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Orson Welles was born 100 years ago this month. Recall, or be introduced to, this film making genius with a month long selection of his films, curated by University of Kansas professor John Tibbetts.  The Magnificent Ambersons   (1942; NR)
Sunday, May 10, 2015
The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, concludes with a musical about a wealthy mother vacationing in Italy with her beautiful but emotionally stalled teenage daughter.
Monday, May 11, 2015
The world seemingly endures a new crisis every day. In a discussion of her new book, Sarah Chayes, a former adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff,  cites a common instigator: government corruption so pervasive that some regimes now resemble criminal gangs.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
A 20-year study headed by sociologist Mariah Evans found “the presence of books in the home” to be the top predictor of a child’s ultimate educational attainment. She sits down with Library Director Crosby Kemper III to discuss the link.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The University of Missouri’s Earnest L. Perry Jr. examines  the civil rights-era tug of war between activist organizations and the African American press, including The Kansas City Call and its longtime editor and publisher, Lucile Bluford.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Students in the Owen/Cox Dance Group’s Take the Stage Program perform to live music alongside their teachers and mentors for a production of Dancing in the Stacks: A Celebration of Children’s Books and Literature.   Appropriate for all ages.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Bring blankets and lawn chairs  and join us on the Rooftop Terrace for a movie under the stars. This summer’s Off-the-Wall film series focuses on people cast into strange, through-the-looking-glass lands.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Orson Welles was born 100 years ago this month. Recall, or be introduced to, this film making genius with a month long selection of his films, curated by University of Kansas professor John Tibbetts.  Touch of Evil  (1958; PG-13)

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, March 28, 2015
The Library’s new Rocky and Gabriella Mountain Gallery was made possible by the generosity of one of Kansas City’s most talented and diverse artists, Gabriella Polony Mountain. It opens with an exhibit of her sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling – via eminent domain – of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Lucile Bluford – for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named – played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. This exhibit chronicles that legal struggle and a life in which she also distinguished herself as a journalist.