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 3, 2016
Pastor Adam Hamilton, founder of Kansas City’s expansive Church of the Resurrection and appointee to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, participates in a public conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Andrea Wulf discusses her book about adventurous, 19th-century explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, whose discoveries changed the way we see the natural world, ushering in modern environmentalism.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Part of a lauded PBS documentary series, Empire of Dreams covers the period from 1880-1942 when immigrated Latinos began building strong communities in our country. The episode is screened, and the University of Kansas’ Ruben Flores and Christina Bejarano lead a subsequent discussion.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Author Mark Zwonitzer discusses his new book The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism, which examines the relationship between the Lincoln confidant and the great, Missouri-born writer.
Friday, May 6, 2016
Students from Community School #1 perform poems and songs from the album Free to Be … You and Me, compiled by Marlo Thomas in 1972.   Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
The Kansas City Public Library joins other libraries nationwide in celebrating the world of comic books, giving away hundreds of free comics at all 10 Library locations. It’s first come-first served.  Free Comic Book Day is observed annually the first Saturday in May.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
In conjunction with Planet Comicon, KC’s largest pop culture and comic book convention, scheduled for May 20-22 at Bartle Hall, the Library screens four favorite adaptations of comic books – each packed with action and quirk.
Monday, May 9, 2016
Ambassador Dennis Ross, who has been directly involved in steering American policy on the Middle East for nearly 30 years, examines the close, U.S.-Israeli relationship through every presidential administration from Truman’s to Obama’s.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
David Aamodt and Richard Edwards of the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence examine the Santa Fe Trail from the Mexican perspective. Immigrants who made their way up the commercial corridor eventually outnumbered Americans traveling the other way.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
The Library and American Public Square continue their series of discussions of hot-button issues, examining tax and other financial incentives designed to encourage and promote economic development. Those gains, though, often come at  the expense of others.

Exhibits at the Library

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.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
This original exhibition features the ambitious sculptural works of three teaching artists, Brian Caponi, Shawn Murrey, and Thomas Schmidt, who employ a range of materials and fabrication processes in exploring philosophies relating to construction, technology, and place.

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