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

Saturday, February 6, 2016
In conjunction with A Winter’s  Tale Spin, the theme of its Shakespeare-themed Adult  Winter Reading Program,  the Library screens these films spotlighting the Bard’s life and works.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film screening and discussion series returns featuring three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep.  Postcards from the Edge (1990; R)
Sunday, February 7, 2016
The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America for a series of discussions and screenings of films adapted from books by African American authors.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
During the Money Matters Workshop: Give Yourself Credit you can learn how lenders view credit, which credit card is the best for you, and how to make a positive impact on your credit.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Pat Piper, a former writer, creative director, and vice president at Kansas City’s Barkley advertising agency, discusses the process that begot Sonic Drive-In’s famous “Two Guys” campaign in 2003. It’s now entrenched in KC’s long and rich advertising history.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
In a discussion of his new book, former TIME magazine correspondent Douglas Waller examines four of the CIA’s most famous and controversial directors – Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, William Colby, and William Casey – and the man who helped mold them.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
In a discussion of his new book, the University of North Dakota’s Michael Anderegg examines the connection that one of America’s greatest presidents felt with perhaps history’s greatest writer.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John Anderson helps young audience members explore the history of African-American cowboys  Appropriate for ages 5 and up.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Continuing a series of films as part of the PBS-backed Indie Lens Pop-Up initiative, the Library and KCPT-TV screen the documentary The Black Panthers, which takes a clear-eyed look at the Black Panther Party and its significance to American culture.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
In conjunction with A Winter’s  Tale Spin, the theme of its Shakespeare-themed Adult  Winter Reading Program,  the Library screens these films spotlighting the Bard’s life and works.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, December 12, 2015
More than 60 photos – drawn in part from the Library of Congress, Denver Public Library, Nebraska State Historical Society, and the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections – shine a light on the controversial Wounded Knee massacre 125 years ago.

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