Events & activities

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and remain closed all day on Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving.

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

Friday, November 27, 2015
Skip the craziness of Black Friday shopping. Make it a playful “Bright Light Friday” instead, singing, dancing, and celebrating the start of the Christmas season with Kansas City-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Film snobs don’t get it. Movies needn’t be great art to be great. The Library treats Saturday afternoon audiences to four flicks in November that were ignored by Oscar voters and/or panned by critics but nonetheless were – and still are – eminently watchable.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Award-winning filmmaker  Tim Matsui shines a light on the issue of sex trafficking with a screening of his documentary The Long Night. Following the film, local advocates discuss how Kansas City is combating the issue.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
During the Money Matters Workshop: Give Yourself Credit you can learn how lenders view credit, which credit card is best for you, and how to make a positive impact on your credit.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The Library, in partnership with American Public Square, launches a series of mannerly discussions of polarizing local issues. Experts on both sides examine the future of the Kansas City International Airport. Remodel or rebuild? And how, exactly?
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
In a discussion of their new book, former Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeff Montgomery, Hall of Fame swimming coach Peter Malone, and psychologist Andrew Jacobs examine the problems with today’s overwrought youth sports scene and how to fix them.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
In a discussion of his new book, Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators, author Jay Nordlinger spotlights the offspring of 20 notorious dictators – from Stalin and Mao to Qaddafi and Hussein.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Kansas City-area entertainers Jay and Leslie Cady apply their antics – juggling, mime, magic, and other nonsense – to the tradition of holiday gift giving. It’s family fun with a bow on top.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens poised to shatter box office records after its December 18 release, the Library screens four of the most popular Christmas Day movies ever based on gross, single-day receipts.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Cosplay enthusiasts can come in costume – portraying characters they know and love – and dance at the Cosplay Ball. There’ll also be workshops on costume design and makeup.  Appropriate for ages 12-18.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, October 24, 2015
This new Pictures of the Year International exhibition celebrates the work of the world’s leading photojournalists, featuring 50 of the most arresting images from pivotal events of the past year. They range from news and sports shots to memorable feature photos and portraits.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
This original exhibit, curated by internationally recognized artist Peregrine Honig, draws from scenes, descriptions, characters, and conversations in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – centerpiece of the Library’s Great City | Great Read initiative.

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