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, July 28, 2015
University of Illinois at Chicago historian Kevin M. Schultz discusses his revealing new book about two icons of the Sixties, conservative William F. Buckley and the left-wing Norman Mailer, friends who had far more in common than their ideological differences would suggest.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Best-selling author and screenwriter Chris Enss and three fellow writers – Bill Markley, Monty McCord, and Sherry Monahan – discuss their latest works and share stories of the Old West on the first stop of their Most Intrepid Western Authors Posse tour of the Midwest.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Tommy Terrific takes the stage after Uncle Fumpernutter fails to appear for the magic show. Alas, Tommy's never done magic before, but with the help of the kids and the Magician's Handbook, something terrific happens.  Appropriate for all ages.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
In a discussion of his new book, Jack Cashill documents what he calls an unfortunate mutation in America's liberal tradition, namely the unholy rise of neo-puritanism. Its adherents show less interest in celebrating the many colors of the multicultural rainbow than they do in condemning those who resist the celebration.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Wrap up the summer with a performance by one of America’s leading family entertainers, Kansas City-born kid rocker Jim Cosgrove, whose high-energy, interactive style resonates with young and old.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June-October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library host the eighth annual City Market Summer Book Sale.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Hollywood has too often relegated Latino characters to stereotype: the bandido, the buffoon, the harlot, the Latin lover. Not so with the Library’s August film series, Latinos in Cinema. The Milagro Beanfield War (1988, R)
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Mike Yeates and Andrew Mackey explain how they took an all-but-forgotten home and made it the office site of their business, The Real Estate Store. The home (9550 NE Cookingham Dr) is possibly the oldest in the Kansas City area and a rare early example of Gothic Revival architecture in the Midwest.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Myths persist about the 1952 presidential race, starting with the notion that both Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson ran reluctantly. Historian John Robert Greene sets the record straight, examining two adversaries who coveted the White House and shrewdly pursued it.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Historian Jo Ann Trogdon discusses her new book, the first offering evidence that explorer William Clark – of Lewis and Clark fame – may have been involved in a series of treasonous plots dubbed the “Spanish Conspiracy.”

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, June 13, 2015
This group exhibit, curated by Kansas City’s Plug Projects, features local and national artists who explore text and language as they related to both medium and content. Paintings, collages, and other images bridge the space between book and art object.
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.