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

Friday, February 27, 2015
Celebrate the Irish in everyone with a performance by Kansas City’s O’Riada Manning Academy of Irish Dance, which has offered classes for children and adults of all levels and backgrounds for more than 20 years. Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Those still standing after division competition in the expanded Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee face off for the bee championship. The winner moves on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
In conjunction with the Library’s Winter Reading Program, themed Love on the Rocks, check out these films reminding us that not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Coterie Theatre artists read from their favorite children’s books while the audience enjoys an opportunity to “jump into the story” on stage. This program is appropriate for all ages.   Pigs Ahoy!  by David McPhail
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Strategic adviser Amy Wilkinson interviewed 200 leading entrepreneurs – including the founders of eBay, Under Armour, LinkedIn, and Dropbox – and distilled six fundamental strategies that helped them rise to the top. She shares her findings in a discussion of her new book.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Longtime journalist Traci Angel walks through an array of Kansas City’s bucket-list experiences, offering the best day-trip destinations, draws for out-of-towners, and offbeat pleasures in a discussion of her new book.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Decorated Kansas City magician Eric Vaughn delivers an interactive, enthusiastic – and just plain wacky – performance that keeps audiences simultaneously laughing and scratching their heads.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
In conjunction with the Library’s Winter Reading Program, themed Love on the Rocks, check out these films reminding us that not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
The Library’s ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances, featuring the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, continues with the every-five-years look at a couple – married but not to each other – who rendezvous annually at the same California country inn.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Terry Beckenbaugh of the U.S Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses the tumultuous final months of the Civil War – marked indelibly by Lincoln’s assassination – and examines the start of Reconstruction in the South.

Exhibits at the Library

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.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
As mayor of Kansas City and as a prolific amateur photographer, Richard Berkley knew both sides of the camera lens. This new  exhibit features dozens of shots from his personal collection, some taken by him, others featuring him with local, national and international luminaries.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
For more than a century the Kansas City Stockyards fed a hungry nation. This new exhibit features a historical treasure trove of photographs, blueprints, maps, drawings, and documents celebrating the city’s great economic engine.