Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

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 26, 2015
Closing the Civil War Sesquicentennial series, historians Terry L. Beckenbaugh and Ethan S. Rafuse of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth assess how the North prevailed and why the Civil War remains so compelling today.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Fundraising and political consultant Annie Presley talks with UMKC’s Allan Katz, a former U.S. ambassador to Portugal, about her eventful life and new book – a guide to organizing important information and wishes before you die. Co-author Christy Howard joins them.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Through photographs and objects he collected, artist Matt Rahner documented the dismantling of a section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood via eminent domain. He gives an illustrated talk about his work, on display in the installation Eminent Domain in the Central Library.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Colorado native Neil McIntyre – aka Mr. Kneel – delivers a blend of age-appropriate hip-hop and beatboxing that’s positive, inspiring, and most of all fun.   Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Orson Welles was born 100 years ago this month. Recall, or be introduced to, this film making genius with a month long selection of his films, curated by University of Kansas professor John Tibbetts.  F is for Fake  (1973; PG)
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
In a discussion of his new book, former Kauffman Foundation executive Robert E. Litan makes the case that economists – whose reputation took a hit with the 2008 stock market crash – actually are actually unsung heroes whose theories drive business innovation.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Michael Auslin, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, examines Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to revive the country and what the outcome could portend for America and Europe.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Stuart Anderson, who heads the nonprofit National Foundation for American Policy, draws from his report American-Made 2.0: How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Continue to Contribute to the U.S. Economy in discussing the substantial impact of immigrant entrepreneurs and professionals in the country today.

Exhibits at the Library

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.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Through photographs and other materials in this new exhibit, Missouri artist Matt Rahner chronicles the dismantling – via eminent domain – of a four-block section of Kansas City’s Wendell Phillips neighborhood to make room for a new police station and crime lab.
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.