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 accommodation 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, July 29, 2016
Mad Science of Greater Kansas City activates an interactive Rube Goldberg machine – an over-complicated contraption that uses a chain reaction to accomplish a very simple task. In this case, it’s to get you to open a book. Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
The Library screens five films in July that not only reached summer blockbuster status – totaling nearly $1.3 billion in domestic ticket sales – but also rank the among all-time best big-screen offerings of the season, according to critics.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
In a presentation based on her book, author Sheryl Craig explores Jane Austen’s references to politics and political economics and concludes that the author was a liberal Tory  who remained consistent in her political agenda throughout her career as a novelist.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
In a special presentation, the quartet Ninkasi performs 10 musical pieces composed and published in Kansas City between 1895 and 1925, when the city grew into a manufacturing and commercial hub – and cultural destination. Introducing: ragtime and jazz.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Local author and illustrator Corey Phillips discusses his “colorful” take on the Royals’ championship season, Take the Crayon: A Royal World Champions 2015 Coloring Book. Attendees are also invited to take part in adult coloring activities during the event.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Less than 100 days before Americans go to the polls,  former Politico writer Mike Allen and TIME magazine Editor-at-Large David Von Drehle discuss what has been one of the most extraordinary election years in our nation’s history.
Friday, August 5, 2016
Begin your First Friday festivities with an open house at the Central Library spotlighting our two art galleries. Enjoy live music on the Rooftop Terrace featuring musicians Mikal Shapiro and Louise Thiolon. And families are invited to take part in arts and crafts and a special story time.
Friday, August 5, 2016
After five weeks of drama classes, participants in the Young Actors Workshop need an audience. Enjoy comedic and dramatic performances by children ages 3-17 under the direction of John Mulvey.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Join us on the first Saturday of the month, from August to October, as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the ninth annual City Market Book Sale.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Commemorating Robert Redford’s 80th birthday (on August 18),  the Library screens four films during the month that showcase the Hollywood icon’s striking combination of All-American  looks and acting chops.

Exhibits at the Library

Sunday, July 17, 2016
Staged in partnership with the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, this exhibit features photographs, video, and other artifacts from the nation’s last contested political convention - the 1976 Republican National Convention held in Kansas City.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Artists across the world were invited by Landfillart, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit, to transform hundreds of discarded hubcaps into fine art. More than a thousand responded, and 35 of the best works make up this unique, thought-provoking traveling exhibit.

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