Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Before and after it made military history, becoming the first submarine to sink an enemy warship, the Confederate-flagged H.L. Hunley was beset by tragedy. Historian James L. Speicher tells her story.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
As part of Money Smart Month  of Greater Kansas City, the Library offers a dozen free sessions on personal finance topics ranging from budgeting to retirement planning, plus consultation with financial planners.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Dark Victory (NR)
Monday, April 21, 2014
A panel of education experts moderated by KCPT’s Nick Haines examines a series of developments that could have a profound effect on the Kansas City, Missouri, School District.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
More than 200 vintage postcards are featured in this exhibit, winner of the American Library Association’s 2014 Excellence in Library Programming Award. Featured are vintage images of landmarks, hotels, parks, and public buildings.
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.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
This feature documentary explores the idea of heroic women, from the birth of superheroes in the 1940s to the TV and big-screen action blockbusters of today. Following the screening filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan leads a discussion of the themes of the documentary.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Whitney Terrell holds a conversation with author Christopher Leonard about Leonard’s new book, the first-ever account of how a handful of companies have seized the nation’s meat supply, raising prices for consumers while lowering the prices they pay to farmers and derailing efforts to improve the system.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Mary Roach, called “America’s funniest science writer” by The Washington Post, joins the Library‘s director of readers’ services, Kaite Stover, for a tour of the alimentary canal, that much-maligned tube from mouth to rear end.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and his wife, Dianne Cleaver, recognize local high school artists amid a weeklong exhibit of their works at the Central Library, part of the nationwide A Voyage of Artistic Discovery program.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, June 11, 2011
 New Compositions: The Dance Portraiture of Orval Hixon highlights the local legend’s rich selection of photographic portraits, including images of some of the best-known dancers of his time.