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

Sunday, January 25, 2015
The annual Searching the Psyche Through Cinema film screening and discussion series returns for an examination of the cinema of the Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  The Savages (2007; R)
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Hyde Park residents Patrick Alley and Dona Boley discuss their new book illustrating Kansas City’s transformation from “the filthiest city in the United States” in the 19th century into a clean, well-planned embodiment of the vision of renowned landscape architect George Kessler.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Wired magazine’s Fred Vogelstein discusses his book on the high-tech, high-stakes struggle between Apple and Google, which have steamrolled their competition while battling each other not only in the marketplace but also in the courts.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Yes, the Vikings pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But Yale University historian Anders Winroth adds depth to their identity in a discussion of his new book, noting that the Norse seafarers were explorers as well as raiders, settled peacefully, and developed a vast trading network.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Join Kansas City’s Tippi Toes Dance Company in a night of dancing, magic, and crafts drawing from the Academy Award-winning animated classic, Frozen. Included: a visit from our Frozen friend, Elsa. Recommended for all ages.
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 31, 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, February 1, 2015
Kenneth Armitage, an emeritus professor of behavioral ecology at the University of Kansas, knows more about the furry star of Groundhog Day than perhaps anyone. On its eve, he discusses the cultural influences of this unique celebration and offers insight into the marmot’s real life.
Sunday, February 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.   Anansi and the Talking Melon  retold by Eric A. Kimmel
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Bill Zahner transformed his family’s A. Zahner Co., into an architectural powerhouse whose work in metal fabrication now adorns structures and artwork worldwide. He sits down for a public conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III.

Exhibits at the Library

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.