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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
In ths continuing series, members of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council join representatives of the American Friends Service Committee’s Kansas City program in leading a dozen separate roundtable discussions about how to deal with extremist violence.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Paul Andrew Hutton examines a trying, largely overlooked chapter in U.S. history in a discussion of his book The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History.
Saturday, September 3, 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, September 3, 2016
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the revered Star Trek franchise – launched onto TV screens in September 1966 – the Library presents the best-reviewed installment in each of the three Star Trek film series, plus a wry homage.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Popular TV weatherman Gary Lezak discusses and reads from his newly released children’s book, It's a Sunny Life: An Adventure Fit for Rain or Shine. Lezak will read from the book and lead Sunny through a series of tricks for the audience.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Iranian-born Siah Armajani, a leading figure in conceptualizing the role and function of public art, discusses his work on the eve of opening of the exhibit Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Featuring before-and-after photographs, maps, and other documents, this new exhibit examines the origin and implementation of Kansas City’s urban renewal and its long-term, segregative effects.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the revered Star Trek franchise – launched onto TV screens in September 1966 – the Library presents the best-reviewed installment in each of the three Star Trek film series, plus a wry homage.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
In a discussion of his upcoming book Electing Abraham Lincoln, Louisiana State University’s Jonathan Earle examines perhaps the most consequential election in U.S. history and the pivotal events that yielded our 16th president.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
John Ruble, co-founder and now partner in the Santa Monica, California-based architectural firm Moore, Ruble, Yudell, examines urban design issues now confronting Kansas City and other metropolitan areas.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, August 27, 2016
The political poster has evolved from marketing tool to art and a place in America’s cultural history. Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844-2012 showcases a sampling of rare, beautiful posters from the past 170 years.
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.

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