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

Friday, July 11, 2014
Cornelius and his talking jester stick, Poppy, let youngsters help tell the stories of adventure and fun.  Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Each Dawn I Die (NR)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Fifty years to the day after Barry Goldwater accepted the Republican nomination for president, environmental historian Brian Drake examines the seeming contradictions that led this icon of anti-government conservatism to embrace a lifelong commitment to environmental protection.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Bill Shaffer discusses the low-budget Italian film that made Clint Eastwood a star and touched off a 20-year cycle of European-made Westerns.
Friday, July 18, 2014
The 2014 Kansas City Digital Inclusion Summit will provide a forum to share and discuss local digital inclusion efforts, and needs. Topics include digital and online information literacy, broadband adoption, low-cost technology, workforce development and access to information technology.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Enjoy an evening of performances by youth for youth – song, dance, art, a fashion show, and more. The complete schedule of performances will be available at after July 1.  Recommended for preschoolers through 6th graders.
Friday, July 18, 2014
This summer’s Off-the-Wall film series features music-heavy titles from 1984. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars on the Rooftop Terrace.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Confessions of a Nazi Spy (NR)
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes tells the stories of women who worked to bring down “Boss” Tom Pendergast’s political machine in the late 1930s and early ’40s, helping to end 20 years of mob rule in the city.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
On the 150th anniversary of the railway-focused Battle of Atlanta, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College’s Christopher R. Gabel examines the importance of rail transportation to both Union and Confederate commanders.

Exhibits at the Library

Saturday, June 21, 2014
This exhibit from the Smithsonian  Institution celebrates the history of America’s Asian Pacific citizens – from the first Asian immigrants to their place in key moments in America’s history.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
The humble apron gets a fascinating re-evaluation in this traveling exhibit of vintage and contemporary kitchen aprons. The exhibit looks at the way they became vehicles for self-expression and signaled evolving attitudes toward women and domestic work.
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.
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.