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, 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
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.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America for a series of discussions and screenings of films adapted from books by African American authors.  Lady Sings the Blues (1972; R)
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.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Former Kansas City Star editor Monroe Dodd discusses his new book commemorating the University of Kansas’ sesquicentennial, tracking a 150-year journey through wars, economic pitfalls, clashes of ideas and ideologies, and the unending demands of politics.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
The Library joins the UMKC Black Studies Program and the Black Archives of Mid-America for a series of discussions and screenings of films adapted from books by African American authors.  Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970; R)
Friday, February 6, 2015
Through storytelling and song, vocalist and cultural historian Brother John explores the hidden, coded meanings and messages of classic spirituals and folk tunes used by Underground Railroad conductors in spiriting fugitive slaves to freedom.  Recommended for ages 5 and older.
Saturday, February 7, 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 8, 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.  Doubt (2008; PG-13)
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Former Kansas City Mayor Richard L. Berkley, an avid photographer, has snapped thousands of photos of the political leaders, entertainers, and other celebrities he has met. He offers an illustrated retrospective coinciding with an exhibit at the Central Library.

Exhibits at the Library

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 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.