Events & activities

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Military historian Richard Barbuto examines the show of American resolve – 200 years ago near the end of the War of 1812 – that inspired a Washington lawyer to scribble out a four- paragraph poem known today as “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Thursday, September 4, 2014
From Lincoln to Les Misérables, the movie industry soared in 2012. But production costs were up, DVD sales down, and a digital revolution was underway. Journalist Anne Thompson examines Hollywood’s watershed year with the Library’s Kaite Stover and UMKC’s Mitch Brian.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Kansas City-area performer Rockin Rob, who has been delighting and educating young audiences for more than 15 years, delivers an evening of music, movement, and magic.  Geared to 2- to 8-year-olds but appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
This new exhibit reflects the celebrations, sorrows, challenges, and other personal experiences of 40 artists – most of Chicano-Latino heritage – who mastered the specialized silkscreen technique of serigraphy in workshops at the Austin, Texas, studio of the late Sam Coronado.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June-October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library host the seventh annual City Market Summer Book Sale. Featured this month: Young Adult & Juniors
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Take a trip in time back to 1939, regarded by many critics as the greatest year in the history of American film. Babes in Arms (NR)
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Popular Kansas City blogger  Jen Mann launches her witty, often biting new book on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood – People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges – with a discussion and signing.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
KCPT-TV’s Nick Haines emcees this event, in which participants in Literacy Kansas City’s adult-learning program tell their stories. Also touting the power of reading is a group of local writers including bestselling author Candice Millard.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Former Wall Street Journal writer Ann Hagedorn discusses her cautionary new book about the handover of a sizable element of our national security – from combat support to police training to cyber security – to private military and security companies.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
In the latest installment of Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III, the Library director holds a public conversation with the influential developer of Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza,  J.C. Nichols, as portrayed by historian Bill Worley.

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.
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.