Youth Summer Reading: Events & Activities

Special Events—All Ages

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Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove

Fri., May 25 • 6:30 p.m. • Plaza

Art Starts at the Library Featuring the Kansas City Symphony's Instrument Petting Zoo

Fri., June 1 • 5:30 p.m. • Central Library

Jay & Leslie's Laughing Matters: Stories of Note

Thu., July 26 • 2 p.m. • Waldo

Will Stuck: RUMPUS! Tuneful Tales and Musical Mayhem

Tue., July 10 • 10 a.m. • Central Library

Teen Events

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Super Smash Bros. Tournament

Sat., June 16 • 5 p.m. • Plaza

Eight players will go head-to-head in our auditorium playing Super Smash Bros Wii U. Smash your friends on the big screen!

The Kansas City Youth Empowerment Summit

Sat., July 14 • 5 p.m. • Plaza

The Fourth Annual Kansas City Youth Empowerment Summit is all about "Finding Your Voice!"

Teen Lock-ins in Your Community

Fri., July 27 • 5 p.m. • Waldo

Teens are the only people in the Library during an after-hours fun event with games, food, and more!

Talk Book to Me

Sat., August 4 • 10 a.m. • Plaza

Discuss the newest books in teen fiction, practice writing reviews, and participate in book-review writing workshops.

Kansas City Digital Media Lab

Check out the new home of the Kansas City Digital Media Lab (KCDML), which recently opened at the Southeast Branch in the Goppert Media Center. Available to teens ages 12-18, the space offers opportunities to learn maker activities (3D design, Arduino, and more) and audio production. For summer hours and workshops, visit our website or call 816.701.3733.

Read It / Watch It Discussion Group

Join Library staff for a film screening and conversation centered on a cinematic adaptation of a book that fits the Rock & Read theme.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Book by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Film: 2008, 1 h 30 m, PG-13
Friday, July 20   |   7:30 p.m.
Discussion: Central Library Coffee Shop
Off-the-Wall Film screening follows on the Rooftop Terrace

RSVP required   |   Call 816.701.3683 or email

This year's Read It / Watch It precedes the July 20 Off-the-Wall Film presentation. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the source book prior to the discussion. This discussion is open to both adults and teens.

Summer Reading and Learning Activities

In between books, check out some of the cool things to do around Kansas City this summer—or make up your own. Check out some suggestions to get you started: