Cynthia Berner Harris http://kmuw.org en The Big Read Celebrates Literacy, Wichita Heritage http://kmuw.org/post/big-read-celebrates-literacy-wichita-heritage <p>This is the 6th year Wichita is participating in <a href="http://www.bigreadwichita.org/">The Big Read</a>, a celebration of literacy where communities nationwide read the same book each October.<br><br>Wichita and 77 other cities will read True Grit by Charles Portis.<br><br>First published as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post, the story follows a young woman and her journey to seek retribution for her father's murder.<br><br>Director of Wichita Public Libraries Cynthia Berner Harris says many people know True Grit from its two movie iterations, but the book itself is great.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:00:52 +0000 Carla Eckels & Kate Clause 23729 at http://kmuw.org Why Does Wichita Need A New Downtown Library? http://kmuw.org/post/why-does-wichita-need-new-downtown-library <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The changing role of libraries is evident across the country. With e-books and other emerging technologies, libraries continue to adapt to meet the needs of their patrons.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A master plan to build a new central library in downtown Wichita has been in the works for the last seven years. Funding for the $29 million facility is now up in the air with the Wichita City Council directing the library to seek out more private funds.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:17:51 +0000 Carla Eckels 22312 at http://kmuw.org Why Does Wichita Need A New Downtown Library?