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The Wichita Public Library is one of four public libraries nationwide that will soon be offering machines that print short stories on demand and free of charge.

The library is expected to receive three short story dispensers by June.

Wichita Public Libraries director Cynthia Berner says these short story dispensers will help promote literacy and encourage reading.

"It’s a simple kiosk, you’ll be able to hit a button, make a few choices and then you’ll get the paper that comes out with your story," Berner says.

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Kansas and the rest of the country have been stagnant when it comes to math and reading scores over the last decade. But that lack of progress is also true for achievement gaps.

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New test scores for what’s often referred to as the "Nation’s Report Card" are out today for Kansas and the rest of the country.

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Grandparents and their grandchildren are part of the focus of a statewide literacy event in Wichita on Saturday.

The Grandparents Brownbag Lunch is part of the Kansas Children's Literacy Conference and Festival. Prisca Barnes, with Story Time Village, says the event will feature a reading from a classic children's book called "The Napping House."

She says children under the age of 8 are learning to read, and after the age of 8, they are reading to learn.

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People who live near Wichita’s Fairmount Park will soon have another opportunity to get free books.

The Rotary Club of Wichita is providing what’s called a “Little Free Library” to the park with book donations to fill the shelves.

The freestanding neighborhood library is a small wood box at the top of a pole with shelves and an unlocked door. Anyone can stop by at any hour of the day and take a book for free.

Project organizer Sharon Van Horn says Rotary is working with the nonprofit Storytime Village to ensure children and adults have access to books.

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Kansas has received a federal grant worth $27 million to promote student literacy in schools across the state.

The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Striving Reader Comprehensive Literacy Initiative,” which works to build literacy skills from birth through 12th grade. The program focuses in particular on English Language Learners and students with disabilities.