Wichita Public Library

12:30 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

UPDATE: Wichita City Council Approves Next Phase For New Central Library Project

A digital mockup of the proposed new Central Library.
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Wichita is moving forward with plans for a new Central Library and is expected to put the project to bid by end of the year.

City Council approved the next phase Tuesday morning by a vote of five to two.

The city also entered into a new partnership with the Wichita Public Library Foundation, a non-profit, to pay for the upcoming work.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has more on the council's action and the features visitors may see at the new library.


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12:49 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Team To Present Design Plan For New Wichita Central Library

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Wichita residents will learn more details about the proposed new Central Library next week. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

Leaders from the Wichita Public Library Foundation are expected to present their final report on the design phase to City Council on Tuesday.

Plans call for the new Central library to be built on land near Second and McLean, just southwest of Exploration Place.

The project has been in the works since 2006 and is expected to cost about 30-million.

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3:40 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Wichita Pubic Library Closes Its Orchard Park Branch

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The Wichita Public Library is closing one of its eight branches, as well as moving its collections to other larger branches. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

The Orchard Park library branch on West Ninth Street closed for good on Friday because it was no longer meeting the needs of its customers.

Director of Libraries Cynthia Berner says the branch is a very small space inside the Orchard Park Recreation Center and its usage has declined.

Berner says the branch has been a part of the community for 34 years.

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11:17 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Why Does Wichita Need A New Downtown Library?

Cynthia Berner Harris, director of libraries for the Wichita Public Library, sits with Joel Potter and his children, Emeth and Sela, in the children's room at the central library.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

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.

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. 

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8:27 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Art: How A Vacant Window Became An Edgy Art Gallery

Randy Regier has given the ground floor of the Sterling Water Systems building, at Market and William, an installation featuring his signature post-war Americana style centering on the theme, “The Future of the Public Library.”
Credit Randy Regier

A wonderful new collaboration has received the support from the prestigious John S and James L Knight Foundation. Activate Wichita, a website that serves as a virtual town hall, has partnered with the Wichita Public Library to commission temporary art installations in vacant downtown windows.

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1:24 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Author, Activist To Speak On Copyright Issues

Science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow will speak at the Wichita Central Public Library Wednesday evening.

He will discuss current copyright laws, their role in an expanding Internet-based society and what he says helpful copyright laws for artists would look like.

Doctorow has written for publications including Wired, the Guardian and Publishers Weekly and is co-editor of the blog “Boing Boing.”

More information about this event is available at kmuw.org.

1:29 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Central Library Showcases Traveling Photography Exhibit

A national photography exhibit will be on display at the Wichita Central Public Library through Saturday April 30.

The exhibit is titled “Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky” and combines three separate photography exhibits highlighting different geographic regions.

The green sunflower-dotted prairie of Kansas is among regions explored.

One of eight artists featured is panoramic photographer George Jerkovich who contrasts the rolling hills of the Dakota Sandstone region to its flat, semi-arid plains.

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