Wichita Public Library

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The next chapter in public library service in Wichita begins Saturday with the opening of the Advanced Learning Library.

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The children’s area in the new Advanced Learning Library in Wichita will feature a new approach to book displays.

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The new Advanced Learning Library in Wichita is filling up with books and new furniture as staff prepares for the grand opening in June.

The biggest part of the move from the Central Library downtown involves transporting and shelving nearly half a million books, magazines and other materials.

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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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Wichita’s new Advanced Learning Library is nearing its grand opening.

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The Wichita Public Library is launching a mobile app this weekend to take Wichitans on a walking history tour of Douglas Avenue. It's part of Sunday's Open Streets ICT event, when four miles of street will be closed to traffic.

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The Wichita Public Library is beginning a new program this week that offers online learning in a social, small group setting.

The sessions are called Learning Circles, and they’re free.

Ten Learning Circles are planned from now through November on topics such as fake news, the art of poetry, superheroes and how to make a website.

The idea is to get a group of 10-15 people together to take an online course and talk about it along the way to completion.

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A film and discussion about race will take place Monday evening at Wichita’s Rockwell Branch Library. Participants will explore where the idea of race comes from.

Part one of the acclaimed PBS documentary series “Race: The Power of an Illusion” will give participants a chance to learn about the ways we consider race.

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According to a Pew study, 77 percent of Americans own smartphones and more than half own a tablet. However, not everyone knows how to adequately use the devices. The Wichita Public Library is offering a class for people to learn more – particularly for iPhone and iPad users. 

The class will cover a range of things that Apple devices can do.

For nine years, Ben Ropp has been a technology trainer librarian at Wichita Public Library. Ropp says the class will basically give users a tour of their device.

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The Wichita Community Foundation has announced a $160,000 grant to help impact literacy in Wichita. The foundation will partner with the Wichita Eagle, the Wichita Public Library and Watermark Books & Cafe.

Impact Literacy is an initiative by the Wichita Community Foundation whose goal is to help increase academic readiness, success in the workforce and economic growth in the community.

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