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The city of Wichita is selling hundreds of items from the former Central Library downtown.

An internet-only auction is open, with bidding set to close Sept. 18.

Dozens of tables, cabinets, chairs of all sizes, office accessories and shelves — and more — are available.

The items will be on display at an open inspection on Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the former library on South Main Street.

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Residents on Tuesday urged City Council members to protect Wichita’s “quality of life” in next year’s budget.

Council members listened to more than an hour of public comments over the proposed 2019 budget — most of it centered on making sure the city’s cultural programming is funded in the future.

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Two Wichita branch libraries that had been set to close in the coming years are safe for now.

Mayor Jeff Longwell announced Thursday that, in a reversal from an earlier budget recommendation presented to the City Council, Linwood and Evergreen branch libraries will be fully funded, as will CityArts. The city had been considering partnering with a third-party organization to operate the downtown art gallery and studio space.

"We don't intend to shut down those quality-of-life opportunities in the 2019 budget season," he said.

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Two Wichita public libraries could close under the city's new proposed budget.

The city is considering closing the Linwood Library in south Wichita next year and is looking at either closing or restructuring the Evergreen Library in north Wichita in 2020.

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One of the new additions to the Advanced Learning Library in Wichita is getting a lot of attention.


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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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