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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.

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Wichita Public Library's Central Branch at its current location.

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

Director of Libraries Cynthia Berner says the new library will be a place where people can come together as well as access information.

“We have come up with a preliminary design for a building that will not only meet today’s needs for the public library, but it will take us well into the future as the public library services continue to evolve,” Berner says.

The current Central Library on Main Street opened in 1967.

For more information, visit supportwichitalibraries.org.

Deborah joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014 as a news reporter. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan. Before relocating to Wichita in 2013, Deborah taught news and broadcasting classes at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.