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The Wichita Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program is beginning a month early this year to give children and teens a way to continue learning at home. 


“We know that they need some sort of extracurricular activity to keep their minds busy, so we decided to start our Summer Reading Program early this year to accommodate that,” said Sean Jones, communications specialist at the library. “We just want them to have other options for recreational activities.”


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Now that the $38 million Advanced Learning Library in downtown Wichita is complete, city leaders are turning their attention to the six neighborhood libraries.

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The first report on how the new Advanced Learning Library in Wichita is serving the community is out.

It shows the number of people using the new library is growing, and visitors borrowed 67,898 materials in July to set a record.

The report, presented to city officials this week, shows about twice the number of people visited the new building in July compared to the Central Library last year at the same time.

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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.