After years of planning and a year and a half of construction, the Advanced Learning Library held a grand opening for the public! The celebration included a ceremonial book brigade, ribbon cutting ceremony, and special programming throughout the day.
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer proclaimed October 20 - 26, 2013 to be the Friends of the Library Week! Our group was cited as an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community.
The City Council approves the next step for a new Central Library at 711 W. Second St., the southwest corner of Second and McLean. This more modern library will allow for better access to technology, larger youth gathering and learning spaces, as well as other improvements.
The Friends opens the Used Book Store on the first floor of the Central Library. What started out as a gift shop in 1966 in reorganized and stocked with Library discards and donations from the public. Over the years, the store has become a dependable source of funds for the benefit of the Library system.
Grand opening of the Central Library at 223 S. Main St., Wichita, KS 67202. This new location provides a home base for the Friends and leads to increased interest and membership in the organization.
The organization is incorporated under the laws of the state of Kansas becoming the Friends of the Wichita Public Library, Inc., a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.
Establishment of the Friends of the Wichita Public Library organization.
Summer 2018 Newsletter
Check out the fun we had at our annual volunteer luncheon and see how we are preparing for the big move to the Advanced Learning Library.
Learn about the proposed design for the Advanced Learning Library, the time and commitment required to pull off a book sale, and how the Friends helped the Library purchase touchscreen tablets for children.