A Brief History

June 16, 2018

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.

October 2013

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.

July 2013

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.

October 1991

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. 

1967

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. 

1963

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. 

1938

Establishment of the Friends of the Wichita Public Library organization. 

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Friends Newsletters

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.

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Meet our Board of Directors, learn about volunteer opportunities, and get the inside scoop on our upcoming blowout book sale.

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Read a message from our President, get to know our Library Operations Manager, and view pictures of the progress on the Advanced Learning Library. 

November 2015 Newsletter

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.

June 2015 Newsletter

See what exciting things are happening in the libraries this summer, learn about our strategic plan, and check out what books are on our reading lists.

February 2015 Newsletter

Find out how we turn donations into library funds, get to know our bookstore manager and volunteers, and learn how we are celebrating the season.

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Call: (316) 261-8500

Email: friends@wichitalibrary.org

Advanced Learning Library

711 West 2nd. St. N.

Wichita KS, 67203

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