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Spring Library Events For Adults Announced

12/9/2011
Jennifer Heinicke, Special Projects Librarian | JHeinicke@wichita.gov | (316) 261-8524

Schedule Features Academy Award® Shorts, African-American History Month Events

All programs are free. Accommodations for those with special needs are available. Please request at (316) 261-8500 a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the event. Seating is limited. Thanks to the City of Wichita, Wichita Public Library Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and Friends of the Wichita Public Library for making many of these programs possible. OUR TOP PICKS ARE IN RED!

Monthly Book Discussion Groups
Registration is not required. Check www.wichita.lib.ks.us for title information. (60 minutes)

  • Evergreen Branch Library - 1st Tuesdays
    1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 6, April 3, and May 1, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • Evergreen Branch Library - 1st Thursdays
    7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, March 1, April 5 and May 3, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • Orchard Park Branch Library - 1st Fridays
    1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 2, April 6, and May 4, Orchard Park Branch Library, 4808 W. 9th, 337-9084
  • Westlink Branch Library - 3rd Tuesdays
    1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 20, April 17, and May 15, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456
  • Central Library – 3rd Tuesdays
    7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 20, April 17, and May 15, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Masters of Mystery (4th Wednesdays)
    7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 28, April 25 and May 23, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119
  • Cozy Mystery (Last Mondays)
    1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 26, April 30, and May 21, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Read the Rainbow: The Ninth Annual Adult Winter Reading Program
Challenge yourself to read different genres of books in the Wichita Public Library's annual winter reading program – just for participants ages 18 and up. Read books. Win prizes. See www.wichita.lib.ks.us beginning Monday, Jan. 9, for complete rules, prize information and reading ideas.

  • Monday, Jan. 9, through Thursday, March 8, at all Wichita Public Library locations

Senior Wednesdays
Senior Wednesdays are designed for active seniors age 55 or better and offered in cooperation with nine other institutions across Wichita. See www.seniorwednesday.org for complete details. (60 minutes)

  • Bartlett Arboretum Centennial
    Wichita Eagle photographer Jaime Green will show her documentary and talk about the 100th anniversary of the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine.
    1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Wichita Blues: Henry Walker Performs
    Musician Henry Walker shares blues, jazz and R&B songs, both traditional and original. Walker has entertained Wichita for over a decade.
    1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Alice Guy Blaché: First Woman of Moving Pictures
    Racine Zackula discusses the life of the first female director in America, Alice Guy Blaché, and shows film clips in honor of Women’s History Month.
    1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Modern Landscape Photography: From Its Roots to the “Blue Sky”
    Photographer John Ellert traces the roots of modern landscape photography and shows how those antecedents led to the work embodied in the exhibit "Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky" exhibit at the Central Library March 24-April 30.
    1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Overview of the Underview
    History interpreter, corsetiere and seamstress Maria McCartney shares the inside view of Victorian ladies’ garments, including their unique construction and how they are worn.
    1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

NEW SERIES! Kid Lit for Adults
Enjoy an informal book discussion of quality literature. Welcome to parents, grandparents, teachers, media specialists, librarians and all adults who enjoy reading children's books. This is an opportunity to hear different perspectives and enhance your understanding of children's literature. Registration is required; see individual listings for details. (2 hours)

  • Margaret Wise Brown
    "The Runaway Bunny," "The Little Island" and "Goodnight Moon" will be discussed. Registration begins Wednesday, Dec. 28; call the Evergreen Branch Library at 303-8181 to register.
    10:15 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • Maurice Sendak
    “Where the Wild Things Are,” “In the Night Kitchen” and “Nutshell Library” by Maurice Sendak will be discussed. Registration begins Wednesday, Jan. 25; call the Evergreen Branch Library at 303-8181 to register.
    10:15 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • Beatrix Potter
    “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” “The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher” and “The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes” by Beatrix Potter will be discussed. Registration begins Wednesday, Feb. 22; call the Evergreen Branch Library at 303-8181 to register.
    10:15 a.m., Saturday, March 10, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • Mo Willems
    “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” and “Elephants Cannot Dance” by Mo Willems will be discussed. Registration begins Wednesday, March 28; call the Evergreen Branch Library at 303-8181 to register.
    10:15 a.m., Saturday, April 14, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181

Crafts 4 Fun
Adults need creativity in their lives, so exercise your brain with a new craft! Each month, different projects will be explored. Registration is requested as supplies are provided. (60 minutes)

  • Decorative Painting
    Learn different techniques to decorate everyday items with style. Participants will learn basic decorative paint techniques and have a completed project at the end of class. Registration begins Wednesday, Dec. 28; call the Central Library's Art, Music and Video Section at 261-8506 to register.
    10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • ZenTangles®
    This technique of drawing helps develop your creativity and is so simple, you can draw anytime and anywhere! Come and create a masterpiece. Registration begins Wednesday, Jan. 25; call the Central Library's Art, Music and Video Section at 261-8506 to register.
    10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Egg Decorating
    Egg-strordinary fun with eggs will be had by all participants. We will provide a hollowed egg for decoration and you will dazzle us with your creation. Registration begins Wednesday, Feb. 22; call the Central Library's Art, Music and Video Section at 261-8506 to register.
    10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 10, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Shakers!
    How can one describe this fun? Make a window on a card to include confetti, glitter, and cuteness to any greeting. Just come and see! Registration begins Wednesday, March 28; call the Central Library's Art, Music and Video Section at 261-8506 to register.
    10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Hands-on Help
Visit the Technology Training Center at the Central Library anytime during the session for assistance with your individual computer needs. Struggling with formatting your résumé? Don’t know the best way to manage your digital photos? Need help finding reliable information on the Internet? We can help. Bring your specific question or project. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Wichita Genealogical Society Programs
The Wichita Genealogical Society, a support organization of the Wichita Public Library, offers programs monthly that explore topics of interest to family researchers. Programs are open to the public. For more information, visit the Society's website at www.wichitagensoc.org. (2 hours, unless otherwise noted)

  • Online Searches: Advantages and Limitations
    There are different techniques and tools to use when you are researching records electronically to research your family history. Just don’t forget that a printed version may have additional information!
    1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119
  • William Allen White’s Heartland Values
    William Allen White used the platform of the Emporia Gazette over a 50-year period to define the common values of the American Heartland. He believed that democracy and citizenship were at their best in small towns. In his editorials, speeches, and books, White talked about a citizenship ethic based on reason, kindness, and justice and advocated a middle class society as the best venue for practicing citizenship and democracy. Participants will hear various quotations from White’s work, including passages drawn from his nationally-recognized editorials. Presented by Frederick A. Krebs.
    1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119
  • What Are the Cuban Papers?
    The "Papeles Procedentes de Cuba," better know as "The Cuban Papers," are an archive of Spanish colonial records for Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. They begin in 1570s until 1898. Learn how to access them and use them to research your family history.
    1 p.m., Saturday, March 17, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119
  • Looking for Lost Children
    Adoption records have changed over the years. We will look at ways to locate information to help fill in the leaves on your family tree.
    1 p.m., Saturday, April 21, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119
  • Kansas Cattle Towns
    Texas Longhorn cattle, rowdy cowboys, gamblers, gunslingers and tempting women combined to produce the archetypal Kansas cattle town. Chronicled in literature, music, and movies, the cattle town has been a common setting for adventure and intrigue, but the real meaning and importance of cattle towns has rarely been explained. Many misconceptions have endured to distort the actual history of the Kansas cattle town. This presentation will reveal the Wild West as it really was. Presented by Jim Gray.
    1 p.m., Saturday, May 19, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

Tuesday Topics
Learn more about current topics of local interest on the fourth Tuesday of every month. This is your chance to ask questions from area decision-makers on newsworthy events. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch; drinks will be provided. Cosponsored by the League of Women Voters Wichita - Metro. (90 minutes)

  • Tax Reform
    Learn more about how taxes work and what changes in the tax structure might mean for you and our economy.
    11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Immigration Issues
    American immigration policy is complex. What strategy should we be taking to allow new immigrants to come to America?
    11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb.28, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Health Care Funding
    Considering that health care affects all Americans, should the government require all citizens to carry a minimal amount of health care coverage?
    11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 27, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Google Docs
Get started with Google Docs, a web-based word processor, spreadsheet and presentation service offered for free by Google. You can create, edit and share documents online and store any file up to 1 gigabyte. Basic mouse and keyboard skills are necessary. (90 minutes)

  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580
  • 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

POPULAR! Borrowing Audiobooks and E-books
Did you know you can download books from your library for your portable devices, including many smartphones, e-book readers, and music players? Learn how in this hands-on session. Feel free to bring your portable device if you have one. Basic mouse and keyboard skills are necessary. (90 minutes)

  • 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 30, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • 2:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456
  • 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 12, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361
  • 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119
  • 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 19, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Plenty of Love to Spare: Becoming a Foster Family
Learn more about how you can become a foster parent for a child who needs a family. Karen Lippoldt from the Salvation Army will share details on what is involved and answer questions for anyone who might be considering becoming a foster family. (60 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456
  • 7 p.m., Monday, March 12, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Introducing Microsoft Word
Create documents with Microsoft’s powerful word processor, Word 2007, and learn some of its built-in tools and options. Basic mouse and keyboard skills are necessary. (90 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

The Power of Words: Stories with Dylan Pritchett
Go on a journey of history, fantasy, culture and truth as Dylan Pritchett weaves African and African-American stories into a fun-packed evening! All ages welcome. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Part of the Library’s African-American History Month Celebration. (60 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, The Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water

Far and Wide: Stories with Dylan Pritchett
We grew up on stories told by Grandma and Grandpa! Make sure you come to hear Dylan Pritchett rekindle those age-old lessons learned which transcend time and place. Bring your children, laughter and smiles as Dylan tells stories of hope, strength and humor! He might play a little music too! For ages 4 and up with family. Part of the Library’s African-American History Month Celebration. (45-60 minutes)

  • 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580
  • 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Telling Stories with Impact: A Workshop with Dylan Pritchett
This workshop is designed to strengthen the storytelling skills of parents, teachers, librarians or anyone who wants to become a better storyteller! Dylan’s workshop will examine listening skills, voice inflection, body movement and purpose while having a whole lot of fun! Since 1990, Pritchett has been a full time storyteller, taking his African and African-American folktales to hundreds of schools throughout the country. He enjoys a close professional association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he performs and leads workshops for teachers on using storytelling in the classroom. Registration required and begins Wednesday, Jan. 18; call the Angelou Northeast Branch Library at 688-9580 to register. Part of the Library’s African-American History Month Celebration. (3 hours)

  • 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580

Introducing Email
Set up and use your own electronic mail account to use from the Library or your own computer. Basic mouse and keyboard skills recommended. (90 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, Linwood Branch Library, 1901 S. Kansas, 303-9125

"When I Rise"
This documentary shares the story of a gifted black music student at the University of Texas who is thrust into a civil rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. When Barbara is expelled from the cast, the incident escalates to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar. This small-town girl, whose voice and spirit stem from her roots in East Texas, emerges as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world. Not rated. Part of the Library’s African-American History Month Celebration. (75 minutes)

  • 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

ANNUAL FAVORITE! The 26th Annual Academy Award® Nominated Short Films
Save the date for this annual event. This is Wichita’s chance to see Academy Award®-nominated short subjects—films running 40 minutes or less—in animation, live action and documentary categories. One of the first places in the nation to offer this program, Wichita’s program attracts hundreds of film fans each year. Films are not rated and may not be suitable for all audiences. Enjoy animated, live action and documentary categories at the Warren Old Town Theatre, 353 N. Mead, and the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Most branch library showings will feature animated and live action shorts, although the Rockwell Branch Library's will feature documentaries only. New this year is a Friday afternoon showing, and all showings take place before the big show – the Academy Awards itself! Be sure to vote for your favorites so we can determine if Wichita's favorites match the Academy's winners. Watch www.wichita.lib.ks.us for more information as nominees are announced. All showings are FREE! (Running times vary)

  • 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, Warren Old Town Theatre, 353 N. Mead (all categories)
  • 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119 (animation & live action)
  • 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456 (animation & live action)
  • 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181 (animation & live action)
  • 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th St., 688-9361 (documentaries)
  • 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580 (animation & live action)
  • 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, The Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway (all categories)

What I Hate About My House
Learn affordable ways to evaluate the use of space at your house and easy decorating tips that will help you fall in love with your house again. Bring photos of your problem rooms to receive customized advice and ideas. (90 minutes)

  • 2 p.m., Saturday, March 10, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181

Introducing Microsoft Excel
Create tables and solve problems with Microsoft’s powerful spreadsheet program, Excel 2007. Basic mouse and keyboard skills are necessary. (90 minutes)

  • 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 20, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Beginning Genealogy 101: Paths to the Past
Join an eight-week class in the basics of genealogy. Beginning students will learn how to get started on researching and documenting their own family history. Session topics cover different types of searches, compiling information, and sharing your research. The cost is $30.00 for non-WGS members; this price includes a one-year membership in the Wichita Genealogical Society. Current members pay $10.00. Registration is required and begins Feb. 1, 2012. Registration forms are located at Library service desks or online at www.wichitagensoc.org. Cosponsored by the Wichita Genealogical Society. (90 minutes)

  • 7 p.m., Thursdays, March 29-May 17, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

TRAVELING EXHIBIT Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky: Photographing the West
This national traveling exhibit unites the efforts of eight photographers working on three separate photography projects. Each project seeks to illuminate the beauty, tragedy, and strength of a different geographic region. Martin Stupich documents the lost of the wilderness, the red desert, to an energy boom in southern Wyoming. Central Kansas, the green prairie, is depicted by George Jerkovich in stunning panoramic photographs. The Llano Estacado ("Staked Plains") of northwest Texas is displayed by six artists tackling a variety of issues including the decline of cattle ranching, the difficulty of locating water, and the challenges of an economy shifting from agriculture to healthcare and education. Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky is a program of Exhibits USA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Opening reception: 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 25, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Exhibit typically available during business hours, Saturday, March 24, through Monday, April 30, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Introducing Microsoft PowerPoint
Make a computerized presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 to lead your next business meeting or share your vacation photos. Basic mouse and keyboard skills are necessary. (90 minutes)

  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119
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