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Fall Library Events for Adults Announced

8/13/2012
Jennifer Heinicke, Special Projects Librarian | JHeinicke@wichita.gov | (316) 261-8524

Highlights Include Hispanic Heritage, The Big Read - Wichita, Western Days 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. 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, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • Evergreen Branch Library - 1st Thursdays
    NEW TIME: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • Orchard Park Branch Library - 1st Fridays
    NEW TIME: 2:15 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7, Orchard Park Branch Library, 4808 W. 9th, 337-9084
  • Westlink Branch Library - 3rd Tuesdays
    1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456
  • On the Same Page (Central Library – 3rd Tuesdays)
    NEW TIME: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Masters of Mystery (4th Wednesdays)
    NEW TIME: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, Oct. 24 and Nov. 28, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119
  • Mystery (Last Mondays)
    1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 26 and Dec. 17, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Kid Lit for Adults
Parents, grandparents, teachers, media specialists, librarians and all adults who enjoy reading children's books will enjoy this informal discussion of quality literature. Hear different perspectives and enhance your understanding of children's literature. Registration is required; see individual listings for details. (2 hours)

  • Mem Fox
    "Possum Magic," "Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge," "Koala Lou," "Where Is the Green Sheep?" and "Ten Little Fingers" will be discussed. Registration begins Wednesday, Aug. 22; call the Evergreen Branch Library at 303-8181 to register.
    • 10:15 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • Allen Say
    “Bicycle Man,” “The Boy of the Three Year Nap,” "Grandfather's Journey," "Emma's Rug" and “Drawing from Memory” will be discussed. Registration begins Wednesday, Sept. 26; call the Evergreen Branch Library at 303-8181 to register.
    • 10:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • Denise Fleming
    “Barnyard Banter,” “In the Small, Small Pond,” "Mama Cat Has Three Kittens," "Alphabet Under Construction" and “Shout! Shout It Out!” will be discussed. Registration begins Wednesday, Oct. 24; call the Evergreen Branch Library at 303-8181 to register.
    • 10:15 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181

Crafts 4 Fun
Add creativity to your life: come and learn a new craft each month. Registration is required so enough supplies can be assured for class members. Open to ages 14 and up. (60 minutes)

  • Duct Tape-a-Rama
    Most people just think duct tape is industrial and sticky, but this multipurpose problem solver has inspired people to make everything from wallets to prom dresses! Come explore different ideas and make a project during class. Registration begins Wednesday, Aug. 22; call 261-8506.
    • 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Embroidery Floss Chains
    Make a super easy and colorful necklace from the simplest of materials. Try a project that makes fiber art fun! Registration begins Wednesday, Sept. 26; call 261-8506.
    • 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Paper Wreaths
    Found paper items combine with simple techniques to equal a super work of art! Come work on a project that will be sure to be admired for its beauty and ingenuity. Registration begins Wednesday, Oct. 24; call 261-8506.
    • 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

A Taste of Puerto Rico and Venezuela
Discover different Latin cuisine flavors as you get acquainted with the Puerto Rican and Venezuelan cuisine. Learn a little bit about the two countries and the influences of conquerors in their foods. Enjoy the unique seasonings and unique flavors with a small sample of one of the recipes. Presented by Elizabeth Brunscheen-Cartagena and Lehisa de Fornoza from the Sedgwick County Extension Office. Part of the Library's Hispanic Heritage Celebration. (60 minutes)

  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

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

  • Raymond Olais: From California to Kansas
    Although you may not know his name, you've probably seen Raymond Olais' public art in north Wichita at the Evergreen Branch Library and Nomar International Marketplace. Learn more about his artistic journey to Kansas. Part of the Library's Hispanic Heritage Celebration.
    • 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 1920s Automobiles and Early Wichita Dealerships
    Dr. Jim Mershon reveals the history of Wichita’s early automobile dealerships in this illustrated lecture. Part of The Big Read – Wichita celebration. See a complete listing of events at www.bigreadwichita.org.
    • 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • The Music of Mike Flavin
    Kansan Mike Flavin has been singing ever since appearing on stage solo at age 7, and will share his favorite "country, western, with a taste of folk" music. Part of the Library's Western Days celebration.
    • 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Senior Wednesday Holiday Party
    Enjoy refreshments, seasonal music, and learn about Senior Wednesday's plans for 2013.
    • 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.

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, Sept. 19, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Helping Your Child Get Ready to Read
Children’s minds get ready to read long before they start school. Come learn about the six literacy skills children need to acquire before they are six, and the fun ways you can help children get ready to read. We will discuss some of the best books and activities to engage children’s minds and encourage a love of literacy. (Childcare is not provided.) Registration is appreciated, but not required. (60 minutes)

  • 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119 (Registration begins Wednesday, Aug. 29; call 337-9119 to register.)
  • 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181 (Registration begins Wednesday, Oct. 3; call 303-8181 to register.)

E-books and E-readers
Did you know you can download e-books from your library for your portable devices, including e-book readers and many smartphones? Learn how in this session. Feel free to bring your portable device if you have one. (90 minutes)

  • 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, Linwood Branch Library, 1901 S. Kansas, 303-9125
  • 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119
  • 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 17, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Looking for Genealogy Information in Kansas
When did your ancestors first come to Kansas? We will look at the many ways to research in Kansas. If you've hit a brick wall in your family history research, we'll hopefully give you a new clue to break through it! Cosponsored by the Wichita Genealogical Society. For more information, visit the Society's web site at www.wichitagensoc.org. (2 hours)

  • 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, 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. Speakers begin at 12 p.m. Cosponsored by the League of Women Voters Wichita - Metro. (90 minutes)

  • KanCare
    How will changes to the state's Medicaid program affect citizens? What decisions have yet to be made, and what questions should voters be asking candidates about KanCare?
    • 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • Fluoridation
    Should a community add fluoride to its water supply? What are the pros and cons?
    • 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • The Affordable Health Care Act
    After the 2012 presidential election, discuss what you think the future for the Affordable Health Care Act is – will it abolished? If not, how will it be implemented?
    • 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Medicare Enrollment Information
Learn what you can expect from Medicare with the changes in rules and drug plans. This presentation is geared for those signing up for Medicare (ages 65 and over) and those who care for them. Attendees at this program will have the first opportunity to make reservations for the Thursday, Nov. 1 open enrollment session. Presented by a SHICK (Senior Health in Central Kansas) representative. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

Understanding the Jazz Age
Are you getting ready for The Big Read – Wichita? Will you be leading a book club session or want to go to a discussion fully prepared? This informational session will provide you with background on the era, the context for F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and other relevant information to better understand and discuss the novel. Kerry Jones, MFA, has taught “Literature of the Jazz Age” at Wichita State University. Registration begins Wednesday, Sept. 12; call 337-9456. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

The Big Read Kickoff
Celebrate the Jazz Age with the Roberto Bernardinello Band, vocalist Kylie Jo Smith and Ballet Wichita. Enjoy a dramatized reading of this year's Big Read selection, F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." Autos from the era will be on display outside. Pick up your copy of "The Great Gatsby" while supplies last. Part of The Big Read – Wichita celebration. See a complete listing of events at www.bigreadwichita.org. (2 hours)

  • 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd

Managing Digital Pictures
Digital cameras are great, but how do you manage all those digital photo files on your computer? How do you share them with friends and family? Find out how to view your picture files and see basic picture file management with Windows. We'll also introduce free picture software and photo sharing web sites. (60 minutes)

  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500
  • 2:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580
  • 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

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)

  • 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

Monopoly® Game Tournament
Go directly to the Evergreen Public Library! Do not pass Go! Do not collect $200! Release your inner desire for money, ambition, and greed. Will you win big or will you lose it all? For adults and teens aged 13 and up. Part of The Big Read – Wichita celebration. See a complete listing of events at www.bigreadwichita.org. Registration begins Wednesday, Oct. 3: call 303-8181. (2.5 hours)

  • 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181

Jazz Music from the Jazz Age
F. Scott Fitzgerald coined the term "The Jazz Age." Come hear the Friends University Jazz Band play the music that defined an era. Part of The Big Read – Wichita celebration. See a complete listing of events at www.bigreadwichita.org. (45-60 minutes)
6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

  • 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580

Computing in the Cloud
Get started with Google Docs and Microsoft Live, free web-based word processors, spreadsheets and more. You can create, edit and share documents online from any internet-connected computer. Basic mouse and keyboard skills are necessary. (90 minutes)

  • 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181

Cash in with Coupons
Find tips on using coupons effectively, where to find coupons, and different methods of organizing them. Individuals will gain encouragement and skills to maximize their household budget dollars more efficiently. Led by a representative from the Sedgwick County Extension Office. (60 minutes)

  • 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer, 337-9456

The Big Read Matinee: "The Great Gatsby"
Robert Redford brings the unforgettable character of Jay Gatsby to life on the big screen in this 1974 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." Commentary follows. Part of The Big Read – Wichita celebration. See a complete listing of events at www.bigreadwichita.org. (About 2 hours)

  • 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway St

F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby," and the American Dream
The 1920s was a decade of glitz and glamour, flappers, gin and petting parties, and false opulence. At the center of it all was its self-appointed king, F. Scott Fitzgerald, who is today best remembered for his tragic hero, Jay Gatsby. Keynote delivered by Kerry Jones, MFA, Wichita State University Department of English. Part of The Big Read – Wichita celebration. See a complete listing of events at www.bigreadwichita.org. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Introducing Email
We’ll show you how to set up and use your own electronic mail account that you can use from the Library or home. Basic mouse and keyboard skills are necessary. (90 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

"The Great Gatsby": Age as a Lens
How does your personal chronological age affect how you look at literature? Does required reading get a new glow as one matures? Come discuss "Gatsby" and how the experience of re-reading a book can change one's perspective (or not). Part of The Big Read – Wichita celebration. See a complete listing of events at www.bigreadwichita.org. (60 minutes)

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

In Search of America’s Lost Ballparks
Learn what became of Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds, Sportsman’s Park and other "lost" ballparks through the games played, history and transitions in baseball. (60 minutes)

  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Medicare Open Enrollment
Get help registering for Medicare or changing your drug coverage plan. Contact the Sedgwick County Extension Office to make your appointment. (5 hours)

  • 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

Zelda Fitzgerald: Muse to Madness
Zelda Fitzgerald and her husband, writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, were the golden couple of the 1920s, epitomizing the roaring promise of the decade. Zelda and Scott’s brilliance and their excesses defined the age. And like the decade itself, their brief, tempestuous lives ended in calamity. Beginning at age 30, Zelda spent much of her remaining years in mental hospitals, receiving treatment for schizophrenia. She perished at age 48 in a fire at Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. "Muse to Madness" allows Zelda herself to tell the story of her glory and her disintegration. Zelda (as portrayed by Debra Conner) takes her guests on a journey through memory, recounting her life as wife and muse to one of America’s greatest writers. It is, as one writer described it, “the saddest story you’ve ever heard.” Part of The Big Read – Wichita celebration. See a complete listing of events at www.bigreadwichita.org. (60 minutes)

  • 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, Friends University, Alumni Auditorium (Davis Hall), 2100 W. University Ave.

The Millers of Kansas
Flour milling was one of the major economic enterprises in Kansas from the 1880s-1950s. Mills were often the foundation of many Kansas towns and provided the basis for community life, attracting workers, post offices, railroads, and schools. This discussion will explore the lives of mill workers, the impact milling had on communities, and how those communities coped when mills began consolidating and closing after World War II. Norman Saul is a retired professor of Russian history at the University of Kansas. His talk is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council. Part of the Library's Western Days celebration. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

Choosing an E-reader
Buying an e-reader can be a tricky experience. How do you choose one while the list of features gets longer and longer? Library staff will discuss the choices to make before shopping, and have some current e-readers and tablet computers for you to test. (60 minutes)

  • 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181
  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Cowboy Poet Ron Wilson
Ron Wilson likes to say he's been "a 4-H member, FFA officer, farm radio broadcaster, college lecturer, Congressional staffer, association executive, rural development director, corporate vice-president, small business co-founder, rodeo ticket-taker, Sunday School teacher, diaper changer, bottle washer, tractor driver, posthole digger, thistle chopper, haybale stacker, fence fixer, calf holder, manure scooper, and tail twister." As a poet, he's performed everywhere from the Peace Treaty Pageant in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Part of the Library's Western Days celebration. (60 minutes)

  • 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Evergreen Branch Library 10th Anniversary Open House
Take part in a day-long celebration, highlighted by an appearance by the Tallgrass Express String Band at 6:30 p.m. In historic western dress, they sing and play a variety of instruments including fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, upright bass, dobro, harmonica, and concertina. Tallgrass Express' repertoire is as broad as the cultural roots of Kansas. Genres include fast-driving old time and bluegrass favorites, beautiful ancient Celtic tunes, early American gospel hymns, and beloved country and western standards. They include many of their own original songs written in traditional style about Kansas and the land and life of the Flint Hills. (Open house lasts all day; concert is 6:30-7:15 p.m.)

  • 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, 303-8181

The Cherokee Strip Land Rush
Heather Ferguson, director of the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum, will discuss the role of Kansas in the land rush. Although the land rush took place in Oklahoma, five of the starting points were in Kansas. The largest of these, Arkansas City, exploded in population from 5,000 to more than 100,000 people. This talk is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council and is cosponsored by the Wichita Genealogical Society. For more information, visit the Society's web site at www.wichitagensoc.org. Part of the Library's Western Days celebration. (2 hours)

  • 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

Cowboy Poetry with Kansas Jim
Kansas Jim writes cowboy poetry "to keep the legends of the West." He writes, "Folks that helped each other, stood by their friends and fought through dust storms and cyclones and droughts and blizzards and floods and stood tall and proud. This is the legend of the cowboy that is worth celebrating and keeping." Part of the Library's Western Days celebration. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

Jim Erickson: The Nature of the Western Film
KMUW's film reviewer for 38 years, Jim Erickson taught narrative in literature and film at Wichita State University from 1966 until his retirement in 1997. Here, he'll discuss the classic western hero and how they are similar to other universal figures in film and legend. Part of the Library's Western Days celebration. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

A Kwanzaa Celebration
Join us as Wichita's own Griots share stories that highlight the seven principles of Kwanzaa for the entire family, ages 3 and up. (60 minutes)

  • 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st, 688-9580
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