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May Library Events Usher in Summer

Contact: Julie Linneman, Programming & Outreach Manager |

End of the school year means start of Summer Reading

Water Wise Gardening
Educating yourself about water efficient technologies and strategies in regards to your own lawn or landscape will help conserve our natural resource and save you money. Learn expert advice from the Sedgwick County Extension Office about how to have a great lawn and garden while still conserving water. (60 minutes)

  • 6 p.m., Monday, May 6, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th St., 688-9361

Senior Wednesday: Welcome to Marion County, Kansas!
Take an armchair visit to learn more about what interesting things there are to see and do in nearby Marion County. (60 minutes) 10:30 a.m.,

  • Wednesday, May 8, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Quarterly Meeting: If These Walls Could Talk
Lori De Winkler has always been interested in local history. She is a paranormal investigator and was a tour guide for Haunted Wichita in 2011 and for Ghost Tours of Kansas in Wichita in 2012. In July of 2011, she and Darin Peterson, another paranormal investigator, started the group "Moonlit Ghost Hunts". She wrote a booklet, "Haunted Delano", which features the history of buildings in the Delano area of Wichita. She is currently working on a book about historic tales across Kansas, sharing the history of both people and places. Cosponsored by the Wichita Genealogical Society. ( (2 hours)

  • 1 p.m., Saturday, May 18, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

Summer Reading begins May 23!
Children ages 0-17 can “Dig into READING” while teens entering grades 6-12 can go “Beneath the Surface” with the 2013 Summer Reading and Teens Read programs. Children in the Summer Reading Program will track the number of books read. Those who meet their reading goals will receive finisher prize packets. Participants in the Teens Read program report the amount of time spent reading and are eligible for prize drawings throughout and at the end of the reading program. Information about the summer reading programs, as well as information about corresponding events in June and July, is available at all Wichita Public Library locations.

All events 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. Central Library can accommodate larger groups; call 261-8512. Thanks to the City of Wichita, Wichita Public Library Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Leonard and Celia Levand Trust and Friends of the Wichita Public Library for making many of these events possible.

For more information about these and other May events at the Wichita Public Library, visit the Library website or call the Library at 261-8500.

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