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Mayor Brewer Wins Library Award

Contact: Jennifer Heinicke, Wichita Public Library |

State library association honors him with advocacy award

Kansas Library Association will recognize Mayor Carl Brewer with a Presidential Award for Library Advocacy during its annual conference tonight in Wichita. The conference is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 210AB of the Wichita Hyatt Regency, 400 W. Waterman.

The KLA award is “given to an individual or institution in recognition of exemplary leadership or support for growth and development of the Kansas Library Association and/or a library or libraries in Kansas. Such leadership and support may be, for example, in areas of library-related legislation, media coverage or in writings which further the understanding and appreciation of Kansas and its libraries.”

Mayor Brewer was nominated by the Wichita Public Library, which cited his consistent and generous support of libraries and literacy projects in Wichita including “The Little Read” preschool book reading program, “The Art of Reading a Storybook” partnership and the “READ” posters campaign. The nomination letter also referenced his 2010 State of the City Address and his participation in last year’s joint conference of the KLA and Mountain Plains Library Association.

“Mayor Brewer seems to be only a phone call away whenever we need his assistance,” said Cynthia Berner-Harris, Director of Libraries for the City of Wichita. “He not only works to fulfill the requests, but often takes them to the next level of impact.”

For more information about the Kansas Library Association’s Presidential Awards, visit

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