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Celebrate at the Library in April

Contact: Julie Linneman, Programming & Outreach Manager |

Free events include National Library Week, Young Artists’ Exhibition and the 10th Anniversary of the Lionel Alford Regional Library

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 the National Endowment for the Humanities and Friends of the Wichita Public Library for making many of these events possible.

Alford Branch Library 10th Anniversary Celebration
Join in a special birthday party for the Lionel D. Alford Regional Branch Library. Take part in a trivia challenge, meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, make crafts, and enjoy other events throughout the day to honor this milestone. Watch the library’s website,, for a complete schedule of activities.

  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, April 13, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

Fourth Annual Young Artists’ Exhibition
Artwork from children attending area early childhood programs will be displayed throughout April in celebration of Week of the Young Child (April 14-20). Early childhood programs help children learn valuable skills for life and school-readiness, and allow parents to work. The Library provides bulk loans and outreach programs to enhance their experience. All exhibits are available during regular business hours.

National Library Week
The Wichita Public Library will celebrate community during National Library Week, April 14-20. Whether you are a life-long library cardholder or new to Wichita, there are a variety of ways to participate in the celebration, including:

  • Enter to win prizes in our Facebook contest
  • Show your library card for discounts at local businesses
  • Replace your library card at no charge at any Wichita Public Library location
    All ages are encouraged to participate.

ARISE and Sing
In honor of National Library Week and the Week of the Young Child, the ARISE ensemble will present a mini-workshop of storytelling and singing. Learn the secret messages of the Underground Railroad and learn to sing the Spirituals in this family program highlighting music, stories and poetry from the African-American tradition. ARISE (African-Americans Renewing Interest in Spirituals Ensemble) is comprised of music- and history-minded individuals who seek to keep alive these almost-forgotten songs. Children ages 4-12 with their families will learn more about the message of these songs and the people who were inspired and encouraged by them. (45 minutes)

  • 3 p.m., Saturday, April 20, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

Amazing Records Created by Federal Land Records
Learn which states were public land states – and what that means. We will review tract books, plat and field notes, as well as case files. Cosponsored by the Wichita Genealogical Society ( (2 hours)

  • 1 p.m., Saturday, April 20, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian, 337-9119

How a Poet Works
“I loafe and invite my soul, / I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass”: so Walt Whitman describes the work of a poet who activates the subtle machinations of the mind, heart, and soul. We may see the poet chewing grass, lost in a Kansas field, studying Lewis and Clark’s impressions of the Missouri River, or addressing a legislative committee. Susan Rieke explores the notions of work, the relevance of poetry, the “busy” life of a person who appears “lazy,” and the importance of art to the soul of a nation. Rieke is a professor of English at the University of St. Mary. Co-presented by the Kansas Humanities Council. (60 minutes)

  • 6 p.m., Monday, April 22, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th, 688-9361

Start Your Business Workshop: Using Social Media to Promote Your Business
Starting or currently running a small business? Get practical advice from SCORE experts with real-world experience. Registration begins Wednesday, April 10, call 261-8500. (90 minutes)

  • 1 p.m., Saturday, April 27, Central Library, 223 S. Main, 261-8500

For more information about these, or any other upcoming Library programs, call the Central Library at 261-8500 or visit the Library’s website

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