literature to unexpected spaces
Wichita Public Library is bringing area residents one-, three- and five-minute
doses of literary joy in collaboration with community partners. Mayor Jeff
Longwell and representatives from the Library made the announcement today at
the Advanced Learning Library.
Wichita Public Library is one of four libraries in the United States selected
to participate in the Public Library Association’s (PLA) Fostering Creative
Community Connections project. The initiative promotes reading and literary
joy, community engagement, library programs and services, and creative
expression from diverse writers through Short Story Dispensers and a national
short story contest. The project is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight
Foundation and managed by the PLA, a division of the American Library
Association, with support from community publisher Short Edition.
the grant, short story dispensers will be placed in locations across the
community. At the touch of a button, readers will receive a randomly printed
story from a catalog of thousands across a range of genres. Dispensers will
soon be available in the waiting rooms of the KU Wichita Pediatric Clinic and
the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center Clinic. A third dispenser will be moved to
different locations around the community, starting with Reverie Roasters at
2202 E Douglas.
interest in literacy and literature is an important role of the Wichita Public
Library,” explained Cynthia Berner, Director of Libraries. “Short Story
Dispensers are another way that we can expand the library’s community outreach
and engagement by connecting our programs and services into unexpected places
around the city. We look forward to working with our Short Story Dispenser
partners to encourage reading and to share the power of literature with our
September, the library also will be part of a national contest intended to generate
new original short stories from local writers, Berner reported.
Short Story Dispensers were first launched in France in 2015 by Short Edition,
which designed the dispensers to bring literature to unexpected places like
airports, train stations, shopping centers and hospitals.
the Wichita Public Library
Public Library provides collections and services that inform, entertain and
enrich the quality of life in Wichita. For more information, visit www.wichitalibrary.org.
the Public Library Association
Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to
supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals.
Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and
small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing
presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential
institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public
library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1
(800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in
journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S.
and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed
and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy
democracy. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.
The French startup Short Edition was created in
2011. Since then it has published 17 00 authors, generated more than 20 million
readings and has more than 200,000 subscribers on its collaborative platform
(available on all types of devices). Short Edition’s aim is to adapt literature
to the modern world by combining short stories, community and technology.