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National Library Week, April 19-25, Going Virtual

4/16/2020
Contact: Sean Jones, Library Communications Specialist |

​The Wichita Public Library invites residents to celebrate National Library Week, April 19-25, a little bit differently this year.

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries of all types across the country each April. It highlights the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities.

This National Library Week, residents can show appreciation and support for the Wichita Public Library virtually by visiting wichitalibrary.org, following along on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.

While the Library’s physical spaces are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, residents can still discover e-books, e-audiobooks, databases and other online resources by visiting wichitalibrary.org.

The original theme for National Library Week, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen months before the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced libraries to close physical locations. In response to rapidly-changing times, the theme was revised to “Find the library at your place” to bring attention to how libraries are open for business online, offering electronic services and digital content communities need now more than ever.

In times of uncertainty, libraries continue to respond to community needs in innovative and inspiring ways. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wichita Public Library continues to make a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources, including:

  • E-books and e-audiobooks through the digital collection on Libby, by OverDrive
  • Current and back issues of digital magazines through Flipster
  • Available grants nonprofits can apply for through Foundation Directory Online
  • Genealogical research available through Ancestry Library Edition
  • Access to dozens of research databases online 24/7

Wichita Public Library provides collections and services that inform, entertain and enrich the quality of life in Wichita. For more information, please visit www.wichitalibrary.org.

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