The Dr. Ronald W. Walters Branch library, located at 4195 E. Harry St., will begin curbside operations on Monday, February 1. The Walters Branch is the new home of the former Linwood Park Branch library, which closed on January 15, 2021.
“The Walters Branch gives the Wichita Public Library an opportunity to restore library services to City Council District III while building and strengthening partnerships in the community,” said Kristi Dowell, interim Director of Libraries. “This new space will let customers in southeast Wichita connect, participate and learn with the library.
The new location will be open 1-8 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. When it opens, it will offer materials pick up as well as printing, copying and faxing services all through curbside operations. A 24/7 book drop will be available at the new location for materials returns, as well.
The 6,904 square foot space is named after Dr. Ronald W. Walters, an American author, speaker and scholar of African American politics who, in 1958, organized the Dockum Drugstore Sit-In in Wichita, Kansas. His career included national and international impact through academia. Upon his death, former Governor Sam Brownback wrote: “On September 10, 2010, our nation lost a true American hero, and Kansas lost one of its most glorious native sons, Dr. Ronald W. Walters.”
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