Grand opening of Advanced Learning Library marks new chapter for Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. Update: June 16

More than 900 people donated their time Saturday to help with the grand opening of The Advanced Learning Library.

The Wichita Public Library asked for 500 volunteers to help it open the new library. Instead, about 900 showed up.

People from around Wichita, including mayor Jeff Longwell helped form a ceremonial brigade to bring-in the last of the books from the Central Public Library.

It's a tradition that started when the Central Library opened in 1967 and high schoolers helped bring over children's books from the old library across the street.

The New Advanced Learning Library is equip with new technology and a more modern design.

Volunteers at the grand opening say they will still miss Wichita's Central Library.

"We came down here because I remember my mom taking me to the Central Library when I was little. It's very exciting to see this new space and all the new activities and the new technology they have," says Leslie Baylor.
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The Wichita Public Library will begin writing a new chapter this Saturday.

The Advanced Learning Library will host its Grand Opening on Saturday, June 16. KWCH got a tour of the new library which is located at 711 West 2nd St N.

It offers a variety of new spaces and equipment for your family's reading and research needs. It also features outdoor spaces, outdoor areas for reading and a coffee shop.

The library is hoping that this upgraded facility will provide the community with a library of the future by incorporating many new technologies and services.

"This is a building where people learn in multiple ways, not just by reading but by watching, by viewing, working together collaboratively," Cynthia Berner, Director of Libraries says.

The digital pavilion will have a substantial number of new computers and collaboration spaces, with enough outlets to keep everyone plugged-in.

The teen area will house educational and entertainment activities geared toward teenagers.

The children's area will have a quiet room, a family restroom and spaces customized to different ages.

The special collections center will have lots of resources to help you research your genealogy and family tree.

The coffee shop on the first-floor boasts coffee from Wichita's own Reverie Roasters.

It also has a parking lot adjacent to the building so there are no streets to cross between the lot and your vehicle.

The new building opens to the public at 10 a.m. Prior to opening, there will be a ceremonial book brigade moving items from the old Central Library to the new library; remarks by the Mayor and other officials; and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Library will also host special programming throughout the day which includes music programs, Story times for children and demonstrations by GoCreate.

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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Advanced Learning Library's West Entrance.

Before the ribbon is cut there will be brief comments by City officials, Library Board members, Foundation dignitaries, and others.

City of Wichita mascots Barry the Bison, Sparky the Fire Dog, and Sergeant Justice will be there.

Grand Opening Events Schedule

* 8:00 - Ceremonial book brigade lines up and to move materials to from the old to the new building

* 8:00 – First shuttle leaves from the parking garage by the former Gander Mountain, for the Advanced Learning Library

* 9:30 - Ribbon cutting ceremony at Advanced Learning Library's West Entrance

* 10:00 - The Advanced Learning Library opens to the public

* 10:00 - GoCreate sewing demo in the TECnovation Room

* 11:00 - GoCreate machine embroider demo in the TECnovation Room

* 11:30 - Storytime in the Children's Pavilion

* Noon - Music in the Conference Center: Trevor Stewart

* Noon - GoCreate pin tuck demo in the TECnovation Room

* 1:00 - Music in the Conference Center: Delano Woodwind Quartet

* 1:00 - GoCreate Sewing demo in the TECnovation Room

* 1:30 - Storytime in the Children's Pavilion

* 2:00 - Music in the Conference Center: The Ukulele Society

* 2:00 - GoCreate machine embroider demo in the TECnovation Room

* 2:00 – Last shuttle leaves from the library for the parking garage by the former Gander Mountain

* 3:00 - Music in the Conference Center: Charisse Kahler

* 3:00 - GoCreate pin tuck demo in the TECnovation Room

* 3:30 - Elephant & Piggie Storytime in the Children's Pavilion with Elephant Gerald and Piggie

* 4:00 - Music in the Conference Center: Lisa Hittle Jazz Trio

* 4:00 - GoCreate Sewing demo in the TECnovation Room

* 5:00 - GoCreate machine embroider demo in the TECnovation Room

Ceremonial Books Brigade
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The Wichita Public Library is looking for volunteers to help transfer books from the Central Library to the new Advanced Learning Library during this year's book brigade . It will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Participants are asked to sign up in advance.

The route will begin at the Central Library on Main Street, then head west on Douglas, cross the river, north on McLean and west again to the Advanced Learning Library at 711 W. Second Street.

The line will form from the two ends: The Central Library’s north door and the Advanced Learning Library’s east entrance. Books and other library materials will begin moving down the line at 8:30 a.m. Once the brigade has concluded, people will be directed to the Advanced Learning Library’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

Parking

On this special occasion, there will be two primary parking options:

1. The Advanced Learning Library’s parking lot

2. The parking garage next to the former Gander Mountain (from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.) Wichita Transit will provide shuttle service between the parking garage by the former Gander Mountain and the Advanced Learning Library's eastern bus drop-off. Shuttles run every 10 minutes. The first shuttle leaves the parking garage at 8 a.m. and the last shuttle leaves the Advanced Learning Library at 2 p.m.

Because the Advanced Learning Library is on a regular transit stop, be sure to take the bus with the "Shuttle" sign to return to the parking garage.

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