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Academy Awards Shorts Film Festival
The Wichita Public Library hosts an annual film festival showcasing the short films nominated for Best Picture each year. Having hosted this film festival since 1986, the Library made Wichita the first city in the country to provide a way for a community to short films nominated in the animated, live action and documentary categories.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Studies show that reading regularly with your young child stimulates brain development and strengthens a parent’s relationship with their child. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is designed to allow parents and children the opportunity to bond over reading.
More information: www.wichitalibrary.org/1000books
Big Read Wichita
Big Read Wichita is an annual one-book community reading program that promotes literacy and community partnerships in Wichita. Each year, from October 1-November 15, libraries, arts organizations, museums and other organizations provide special events, book discussions and programs themed around one book.
More information: www.bigreadwichita.org
Summer Reading Program
Designed to combat the “Summer Slide,” where children and teens experience a learning loss over their summer break from school, the Wichita Public Library’s Summer Reading Program keeps young minds active by encouraging reading and participation in special Library programs and activities.
More information: www.wichitalibrary.org/summerreading
Through partnerships with the Wichita Police Department and other community organizations, the Wichita Public Library’s “Candid Conversations” program addresses current issues of race, including racial profiling, voting rights and Wichita’s role in the Civil Rights movement.
Building a child’s early literacy skills goes beyond reading books. The Wichita Public Library provides special storytimes, programs and services that create young readers through five learning activities: playing, singing, writing, talking and reading.
More information: www.wichitalibrary.org/kids
Adult Learning Programming
The Wichita Public Library values lifelong learning. Programs for adult learners cover different topics, from civic matters through the Tuesday Topics program, book discussions through Read ICT, local history through Senior Wednesdays, and more.
Designated teen spaces in several Wichita Public Library locations paired with specialized teen programs provide learning opportunities for teens in a relaxed, friendly environment.
The Wichita Public Library’s extensive historical and genealogy department not only provides residents with materials needed for research on various subjects, but specialized programming that discusses local, state and national history, and tips on researching family history.