Programs For Adults
All events are free and open to the public. Accommodations for those with special needs are available. Please request at 261-8500 a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the event. Seating is limited.
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Senior Wednesday: Rare Books Roadshow; or, Is My Book Valuable? Rare bookseller Kristian Strom will discuss how to determine the value of your old, out-of-print or unusual books. Feel free to bring in a few books (but no more than a small box) for evaluation during or after the program.
Wednesday, June 12 1:30-2:30 pm
Senior Wednesday: The Miracle of Father Emil Kapaun with Roy Wenzl & Travis Heying Authors Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying will share information from their new book on the life and work of Wichitan Father Emil Kapaun, who is receiving a Medal of Honor this year for his conspicuous gallantry in World War II. Books and DVDs will be available for signing at the conclusion of the program.
Wednesday, July 10 1:30-2:30 pm
Open Books, Open Minds Book Discussion
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult | Tuesday, June 18 6:30-7:30 pm
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel | Tuesday, July 16 6:30-7:30 pm
Brown Bag Books What do I read next? Are you ever stumped by what book to delve into next or do you already have something in mind? This is not a book club but an opportunity to learn about books (old and new). Bring your brown bag lunch. We could talk about new books. We could talk about books we are currently reading. We could follow a theme of books. The possibilities are endless.
Thursday,June 27 12:00-1:00 pm
Thursday, July 25 12:00-1:00 pm
Freeware: A Technology Class Where can you get free, safe software? Is it really free? Join us for a statewide broadcast of information provided from the Salina Public Library.
Thursday, June 27 6:00-7:00 pm
Broadcast Yourself: Podcast, Videocast & Screencast Learn how to use video cameras to record, send messages and communicate around the world using Skype and other technological products. Join us for a statewide broadcast of information provided from the Newton Public Library.
Saturday, July 13 4:00-5:00 pm
Helping Your Child Get Read to Read Children’s minds get ready to read long before they start school. Come learn about 6 by 6, the six literacy skills children need to acquire before they are six, and the fun ways you can help children get ready to read. We will discuss some of the best books and activities to engage children’s minds and encourage a love of literacy. This class has been approved by KDHE for 2 hours of professional development credit. (Childcare is not provided.) Registration begins Wednesday, July 3; call 261-8500 to register. (120 minutes)
Saturday, July 20 2:00-4:00 pm
Wichita Genealogical Society: A Genealogist’s Introduction to the Law The law reflects society's values, affects personal & group behavior, and records location and content. The form and terminology of records are important and should not be overlooked or misinterpreted.
Saturday, June 22 1:00-3:00 pm
Wichita Genealogical Society: What to Do When the Books Are Wrong: Validate! The printed genealogies are great for finding out families. But how can we decide if the book has the correct information? The opinion may be valid and based on solid evidence, or it may have tumbled from the wrong ancestral tree.
Saturday, July 20 1:00-3:00 pm
Masters of Mystery Monthly Book Discussion Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson | Wednesday, June 26 6:00-7:00 pm
Last Child by John Hart | Wednesday, July 24 6:00-7:00 pm
Monthly Book Discussion – First Tuesdays
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell | Tuesday, June 4 1:00-2:00 pm
In the Garden of the Beasts by Eric Larson |Tuesday, July 2 1:00-2:00 pm
Monthly Book Discussion – First Thursdays
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova | Thursday, June 6 6:30-7:30 pm
The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg | Thursday, July 11* 6:30-7:30 pm *rescheduled due to Independence Day Holiday
Monthly Book Discussion
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch | Friday, June 7 2:15-3:15 pm
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall | Friday, July 5 2:15-3:15 pm
Monthly Mystery Book Discussion
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett | Monday, June 24 1:00-2:00 pm Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman | Monday, July 29 1:00-2:00 pm
Monthly Book Discussion
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan |Tuesday, June 18 1:00-2:00 pm
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani | Tuesday, July 16 1:00-2:00 pm
These programs are made possible in part by the City of Wichita. Thank you also to the Wichita Public Library Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Friends of the Wichita Public Library for making many of these events possible. Hands-on Help and technology training is made possible in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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