Wichita’s New Advanced Learning Center

Wichita has a super cool new library. While it’s a much needed replacement for the “old” library, the old library has been a staple in Wichita since the 1960s.

As a kid, the “old” library was huge, but with teeny tiny elevators. The staircase looked over the the floors, so you could see rows and rows of books. The library used to have “artwork to borrow,” so mom would let us help her pick out some artwork to hang in our house.

Our new library has all the bells and whistles of a modern structure.

Big screens announcing the days activities, weather, and special events.

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There are plenty of funky chairs to sit in, complete with charging stations.

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There’s also collaborative spaces with white boards, glass meeting rooms with TVs, lots of touch screen technology, and a coffee shop.

An outside terrace.

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There’s a room upstairs that has old maps. We spent some time in there…

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The teen section has a gaming system, and while the boys have aged out of the children’s section, we made time to play with the light table and sit in fun-sized cubby holes.

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