The Wichita Public Library is the recipient of the LibraryAware Community Award, a national award recognizing the library system for its community involvement and ways to engage area residents.
The Wichita library beat out the Atlantic County Public Library in Pleasantville, New Jersey and the Kitsap Regional Library in Silverdale, Washington.
The Wichita library was recognized for its program SCORE, small business development; “Tuesday Topics,” current event programing; the “Check Up and Check Out” literacy initiative; and the Big Read one-book community project.
In addition, the library’s website “Activate Wichita” has generated 400 ideas from Wichitans on ways to improve the community.
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“Our Library strives to ensure that programs and services are meeting the needs of our residents,” director of Libraries Cynthia Berner Harris said in a press release issued by Wichita.