Community meetings this week to plan downtown library’s future

06/08/2014 12:00 AM

08/06/2014 12:05 PM

If you have a plot line for the future of the Wichita downtown library, this week is your chance to share it.

City and library leaders will be taking a “very intense” weeklong look what the community wants in a downtown library. The Wichita City Council voted 5-2 last month to proceed with planning for a downtown library, agreeing to spend about $519,000 for a charette – or intense planning process – that will involve the council, the library board and the public.

Although the council gave planning the go-ahead, it has not yet committed to building a new library.

Cynthia Berner-Harris, the city’s director of libraries, said she is hoping for good turnout at a “jam session” meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of the downtown library. The public can drop in during those two hours to share ideas about a new library.

People who have more to say — and more time to say it — also may participate in meetings from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at GLMV Architecture, 1525 E. Douglas. Registration is encouraged because of space limitations and may be made by calling Berner-Harris at 316-261-8520 or e-mailing her at

The public also may attend meetings at which council and library board members will be present. Those meetings will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to noon and 4:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m. to noon and 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, and 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at GLMV.

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