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New ‘advanced learning library’ another step closer

It was good to see the downtown library project advance another step Tuesday, as the Wichita City Council voted 5-2 to approve an agreement for architectural services to expand the facility’s design by 10,000 square feet. The bigger vision, which will increase the size of areas for children and genealogical research, is enabled by a $3 million pledge from the Dwane and Velma Wallace Foundation and the fundraising ambitions of the Wichita Public Library Foundation. Now the volunteers, who have $4.4 million on the way to their $8 million goal, should aim to help City Council members Pete Meitzner and Jeff Blubaugh better appreciate the proposed “advanced learning library” at Second and McLean and its $30 million public price tag, as the council members’ concerns about cost and process are likely to be shared by some in the community. – Rhonda Holman