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Carnegie would like planned library and its acronym

The Wichita City Council took 10 years to get from initial planning to last week’s final approval of a new downtown library that may not open until 2018, so even those complaining about the $33 million decision cannot say it was hurried. As proponents likened the big community move to the “Big Ditch” flood-control project, Century II and the new airport terminal, it was striking to realize how well both the idea and acronym of the “Advanced Learning Library” – ALL – reflect the words of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, whose $75,000 gift funded Wichita’s first public library building 105 years ago: “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the free public library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.” – Rhonda Holman