While Big Read Wichita officially starts October 1, our slate of programs begins in September. Unless otherwise noted, events listed on this page are free and open to the public.
Learn more about the largest refugee crisis happening in the world today, what conditions led these people to flee their homeland, and what steps are being taken to make lives better for these refugees who long to return to their country of origin. Claudine Leary will speak on the work she is doing to improve the lives of refugees.
Tuesday Topics are co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Wichita Metro that are timely & relevant to our community. Room opens at 11:30. Drinks provided; feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.
Just as this year's Big Read author wrote the story of her life, you can tell your story, too. Attend this 2-part workshop on writing your own memoir - it is free, but registration is required for each date; call (316) 337-9456 or register via the Library's online events calendar.
Dr. Kim Stanley, Chair of the Modern Languages Department at McPherson College, will teach these sessions which will give you the chance to do some writing of your own and get feedback on your work. Prof. Stanley is particularly interested in ways in which literature can be used to help people examine their lives and talk about values. She has served for ten years as a book discussion leader for the Kansas Humanities Council where she used stories to teach hospice values, to lead book discussions in a state prison, and to conduct a project teaching imprisoned fathers to read to their children. She was lead scholar for a Vietnam War project: "The Big Read" (funded by the NEA).