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  • Book Review: The Hunger Games

    Posted by Victor H. on May 3, 2024

    ​The Hunger Games is an amazing book by Suzanne Collins. It follows Katniss Everdeen through her journey, and her story starts in her home of District Twelve of Panem. Eventually, she goes into the Hunger Games, a deadly competition where 24 children – 12 boys and 12 girls (1 boy and 1 girl from each of the 12 districts of Panem) – battle to the death. The winner of the...

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty: Is the T.V. Show Like the Books?

    Posted by Mackenzie M. on April 29, 2024

    ​Warning!​ Spoilers Ahead and a Team Conrad Writer.

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  • Gaming at the Library

    Posted by Tara T. on October 19, 2023
    ​​Recently, the Wichita Public Library added a PS4 and a Nintendo Switch to the Teen Pavilion at the Advanced Learning Library! They are in the process of getting an XBOX One S as well as digital game passes for teens to enjoy. Right now, games available to play include Overcooked, Plants vs. Zombies, and Rocket League.​...
  • Summer Reading 2023 at the Library

    Posted by Lexi on May 23, 2023

    ​​​​​​​​​You'll probably do some reading this summer, so you might as well win prizes for it! Stop by any Library location and register for Teens Read this summer. ...

  • Review: Sometime in Summer

    Posted by Tara T. on December 23, 2022
    ​​Sometime in Summer is a novel by Katrina Leno released in 2022. The book follows the story of a young girl named Anna whose parents have recently divorced. Desperate for her family to be whole again, Anna wishes upon the Kit H​ale meteor shower for her parents to fall in love once more, after an old fisherman tells her to wish on every meteor....
  • Banned Books Week

    Posted by Tara T. on September 19, 2022

    Banned Books Week is September 18-24, and its purpose is to celebrate our freedom to read. This week is to show that books shouldn’t be censored and reading brings us together, while censorship divides us. Here are some of the events sponsored by the Wichita Public Library that I think w...

  • Teen Advisory Board Info Session 2

    Posted by Erin Downey Howerton on August 16, 2022

    Want to polish up your resume or just make a few new friends? Plan to come to our second Teen Advisory Board info session for teens in middle and high school on Saturday, August 20, from 4-5 p.m.

    We'll talk about our expectations for participation, as well as some great volunteer opportunities that are being planned for this fall. We also want your feedback on library activities...

  • Listen Up: Four Podcasts to Check Out

    Posted by James U. on April 29, 2022

    Sometimes I enjoy listening to my book instead of reading it. Audiobooks allow me to do other things like chores or homework (or sometimes nothing) while listening to a new book. The audio format really allows for more things, like emotions in the voices, and different voices for each person.

    If you love audiobooks, you may like podcasts. I've been listening to podcasts ever sin...

  • Traveling with the Wichita Public Library

    Posted by Carlynn P. on April 22, 2022
    Planning a trip or vacation? Let the Wichita Public Library help!
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  • 5 Ways to Get Started with Bullet Journaling

    Posted by Alice U., Grade 11 on April 15, 2022

    Are you interested in bullet journaling but don't know where to start? You have come to the right place! In this blog post, I will discuss five ways to get started with bullet journaling to lead to an enjoyable experience!

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  • Book Review: The Hate U Give

    Posted by James U. on April 8, 2022

    Remember the Black Lives Matter protests back in 2020? For me, that was the first protest and movement that I actively paid attention to. Around this time I was in 8th grade and as a group assignment, we chose to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.


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  • New Year, New Books: Check Out These January & February 2022 Titles

    Posted by Carla Heideman on January 14, 2022

    Goodbye, 2021! Hello, 2022! Are you ready to start the New Year with some awesome books? Stay inside during the cold and get lost in these books:

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  • 2021 Books You Might Have Missed

    Posted by Carla Heideman on December 31, 2021
    Can you believe it's 2022 already? I don't know about you, but I definitely did not get through all the books in my TBR pile! Maybe you did, though. Or maybe you're just looking for something new to read. Either way, here are some titles you may have missed in 2021.
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  • New Books for December 2021

    Posted by Carla Heideman on December 3, 2021

    Want to keep up with the most anticipated teen books coming out this month? This post is the very first in our new series at the Wichita Public Library to help you discover the newest titles to hit the shelves. And who doesn't love new books? Keep these on your TBR list for December:

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  • Behind the Scenes: How Do Books Get Selected for Purchase?

    Posted by Carla Heideman on November 19, 2021

    Have you ever wondered how books get selected for purchase at a library?

    At Wichita Public Library, books are purchased by the selectors. WPL has an Adult Fiction Selector, Adult Nonfiction Selector, and a Youth Materials Selector. It's important to know that libraries have to pay for the books they purchase for their customers to borrow. (Wouldn't it be nice if lib...

  • Fall Program Preview

    Posted by Sara Moesel on October 22, 2021

    ​It wasn't that long ago you were back to school, and suddenly it's the middle of October. Need something outside school to occupy your time through the end of 2021? The Wichita Public Library has a few options you might enjoy.

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  • Best Ways to Get Started with an Art Hobby

    Posted by Alice U., Grade 11 on October 15, 2021

    ​​Have you ever wanted to start an art hobby, but felt discouraged ​to do so because you think you do not have any "art skills?" Or you do not even know where to start to have an art hobby? In this blog post, I will be sharing five tips with resources from my experience of doing art as a hobby and what I wished I knew when I started making art.

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  • Nine LGBTQ+ YA Books to Celebrate Pride All Year Long

    Posted by Josee H., Grade 10 on October 1, 2021

    Want a few more rainbows on your reading shelf? Take a look at these teen stories with LGBTQ+ authors and characters.

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  • Introduction to Fiction Writing for Teens

    Posted by Sara Moesel on September 9, 2021

    Hello and welcome to our Learning Circle for Fiction Writing for Teens! You should be a teen ages 12-18 and wanting to learn more about writing fiction. Perhaps you've already written your own novel, or maybe you're a beginner tackling your first short story. All are welcome! You should also be willing to share your writing experiences, tips for other writers, and maybe even your writ...

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