WICHITA, Kan. - The City of Wichita is holding a ceremonial "Books & More Brigade" to celebrate the opening of the new Advanced Learning Library.
Before the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16, you can take part in the brigade to transfer books from the old central library location to the new library at 2nd St N and McLean.
The city stated on social media the last book brigade in 1967 was so popular they want to recreate the experience. Wichita students gathered in 1967 to pass books by hand from the former Carnegie library's children's department to the central library.
“As our staff members have shared information about the Advanced Learning Library with the community over the course of the past two years, almost every presentation has included a question or comment about the 1967 Book Brigade,” stated Director of Libraries Cynthia Berner. “Creating this special memory for a new generation of Wichitans has been something we have looked forward to for a very long time.”
At least 500 volunteers will be needed to cover the distance from the old central library to the new Advanced Learning Library. The city stated people of all ages are invited to participate, and lines will begin forming at 8 a.m. Saturday. The transfer is expected to begin at 8:30 a.m. and should take about 30 minutes.
If you have any clothing or accessories that are Wichita-themed, you're encouraged to wear it to the brigade to show community spirit.
You can register for the brigade at the Wichita Public Library website by clicking here.