The Wichita Public Library Foundation and the City of Wichita have announced that Wichita’s proposed Advanced Learning Library will benefit from an $8 million fund raising campaign of which $4.4 million in gifts and pledges have already been secured.
Mayor Jeff Longwell joined in the announcement at a morning news conference at Wichita’s Central Library: "This public private partnership will create a “margin of excellence” for this important new community asset. We are fortunate to have such support helping to improve our community.”
“The Advanced Learning Library is on the horizon,” said Don Barry, Chairman of the Wichita Public Library Foundation Board of Directors. “The Wichita Public Library Foundation and its donors are proud to be a part of it.”
The campaign serves to augment the City’s $30 million investment in what is being called “a community keystone project.” Recent gifts have allowed the project to see what is possible with a commitment from community members. “It has been exciting to share the new library project with our friends and to see their enthusiasm and willingness to invest in our community,” explained Barry. “These gifts allow us to go beyond books into new types of learning environments, innovative spaces for children and adults to learn and research as well as technologically advanced tools for the entire community to use.”
“The new Wichita Public Library serves to create opportunity, drive success and build community,” said Wichita Library Foundation Campaign Director Tom Borrego. “This is a great time to be a part of a community project that will make a lasting impact for Wichita, something so significant for our future.”
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