OPNA Meeting 2017 January 20

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday January 20, 2015 at 7:00pm. Meetings are held at the Orchard Park Recreation Center 4808 W. 9th St. N.

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Orchard Park Branch Library To Close December 19th

The Orchard Park Branch Library will close & cease operation on December 19th. Patrons of the Orchard Park Branch Library are being directed to the Westlink Branch Library located at 8515 W. Bekemeyer St. or to the Evergreen Branch Library located at 2601 N. Arkansas.

Read the full story at this article from the Wichita Eagle..

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*CANCELLED* OPNA Meeting 2014 November 18

The OPNA meeting scheduled for Tuesday November 18, 2014 is cancelled. OPNA does not meet in December. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday January 20, 2015 at 7:00pm. The OPNA board has scheduled quarterly meetings for 2015. See the calendar for the meeting dates. Meetings are held at the Orchard Park Recreation Center 4808 W. 9th St. N.

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Orchard Park Branch Library News


The Wichita Public Library will host the seventh annual Big Read Wichita from Oct. 1—Nov. 15, 2014. The Library will lead south-central Kansas in reading and celebrating Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon.

A classic American spy novel, The Maltese Falcon was published in 1930 and is part thriller, part love story, and part dry, dark comedy. Events celebrating the novel begin with a pre-party at 2 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Wichita Art Museum. Other featured events include:

  • a lecture on American crime fiction by The Big Read Wichita’s Honorary Program Chair, Gaylord Dold on Oct. 5 at the Central Library;
  • a screening of three films based on The Maltese Falcon on Oct. 17 at the Central Library;
  • and a Falcon Day Finale at the Great Plains Nature Center on Nov. 8.

In addition, there will be a noir film series, a crime fiction writer’s workshop and many book discussions. Any book club that becomes a partner before Sept. 1 is eligible for free copies of The Maltese Falcon for club members (limit ten copies). Book discussion partnership forms and a full list of events are available on The Big Read Wichita website, www.bigreadwichita.org.

The Big Read Wichita is made possible by many community partners, including a number of south-central Kansas libraries, Exploration Place, Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita Art Museum, and many more. The Library is still recruiting partner organizations for the program. Any organization interested in becoming a partner can download a form from the Big Read website.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. For a full list of events, and more information about The Big Read Wichita, visit www.bigreadwichita.org. or call 261-8500.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.

Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit artsmidwest.org.

The Big Read Returns To Wichita

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Orchard Park Branch Library News


All programs are free. Accommodations for those with special needs are available. Please request at (316) 261-8500 a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the event. Seating is limited. Thanks to the City of Wichita, Wichita Public Library Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and Friends of the Wichita Public Library for making many of these programs possible.


Monthly Book Discussion
The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty
Friday, Aug. 1, 2:15–3:15 p.m.

For a complete list of events at all city libraries, click here.

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