Big Read Wichita is an annual program from the City of Wichita that provides residents with opportunities to experience quality literary and arts programming throughout the community.
Each year, the program focuses events around one book and its themes. Keep reading to see some of the Big Read events in Wichita this year.
About this year’s Big Read Wichita selection
This year’s Big Read Wichita selection is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. It is described as a memoir about Jahren’s life as a geobiologist living with bipolar disorder and how she finds beauty in nature and science.
“We chose Lab Girl because of the community organizations we can partner with,” said Julie Sherwood, Partnership and Community Engagement Manager for the Wichita Public Library. “The book talks about the beauty of science and nature, and we look forward to building upon these themes through science, arts and cultural programs all across the city.”
The Big Read kickoff event is from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, September 28 at the Advanced Learning Library in Wichita, but Big Read events continue throughout October and November.
Guests attending the Kick Off Party will view nature photography by Roy Wenzl, watch a mime performance by Wichita State University’s Alithea Mime Troupe, listen to chamber music and enjoy a reader’s theatre presentation. Free copies of Lab Girl will be available while supplies last.
You can also borrow a copy of the book at the Wichita Public Library or online at Wichita e-Reads. The community is encouraged to read the book and attend any of the dozens of Big Read Wichita events happening throughout the community. Readers are invited to join the conversation at the Big Read’s Facebook page.
To find a full schedule of events, including children’s story times, adult book discussions, and related events in Wichita’s nearby communities, visit the Big Read Wichita website.
What follows is just a sampling of the over 50 events that accompany Big Read Wichita!
Pollinator Party at Great Plains Nature Center, Sept. 14
Secret Garden Writing Challenge – Derby Public Library from Sept. 30 to Nov. 1, 2019 for grades 6-12
Storytime with Sue – Watermark Books on Tuesday, October 1 at 10 a.m.
Derby Library film screenings of “Labs Gone Wrong:”
Frankenstein – Tuesday, October 1 from noon to 2 p.m. Snacks provided.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Tuesday, October 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Fly – Tuesday, October 15 from noon to 2 p.m.
Jurassic World – Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Absent-Minded Professor – Tuesday, October 29 from noon to 2 p.m.
Madame Curie film screening – Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Advanced Learning Library.
Art on the Trail – Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Great Plains Nature Center
Hidden Figures movie screening – Saturday, Oct. 5, from 1-3 p.m. at the Advanced Learning Library
Finding Your Story, memoir and journal writing workshop – Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1-3 p.m. at the Advanced Learning Library
Brown Bag Movie Series: Ghostbusters – Monday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Newton Public Library
Teen Tuesday: DIY Fairy Lights – Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 4-5 p.m. at the Derby Public Library
Community Art Fair: making sun prints – Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at CityArts
K-State Science Fest – Saturday, Oct. 12 from 1-5 p.m. at the Advanced Learning Library (hands-on activities)
Family ArtVenture: The Little Read – Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wichita Art Museum
Keynote: Everyone is a Scientist; Lessons from a Life Lived through the Lens of Curiosity – Saturday, October 26 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at The Great Plains Nature Center
Last Wild Places of Kansas author talk – Saturday, November 2 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Westlink Branch Library
The Afterlife of Trees: Wichita Symphony musicians demonstrate wooden stringed instruments – Saturday, November 16 from 1-2 p.m. at the Advanced Learning Library
Geeky Terrariums for teens – Pre-registration required; Friday, November 22 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.