Wichita on the Cheap

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Advanced Learning Library in Downtown Wichita

Advanced Learning Library

The Advanced Learning Library at 711 W. 2nd Street in Wichita replaced the old Central Branch location. This library is a great addition to Downtown Wichita, with neat indoor and outdoor spaces. It has cool new features that will make this library a place for the community to gather and collaborate. Although the library looks […]

Big Read Wichita 2023

Big Read Wichita

Big Read Wichita is an annual program funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that is designed to broaden our understanding of the world, communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book The Wichita Public Library is one of 84 organizations selected to receive an NEA Big […]

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers FREE program and concerts

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers 2022

The City  of Wichita released information about the Wichita Public Library “Kansas Reads to Preschoolers”. This is a program that helps young readers through early learning activities and sharing a common book. Libraries across the state will be participating this November.  The month-long program promotes reading to Kansas children birth to age five. This year’s […]

Wichita Trick or Treat and Fall Fun Events for Halloween 2023

Trick or Treat Halloween Wichita

Leave the tricks at home, you’re in for a treat! Below we have compiled the full list of all of the great places to take your family this October for a Halloween to remember for years to come! With traditional door-to-door trick or treating becoming less popular, Wichita has gained some really fun new options […]

Wichita Public Library offers eBooks and audiobooks online for free

reading ebooks at library on smart phone

The Wichita Public Library has offered free ebooks for years now, and recently expanded its offering to include free audiobooks as well. You will need a library card to use the service, along with an app that you download to your phone. Did you know your Wichita Public Library card lets you download e-books for […]

FREE “Library of Things” at Wichita Public Library

The Wichita Public Library has many, many books on thousands of topics, but did you know they also have a Library of Things for checkout?  Anatomy models and telescopes, laptops and hotspots, and even radon detectors can be checked out! Models of Human Anatomy Several anatomical models are available for checkout, whether you are studying […]

FREE Early Learning Backpacks at Wichita Public Library

The Wichita Public Library has “backpacks of fun” for your little ones to encourage reading and development, and they are TOTALLY FREE! Each Early Learning Backpack rallies around a different theme and includes several picture books, two to four educational toys, and a guide with activities and games to encourage literacy and learning in your […]

Wichita Public Library used book bag sale

library books

Is there anything better than saving money on a great book? How about saving lots of money on lots of books at the Used Book Bag Sale at the Wichita Public Library? The Friends of the Wichita Public Library used book bag sale will be held Saturday, April 2, 2022. And ALL books in the […]

Events at Watermark Books

Children's book sale at Watermark Books in Wichita

A bookstore is a wonderful thing, and Wichita has a wonderful bookstore in the locally owned Watermark Books. They have a cafe, a great community and, of course, all kinds of books for every age and interest.  You’ll find Watermark at the corner of Douglas and Oliver, just east of College Hill on Douglas Ave. […]

Kansas Garden Guide, Free to Download

K-State Extension Kansas Garden Guide

Is this your year to plant a garden? The 80-page Kansas Garden Guide has what you need to know about growing vegetables and herbs in Kansas: soil, compost, seeding, watering, pest control, container gardening, season extension, harvesting, and storing your harvest. The Kansas Garden Guide is available to download for free, or you can stop […]

Albert Goldbarth Author Talk and Signing

The Now - Albert Goldbarth author talk and book signing at Watermark Books

Watermark Books & Café will host local author Albert Goldbarth for an author talk and signing of The Now: Poems on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:00 p.m. The Now describes the unique, and sometimes baffling, moment in which we live, a time defined by an immediate future of online wonderments, fake news, multiple personalities, data […]

Local author day at the Wichita Public Library

Local authors meet friends, neighbors at the Wichita Public Library's local author day

Visit with local authors at the Wichita Public Library on Saturday afternoon, August 24. Wichita has a diverse array of authors in our midst! Many of them will be in attendance at the library’s Local Author Day with copies of their books available for sale, including children’s titles. This event showcases the talent in our […]

Barnes and Noble Book Haul Blowout (50% off)

barnes and noble wichita

To get the spring season started with a boom, Barnes and Noble is having a great big sale that they’re calling the “Book Haul Blowout.” This is the bookseller’s second #bookhaul Blowout; this time it is offering even more select new releases, bestsellers, paperbacks, and kids’ favorites at 50% off to celebrate the coming of […]

Book signing at Blue Dragon Books in Derby

Blue Dragon bookstore in Derby, KS

Blue Dragon Books, a family-owned independent used bookstore in Derby, will host Grant Snider for a book signing on November 4. Snider will be on hand to sign his book The Shape of Ideas. Snider’s work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Kansas City Star, The Best American Comics 2013, and […]

Pioneer Woman Coming to Wichita

Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond coming to Wichita to promote her new book, Pioneer Woman Cooks - Come and Get It

Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond is coming to Wichita as part of her Come and Get It cookbook tour. If you, like my husband, don’t know who Ree Drummond is, then you probably haven’t seen her Pioneer Woman blog. It’s one of those blogging success stories: A mom starts a blog, people start to read it, […]

FREE Two-year Subscription to LEGO Magazine

Here’s a deal the kids will love. Parents, if you have kids under 7 years old, sign up for a FREE 2-year subscription to LEGO Magazine. The LEGO Club, Jr. magazine features games, building projects, interviews with LEGO kids from around the country, and comics. Thanks, DealNews.

Buy the Book Closing Sale – Bag of Books for $3

Buy the Book at 805 W. Maple is closing after just a few months of being open. This post was on their Facebook page today: Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Buy the Book is closing. I appreciate your patronage and support during the short time that I’ve been open! Please come by today [Friday, May […]

25-cent Book Sale at the DAV Thrift Store

Wichita Spring Break Activities at the Wichita Public Library

I called to see if the DAV book sale is still happening and they said no, but they built a bookstore there. So this still may be a good place to find and buy used books. Pay a quarter for any book — hardcover, paperback, for kids or adults — at the 25-cent Book Sale […]