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Events for kids and teens at the Wichita Public Library

It’s no secret that the Wichita Public Library is an awesome resource for children’s books and storytimes. But some folks don’t know that the library also has a ton of fun things for kids and teens to do in addition to reading.

(Note: In-person events at the library have been temporarily suspended or modified to become outdoor events. They also have some virtual events to help keep kids and teens occupied.)

Advanced Learning Library play tables
A couple of play tables in the Children’s Pavilion will attract kids’ attention and encourage learning through play.

These events take place at various Branches around town and online, which makes it really convenient to participate in kids’ library activities near you.

P.S. If you aren’t looking for kids’ or teens’ activities at the library, check out the library’s adult classes and events and the technology classes and workshops. You might be surprised at how many there are, and they are every bit as fun and educational!

All of these events for kids and teens are FREE unless otherwise noted.

Just take a scroll through all of the upcoming events. They’re in two sections: one for teens and one for kids. Make note of the ones that require registration so that you don’t miss out!

Events for Teens at the Wichita Public Library

Some of the adult and/or technology events at the library may be suitable for teens, so check those out too.

Most in-person events at the Wichita Public Library locations have been temporarily suspended; however, there are many online activities still available.

The following activities will take place in person:

Teen Book Swap
May 18th, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM| Advanced Learning Library

Do you have young adults books you are ready to trade?  Do you want new young adult books?  Come swap your stuff at the teen book swap!  Also, learn how to use the library’s resources to find books that match you best as well as get ready for summer reading! Registration is required;  register online.

The following activities will take place online:

Middle School Book Box Club: April theme “Shenanigans”
April 21st, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Zoom

Join us to to talk about the books you read and play virtual games!  First, the week before the program, pick up the special Book Box at the Advanced Learning Library, which will include a book to borrow and return, a book to keep, and other goodies on the monthly theme (library card required, e-cards will not work for this program). For teens ages 12-14. Registration is required;  register online.

High School Journaling Club 
April 26th, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Zoom

This monthly zoom event is for all things journaling — from the planners to the artists to the list-makers.  No matter your style, join on zoom and share your favorite pages.  Prompts and other supplies will be shone to help your journals shine.  For teens in high school only, grades 9-12. Registration is required;  register online.


Events for Children at the Wichita Public Library

Related: The Ultimate List of Story Times in Wichita

Wichita KS public library Children's Pavilion
The Advanced Learning Library’s Childrens Pavilion has books, computers, learning play areas, and comfy seating for both parents and kids.

Early Learning Backpacks
Made for young readers are the new backpack kits. Each kit is themed and includes picture books, educational games and toys, and an activity guide.

You can borrow a backpack for 14 days. Only one backpack can be checked out on a library card at a time.


The following activities will take place in person:

The Dust Bunnies Puppet Show
April 7th, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Westlink Branch
Featuring author Jan Thomas’ rhyming-all-the-time dust bunnies, enjoy an outdoor puppet show full of adventures.   It is dependent on the weather, so double check with the library before you go.  For ages 3-8.


We’ll try to keep this as updated as possible, but the library just keeps adding fun things to their schedule! Be sure to visit the WPL event calendar for more information and for future activities.


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