More events are being added all the time. Keep returning to see what's new!
Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.
Saturday Story Time with Melissa
Join Children's Event Coordinator Melissa for storytime every Saturday from 10:30-11:00. Storytime is appropriate for children ages 4-8, and will be held in the Inglenook. Today we will read books about dragons!
Saturday, October 1, 10:30-11 a.m., Watermark Books, 4701 E. Douglas
Big Read Kick-Off Party
Join us for the kick-off party for this year's Big Read Wichita! Enjoy reader's theater of Fahrenheit 451 & more at this free event emceed by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News Anchor Melissa Scheffler. Music and refreshments begin at 2; the program begins at 2:30.
Saturday, October 1, 2-4 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Preschool Story Time
A Big Read-themed version of McConnell AFB Library's weekly Preschool Story Time.
Tuesday, October 4, 10-11 a.m., McConnell AFB Library, 53476 Wichita St., Bldg. 412, McConnell AFB
First Thursdays Book Discussion
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Evergreen Branch Library's Thursday evening book discussion.
Thursday, October 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas
Duncan the Story Dragon Storytime
What's a poor dragon to do when his imagination actually sets books on fire? Have a friend help, of course! The smallest tots with the biggest imaginations are welcome to join us as we read Duncan the Story Dragon and other stories and do a craft.
Saturday, October 8, Noon, Barnes & Noble at Bradley Fair, 1920 N. Rock Rd.
Privacy Expectations in the Digital Age
In the technological world we live in, digital data defines our every move: where we shop, who we contact, what kinds of information we seek, and other details of our personal lives. We strive to keep our information safe, but we expect to be kept secure from those who would seek to do us harm. How do we balance privacy in the digital age? Brig McCoy, Network Services Manager at the Kansas City (KS) Public Library and long-time computer guru, will share information that will help you better understand the issues at stake in this area which affect us all.
Sunday, October 9, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer
#ICTBC Online Book Club
Join Wichita Public Library's new online book club to discuss this year's Big Read title. Visit the Wichita Public Library's Facebook page over your lunch hour to watch the live discussion. Join the conversation by commenting along!
Senior Wednesday: The McCarthy Era
The McCarthy Era from 1950-1957 was a tumultuous time in American politics, with distrust of communist ideas and the rooting out of those who supported socialistic ideals. Government intrusion into the lives of dissidents was mirrored in the themes in Fahrenheit 451, first published in 1953. Join us as Neal Allen, Associate Professor of Political Science at Wichita State University, provides an overview of this era and what lessons were learned.
Wednesday, October 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main
Craftaholics: "Love of Words"
Hands on crafting class for patrons to get together and learn a new skill/craft and find books to learn even more about the processes. Sign up at the Library or by calling (316) 759-4207.
Friday, October 14, 5-6:30 p.m., McConnell AFB Library, 53476 Wichita St., Bldg. 412, McConnell AFB
Pageturners Adult Book-to-Movie Club
An opportunity for base professionals, retirees and other interested adults to enjoy a shared book and discussions. Each month we will read the novel and watch the movie made from it. We will compare and contrast books and movies, while enjoying foods prepared from the members of the group. This month: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
Friday, October 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell AFB Library, 53476 Wichita St., Bldg. 412, McConnell AFB
Big Read Movie
Celebrate the Big Read with the 1968 adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic Fahrenheit 451 directed by acclaimed French New Wave director François Truffaut, starring Oscar Werner and Julie Christie.
Runtime: 112 minutes. Unrated.
Saturday, October 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main
Books Sandwiched In!
Bring your lunch and enjoy a shared book and discussions of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Books will be available for check out at the Library prior to the discussion.
Monday, October 17, 11 a.m. - Noon, McConnell AFB Library, 53476 Wichita St., Bldg. 412, McConnell AFB
Bradbury on Screen: Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Between 1956 and 1962, Ray Bradbury contributed to the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, a weekly anthology of dramas, thrillers, and mysteries. Several of Ray Bradbury's contributions to the program will be shown in this Big Read session.
Friday, October 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main
Dark Futures Dystopian Film Series: Part 1
In celebration of the Big Read, we will screen
two films that show futures that aren't bright and shiny. The 10:30 am film, released in 1973, portrays a dangerously
overpopulated New York City in the year 2022 where Detective Thorn must
investigate the murder of an industrialist whose company makes a
mysterious food that is helping to solve the world's hunger crisis. The film
stars Charlton Hesston and Edward G Robinson. Local filmmaker Leif Jonker
will introduce the film. The film is rated PG; call 261-8506 for film
Saturday, October 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main
Dark Futures Dystopian Film Series: Part 2
In celebration of the Big Read, we will screen two films that show futures that aren't bright and shiny. Our second film, beginning at 3:00 pm, is set in 2027, eighteen years after a mysterious epidemic causes global human infertility. The film stars Julianne Moore and Clive Owen and was released in 2006. This screening will feature an introduction and short film from local filmmaker Rod Pocowatchit. The film is rated R. Call 261-8506 for title information.
Saturday, October 22, 3-5:30 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main
Wichita Community Theatre presents Fahrenheit 451, a Reader's Theatre production. Their presentation will bring to life the story of Guy Montag, a fireman charged with finding and destroying books in a society that has become numb from their dependence on interactive television. The presentation is free to the public, but seating is limited.
Sunday, October 23, 2-3:30 p.m., Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain
Bradbury on Screen
In 1983, Disney released a critically acclaimed adaption of the Ray Bradbury novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, about a town where strange things start to happen after the arrival of the mysterious Mr. Dark's Pandemonium Carnival. The 95-minute film is rated PG.
Friday, October 28, 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main
Saturday Story Time with Melissa
Join Children's Event Coordinator Melissa for storytime every Saturday from 10:30-11:00. Storytime is appropriate for children ages 4-8, and will be held in the Inglenook. Today, in conjunction with the Big Read, we'll have a Library Olympics party!
Saturday, October 29, 10:30-11 a.m., Watermark Books, 4701 E. Douglas
Big Read Movie
Celebrate the Big Read with the 1968 adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451 directed by acclaimed French New Wave director François Truffaut, starring Oscar Werner and Julie Christie.
Runtime: 112 minutes. Unrated.
Saturday, October 29, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas
Mozart & Shostakovich
Enjoy a Wichita Symphony Orchestra presentation at Century II of two musical masterpieces composed under authoritarian governments where the threat of artistic and political censorship existed. Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 takes us through a journey of determination in the face of oppression under Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The Symphony is said to even include a malevolent musical caricature of the dictator himself. Like the legendary phoenix, the works of Bradbury, Mozart, and Shostakovich contain lessons of hope for all humankind.
Tickets are available for $20-$65.
Saturday, October 29, 8-10 p.m., Century II Concert Hall, 225 W. Douglas Ave.
Sunday, October 30, 3-5 p.m., Century II Concert Hall, 225 W. Douglas Ave.
First Tuesdays Book Discussion
This is a regularly scheduled meeting of the Evergreen Branch Library's Tuesday afternoon book discussion.
Tuesday, November 1, 1-2 p.m., Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas
Evening with Bradbury's Biographer
Enjoy an evening with Sam Weller, American journalist, author, & Ray Bradbury's authorized biographer. His books include The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury, Listen to the Echoes, The Ray Bradbury Interviews, and Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview and Other Conversations.
Saturday, November 5, 7-9 p.m., WSU Hughes Metroplex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.
Interactive Museum Presentations
65 students will present various interactive research projects on topics related to Ray Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451.
Thursday, November 10, 7-8:30 p.m., Goddard High School, 2500 S. 199th Street West, Goddard
Just as Ray Bradbury imagined a future of robotics playing a role in our society, we present a unique Big Read Wichita event with local inventors who are doing more than imagining. A local competitive robotics team will take its invented robot on a test run and share information on the current state of robotics and how robots are being used to change our lives. For ages 12 and up.
Saturday, November 12, 2:30-4 p.m., Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian
A Searing Look at Fahrenheit 451
Join us for Wichita Public Library's final event of the Big Read 2016 as William
Coleman, local educator and former Harvard teaching fellow, discusses the
themes of Fahrenheit 451 and how this work was an impassioned defense of
literature and an examination of how technology can enslave as it frees.
Tuesday, November 15, 7-7:45 p.m., Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th St. N.