Advocates for new Wichita library set $8 million fundraising

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 9, 2015 at 11:31 a.m.



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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Supporters of a new library in downtown Wichita say they are more than halfway to their goal of raising $8 million for the structure.

The Wichita Public Library Foundation announced Wednesday it has raised $4.4 million including a $3 million gift from the Dwayne and Velma Wallace Foundation.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1UHqsYQ ) city leaders voted in January to pay about $27.5 million if the library foundation provided $2.5 million. The design is expected to be completed by November.

Don Barry, chairman of the foundation, says the fundraising will allow architects to add about 10,000 square feet to the library, providing space for a children's area, genealogy research and special collections.

Library officials say construction could start next spring and take about two years.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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