The Fall 2018 Iola Reads selection is The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.
Not so long ago, in a middle school not so far away, a sixth grader named Dwight folded an origami finger puppet of Yoda. For class oddball Dwight, this wasn’t weird. It was typical Dwight behavior. But what is weird is that Origami Yoda is uncannily wise and prescient. He can predict the date of a pop quiz, guess who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and save a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, Tommy assembles this first case file in the Origami Yoda series, hailed by School Library Journal as “honest, funny, and immensely entertaining”.
The project begins September 17 and runs through October 19. Books will be available in the public library and school libraries, and in various locations around town.
A “Yoda Chronicles and Night of Origami” will be held on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. We’ll start by showing an episode of “Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles”. Following that is a “night of origami” where you can try your hand at making various origami creations. Who knows—there may even be Cheetos!
Iola Reads is a cooperative project involving the library, USD #257, and the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.