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Iola Public Library
218 East Madison Ave.
Iola, KS 66749



9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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E-books and Downloadable Audio

Iola Public Library participates in Digital Book eLending. You can check out e-books and downloadable audio books at Digital Book eLending. You will need a Kansas Library Card (you can get this at the library).



Family Reading Festival

The Family Reading Festival will be Nov. 1, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the campus of Allen Community College.  Registration begins at 9:45. We hope to see you there!

Authors of book for youth (Room A-24)
Grant Overstake, 10:00 a.m.  Maggie Vaults Over the Moon
Debra McArthur,  12:00 noon.  A Voice for Kanzas
Brad Sneed (illustrator/author), 1:00  p.m. Johnny Kaw; Washday
Lisa Harkader, 2:00 p.m.  The Adventures of Beanboy, Cool Beans, and Airball

Fiction authors (Room A-23)
Thomas Fox Averill, 10:00 a.m.  A Carol Dickens Christmas
Kevin Rabas, 12:00 noon, Sonny Kenner’s Red Guitar (poetry)
Sally Goldenbaum, 1:00 p.m.  Murder in Merino, Angora Alibi, and other books in her “Seaside Knitters” mystery series
Melissa Jagears, 2:00 p.m. A Bride in Store and other books in her Christian fiction “Unexpected Bride” series.

Nonfiction authors (Room A-26)
Larry Welch, former KBI Director, 10:00 a.m. Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI From Ma Barker to BTK
Nicole Muchmore, 12:00 noon, editor, Echoes From the Prairie
Andy Marso, 1:00 p.m.  Worth the Pain: How Meningitis Nearly Killed Me—Then Changed My Life for the Better
Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart, 2:00 p.m.  The Big Divide


Keynote Presentation
“Reading Kansas Literature: 60 Years and Going Strong”, Thomas Fox Averill.  In the ACC Library at 11:00 a.m.

Make N Take Room
Reading-related craft projects will include a Pete the Cat shoe notebook, a Llama Llama headband, Pete the Cat mask, Llama puppet, and a clothespin caterpillar magnet.  Room A-36.

A new storytime every hour. Themes include “L” is for Letters, Books are Purr-fect, or Check Meowt, Cooking in Books, Heroes Read Books/Patriots in Books, and Thankful for Books. Room A-25.

6 x 6 Ready to Read Room
Take part in activities which help develop the six skills children need to develop by age six in order to be ready to read. Come away with enjoyable ideas for helping your preschooler acquire these skills. Room A-35. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you’re over 12 years old, pick up a passport at registration. Participate in 5 of the 7 listed activities, complete the survey on the back, and turn it in to receive a small prize and be entered in a drawing for an e-reader.

Rare Book Road Show
Used book dealer Kristian Strom will be on hand to look over your treasures and give you an idea what they may be worth. 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except for a lunch break 12:00-12:15.  In the northwest hallway.

Storybook Characters
There will be appearances by Llama, Llama and Pete the Cat. The youngsters will want to meet them and have their picture taken with them!  Photo opportunities with Pete the Cat at 11:15, 1:30, and 2:30.  Photo opportunities with Llama Llama at 10:30, 12:45, and 2:30.

Reading and education-related exhibitors will include the William Allen White Children’s Book Award, Topeka PBS station KTWU, Parents as Teachers, Friends of the Library, and more.

Book Signings/Book Sales
All authors will sign books before or after their session. Watermark Books will have copies of books by Festival authors which you can purchase.

Book Character Costume Contest
If you’re 11 years old or under, dress as a character from a book. We’ll take your picture and you can enter a contest for the best book character costume! Register in the lobby outside the library between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.  Voting takes place between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Votes cost 25 cents each, or five for $1.

Thank You!
A big Thank You to our funders:

Helen Gates Whitehead Testamentary Trust
Wal-Mart Foundation
Friends of the Library
City of Iola Convention and Tourism Committee

Thanks also to:

Allen Community College, for use of the building
Community National Bank & Trust, for donating Reading Festival pens
Kappa Alpha Sorority, for donating an e-reader for a prize
All the volunteers who help make the Festival possible!