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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Stop by the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale October 15-17 at Iola Public Library (218 E. Madison).

Hours: Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 1-4 for $1 bag of books!

Books! Movies! Audiobooks!
Graphic Novels! Picture Books!

Iola Reads

The Iola Reads Young Adult selection for 20201 is…

Squint by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

Iola Reads squint flyerJoin us in another great community read!

Copies are available at the Library or around town at:

Senior Center
City of Iola office
Townhouse West
Community Health Center of SEK
Community National Bank
Bennet Laundry
Iola Pharmacy
Around the Corner

Upcoming Events:

November 4 – Chad Morris & Shelly Brown Authors’ Visits

  • 10 am Iola Middle School
  • 1:30 pm Lincoln Elementary School
  • 7 pm Community Presentation at Creitz Recital Hall – Bowlus Fine Arts Center

Comic Strip Contest at Iola Public Library

  • Contest Details (.pdf)
  • Oct. 4 to Nov. 1 Entries Accepted
  • Nov. 4 Comic Strip Awards Reception
    • 6 pm Iola Public Library

About the Book:

From Shadow Mountain Publishing


by: Chad MorrisShelly Brown,

The hero of my comic book can shoot lasers from his eyes when he squints. But it might not be enough to save the Empress. What he’ll need most of all is a friend named Diamond Girl.

Flint loves to draw. In fact, he’s furiously trying to finish his comic book so he can be the youngest winner of the “Find a Comic Star” contest. He’s also rushing to finish because he has an eye disease that could eventually make him blind.

At school, Flint meets McKell. She’s new and doesn’t seem to have trouble making friends. She does have a problem with how some of her new friends treat this boy they call “Squint.” He seems nice and really talented. He also seems like the kind of person who wouldn’t laugh at you. That’s important, because McKell has hidden talents of her own but is worried about what will happen if she shares them.

Squint is the inspiring story of two new friends dealing with their own challenges who learn to trust each other, believe in themselves, and begin to truly see what matters most.

Read an Excerpt


Funding provided by the Helen Gates Whitehead Trust.
Iola Reads is a project of the Iola Public Library, USD 257 and the Bowlus Fine Arts Center

Covid-19 is on the rise so, we have returned to VIRTUAL Storytime.

Hello to my little Sweet Peas!
Covid-19 is on the rise so, we have returned to Virtual.

Wednesday morning @ 10:30 a.m. is Storytime with Lesa.

Please share this with your friends that have littles or those that would like to listen to storytime.
Storytime will be live on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at
Also available via ZOOM at the same time. Here is the link for that:
I’ll see you at 10:30 in the morning on Wednesday kiddos!!