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Library Littles 3rd Thursdays Play Dates!

Oh my goodness, OH MY GOODNESS!! I am SOOOOOooo excited to share this with y’all!!

The Iola Public Library will begin THIS MONTH with 3rd Thursday playdates! We are calling it Library Littles.
The first one is November 18, 2021 from 10 am to 11 am.
Yes! Right here in our meeting room!
Suggested age is birth to three-year-olds and their Gown-Ups. This is to promote early literacy.
Want to help your child learn to READ and give them the BEST START IN LIFE? Come play with us and learn how!
This program is FREE but there is limited spacing for each play date. 25 people.
Each month, we will have a special guest speaker. A professional in their field to talk for a few minutes and then it’s on to PLAY!
There will be 5 – FIVE stations for the littles to circulate through that will stimulate their brains.
Want to get signed up?
Click the link in the graphic attached or stop by the library and get signed up OR, give us a call. 620-365-3262.
I will give a courtesy call a few days before the event each month to remind you to come to play.

Book Buzz: Books for the Winter Holiday Season Nov. 16

Selecting a good gift read can be a challenge, but your Library is here to give you some Shelf Help! Give the gift of reading to someone special or keep any of these suggestions for yourself on those long winter nights.

Hear about books suitable for all ages and reading levels with our special guest, Kaite Stover, Director of Reader Services, Kansas City Public Library.

Tuesday, November 16
7:00 pm
Iola Public Library
Meeting Room
Book Buzz Flyer

Seating will be limited, so call to reserve yours today!
Zoom is also an option, call for the link.

Masks and social distancing will be observed for safety.

Underwritten by the Friends of Iola Public Library.

Kaite Stover also writes, contributes book reviews, and trains library staff on reader services. In 2003 she was named one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers. Learn more about Kaite.

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

Community Event:

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

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!!