IOLA READS is a cooperative project between the Iola Public Library, USD #257 schools and the Bowlus.  Major funding is provided by the Sleeper Family Trust and the Helen Gates Whitehead Trust through the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.




by Mary Shelley

The Winter 2019 Iola Reads selection is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts, but upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.  Frankenstein became an instant bestseller upon publication two centuries ago and is now an enduring classic, as well as an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres.

Get your book today!!

The Frankenstein books are available for you to pick up at the Library.          Get it, read it and pass it on or purchase the book for a $2 donation! 

Read the book and attend one or more of the following programs:

Tuesday, February 19:  Susan Carlson of Pittsburg State University
“Exploring Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”
Iola Public Library, 6:30 PM

Thursday, March 7:  Intrepid Readers Book Discussion
Iola Public Library, 2 PM

Saturday, March 9:  Aquila Theatre Presents: Frankenstein  
Bowlus Fine Arts Center, 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 14:  Backstage at the Bowlus  
Bowlus Fine Arts Center, 7 PM


Visit the Iola Public Library for more information on the programs affiliated with Iola Reads.

Two book selections are offered each year.  For more information, visit the Iola Public Library website at

Iola Reads book selections may be picked up for a small donation at the Iola Public Library, at any USD #257 school library or at one of the many supporting businesses around town.