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Each year the Bowlus Fine Arts Center provides school aged children the opportunity to see a live performance on the Bowlus stage – free of charge.  Students enrolled in Allen County public schools (Humboldt USD #258, Iola USD #257, and Marmaton Valley USD #256) are invited through their school principals. Students enrolled in neighboring rural school districts are invited to attend as seating is available.  SEE SCHEDULE.


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.

LEARN MORE about the current project.

The  Author Visit Program: Getting Kids and Books Together

  • The Iola Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is housed inside our building on the office level on the east side. It can be accessed through the east entrance.