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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.


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. 

"My name is Flint, but everyone in middle school calls me Squint because I'm losing my vision. I used to play football, but not anymore."


Read the Book & Pass it on OR Keep the Book for a $2 Donation!

Books available at your local library!

Read this awesome book and come meet the authors!


- The IOLA READS Committee

A project of the Iola Public Library, USD 257 and the Bowlus Fine Arts Center 


Funding provided by the Helen Gates Whitehead Trust


  Nov. 4 – Chad Morris & Shelly Brown – Authors’ Visits

·      10:00 – 10:50 am   Iola Middle School at IHS gym

·      1:30 – 2:20 pm   Lincoln Elementary at IHS Gym

·      7:00 – 8:00 pm   Community Presentation (Creitz Recital Hall - Bowlus Fine Arts Center - Refreshments Provided)


      Comic Strip Contest at Iola Public Library

·      Oct. 4 – Nov. 1   Entries accepted

·      Nov. 4   6:00 – 6:45 PM: Comic Strip awards Reception  (Iola Public Library)

·      See library for details.

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.

  • 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.