March events ahead for library


February 26, 2019 - 11:02 AM

March programs at Iola Public Library begin with the Intrepid Readers book discussion program at 2 p.m. March 7. 

The book selection is “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, which ties in with the current Iola Reads project. This Gothic moral tale from the dark side of the Romantic period was penned by the teen-aged Shelley. It was written amid a tumultuous relationship with the poets Percy Shelley, to whom she was married, and Lord Byron. Frankenstein, a young scientist, creates life and is horrified by the results. 

March 9 marks the next in the “A Message of Hope” series, “Sexual Abuse Training for Parents.” It begins with a story of survival by Tracy Call-Keagle, followed by a presentation by Donita Garner of the Child Advocacy Center of Hope Unlimited. Learn to spot signs and discuss ways to talk to kids and teens. The talk will cover education and encouragement vs. discouragement and stigma. The program is at 2 p.m. in the Flewharty-Powell Annex, 211 East St.

“Backstage at the Bowlus” is at 7 p.m. March 14. Daniel Kays, new executive director of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center, takes attendees behind the curtains, under the stage and beyond. They will discover seven Steinway grand pianos, what happened to the orchestra pit, what makes the scenery fly, and things they always wanted to know but never thought to ask. Those attending should assemble inside the east lobby of the Bowlus. Light refreshments will be served following the tour.

The monthly Pinterest Party is at 6 p.m. March 18. Participants will get in the springtime mood by making a warm and cozy butterfly pot for décor. The class is limited to 25 people. Pre-registration and a fee of $3 are required by March 15.