Iola Public Library will kick off the new year with programs on soup, William Inge, the Allen County vegetarian colony, and more.
First up is the monthly Intrepid Readers book discussion program at 2 p.m. Thursday. The book selection is Four Plays by William Inge.
A week later, the program William Inge: the Life and Work of the Kansas Playwright follows, at 7 p.m. Jan. 10. Sarah Owen, Independence Community College librarian, discusses the life of this talented and troubled native son of Independence who committed suicide at the age of 56. The William Inge Collection at Independence Community College includes his personal papers, typewriter, movie posters and more. Selected items from the collection are on display in the lobby at Iola Public Library.