Iola Reads announces the 2023 Young Adult Selection of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. Copies of the book are FREE and available in tubs throughout town and here at the Library to take, read, and share. If you’d like to keep a copy, the Library will accept your $2 donation.

Check out the Event Poster with all of the planned events.

We have permission to show Nickelodeon’s movie Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library at the Library (218 E. Madison) on Saturday, November 4 at 2 pm. Bring a blanket and pillow and claim your spot on the floor. We will have refreshments and PRIZES to give away.

The Iola Public Library is hosting Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Maze on Friday, October 27 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm for ages 0-12. We invite the little ones to come dressed up and enjoy a fun maze through the library stacks.

Chris Grabenstein will meet virtually with students from USD 257 in November. The Iola Middle School will meet him on Nov. 1 and the Elementary School on Nov. 9.

Tubs are available at: The Library, Community National Bank, Iola Vision Source, the Senior Center, the City of Iola utilities office, the Townhouse, Fillmore Coffee house + Plant Café, Iola Pharmacy, G&W, Community Health Center of SEK, Bennett Laundry, Family Physicians, and Allen Community College library.

Iola Reads is a community reading project of the Iola Public Library, USD 257 and Bowlus Fine Arts Center, chaired by Deb Greenwall. Funding for the YA Selection is generously provided by the Helen Gates Whitehead Trust. Our thanks to the committee for all of their help throughout the year to organize and execute this community program.

Chris Grabenstein has over 3,000,000 books in print! According to his official bio:

CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the multiple award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the LEMONCELLOWONDERLANDHAUNTED MYSTERYSMARTEST KID, and DOG SQUAD series. He co-authored the acclaimed SHINE! with his wife J.J. Grabenstein as well as nearly three dozen fast-paced and funny page turners with James Patterson including the I FUNNYJACKY HA-HATREASURE HUNTERS, and MAX EINSTEIN series. He’s written Audible Originals, short stories, and stage plays. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Chris moved to New York City and started doing improvisational comedy in Greenwich Village. During those years, he also wrote for the Muppets and helped create the CBS holiday classic The Christmas Gift starring John Denver. He then spent seventeen years writing radio and television commercials for brands such as KFC, Dr Pepper, Seven Up, and many others. His first boss in advertising was James Patterson. Chris, the current president of the Mystery Writers of America, and his wife J.J. still live in New York City with two cats and lots of ideas.

Image of Chris Grabenstein book covers