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Author Isla Morley

Author Isla Morley

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Eudora’s annual CPA Picnic may still be more than a month away, but you can begin your CPA celebrations early with a special event on Saturday, June 14th, hosted by the Eudora Township Library and Friends of the Library. It’s a book signing (and a whole lot more) with author Isla Morley, and will be held at the CPA Park in downtown Eudora from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Morley’s suspenseful novel called Above is staged in Eudora during a CPA Picnic. The Raven Bookstore will be on hand to sell copies of the book.

Though Morley is from South Africa, her husband Bob grew up in Eudora, and she chose the community for the setting for the book. It is a dystopian novel full of tension, horror and suspense, guaranteed to keep the reader on the edge of his seat. Without giving too much of the story away, I will tell you that one of the main characters is a teenage girl who gets Cover finalkidnapped at Eudora’s annual CPA Picnic. She is taken to an abandoned silo outside town by a survivalist, and there the terror begins.

Library director Carol Wohlford describes Morley as an “excellent author” and she is excited about the event, though she was initially reluctant to get on board when Morley’s husband approached her about a book signing.

“At first I said ‘no’ about an event because book signings don’t usually go over well in small towns,” said Wohlford. “But Bob told me to take the book home and read it. I did, and I couldn’t put it down.”

Ms Morley will speak at 11:00 a.m. in the park.  There will be lots of other things for adults and kids alike to enjoy throughout the day. Friends of the Library have coordinated a “Boutique” Book and Gift Sale to raise funds for the library. In addition there will be food and drinks, music and a kid-zone with all kinds of fun activities for children. The author’s husband Bob Morley will be one of the musicians performing.

Mark your calendars for June 14th so you won’t miss your chance to meet Isla Morley, buy a copy of the book Above and enjoy a fun day at the park.




Nancy and Gary Scott with the pocket library they built

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If you think Eudora’s public library at 9th & Elm is small, you should see the one over on Mulberry Ct. Not much bigger than a large mailbox, it only holds about 25 books  It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The miniature library, known as a “pocket library,” is located in the front yard of Gary & Nancy Scott, 1305 Mulberry Ct.  The idea of small, accessible libraries is part of a national community movement called Little Free Library.  The project in our area began about two years ago when the Lawrence Public Library had to have a number of mature trees removed to make way for renovations.  The wood from those trees was made into 25 pocket libraries, and one of those made it to Eudora.

The Scotts had to build the miniature library themselves, but they did it as a group with other interested people and with the help of KU professors Matthew Burke and Mark Jakubauskas.  Participants were provided with wood that had to be cleaned, sanded and prepared.  They were able to create their own designs, so each little library is unique.  Each builder made a $100 donation to Friends of the Library, and then they could take their creation home or donate it to be auctioned off to raise additional library funds.

Children’s books fill the pocket library in the Scotts’ yard, though they may add other kinds of books later.

“I was a teacher for over 30 years,” said Nancy.  “I have lots of children’s books.  This is for the kids.  Lots of kids walk by here.  We just want them to know about it and use it.”

The library functions on an honor system so there is no check out procedures.  Books can be taken, read and returned at any time.  Gary and Nancy tucked a note inside each book with their names and address and with this message:  “We are glad you visited our ‘Little Free Library.’  You may take a book or two to read.  Please return when you are finished so that others may enjoy them, too.  This ‘Little Free Library’ was made from trees cut down at Lawrence Public Library.”

To learn more about the pocket library movement, visit




OCTOBER084Children enjoy the fall tradition of heading to Schaake’s Pumpkin patch west of Eudora (photo by Grace Jubber)

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Don’t miss out on these fun fall festivities sponsored by Eudora Parks and Recreation:

1)  This Friday, Oct. 11, from 4:30-6:00 pm your family is invited to Eudora Evening at the Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy a hayrack ride, see farm animals and pick out some pumpkins at Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch, 1791 N. 1500 Rd, Lawrence (just a few miles west of Eudora.) A hotdog and a drink is only a $1.00.

2)  The Eudora Public Library is partnering with Eudora Parks and Rec to bring you the first ever Fall Family Art Walk on Oct. 17. The art will be produced by Eudora area children (K-12) and adults. To participate all you have to do it pick up a “canvas” (that looks suspiciously like a piece of copy paper) at either the library or the rec center. Then draw, color or paint a picture that symbolizes your favorite book on the “canvas.” Be sure to add your name and phone number on the bottom of the sheet and turn it in to either the library or the rec center by Monday, Oct. 14th.

Meet at 714 Main on Thursday, Oct. 17th, at 10:00 am to paint storefront windows of downtown Eudora using your “canvas” as a guide. Paint will be supplied but bring your own paint brushes, rags, etc.

The Art Walk will be held at that evening. Families will gather at CPA Park at 5:30 to tour the downtown area to ooh and ah at the masterpieces you created. Return to the park for hotdogs, chips, cookies and drinks.

3)  The Great Pumpkin Hunt will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Lucy Kaegi Park, 1630 Elm. The event will kick off with a costume contest at 7:00 pm, followed by a pumpkin hunt (candy and toy filled pumpkins) at 7:30. Be sure to bring a flashlight as it will be dark. Preschoolers through 5th graders are invited to participate. In case of rain the event will be held in the community building right next door.

For more information about any of these activities, contact Eudora Parks and Rec at 542-3434.


022Carol Wohlford, Director of the Eudora Public Library

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Stop in the Eudora Public Library and you’ll see that there is a lot more going on than just books being checked out, especially since Carol Wohlford became the library director a year ago. She has brought many new programs to the library and made it an even more welcoming place for people of all ages.

Wohlford came to Eudora from Andover, KS where she was the library director for ten years. One of her biggest accomplishments there was getting a new library built. Before that she worked at the Smithsonian’s Slavic Library and for the White House Conference on Information Sciences. Coming to Eudora was like a homecoming for Wohlford as she and her husband both graduated from KU.

While the list of programs available at the Eudora Public Library is too long for a single newspaper article, a few will be highlighted here. You’ll have to visit the library at 14 E. 9th to learn everything that is going on.

Children are a high priority at the library, with programs for them starting at birth. The Infant Story Time (birth – 2) and Preschool Story Time (2 –K) are based on a statewide early literacy program called 6 by 6. The program focuses on six important pre-reading skill areas that children should develop before they learn to read at around age 6.

A summer reading program and Snow Cone Wednesdays keep children reading during the summer. The old card catalog has been converted into a toy box for educational play, and there is an educational computer especially for children. library photo

One of the most exciting programs is the cooperative effort between the library and Eudora Parks and Recreation: Summer Adventure Camps. With the help of a grant from Friends of Kansas Libraries the team provided four themed units in art and science for the children in daycare at the Rec Center this past summer. It was so successful that it is being spotlighted at the Kansas Library Conference next week.

“Parks and Rec has served as a wonderful partner for the library,”  Wohlford said.  “As have the schools.”

Of course, not everything at the Eudora Public Library is for kids. There are books, E-books, graphic novels and an Adult Winter Reading Program. There are computers available for patrons to use. Online holds and re-checking services simplifies things, and inter-library loans help secure books that can’t be found at the Eudora library. There is even an informal Wednesday knitting group. Adults also have the opportunity to volunteer at the library, and for the first time formal volunteer training is being offered.

One thing Wohlford hopes to implement in the future (besides building a bigger library!) is a partnership with a Eudora civic group to develop an outreach program for people who are unable to get to the library. After determining the kind of books the patrons like, volunteers would deliver books right to their door.

If all of that isn’t enough to float your boat, how about this: you can check out cookie cutters at the Eudora Public Library. It’s true! They come complete with recipes and decorating instructions. What more can you ask from your local library?

For additional information about the Eudora Public Library, visit them online at


UPDATE: We have been informed that this “Meet Your Legislator” session is going to be held at the Eudora Township Fire Station and NOT at the Eudora Public Library. The time is still the same 10:30AM – 11:30AM Saturday.

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State Senator Tom Holland will visit Eudora Saturday morning as part of his “Meet Your Legislator” series he’s currently conducting throughout the 3rd District.

Holland will be at the Eudora Public Library, 14 E. Ninth Street Eudora Township Fire Station 310 W. 20th Street,  Saturday from 10:30AM – 11:30AM to answer questions from the public about issues concerning them.