Eudora Township Library

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.


(l to r) City Administrator John Harrenstein, Township Library Treasurer Tom Jerome and School Superintendent Don Grosdidier

Eudora News and

Officials from the City of Eudora, The Eudora Township Library Board and The Eudora School District gathered together on Wednesday, to sign an agreement that will allow the City to begin demolition of the the Old Eudora Middle School located at 10th and Main Street.

This site will become the location of a new Public Safety Building that will house Police, Fire and EMS services for the City of Eudora,  as well as a proposed new library for Eudora Township and leave additional space for possible future expansion by the Eudora School District.

The Historical Society, which has a museum located in the north end of the old Middle School building, will be moving to the Old Nottingham School, located at 15th and Elm Street.

Tom Jerome, Treasurer of the Eudora Township Library Board is looking forward to the possibility of a new library.  “We want to have something that will last 10 to 20 years and will be able to grow in the future.” Jerome said.

The funds for the demolition will come from a combination the three entities. All three of the groups have the funds already set aside for this demolition project.

As to a new library, Jerome added that the Township Board will be presented a proposal and that a bond issue would likely need to be passed to fund a new building.

According to Eudora City Administrator John Harrenstein, the contract for demolition will be presented to the City Council for approval at one of the two May City Council meetings.  Upon approval, demolition crews will begin with asbestos removal of the property.

“This project has specifically been designed to not interfere with the CPA picnic later this summer” Harrenstein said. The CPA picnic uses the parking lot to house various carnival rides, games and vendor booths during the annual event.