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.