The poet laureate of Iowa and summer resident of Kalona will again be showcasing her work for an Iowa audience. Mary Swander will be taking her book Girls on the Roof to the Iowa Department for the Blind on October 7. Swander says while she is recognized around the state, Kalona is still a home for her. She says her summer home in an Amish school house lets her find peace and calm for her writing. Swander visited the Kalona Public Library this summer where she read from the same book.

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