Welcome to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children's Room!

Ms. Clara Webber was the first children's librarian of Pomona Public Library. A long time correspondent with Mrs. Laura Ingalls Wilder, she was instrumental in having the Children's Room named in honor of Mrs. Wilder on May 25, 1950. Today, we house the original hand written manuscript for the novel Little Town on the Prairie. Every February, we host the Laura Ingalls Wilder Sociable in honor of Mrs. Wilder's February 7th birthday.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Laura Ingalls Wilder Sociable

This morning I was cleaning out the display cases that house the Laura Ingalls Wilder mementos. I took a moment while I was dusting to really look at these treasures. They are what we have left of the past. We have dolls that are dressed in prairie attire, little models of the Ingalls family, and first edition copies of the Little House books that are actually signed by Laura. We even have twisted hay from South Dakota on display. Not to mention the original manuscript that Laura hand wrote "Little Town on the Prairie." What was the world like when Laura was alive?

Picture this: no electricity: this means no lights, televisions, computers and (horrors) no wii games.
No indoor plumbing: yes you had to go outside to get water to wash up, bathe and (horrors) use the outhouse. It took so much longer to do things. Laura's Ma assigned a task for every day:

"Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Churn on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday."

Come on over to the Pomona Public Library THIS Saturday at 1:00pm (do your baking in the morning) and enjoy music from the past. Craig Newton will perform "How the West was Sung" and Journeys to the Past will tell stories and re-enact the past before your very eyes! Then, for all you crafty people, we will have a great craft with Grandma Sue. (Read her post for more information.) It's always a lot of fun and, yes, there will be food.

See you all Saturday!

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