Friday, September 12, 2008

Little House on the Prairie--One Book, One Town

October is almost here, and that means it's time for the library's One Book, One Town month. This year, we'll be reading Little House on the Prairie, the much-loved story by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Who could forget the award-winning TV series of the '70s and early '80s based on Wilder's books? Copies of the book will soon be available for check-out, so why don't you stop by and pick one up to read along.

We've got some great tie-in programs, too, starting on Wednesday, October 1, with an old-fashioned Barn Dance from 6:30 to 8 p.m. My long-time friends, George and Gayle McGibbon, will lead you through the Virginia Reel and other dances of yesteryear. No experience is necessary. Just bring a smile. This program is suitable for all ages, so bring the whole family.

On October 7 at 7 p.m., Ursula Smith and Linda Peavey will present "Like a Tumbleweed: Childhood on the Frontier." I first heard Ursula and Linda at a Humanities Fair a couple of years ago and thought they'd be a great program for the library. Their specialty is frontier life, and they were consultants for "Frontier House." Their program is co-sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.

Laura Ingalls Wilder will visit at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15. Betty Jean Steinshouer will portray the author. Betty Jean has visited the library before as other literary figures. You won't want to miss this!

A public discussion, "Making Do," will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 23. Whether on the prairie or in the city, people have always had to find ways to "make do" when money and resources were scarce. Everyone has stories of making do, and we invite you to share yours at this forum.

We'll wrap up the month with a concert by "Too Human" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29.

And since One Book, One Town is a family event, we haven't forgotten the youngsters. In addition to the Barn Dance, we invite teens to try their hand at a traditional craft at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15 and youngsters age 7-12 for soapmaking at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22.

Complete information about all of these programs, including registration information, can be found at our website . Hope to see you there!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great schedule of events! Thank you for coordinating all of the activities for young and old alike.

Ellen Knowlton said...

You're welcome! Hope you will join us!