Every year on the Saturday closest to Laura’s birthday , the Pomona Public Library hosts a gingerbread party in her honor. Started on the 100th anniversary of her birth in 1967, it’s still a major Wilder event. I haven’t gotten there yet, but it’s definitely on my list of life goals to visit. Read about the plans for this year at the link below.
Really I’m not sure why they are saying 2016 is the 50th Anniversary. Everything I’ve been able to find on it (including the poster they sent me for their 25th anniversary) said they started in 1967 so I’ve been trying to figure out how to get out their for their 50th anniversary in 2017, but apparently this is the year they are celebrating. I know they’ve cut back festivities, attendance has been less, and it’s been harder to find volunteers (just like everywhere), but I hope they find a way to go on… at least until I can get out there. However, after the library (and its extensive collection of Wilderana) almost shut down a couple of years ago, I’m glad the library itself is still going.
Last Updated February 5, 2016: I added the 50th anniversary section and link and my current signature block.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.