Terrible news came right before the conference when word came that the Pomona Public Library is in danger of closing. This is horrible news to Laura Ingalls Wilder fans. Clara Webber was hired as their children’s librarian in the 1960s. Having already establish a correspondence with Laura Ingalls Wilder, when she made plans to make her new library a friendlier place she decided to name the children’s room after Laura. Webber spent the rest of her career building the connection, even publishing some things to make them more available to fans and creating a microfilm of their original papers. She also started the longest running Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable which is still being held yearly and is rapidly approaching its 50th anniversary. However, it may never reach it as word has come down that it will close in August due to the city’s financial problems. This will not just be a huge loss to the local community (it’s their only library in town), but also to fans who visit from around the globe to access the collection and attend the Gingerbread Sociable.
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Since that original story came out, it looks like local efforts have resulted in a temporary save by diverting money earmarked for road repair into the library and fire departments. However, this is a move designed to buy them a year.
You can write a letter of support to:Bruce Guter 505 South Garey Avenue
Pomona, California 91766 Be polite, support keeping the library open, but if it can’t stress the importance of this collection going somewhere safe where it is still accessible to to the public.