Every year I introduce a new program, a new way to tell the life story of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’m especially pleased with this year’s program with a completely different take. It mixes stories and information about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life with food history and hands on cooking. It’s the 1930s and we find ourselves in Laura’s kitchen as she’s dealing with all the food coming in from a bountiful summer garden.
During the program I bring volunteers on stage to do things like:
- Mix up a batch of biscuits
- Make ginger water
- Dry Wild Plums
- And more (some seasonal considerations will determine other activities)
Afterward everybody can try some of the ginger water. It’s been a big hit.
This program is all interactive, no PowerPoint, and all you have to supply is a table and 2 quarts of water.
This program will work especially well with the theme of the 2014 Collaborative Summer Library Program, the program used for summer reading programs by libraries across the country, Fizz, Boom, Read! As Fannie Farmer maintained, cooking is a science. Through this program children learn about measuring and its importance, chemical reactions, and different ways to change the state of matter. Afterward they will want to learn and READ more.
Schedule In the Kitchen With Laura soon.
UPDATE 2014: I made a few minor updates in 2014, I changed the photo and made a couple of small corrections for clarity. This program has continued to be a big hit. I think you’ll enjoy it.
The theme for the 2015 summer reading program is Heroes and Heroines.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting 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.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. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.