Sarah presenting at LauraPalooza 2012
Sarah presenting at LauraPalooza 2012

Don’t take my word for it. If you want to know what it’s like to have me come speak, check out these kind words and if you’d like to add yours, make a comment or pleasecontact me at info@trundlebedtales.com


We really enjoyed your presentation on Tuesday in Ottumwa.  You’re the best thing we’ve had all year, in my (and others’ opinion.)  We hope to have you again and will certainly spread the word about you in the “programs you’ll love” world of ladies who lunch and more!
B J Hall, President, Ottumwa Women’s Club

I truly loved the program..Sarah’s unique presentation was very enjoyable!! Thank you Athena Club!Susan Landuyt Bukowy

AMAZING reinactment presentation of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder! So educational and full of research! thank you Tama County Historical Society for hosting the event! I am working to bring her to Belle Plaine! – Gina Beck Miller

Thank you for the wonderful storytelling on Laura Ingalls Wilder! Patrons loved it and I received a lot of positive feedback.
Clear Lake Public Library

Thank you for an enjoyable evening with Laura Ingalls Wilder. You do an amazing job bringing Laura to life. I was feeling great empathy for the hardships she and her family endured. Also admiration for their grit and determination to startover. I had many comments about how great the program was.
– Tama County Historical Society

I’d like to give a little shout out about Sarah Uthoff .She was in State Center this week presenting her WONDERFUL program, “In the Kitchen with Laura,” as part of our month long Laura Ingalls Wilder celebration. We had nearly 60 people in attendance, which is a record turn out for any programming that isn’t a part of the summer library program. 
Many thanks to Sarah and to the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau for the programming grant that allowed us to bring her to our town!
– Mara Elder, Gutekunst Public Library, State Center, Iowa


Thank you for doing such a great job at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Pepin.  Everyone enjoyed your presentation, and the crowd really got into it.
– MaryPat Kleven, Laura Days in Pepin WI

I would highly recommend having Sarah Uthoff as a program speaker on Laura Ingalls Wilder/Little House. We invited her to speak at the North Central Library Symposium two years ago, and made the request through Humanities Iowa. She did an excellent job, came dressed in character, had many items to display, and was very knowledgeable about her subject matter. She can utilize a power point presentation, or props, (or both), and is comfortable doing the program either way.

Following that appearance I invited her to speak for the Burt Public Library at our fall festival. We had a full house, a newspaper write-up, and excellent comments from the public afterwards.
Trisha Hicks, Library Resources Technician: Iowa Library Services

I wanted to thank you for the great program you gave at the Marengo Library.  There has been nothing but positive comments about the presentation, and as I teach The Little House on the Prairie, I keep remembering and sharing parts of the program.  You are a very knowledgeable and creative presenter.  Thank you!
Deb Hinrichs, Marengo, Iowa

Please remember Sarah Uthoff!  She is also a Humanities Iowa speaker.  Sarah is an expert on Laura Ingalls Wilder and has a variety of programs related to Laura.  Sarah also has an excellent program on One Room Schoolhouses. She also has other programs, but I am just speaking about the programs she has done for me.

Sarah is an excellent speaker and extremely knowledgeable.  I’ve been having  her present programs at the North Liberty Comm. Library for years, and I  learn something every time she presents.  Sarah is engaging and lots of fun  and her programs attract attendees from children through senior citizens.  I  really can’t recommend her enough!

Here is her website: http://www.trundlebedtales.com

~Elaine Hayes, MA, MLIS
Adult Services Librarian
North Liberty Community Library
North Liberty, Iowa

William Anderson is a noted Wilder expert; but Iowa has its own expert in Sarah S. Uthoff who frequently writes about Wilder on her Trundlebed Tales site.

In addition to Sarah’s active online presence, Sarah has a full repertoire of speaking programs that she is able to give to audiences of all age groups.  Sarah Uthoff is one of the finest contemporary experts on the life and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder actively writing and presenting today.  She has a portfolio of possible programs that she is able to draw from – giving groups and organizations just the focus needed.  Her programs extend from general background information to, my favorite, an “interactive visit with Laura using some of Laura’s own words.”  Laura often comes dressed in the era about which she is speaking.  Those in the audience might even think she has gone beyond channeling Laura’s words and has actually become Laura.  Sarah is a most interesting speaker and brings much to those who have an interest in learning more about the prairie life in the late 1800s.  Her programs are of interest to adults and fascinating to younger readers. If you have a chance to hear her speak or to invite her to your conference/library—don’t miss the opportunity.”

~Sharron McElmeel
Director of McBookwords
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

“I’ve only had good comments about your program. Several people who didn’t make it asked if we could do it again so they could come. I said perhaps sometime down the road. I’ve had a packed house for kids’ programs, but not that many adults before. I hope your drive home was pleasant and you made it home in time to get the chores done.”

~Gayle Ausley
Children’s Librarian
Corning Public Library
Corning, Iowa

“I am so happy to have found your site!!! I love what you are doing and wish I was in your suitcase!”

halfdoll1 posted on my YouTube page.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast,  look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , TwitterLinkedInSlideShare,  and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Last Updated: April 13, 2019
By Sarah S. Uthoff info@trundlebedtales.com

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