Summer by Rhea

April 8, 2016

Rhea and Pioneer GirlAs part of last year’s summer reading program, my niece wrote a poem. In honor of National Poetry Month, she’s allowed me to share it with you.

Summer by Rhea

Summer is here!
Birdies are back,
I saw a deer.

Butterflies are out,
Get me ice cream or I will pout.

We get to swim at the beach,
We pick fruit and eat a peach.

Summer is here! Summer is here!

Sarah Uthoff By the Numbers April 2016

April 7, 2016

Show me the numbers they say and I was inspired by a poster for a concert at Kirkwood that included the performer’s number of Facebook likes. I thought, “I can do that!” I did previous posts Trundlebed Tales by the Numbers August 19, 2013,  December 14, 2013 June 8, 2014, December 19, 2014, April 13, 2015September 20, 2015 and December 30, 2015. It’s a collection of raw numbers of my online activities. I think it will be interesting to track. Today’s post numbers are as of April 6, 2016.

Fake Tintype7

 

Number of blog posts published on Trundlebed Tales1,366

Total number of blog post views: 126,271

Highest number of views in a single day: 389

Number of YouTube videos on Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel: 69

Total Number of Subscribers to Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel:106

Number of total views on Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel53,957

Plus views of  my program on Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum channel: 14,618

For a total of YouTube views: 68,575

Number of Followers on Twitter: 1,670

Number of Friends on Facebook: 584

Number of Likes on Trundlebed Tales Facebook Page: 533

Number of connections on LinkedIn: 224

Slideshare Uploads: 3

Slideshare Views: 580

Number in circles on Google Plus: 222

Views on Google Plus: 30,132

Number of episodes on Blog Talk Radio: 160

Number of Views on Academia.edu: 143

Followers on Academia.edu: 21

Photos added on Flickr: 65

Photos on Instagram: 95

Followers on Instagram: 68

Videos added on Vimeo: 20 (total watches not part of standard Vimeo statistics)

These two numbers were not updated this time due to an issue with page information. If I get corrected information I’ll edit it and add them.

Number of total listens on Blog Talk Radio92,474

Highest listen number for an individual episode6064

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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Top Ten Posts March 2016

April 6, 2016
Sarah by books 1

Sarah by books 1

Here are the blog posts that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. :)

Iowa City Park Zoo
Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny     
Walnut Grove De Smet Trip 2011
Playing Pa’s Fiddle
James Wilder’s First Wife
Pa’s Beard
April 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Rose Re-prints Update
Franklin House of History
In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Mentions March 2016

April 5, 2016

Laura Writing Close Up

Check me out in the speakers section of the EVERYONE EATS: South Dakota’s Food Heritage conference:
http://history.sd.gov/aboutus/HistoryConference/Speakers.aspx

This entry is really just a mention because I sent along an idea and a little preliminary research to a fellow blogger/researcher.

https://historymyths.wordpress.com/2016/03/26/myth-143-lawn-jockeys-are-not-racist-they-honor-jocko-a-black-groom-who-served-general-washington/

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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

T-Shirt of the Month April 2016

April 4, 2016

Clothes are one of those things that I once kept as a firm line not to cross as part of my efforts to restrict my Laura collection to a reasonable size. That totally failed when I discovered how great it is to have a Laura t-shirt on when traveling. It really makes it feel like your trip has already started once you get in your car.

Little House on the Prairie the Musical

Little House on the Prairie the Musical

Black t-shirts often have gorgeous designs, but have the drawback of being hot in the heat of the noonday sun. This is a great example of that. In conjunction with Little House on the Prairie: The Musical, they had two gift shops at the Guthrie and then a traveling giftshop that traveled with the roadshow. I got it and a bunch of other stuff including a great book about the set design and some “I ♥ Almanzo” pins.

This full cover design is one of the prettiest I have even if it isn’t the most practical for a Midwestern summer. The design is their logo with the words in a mock cross-stitch type pattern.  Sadly as far as I can tell after that giftshop held a closeout sale a couple of months after the roadshow ended that was that, so you’d have to find it on Ebay or elsewhere online if you want one.

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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

My Pyramid Becomes My Plate

April 3, 2016

Revisiting the current USDA nutrition standards.

Sarah's Notebook

How many people  remember the Basic Four Food Groups? How many people have even heard of My Pyramid? That’s pretty much what I thought.

MyPlate

Anyway the USDA has once again made some modifications in their diet recommendations. They are not willing to admit people can’t keep a complex and ever changing model in their heads when it comes time to reach for that next snack, so they’ve decided the problem was the graphic and MyPyramid has become MyPlate, and you can check it out at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html.

Take a look and see what they’ve come up with.

The following were recommended to me as the most important and useful features of the new page.

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April 2016 Presentations

April 1, 2016
Sarah at Reference Desk

Sarah at Reference Desk

April is always a busy month for Laura Ingalls Wilder programs. Attend one near you.

  • Roland Public Library – Roland, Iowa – General Laura Program – Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 11 am
  • North Liberty Community Library – North Liberty, Iowa – In the Kitchen With Laura – Monday, April 4, 2016 – 6:30 pm
  • One-Room School Program for classes Monday, April 18 and Wednesday, April 20, 2015. (Not open to the public)
  • Everybody Eats: South Dakota’s Food Heritage – April 29 and 30, 2016 **Registration Required**

That’s it for this month so far, but it’s not too late. If you’d like me to come present near you make sure to tell your local library, museum or civic group.   Learn more here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/booking-a-program
Find descriptions of the various programs available:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/program-descriptions

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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently 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.

April 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

April 1, 2016
Rocky Ridge Farmhouse

Rocky Ridge Farmhouse

April tends to be busier with programs than events, but this year Mansfield has several events and Pepin has one. This is just the start of the season. Watch for more events in the coming months and hopefully next month we’ll get the museum opening schedule.

Pepin, WI

  • Sugaring Off Dance – April 2, 2016 – 6 PM Dance

Mansfield, MO

  • Future Teachers Group meets at Rocky Ridge Farm: April 8, 2016
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder inducted into Missouri State University Public Affairs Hall of Fame : April 14, 2016
  • Grand Opening for New Museum: April 22, 2016

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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Social Security’s Patty Duke Reunion

March 31, 2016

Revisiting in honor of Patty Duke, RIP.

Sarah's Notebook

I was too young to remember The Patty Duke Show‘s initial run, but I loved seeing it in reruns. Not only is Patty Duke a truly enjoyable actress, I also love identical twin movies and shows. That’s part of why I adore the original version The Parent Trap. So I was absolutely delighted when I stumbled across this true reunion of The Patty Duke Show most of the cast returns in this Social Security commercial. It includes an update of the opening. OK so there’s no plot and it lasts a minute and although it’s not terribly clear, I think that’s Patty’s real life husband taking the place of the high school boyfriend on the show, but it’s great to see them all again and it’s wonderful to see the cast again.

If you’re unfamiliar with the original, here is the opening,  in which acting legend Patty Duke…

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Kids With Walkmans

March 28, 2016

Walkman CaptureI enjoy a lot of the videos and stories that come through Mental Floss. I recently found this video about modern kids trying to work old technology and I think it has an important message for us besides the cuteness. I think it is an interesting example of applying technology skills.

Digging Deep

I will say that, while historians often have to figure out what something is and how it was used without all the pieces, I think it’s unfair to do the same things to kids. It was unrealistic that they gave the kids Walkmans without all the pieces and asked them to figure out how it works when they don’t really have a lot of background to build on.

Take a Look

http://mentalfloss.com/article/56186/these-adorably-confused-kids-have-no-idea-what-walkman

Applying Tech Skills

While I don’t really expect kids to quickly figure out old technology, I think this video does give a good example of children not displaying problem solving or absorbing tech knowledge. Those shortcomings have me worried today. Walkmans might not be part of their world, but most of the component parts, the commands of the buttons, speakers, headphones and their symbols are. The triangle to the right to play, square box to stop is still standard.  For example, here the same symbols are used on the current Windows Media Player.

Windows Media player

Windows Media player

So they all should have recognized right away that it played something. They should also have recognized the image for headphones by the plug in which is also still standard on digital players.

The fact that these kids have most likely used a play button countless times in their lives and yet are unable to identify it in a slightly out of their normal context situation is disturbing indeed and suggests that the knowledge is situation specific and they have so far escaped without learning any true tech basics. They’ve learned “Do this, then do that” instead of this makes that happen because xxxxx. It’s a failure and shows once again that these aren’t digital natives yet, they are still digital second generation immigrants.

They Choose What They Knew

The fact that they all picked their own technology over the old isn’t surprising, people universally will prefer something they are familiar with, unless it has a cool factor. I would say it was interesting that one picked up on how many tapes you’d have to have to carry the same amount of music as his digital player, but they didn’t follow up how many do they really need? Can you really listen to 1000s of songs in a single trip to the store?

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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.


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