February 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

February tends to be bad time for Laura Ingalls Wilder events since in the northern part of the country tends to have event cancelling weather, but many people buck the weather and try anyway for local events. (Would it have killed Laura to be born in May? LOL) Here are the ones on my radar.

Bill and Me 2015

Pepin WI

150th Celebration of Laura’s Birthday – February 4-5, 2017 – an event in Pepin, Wisconsin in honor of Laura’s 150th birthday – Details coming later, but will include activities at the replica birthplace cabin.

Burr Oak IA

Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction and 150th Celebration – February 17, 2017 5:30pm – 7:30 pm

Ushers Ferry Historic Village – Cedar Rapids IA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Party Sunday, February 5, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Tickets Required. (Scroll down on page to find tickets)

Pomona Public Library – Pomona CA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable – Saturday, February 4, 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm
http://www1.youseemore.com/pomona

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

150th Birthday Party at Old World Wisconsin– February 4, 2017  10:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm More information –Preregistration is required.

National Cowgirl Museum – Fort Worth, Texas

The National Cowgirl Museum had quit their annual Laura party a few years back so thanks to Beyond Little House for giving me a heads up for this one.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th Birthday Program – February 25, 2017 10am – 1pm

Books

New HarperCollins edition out Feb. 7, 2017 – 1st three “Little House” books, also available as single titles “Return to the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic series with this gorgeous box set, which includes hardcover, unjacketed editions of the first three Little House novels—all featuring new, iconic cover art, special forewords, and no interior art.”

NOTE: The Little House on the Prairie website uses a more extensive definition of events then I do. So check them out.

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.

What comes next? Updated

LH book shelves

It used to be that most of the series books were listed in a big thick book that I loved to get off the shelf and read through at the library. I don’t even know if that same book is still in print, but you can now find much of the same information online. Below is my list of favorite websites for finding out what comes next in a series. If I missed one you like to use, please let me know.

I had enough additions since I posted the original version of this that I thought it was time to post it again as a clean copy. To find notes about where I got suggestions for additions from, check the bottom of the original post.

General Adult Fiction –

KDL (Kent District Library) What’s Next
http://ww2.kdl.org/libcat/whatsnext.asp

Nebraska Library Commission Books in Series Database
http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/booksinseries.asp

Fiction DB
http://www.fictiondb.com/series/series-lists.htm

Books in Order (this one is by an individual and has lots of ads)
http://www.bookseriesinorder.com

Fantasy Fiction –

Fantastic Fiction (from United Kingdom)
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/

Murder Mystery –

Stop You’re Killing Me
http://stopyourekillingme.com/

Children’s Books –

Mid-Continent Public Library Juvenile Series and Sequels
http://www.mymcpl.org/books-movies-music/juvenile-series

Young Adult Books –

Bettendorf Public Library
http://yaseries.bettendorflibrary.com/index.php/Main_Page

Other Related Sites

What should I read Next?
http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/search

BooksnBytes
http://www.booksnbytes.com/

WeNeedDiverseBooks
This site was recommended on IowaLib and is a hub of finding lists of diverse books. I haven’t had a chance to look it over much myself, but take a look and let me know what you think. [Added November 26 2016]
http://weneeddiversebooks.org/where-to-find-diverse-books/

FictFact
This website is run by volunteers and not only gives a series listing, but allows you to sign up to get e-mails when a new entry in a series you’re following is released. Registration is free and may be done either through direct registration or through social media log ins. Recommended on Iowa Lib Jan 2014.
http://www.fictfact.com

Iowa Readers’ Advisory Round Table
Reviews and connections between books by Iowa Librarians of the Reader’s Advisory Round Table of the Iowa Library Association.
http://iowareadersadvisory.blogspot.com

Multiple Copies for Book Clubs
This list from the State Library of Iowa gives a list of multiple copies with numbers and the library that holds each collection to aid bookclubs across the state.
http://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/ld/k-p/multiple-copies

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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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July 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Update

This is just a quick round up of some products that have come out that you might want to know about. These should be available at all the homesite giftshops.

2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Calendar $12.95 – It’s put together by Tessa Flak at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in DeSmet with photos contributed by all the homesites. This is the 3rd year they’ve produced them. Make sure you get a copy.

Garth Williams: American Illustrator: A Life $26.95 – A biography of the illustrator of the standard edition of the “Little House” books.

Little House in the Hollywood Hills by Charlotte Stewart $24.95 – A biography by the actress who played Miss Eva Beadle on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie” 

The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William T. Anderson $26.99 – A collection of the important letters by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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.

Selling Old Books

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Old Book Love

As a librarian I often get asked about selling old books. Let me be clear – I love old books. I often pay WAY more than I should for old books that I buy for my own collection. This is NOT an encouragement to get rid of your old books in anyway.

How Do You Sell Old Books

I get the question about how to sell books often, especially from other libraries, but also from regular people, that I decided it would be worth putting my normal advice into a post. This assumes the decision to get rid of the books has been made and isn’t answering whether or not you should chose to weed any particular books…..[because I could also give you earful on that, but I won’t here. 🙂 ] While the wording below is pitched as if toward a library I think it applies equally well for individuals, especially in cases where you are cleaning out a house because of a death in the family or you’re moving to smaller quarters, etc.

When Is An Old Book Valuable

Any way that is going to maximize your profits from selling the old books (listing the books online, hosting an auction with the posted goal of fundraising for the library, etc.) is going to take a lot of work, probably volunteer if you’re an organization, a lot of your time if you’re an individual. If that’s not going to happen, then don’t let the fear that you are going to let something incredibly valuable go stop you from doing something like having a used book seller come in to buy the lot.

Just look at the books carefully first. Most of those unbelievable garage sale find stories (which are as rare in real life as lottery wins) are because something was in a box that no one noticed was in there. Carefully go through things first and that won’t happen. Ask yourself these questions about the books and if you get a yes, put them aside to look at further. Are the books the pristine? Are they first edition? If they aren’t either then they are rarely valuable. An explanation of those exceptions where they might be is my Value of Old Books post. Those that might qualify as pristine or first edition look up online. And if there is anything that looks like it might be special to you, look it up too. I don’t think it’s worth looking up each one if you aren’t going the individual sales route, but if you have questions about any of them, look it up on a used book site like Amazon, Abe books, etc. It won’t cost you anything to check what other people are asking for something similar although pay special attention to see how long it’s been listed, if it’s been on awhile at a price and no one has paid it, it may be unreasonably high. Remember you can always ASK for any amount you want on such sites, it doesn’t mean you’ll get it. While you are at it double check each book to see if anything is tucked inside any of them look it over and make sure it isn’t important. Then consider it good and invite a book dealer in. People who professionally buy and sell put in a lot of time keeping current with trends and demands, knowing the market, and developing contacts.

Q:Will a used book seller try to make a profit of at least 50% off you?

A:Yes.

Are you willing to put the time and work in to get the knowledge and contacts to get that extra 50% for yourself? If not, don’t begrudge them. Information is worth something and gathering it is work.

I don’t have a particular book seller in mind, but I’d call up a couple of used book shops that are closest to you and see if they’d come take a look.

Last UPDATED July 10 2016: I did some mild editing, added the headings, and updated the signature block to the current 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.

 

What comes next?

It used to be that most of the series books were listed in a big thick book that I loved to get off the shelf and read through at the library. I don’t even know if that same book is still in print, but you can now find much of the same information online. Below is my list of favorite websites for finding out what comes next in a series. If I missed one you like to use, please let me know.

General Adult Fiction –

KDL (Kent District Library) What’s Next
http://ww2.kdl.org/libcat/whatsnext.asp

Nebraska Library Commission Books in Series Database
http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/booksinseries.asp

Fiction DB (Added Jan. 2015)
http://www.fictiondb.com/series/series-lists.htm

Books in Order (Added Aug. 2016 – this one is by an individual and has lots of ads)
http://www.bookseriesinorder.com

Fantasy Fiction –

Fantastic Fiction (from United Kingdom)
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/

Murder Mystery –

Stop You’re Killing Me
http://stopyourekillingme.com/

Children’s Books –

Mid-Continent Public Library Juvenile Series and Sequels
http://www.mymcpl.org/books-movies-music/juvenile-series

Young Adult Books –

Bettendorf Public Library
http://yaseries.bettendorflibrary.com/index.php/Main_Page

Other Related Sites

What should I read Next?
http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/search

BooksnBytes
http://www.booksnbytes.com/

FictFact – This website is run by volunteers and not only gives a series listing, but allows you to sign up to get e-mails when a new entry in a series you’re following is released. Registration is free and may be done either through direct registration or through social media log ins. Recommended on Iowa Lib Jan 2014.
http://www.fictfact.com

Iowa Readers’ Advisory Round Table – Reviews and connections between books by Iowa Librarians of the Reader’s Advisory Round Table of the Iowa Library Association.
http://iowareadersadvisory.blogspot.com

UPDATE: This is one of the top 10 all time posts that I’m reblogging. This is the newest post coming in at number 3 despite the fact that it’s much more recent than the other posts on this list, it’s not even a full year since I posted it yet.  I must admit I use this post a lot myself and I think it must still be fairly complete because no one has suggested anymore additions. If you find one I’m missing please let me know.

UPDATED September 25, 2015: I updated the signature block and added some information on FicFact.

UPDATED January 21, 2016: I added the blog from the Iowa Reader’s Advisory Round Table.

UPDATED August 5, 2016: I added the Books in Order site from IowaLib.

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.

 

World Read Aloud Day

In honor of World Read Aloud Day, March 7th, I did a special episode reading aloud from various one-room school readers. Some of them are from Independent 5th Reader which was used at one point by Laura Ingalls Wilder (different copy, same book).  Listen, enjoy and read aloud to someone else and pass it on.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2012/03/08/read-aloud-from-readers