Today we celebrate the birthday of beloved children’s book author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her fictionalized retelling of her childhood adventures on the frontier are a staple of read-aloud fiction that have been passed from one generation to another.
You can find her own work, as well as many biographies and adaptations in our catalog here: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Of the many pastimes that Laura recorded from her childhood, music remains one of the most versatile and meaningful of their pleasures. As you read about mysterious tunes like “Irish Washerwoman,” “Arkansas Traveler,” and “Buffalo Gals” did you ever wonder what the music Pa played sounded like? Now you can find out! Sean Costello, our special guest at Storycrafters tonight at 6PM, and at Bowman Library Preschool storytimes Wednesday and Saturday at 11AM will play many of these tunes for us. Come out for a listen and satisfy your curiosity.
If you can’t make it to our live music renditions of the traditional fiddle tunes Laura’s Pa played, you can still hear them! Stream or download them for free by logging into Freegal. There are three full albums based on Pa’s fiddle music available there:
Freegal Albums of Pa’s Fiddle Music (you’ll need your library card barcode number and your pin to log in)