Happy 153th birthday, Half-Pint! Laura Ingalls was born Feb. 7, 1867, seven miles north of the village of Pepin, Wis.
By the time she married Almanzo Wilder in De Smet 18 years later, she and her family had trekked more than 2,000 miles across the frontier lands of the Midwest. They traveled by foot, by wagon, by horse and by train through Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota.
The Ingalls family’s journey became beloved books when Wilder sat down, at age 63, to tell her story. What started as a simple autobiography intended for adults instead became the “Little House on the Prairie” series, which has now sold more than 41 million copies in the U.S. and has been translated into more than 40 languages.
The Huron Public Library will celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder birthday, Feb. 3 – 7, with children’s activities which include making a friendship bracelet and building a log house out of Lincoln Logs.
The children’s department is also celebrating Valentine’s Day with a week-long celebration! The week will include cookie decorating, hide and seek Hershey Kisses, card making, and more! Elementary Explorers will meet Feb. 6th and 27th at 4:00 p.m. to experiment with making snowflakes and the invention of popsicles.
• On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Fourth- through 12th grades joined forces with YNot Make a Difference by filling hearts with candies to deliver to care facilities.
• Saturday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m. to noon, Manga readers are encouraged to join the Manga Book Club at the library. They will eat noodles, watch anime and discuss manga books. After manga book club is Pizza & Play — teens and tweens will make their own pizza and play board games.
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4 to 5:15 p.m. is a time to show your creativeness by learning how to do string painting on canvas.
Welcome back to the 1980s on Feb. 25, between 4 to 5 p.m., the youth will test their abilities to solve clues for a Totally Radical ’80s Time Travel Adventure breakout box. Here the youth will find all of the cutting edge technology from the 1980s ,which they will need to use along with their knowledge of all that was Rad in the ’80s to get themselves back to the present day. They only have 45 minutes before you are stuck in the past forever!
Adult activities for February include:
• Feb. 3: Monday Morning Movies at 9:30 a.m. Showing “The Apartment” (1960). Runtime 2 hours 5 minutes.
• Feb. 10: Adult Crafts at 2 and 6 p.m. String painting. Please wear clothes that can get paint on them! Registration is required.
•Feb. 13: Mystery Book Club at 5:30 p.m. reading, “If I Die Tonight” by Alison Gaylin.
•Feb. 14: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Library by signing up to participate in a Valentine’s Day themed breakout game. Anti-Cupid is creating mischief in the Library. Can you stop him before he makes everyone grumpy, mad, sad and downright miserable for the rest of their lives? Participants will need to follow the clues, unlock the boxes, and find an antidote before it is too late! Free event! Registration will open Feb. 3 @ 9 a.m.
• Feb. 19: Originals Book Club at 3 p.m. reading, “Outcasts United” by Warren St. John.
• Feb. 20: History Book Club at 6:30 p.m. reading “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.
• Feb. 24: Crochet & Knit Club at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to bring your own project to work on. If you are in-between projects, the group has a collaborative project you can work on!
• Feb. 24: Cookbook Club at 12 p.m. in the Jones Room. Theme for the month is “A Chocolate Affair”. Members are asked to bring a dish with accompanying recipe that has chocolate in it. A casserole dish and salad will be available also. Registration is required.
• Feb. 27: Romance Book Club at 6:30 p.m. reading, “Between You and Me” by Susan Wiggs.
*For all book clubs, a signup sheet and a limited number of books are available at the circulation desk.
For more information about this service stop by the Huron Public Library or phone 353-8530. You may visit the library’s webpage library.huronsd.com, or find us on Facebook and Instagram.