Prairie Fires

Siouxland Libraries is proud to announce our 2019 One Book Siouxland selection, 
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser!

Prairie Fires is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, the 2018 Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, and was named one of the New York Times' "10 Best Books of the Year."   

Launched in 2018, One Book Siouxland is a program that encourages area residents to read the same book and discuss it as a community. An annual event, it aims to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and to bring together friends, families, and neighbors to share their experiences.

Do you know of any great books that should be selected in 2020? Send an email to Jane Taylor at with the book title and author, as well as the reason why this would be an excellent choice.

Author Visit: Caroline Fraser

Sioux Falls Orpheum
315 N Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls
Saturday, April 27

In 2018, One Book Siouxland participants read Fredrik Backman's best-selling book, A Man Called Ove. Library staff, in partnership with local library users, selected this story because of its theme--"people can change, even if they are set in their ways"--as well as the strong Swedish and Scandinavian heritage that is part of this region and the book.



Adult Programs

Display—Weathering the Storm: Nature’s Impact on South Dakota
Downtown Library | April 5–May 6

Music by Bill Peterson’s string band
Featuring pioneer music
Prairie West Branch | Saturday, April 6

South Dakota’s Quilting Heritage
Presentation by Mary Reecy Fitzgerald
Downtown Library | Sunday, April 7

Learn from the Dust Bowl in South Dakota
Panel discussion with weather, agriculture and soil experts
Downtown Library | Saturday, April 13

Getting to Know the Real Laura Ingalls Wilder
with Laura impersonator, Sarah Ulthoff
In partnership with South Dakota Humanities Council
Downtown Library | Sunday, April 14

Cook the Book
Choose a recipe to prepare and share from a Laura Ingalls Wilder-inspired cookbook
Hartford Branch | Tuesday, April 23

Author Visit: Caroline Fraser
Sioux Falls Orpheum, 315 N Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls | Saturday, April 27

Virtual Book Discussion
Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25,
Siouxland Libraries’ Facebook page

Book Discussions
Various times and locations


Kids Programs

If You Were a Kid on the Oregon Trail
Kids Create program
Part 1: Caille Branch | Monday, March 18
Part 2: Caille Branch | Monday, March 25

Pioneer Day
crafts and games for children
Prairie West Branch | Saturday, April 6

Donald Montileaux art program
World-renowned Lakota watercolorist
Downtown Library | Thursday, April 25

Parent/Child Book Discussion of Little House in the Big Woods
Ronning Branch | Saturday, April 27