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

Saturday, April 27, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Sioux Falls Orpheum: 315 N Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls

Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Fraser will present stories about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her book Prairie Fires.
Please register online here or with staff.


In 2019, participants read Caroline Fraser's Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Prairie Fires won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, as well as being named to New York Times' "10 Best Books of the Year.

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

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

Pioneer Music: Bill Peterson & Friends
Prairie West Branch | Saturday, April 6, 12-1pm

South Dakota’s Quilting Heritage
Presentation by Mary Reecy Fitzgerald; quilt registration required
Downtown Library | Sunday, April 7, 1:30-3:30pm

Lessons from the
South Dakota Dust Bowl

Panel discussion with weather, agriculture and soil experts
Downtown Library | Saturday, April 13, 10-11am

Getting to Know the
Real Laura Ingalls Wilder

Reenactor Sarah Ulhoff in character as Laura
In partnership with South Dakota Humanities Council
Downtown Library | Sunday, April 14, 3-4pm

Cook the Book
Choose a pioneer recipe to prepare and share from a Laura Ingalls Wilder-inspired cookbook
Hartford Branch | Tuesday, April 23, 6:30-8pm

Author Visit: Caroline Fraser
Sioux Falls Orpheum, 315 N Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls | Saturday, April 27, 7-8:30pm 

Book Discussions
Caille Branch | Thursday, April 11, 7-8pm
Oak View Branch | Wednesday, April 24, 6-7pm
Prairie West Branch | Tuesday, April 30, 7-8pm
Ronning Branch | Friday, April 12, 2-3pm

Virtual Book Discussion
Siouxland Libraries Facebook Page
Thursday, April 4: Introduction-Chapter 1
Thursday, April 11: Part 2
Thursday, April 18: Part 3, Chapters 10-12
Thursday, April 25: Part 3, Chapters 13-Epilogue

Teen Programs

Kids Programs

Kids Discover
Pioneer Programs at the Ronning Branch
Homemade Butter and Climbing Bear Craft | Tuesday, April 2, 3:15-4pm
Pioneer Games | Tuesday, April 9, 3:15-4pm
Log Cabin Craft | Tuesday, April 16, 3:15-4pm
"Jacob's Ladder" Toy | Tuesday, April 23, 3:15-4pm
Little House on the Prairie Film | Tuesday, April 30, 3:15-4pm

Pioneer Day
10:30-11am Family Storytime
11am-1pm Pioneer Activities
Prairie West Branch | Saturday, April 6

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

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