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Young readers ‘on track’ at the depot

City library’s summertime program ends with history


Lorrie Birkhead, Rockdale ISD Learning English Program instructor, model train tour at I&GN Historical Depot during finale of 2012 and depot volunteer Dave Phillips, guide delighted youngsters on Texas Reading Program Thursday, 
Reporter/Mike Brown Lorrie Birkhead, Rockdale ISD Learning English Program instructor, model train tour at I&GN Historical Depot during finale of 2012 and depot volunteer Dave Phillips, guide delighted youngsters on Texas Reading Program Thursday, Reporter/Mike Brown Several dozen youngsters from 2012 took a trip back in time Thursday.

Occasion was the finale of Rockdale’s Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Club, held at the I&GN Depot Museum.

Reading Club theme for 2012 was “Get a Clue....At the Library” and youngsters were invited to be detectives, even taking part in a “secret service spy test” and a scavenger hunt on the depot’s front lawn.

Of course, there was plenty of time for history as the group toured the 106-year-old depot building, restored caboose and dining cars and the depot’s blacksmith shop.

Volunteers from the Rockdale Historical Society, which restored the former International & Great Northern Depot as a museum, were on hand to serve as guides.


It was once a waiting room for train passengers, today it’s a museum and a welcome, air-conditioned rest stop for youngsters on a day when the temperaure outside climbed to 101. It was once a waiting room for train passengers, today it’s a museum and a welcome, air-conditioned rest stop for youngsters on a day when the temperaure outside climbed to 101. There was also an obstacle course and several games for youngsters.

Librarian Melanie Todd listed Summer Reading winners as follows:

Pre-K and kindergarten— Brady Freeman.

First through third grade— Araseli Doreen Alvarez.

Fourth through sixth grade—Stephanie Ceja.



Appropriately-themed cake ended morning of history and fun. Appropriately-themed cake ended morning of history and fun.

Easter eggs in July? No, scavenger hunt as young readers sought items scattered around historical depot grounds. Easter eggs in July? No, scavenger hunt as young readers sought items scattered around historical depot grounds.

A peek into the past as depot shows off its 100-year-old blacksmith shop, part of museum complex that includes restored dining car and caboose. (See page 1A). A peek into the past as depot shows off its 100-year-old blacksmith shop, part of museum complex that includes restored dining car and caboose. (See page 1A).

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