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 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. 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.
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).