March 3rd, 2014 by twilson
Explore orphan train history March 25
A family history talk on orphan train riders is coming to Newton on March 25. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. that Tuesday. It’s free and open to the public.
Orphan trains brought abandoned and unwanted children from the slums of New York to America’s farmland from 1853 to 1929. The resettlement program had two main goals: reduce the number of abandoned children in New York and satisfy the need for cheap (free) farm labor elsewhere.
During its 75 years of existence, an estimated 150,000 children were moved out off Manhattan. Some of the young riders were happily resettled and adopted by loving families. Others were cruelly treated by their sponsors and treated as slave laborers. A few were returned to New York.
Wilson will talk about her great-grandmother, Sarah McGuirk, on March 25. In the meantime, you may wish to read up on this amazing chapter in American history.
The county library has several resources. Last year’s best-selling novel, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, is a good choice for fiction lovers. It’s based on fact and will offer a good overview of what it was like to be an orphan train rider.
The PBS video, “The Orphan Trains,” is another good resource. First aired in 2006, it chronicles the history of New York’s foundlings using footage of some orphan train riders in the 1920s. This video can also be accessed on-line through the NC LIVE link.
Several children’s books have been written on the topic. Check out Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story by Andrea Warren; Kit a novel by Jean Peart, Rodzina by Karen Cushman, or Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting. Al & Joanna Lacy wrote a trilogy on the topic: The Little Sparrows, All My Tomorrows and Whispers in the Wind will delight elementary-school readers.
Author Joan Lowery Nixon wrote a quartet of young adult books on the topic of orphan trains. Caught in the Act and In the Face of Danger are in the county library collection.
To check availability, visit any library location or check online: http://www.catawbacountync.gov/library .
Teen Tech learning to be offered
Catawba County Library System will observe Teen Tech Week March 9-15 with three special youth events.
Customers aged 12-18 are invited to a couple of programs scheduled on Monday, March 9. DIY Teen Tech projects is a look at virtual travel. It begins at 4 p.m. at Newton. Meanwhile, St. Stephens Branch will offer Search Engine Races, a friendly competition among teams using search engines such as Bing, Yahoo and Google and That event also begins at 4 p.m.
Pixlr.com workshop at Southwest Branch on Thursday, March 13. The 4 p.m. program will focus on a Photoshop-type program. Pre-register at the branch or call 466-6818.
All of the programs are free and open to the public.
Teen Tech Week is a national observance of Young Adult Library Services Association , a division of the American Library Association an organization of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services.
More Affordable Care sessions announced
Additional Affordable Care Acts signup sessions have been scheduled at Catawba County Library System in Newton.
Trained counselors from Catawba Family Care will be available to answer questions and help clients sign up for health insurance on Tuesdays during March. The sessions are free.
Appointments must be made by calling1-855-733-3711. Spanish speakers may wish to call Jennifer at 828-624-0533.
Individual appointments will be held from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on: March 4, 11, 18 and 25 in the conference room on the ground floor, across from the auditorium.
Clients must provide Social Security numbers and dates of birth of those covered along with employer’s name, address and contact information and any policy numbers of current coverage. Clients will also need to supply proof of household income.
More information is available at : http://gfhs.info/catawba-family-care/
Main Library is at 115 W. C Street across the street from the Newton Post Office.
Celtic music coming to St. Stephens Branch
Library customers will hear Scots-Irish inspired music for St. Patrick’s Day when Possum Hollar Old Time String Band will offer a free concert at 6 p.m. March 17 at St. Stephens Branch Library.
Roots music has been featured in films such as: “O Brother, Where Art Thou”, “Cold Mountain”, and “The Song Catcher.” It has influenced contemporary music artists such as the Duhks, Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Avett Brothers, and traditionally has been played by such artists as David Holt and Doc Watson.
A bit of the blarney will round out the program when Michael Fox tells stories about The Green Banjo and Jacob Hart.
Time permitting, members of the audience will be able to try out hand-made instruments such as the spoons, scrub boards, dancing men dolls, and wash tub bass. All ages are invited.
The branch will have an assortment of musical instruments including the “dulcijo” on display this month.
For more information, contact the library at 466-6821.
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