Join the Burlington Town Read – Check out Orphan Train

Burlington is once again participating in a Town Read, where people are encouraged to read the same book, and participate in events surrounding the novel. This year’s book is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (click the title to find out more) and you can pick up free copies to borrow from the library, or True North Coffee.

Taken from the Burlington Public Library’s website

What would happen if everyone in Burlington read the same book?  Join your friends and neighbors and find out!  Read “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, a novel based on little-known events in American history, in which turn-of-the-century orphans from eastern cities were loaded on trains and sent out to the Midwest in search of adoptive families.  Copies of the book are available NOW at the Library, and at selected locations around town.


Thursday, March 5, 2015, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. — Lunch at the Library and a Video-chat about the Children’s Aid Society in New York City.  Enjoy a homemade Depression-era style lunch;  then hear from Paul Clarke, current director of the Children’s Aid Society, which organized the Orphan Trains in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.  Lunch and program sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Burlington.  Sign Up please, via the Library’s on-line calendar or by calling 781-505-4985 so that we’ll know how much food is needed.

Monday, March 9, 2-3 p.m. – Book Discussion at Stonebridge at Burlington, 50 Greenleaf Way.  Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, March 12, 10:30 a.m. — Book Discussion at the Library.  Light refreshments served.

Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m. at the Library — Film showing of “The Orphan Trains,” a PBS documentary hosted by David McCullough and narrated by Stacy Keach.

Tuesday, March 17, 9:30 a.m.  — Book Discussion at the Council on Aging, 61 Center Street, Burlington.

Wednesday, March 18, 4-5 p.m. at the Library — “Booking It” for grade school kids. Orphan Train stories, craft and snacks.

Thursday, March 19, 12-1 p.m. — Book Discussion at Mt. Hope Christian School, 3 McGinness Drive, Burlington.  Bring a brown bag lunch; extra refreshments provided.

Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. at the Library — “Depression-Era Cooking” with Ellie Deaner. Cooking demonstration, free tastes, and recipes to take home.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Friday, March 20, 2 p.m. at the Library — “Orphan Train Riders” lecture and video with historian, aughor and photographer Tom Riley.  Sponsored by Lindsay Curylo of Doctors Express.

Wednesday, March 25, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Library —  Book Discussion.  Light refreshments served.

Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m. at the Library — “Vintage Songs and Guitars” with Ken Lelen. A program of ragtime, jazz and swing tunes from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, played on vintage acoustic guitars from the same era.  The program will include a special song about Orphan Train Riders.  Co-sponsored by DCU and Herb Chambers Honda of Burlington.


362.73 — The Orphan Trains: Placing out in America, by Marilyn Holt.
362.73 — Orphan Trains:  the Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed, by Stephen O’Connor.
Biography Martin — Mail Order Kid, by Marilyn Coffey.
Fiction — Riders on the Orphan Train, by Alison Moore.

WEBSITES OF INTEREST: — Website of an organization founded in 1853 by the Rev. Charles Loring Brace, dedicated to giving orphaned children an alternative to life on teeming city streets.   The Orphan Train Movement is now recognized as the beginning of modern foster care in the U.S.  Currently the mission of the Children’s Aid Society is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. — Website of the National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia, Kansas, a museum and research center dedicated to the preservation of the stories and artifacts of those who were part of the Orphan Train Movement from 1854-1929.

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