Clark Kidder "Orphan Train" Book Lecture October 21

Albertson Memorial Library and the Albany Historical Society are pleased to jointly host Wisconsin author Clark Kidder, on October 21st from 7-8 pm at the library, for his presentation about orphan trains. 

Between 1854 and 1929, nearly 250,000 children were transported from New York City to the homes of farm families in almost every state, particularly in the Midwest. Kidder tells the story of his paternal grandmother, the late Emily (Reese) Kidder, of Milton, who was brought to Wisconsin in 1909 as one of these orphan children. He reads from his new book, Emily's Story - The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider. Kidder also shows pictures from the book in a PowerPoint presentation.

The presentation is held at the regular meeting time of the Albany Historical Society, but is open to everyone. No registration required.


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Literacy Programs

Albany Library Book Club for adults meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at the library. The library provides the books and meeting space, while the book club members choose and lead the book discussions. Membership is open to the public.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program for children under age 5. Each child receives a packet of reading records to track their progress toward reading and interacting with 1,000 books. At milestones of 250, 500, 750 books they receive incentive prizes upon turning in their reading records. At program completion they receive a special gift and a certificate.

Preschool Storytime is 45 minutes to an hour of stories, fingerplays, rhymes, dances, and other activities to entertain and educate youngsters. We meet the first and third Fridays during the school year and every week during the Summer Library Program. Fall/winter storytime began September 5, 2014.

After School Book Club for 4th-6th graders meets one Wednesday a month throughout the school year. No registration is required, but you do need to read the book to join our monthly discussion! The first fall/winter 2014 meeting was October 15.


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Our simple touch e-reader is pre-loaded with fiction, non-fiction, romance novels, and some classics. . Check it out today!


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