Kids, hop aboard Reading on the Railroad for a journey into fun and imagination. Hear classic tales of suspense and drama followed by hands-on activities that will make your trip one to remember. Participants will also visit the exhibition Mindbender Mansion in The Durham’s Velde Gallery.
The program is recommended for children ages 4-10 and each class is 45 minutes. Please register by calling (402)444-5027 or email ebensink@DurhamMuseum.org. Cost of admission applies and the class is free for members.
Saturday, July 7, 11AM
By Verla Kay, Illustrations by Michael McCurdy
Welcome aboard! Travel back in time to join the workers of the Union Pacific Railroad as they pounded west and those from the Central Pacific Railroad as they charged east. They were racing to meet in Utah, and it was high drama all the way. Workers had to burst through rocky outcrops while hanging in baskets and sleep in tents on top of railroad cars or in barracks buried in snow.
Saturday, August 4, 11AM
Welcome back to Pokeweed Public School
By John Bianchi
As the Pokeweed students return from their summer vacation, they face the usual delights of the fall term--new clothes, new classmates, and new school supplies. But none of the kids are quite ready for Principal Slugmeyer and his brand new computer.
Saturday, September 1, 11AM
Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee
By Marissa Moss, Illustrated by Carl Angel
When I was little, something special happened every Sunday. Other families went to baseball games or the movies, but not mine . . . We went to watch the airplanes. . . .
Maggie dreamed of flying--just like her favorite pilot, Amelia Earhart. She told her brothers and sisters stories of flying across oceans and deserts, and all around the world. But in the 1920s and 1930s, few girls took to the sky.
Then, when Maggie grew up, her whole world changed overnight: the United States entered World War II, and everyone in her family was affected. Maggie knew that this was the time to support her country--and it was her chance to fly. Young Maggie Gee became one of only two Chinese American Women Air force Service Pilots to serve in WWII.
Based on the true adventures of a girl not bound by gravity, Marissa Moss's stirring story and Carl Angel's brilliant illustrations depict what determination, bravery, and boundless possibilities look like when dreams are allowed to soar sky high.