While the weather outside may have been frightful, the Escanaba Library was warm, cozy and delightful when frigid outdoor temperatures failed to keep the children away from enjoying a recent story program. The Altrusa Club presented a program on centered around trains. Pictured above, Altrusan Sharyn Deuel begans the program, which was an especially appropriate topic considering the historically important role of trains in Escanaba. One of the picture books read a-loud was inspired by a train called the Hiawatha which was the world's fastest when it was introduced in 1935. "Hiawatha Passing" by Jeff Hagen featured memories of watching trains from a wintry Minnesota farm and even riding the Milwaukee Railroad's Hiawatha. In the book, the stillness of the snowy landscape contrast with the train's power and speed. Children also enjoyed the noisy "A Train Goes Clickety Clack" by Johnathan London and "I'm Fast!" by Kate and Jim McMullan.
Crafts and snacks were part of the program provided by Altrusans Sharyn Deuel, Brenda Kinsey, and Judy Owens. Two of the youngsters color pictures of one of their favorite story book characters, “Thomas the Train.”
Brenda Kinsey assists the children at the craft tables. The Altrusa Club of Escanaba supports literacy as part of building a better community. The group can be found on Facebook.com/Altrusa.Escanaba.