Summer Is Not Quite Over Yet!

Article with great book suggestions for kids on topic of railroads, as well as fun area activity ideas including Copley Historical Society's Open House on Sep 8 from 1-4.

By Jessica Ellis, Children's Librarian

So the kiddos are back in school and your time has gotten a little less footloose and fancy free.  However, on the weekends or even those still warm late summer nights you might have some free time for a fun diversion.  My suggestion will be discovering “Steam in the Valley”.  Starting on September 8, 2012 the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will welcome the Canadian Pacific no. 1293 throughout the month.  Whether you are a train fan or not it is amazing to experience the splendor of a time gone by.  While there is a cost associated with the excursions it is free to see it at the various stops or stations along the valley railroad.  Here is a link to the CVSR site http://www.cvsr.com/steam-in-the-valley.aspx

Also happening this weekend in our own backyard is the Copley Historical Society’s open house, from 1-4 this Saturday, September 8.  It is located at 3772 Copley Rd, west of the Circle near Rt. 21.  While there, you will see the Train Depot built in 1891 by the Pittsburgh, Akron and Western Railroad and walk through the 1947 AC&Y caboose, believed to be the only one of six remaining from that production year.  See how the train crews spent their time riding the rails.

Here are some suggestions you can find at the library to go with your adventure:

Steam Locomotives: Whistling, Chugging, Smoking Iron Horses of the Past by Karl Zimmerman

Steam Locomotives by Lynn M Stone

Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis

The Rain Train by Elena de Roo

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