Join the LATI All-Campus Read!

AllCampusReadLogoIf you like to have fun, relax, and spend time with other people who do, too, then join the sixth-annual LATI All-Campus Read! All-Campus Read was created to promote literacy and enjoyment through reading. So, take a break from the textbooks and from work to read with us!

This semester, we’re reading Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. Students and staff, beginning February 12, sign up to win a free copy of the book and join us in two book discussions to be held during National Library Week:

  1. Wed., April 11 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Room 433. Attendees receive free cake and a coffee drink of choice from Mind Grind!
  2. Thurs., April 12 from Noon – 1:00 PM, Room 433. Attendees receive a free lunch!

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the events. You’ll be able to join our online discussions on Facebook ( All you need to do is like the page and you’ll be included in all of the great interaction.

Getting started is easy. Just pick up a copy of the book, like us on Facebook, and start reading!

LATI All-Campus Read provides an experience, which not only promotes literacy but also provides a platform for dialog on campus about historical and social issues that impact us all.

Here is a summary of the book:
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude? As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the c

oast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes

 and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers; and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

-Summary from the book’s inside cover

Learn more about Orphan Trains

PBS documentary titled The Orphan Trains:
Eighty years ago, Elliot Bobo was taken from his alcoholic father’s home, given a small cardboard suitcase, and put on board an “orphan train” bound for Arkansas. Bobo never saw his father again. He was one of tens of thousands of neglected and orphaned children who roamed the streets of New York in search of money, food, and shelter. Beginning in 1853 a young minister named Charles Loring Brace founded the Children’s Aid Society—an organization that sent orphans west to begin new lives with farm families. His program would turn out to be a forerunner of modern foster care. But as The Orphan Trains, from the PBS American Experience collection, so poignantly reveals, even those for whom the journey ultimately was a triumph found the transition from one life to another almost always painful, confusing, or more difficult than one might imagine.

Link to the documentary: 

**The video is a Films on Demand video. Anyone can watch it on campus. To watch it off campus, contact the library to get a username and password for Films on Demand.**

Other links:

Author’s website:

Official website for the Orphan Train:

Video where the author answers questions about the Orphan Train (*WARNING: SPOILERS*):

National Orphan Train Complex (museum):