The Louisa County Public Library has a new addition thanks to the passion and vision of Eagle Scout Livingston Sitzman.
The Louisa County High School freshman has been a train and railroad enthusiast since early childhood, as well as a dedicated Boy Scout.
When exploring his options for his Eagle Scout service project, it was only natural that he combine his two interests. The Eagle Scout service project is Boy Scouting’s most difficult advancement requirement. It mandates planning, organization, development, leadership and a contribution to the community.
Sitzman constructed a colorful train board for children, complete with tracks and trains designed specifically for little hands and activity. Since its installation on the center floor in the library’s children’s room, it has seen nonstop action. Toddlers and older children alike are drawn to it upon entering the library, even stealing away during story time to steer a train across the track.
The teen was inspired by his own library memories to create the play area, remembering his visits to the Ashland library with his mother as a child where he spent hours playing with a similar train set.
“I wanted to recreate and share my experience with other children,” he said.
(Article by Wendy Craig)
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s May 16, 2019 issue.