Packhorse Librarians

Packhorse Librarians

Laura Beth Peters and Lainie Stubblefield
Judy Blume once said "Librarians save lives: by handing the right book, at the right time, to a kid in need." Librarians play an important role in the lives of those who love to read. But what if you had no access to a library nor books? Today we are discussing some heroic librarians that filled a gap in a time of great need in the South. Under President Roosevlet, The Pack Horse Library initiative provided women jobs as librarians sent deep into Appalachia on horseback to deliver books. The project was implemented by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and today we are honoring these steel magnolias that saved lives in Kentucky through books. Additional resources mentioned:
  • "That Book Woman" by Heather Henson 
  • "Along a Storied Trail" by Ann H. Gabhart
  • "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" by Kim Michele Richardson
  • "The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes
  • "Down Cut Shin Creek" by Kathi Appelt and Jeanee Cannella Schmitzer
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