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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

A Novel

by Kim Michele Richardson

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
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The Pack Horse Library Project

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A librarian on horseback delivering books to a group of childrenThe WPA (Works Progress Administration) established the Pack Horse Library Project in Eastern Kentucky during the Great Depression. The program, which was championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, employed librarians who delivered books and other reading materials to patrons on horseback, working to both create employment and improve literacy in the remote area. The Pack Horse Library Project ran from the mid-1930s through 1943.

Eastern Kentucky had been hit hard by the Depression along with other areas of the U.S., and by the early '30s was struggling with a number of additional disadvantages: It lacked the basic infrastructure and resources available elsewhere, such as adequate roads and electricity. Around one-third of the population was unable to read. Kentucky was also trailing other states in the number of library books it had in circulation. As unemployment was seriously high, there was a need for both jobs and education, but the above issues created obstacles to both. A ...

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