Down Cut Shin Creek

Down Cut Shin Creek

The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky

Book - 2001
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It's 4:30 in the morning, and the "book woman" and her horse are already on their way. Hers is an important job, for the folks along her treacherous route are eager for the tattered books and magazines she carries in her saddlebags.

During the Great Depression, thousands lived on the brink of starvation. Many perished. In 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progess Administration under his 1933 New Deal initiative. The WPA was designed to get people back on their feet. One of its most innovative programs was the Pack Horse Library Project of Eastern Kentucky.

Thoroughly researched and illustrated with period photographs, this is the story of one of the WPA's greatest successes. People all over the country supported the project's goals. But it was the librarians themselves -- young, determined, and earning just $28 a month -- who brought the hope of a wider world to people in the crooks and hollows of Kentucky's Cumberland Mountains.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2001
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780060291358
Branch Call Number: J 027.0769091734 App
Characteristics: vi, 58 p. :,ill
Additional Contributors: Schmitzer, Jeanne Cannella


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Sep 14, 2018

I love horses, mules, equines. I love libraries and books. I love the tenacity and commitment of the horseback librarians. I love old time photographs. This book had all of it plus it was written by the same author of the true blue scouts of sugarman swamp, a charming fairy tale for children.

It’s 4:30am, and the “book woman” is heading out on her horse to deliver books and magazines to people living in Kentucky’s Cumberland Mountains.

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