Wednesday, April 20, 2016

That Book Woman - by Heather Henson

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration (WPA) program put people to work during the depression. According to this article many more men than women benefited from the WPA. However, the Pack Horse Library Project employed mostly women. The "Book Women" traveled on horseback to remote areas where schools and libraries were scarce. That Book Woman tells the story of Cal, who lives in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky. His resentment that the Book Woman is keeping his sister from doing more chores changes to admiration as she comes through snow, fog, and rain to bring books to the entire family. Cal eventually realizes that he wants to read, and asks his sister for help. 

This picture book turned out to be a real tear-jerker for this librarian. Get out your hankies and listen to the whole story on the YouTube video above.

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