HISTORY TIDBIT: HORSEBACK LIBRARIANS

Speaking of horses…the importance of books was recognized long before the World Book Day celebrated a couple of days ago. During the Great Depression, libraries were a welcome source of books for people couldn’t afford their own. Unfortunately, a lot of people in remote areas of the United States didn’t have access to libraries, so President Roosevelt started the Horseback Librarian programme in which librarians hired for the purpose rode horses out to isolated communities in Kentucky. Most were young women, who often had to go miles with the books so eagerly awaited by all the people who could read. Even those who couldn’t read (31% of Kentuckians were illiterate) weren’t left out, as the librarians were happy to read to them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p8DnO3BAk8

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/horse-riding-librarians-were-great-depression-bookmobiles-180963786/

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