KDLA Celebrates Women’s History Month
The Works Progress Administration undertook programs to provide free public library service in many poor rural areas. The WPA paid librarians to carry books and magazines on horseback to impoverished areas in eastern Kentucky. From the beginnings of the program in 1935 in two counties, to the final years, when more than thirty counties were included, over 100,000 people participated in the pack horse library program.
For more information about the Pack Horse Library, read Down Cut Shin Creek: Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky in the State Library’s collection. More photos of the Pack Horse librarians are available in the KDLA e-Archives.