Echoes of Appalachia

Bedford Public Library System’s
Winter Read 2020
January 15th – March 31st

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. 
Vera Nazarian

 Join us this winter as we read stories of resilience set in Appalachia during one of the harshest periods in American history, The Great Depression—and discover the power of
books and education to light even the darkest of days.

The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek
by Kim Michele Richardson
(Also in large print, E-Book, E-Audiobook, and Book on CD.)

A young outcast braves the hardships of Kentucky’s Great Depression and brings truly magical objects to her people: books. Inspired by the brave women of the Pack Horse Library Project!

ONLINE (BPLS WEBSITE & FACEBOOK) – Look for discussion questions posted throughout March.

The Minor’s Daughter
Gretchen Moran Laskas

Sixteen-year-old Willa, living in a Depression-era West Virginia mining town, works hard to help her family, experiences love and friendship, and finds an outlet for her writing when her family becomes part of the Arthurdale, West Virginia, community supported by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Children’s Fiction
Ghost Girl
by Delia Ray

Eleven-year-old April is delighted when President and Mrs. Hoover build a school near her Madison County, Virginia, home, but her family’s poverty, grief over the accidental death of her brother, and other problems may mean that April can never learn to read from the wonderful teacher, Miss Vest.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Down Cut Shin Creek:
The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky
by Kathi Appelt & Jeanne Cannella Schmitzer

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 Progress 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.

Young Children’s Fiction
That Book Woman
by Heather Henson

A family living in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1930s gets books to read during the regular visits of the “Book Woman”–a librarian who rides a pack horse through the mountains, lending books to the isolated residents.

Bedford – Big Island – Forest – Moneta – Montvale – Stewartsville

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