Episode 1: 027.07 -The WPA Packhorse Library

In our first full-length episode, we learn how to podcast (with only forgetting to hit ‘record’ one time, ok?!) and Katie tells us about the bizarre and beautiful history of Eastern Kentucky’s Packhorse Librarians.

Buy the books we recommended in this episode here.


Appelt, K., & Schmitzer, J. C. (2019). Down cut Shin Creek: The pack horse librarians of Kentucky. Cynthiana Kentucky: Purple House Press.

Bennett, A. (2007). The uncommon reader. Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press.

Boyd, D. C. (2007). The Book Women of Kentucky: The WPA Pack Horse Library Project 1936-1943. Libraries and the Cultural Record, 42(2), 111+.

Catte, E. (2018). What you are getting wrong about Appalachia. Cleveland, OH: Belt Publishing.

Colgan, J. (2017). The Bookshop on the corner: A novel. United States: Thorndike Press.

Elam, C. (2002). Culture, Poverty, and Education in Appalachian Kentucky. Education and Culture, 18(1), 10-13.

Elving, R. (2020, April 04). In The 1930s, Works Program Spelled HOPE For Millions Of Jobless Americans. Retrieved January 26, 2021, from https://www.npr.org/2020/04/04/826909516/in-the-1930s-works-program-spelled-hope-for-millions-of-jobless-americans

George, N. (2016). The Little Paris Bookshop. Turtleback Books.

Glenn, S. M. (2018). Library on wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America’s first bookmobile. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

Henson, H., & Small, D. (2010). That Book Woman. Toronto: CNIB.

A History of US Public Libraries. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://dp.la/exhibitions/history-us-public-libraries/libraries-on-the-move/wpa-library-programs

History.com Editors. (2009, October 29). New Deal. Retrieved January, from https://www.history.com/topics/great-depression/new-deal

Houston, G., & Lamb, S. C. (2011). Miss Dorothy and her bookmobile. New York: HarperCollins.

McGraw, E. (2017, June 21). Horse Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles. Smithsonianmag.com. Retrieved from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/horse-riding-librarians-were-great-depression-bookmobiles-180963786/

Michaels, K. A. (2018). Wednesday’s children: Memoirs of a nurse-turned-social-worker in the Appalachian mountains. Charleston, SC: Monkeypaw Press.

Moyes, J. (2019). The Giver of Stars. New York: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Richardson, K. M. (2019). The book woman of Troublesome Creek: A novel. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Landmark.

Ruurs, M. (2005). My Librarian is a camel: How books are brought to children around the world. Honesdale, Pennysylvania: Boyds Mills Press.

Sawyer, K. V. (2021). The librarian of Boone’s Hollow: A novel. Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Compnay.

Stoll, S. (2018). Ramp Hollow: The ordeal of Appalachia. New York: Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Stone, L. (2017, January 13). Where Is Appalachia? Retrieved January 26, 2021, from https://medium.com/migration-issues/where-is-appalachia-2d240d74161b

Winter, J. (2013). Biblioburro: A true story from Colombia. Johnson City, TN: National Geographic School Publishing.

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