In this inspiring post, Archive Project brings to life the amazing story of Kentucky’s horseback librarians in a series of evocative photos.

The Great Depression was especially cruel to the people of the Eastern Kentucky mountains and this little know, but highly responsive, library services project was part of FDR’s New Deal.  The plan was to bring “in librarians from around the state and charged them with establishing routine library services in the remotest of towns.  Though many were skeptical of the program at first, demand for books and magazines could barely keep up with demand; further, the librarians also brought news, comfort, and contact to a struggling people…”

It’s another moment from library history of which we can all be proud.

Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies