Monday, May 3, 2010

a librarian tale

At its core, the relationship between children and books is shaped by a person who introduces the two. It is often a parent or teacher, but might also be a sibling or, in many cases, a librarian. I had never heard of the Pack Horse Librarians depicted in Heather Henson's wonderful story That Book Woman. They were part of a program founded by President Roosevelt in the 1930s as part of the Works Progress Administration. The project was created to bring books to remote regions like the Appalachian mountains where there were no libraries and very few schools. This is the beautifully told story of one little boy who didn't want a thing to do with books until his admiration for the brave woman who delivered them won him over.

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