Written by Heather Henson, this new David Small illustrated picture book tells the story of the Pack Horse Librarians who served the people of Kentucky's Appalachia beginning in the 1930s. Through the rain, through the snow, up the side of the mountain – she comes in all weather every two weeks to lend books. Unlike his sister, big brother doesn’t see the value in the “chicken scratch” the librarian brings until, recognizing all the effort “that book woman” goes through to bring books to the family and the joy the books bring his sister, he takes a look himself. While a packhorse bookmobile may seem antiquated compared to KPL's bookmobile service, mules in Venezuela and camels in Northeastern Kenya are used to convey books to more remote communities in the present day. Check out Masha Hamilton's The Camel Bookmobile, a novel based around library service via camel in Kenya.
That Book Woman