LeRoy Belles Afternoon Book Club
TUESDAY AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB
Those of you reading this column obviously enjoy reading books and the book we selected this month speaks to that love of reading. So much of the time we take our Library for granted and books for granted. In 1936, thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, the families of Troublesome Creek, Kentucky, a remote area in the Kentucky hills, are finally able to have something – a book, a newspaper or even a pamphlet – to read and delivered to their homes.
“The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michelle Richardson is a story of Cussy Mary Carter, one of the Pack Horse Librarians. Her skin is a shade of blue, different from everyone. Cussy Mary wants to bring the joy of books and learning to the remote Kentuckians but has to confront not only the dangers of the hills and overgrown forest of the mining area but the prejudice of the residents of Troublesome. As a “colored” she was shunned not only by the white residents but also by the many “colored” in the community. She didn’t fit with any group. Her dedication to the families of the area was amazing. She was more than just a woman delivering books. The book is inspired by the factual history of the blue-skinned people of Kentucky and also by the dedicated Pack Horse Librarians of the 1930’s.
We are so fortunate in LeRoy to have a wonderful Library. There is no cost for a library card to check out printed books, audible books, magazines, videos and more. Take advantage of this great resource by calling 507-324-5641 for a time to stop by the Library at 605 North Broadway.
Meetings for the LeRoy Belles Afternoon Book Club are the 3rd Tuesday of the Month.
Book Choice for the month of March is “The Reckoning,” by John Grisham