Letter from Carmen About “Books for Appalachia”

armpovertyDear Friends,
I am really excited about “Books for Appalachia”, a new Media Center Ministry project.
Making books available to readers is one of the joys of being a librarian.  In addition to checking books out to our patrons at WFBC, we have sent books to prisons, to missionaries, Chaplains, and to armed services personnel.  Since our church will be involved in the “Backpacks for Appalachia” project, Debbie began to wonder whether they might also need Christian books.  She contacted Bill Barker, the Director of The Appalachian Regional Ministries at NAMB, and guess what?  They do need Christian books.  Therefore, we decided to put the word out requesting that people donate new or gently used books to send to them.  If you don’t have any books you can donate a few dollars to help with postage.
Those of you who are in the Book Club and have read Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin know that there is a long history of educational assistance to  Appalachia and other depressed areas.  During the Great Depression the WPA hired Packhorse Librarians to distribute books to people in the hills of Kentucky.  Other librarians were hired in Louisiana and they traveled by boat to remote areas in the Mississippi Delta to get books to those who needed them.
Recently, members of our Book Club read Wonderland Creek, a book about the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.  We feel blessed that we have books in abundance and can share some of them with others who do not have access to Christian literature.  Just think: you don’t have to get on a horse or get in a boat.  All you have to do is bring the books and donations to the media center and we’ll do the rest.
We are interested in your comments and ideas.  You can give feedback on the blog, on our Facebook (Winterville First Baptist Church Media Center) page or come see us in the Media Center to share our excitement.
Aways in His love,
Carmen
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