Thursday, March 27, 2014

151 WPA Libraries

(The WPA built this library in Williamsport, Maryland, 1936-1937. Photo by Brent McKee, 2011.)

During the New Deal era, WPA workers built 151 new libraries, and repaired or improved hundreds more. The WPA also conducted reading and literacy programs, delivered books to rural areas, translated books into Braille, repaired 95 million books, and more.

(The Williamsport Library, shortly after its completion in 1937. Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland College Park Archives.)     

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