Children of the WPA


The WPA's contributions to libraries nationwide is incalculable. At New Orleans Public Library alone, dozens of WPA workers were employed in a wide variety of support roles. They did clerical work such as typing and filing; they bound and repaired books, shelved and shifted books, and created indexes. They also staffed the NOPL bookmobile, provided by the Louisiana Library Commission.

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This photograph shows children lining up to use the NOPL/Louisiana Library Commission bookmobile manned by WPA workers, January, 1941.
In rural southwest Louisiana, the WPA-staffed bookmobile traveled to the banks of the bayous to meet patrons who used the streams as roads. This photo was taken somewhere near Houma.

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