As part of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression, the Book Repair projects gave employment to needy economic heads of families while saving public schools and public libraries thousands of dollars through the "reconditioning of books which have become too dilapidated for use." This photo shows African-American women mending books in Guilford County as part of the WPA book mending project. It's interesting to note the name on the box they're using next to the worktable.
This photo is part of the Public Library History Files at the State Library of North Carolina.
To help celebrate National Library Week, each day we’ll run a historical photo of libraries and library services in North Carolina’s past.
The photo below shows Alamance County women working on the book mending project there. This site looks a little more rural, but both sets of workers enjoy pretty flowers on the tables.