The Book Boats of Lake Chelan, Washington


Jo Pardee oversees the books being loaded by crane onto a ship.

In 1951 Jo Pardee, head librarian of the Chelan County Library in Washington
State, managed to secure funds to bring books to small towns located on Lake
Chelan, deep in the mountains. Jo loaded her station wagon with crates of books
and drove to the dock at 25 Mile Creek. The books traveled by boat up the
narrow lake and were redistributed in local towns. In Lucerne, the books were unloaded by crane before being driven by bus to the mountain mining town of Holden.


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