Read Eight Mules from Monterey by Patricia Beatty Online

eight-mules-from-monterey

A library in a saloon? In a general store? Sounds crazy, but not to 13-year-old Fayette Ashmore's mother. During the summer of 1916, her job is to establish libraries wherever she can in the rugged country surrounding the town of Monterey, California. Escorted by a mule-driver nicknamed Possum, Mrs. Ashmore and her two children soon find themselves in all kinds of crazy siA library in a saloon? In a general store? Sounds crazy, but not to 13-year-old Fayette Ashmore's mother. During the summer of 1916, her job is to establish libraries wherever she can in the rugged country surrounding the town of Monterey, California. Escorted by a mule-driver nicknamed Possum, Mrs. Ashmore and her two children soon find themselves in all kinds of crazy situations....

Title : Eight Mules from Monterey
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780688122812
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Eight Mules from Monterey Reviews

  • Torrance Public Library
    2018-12-06 01:57

    A chapter book about a little known period of California. In 1916, 13-year-old Fayette travels with her mother to establish libraries in California saloons, grocery stores, and other unusual places. Bringing reading to the Golden State involves adventures in the lovely and rugged mountains of the Monterey area, and this is a story that describes the work of the pioneering "librarians on muleback" bringing literacy to all.

  • Beth
    2018-11-15 06:56

    I had no idea what this book was about as I weeded the 1982 copy from my library shelves. But when I read the front flap and saw that it was about libraries and librarians in the early 1900's, I had to read it. The story is about a widowed woman who is finishing library school and is hired to establish library outposts along a rough trail and the mountain folk from Monterey, CA to Big Tree Junction. Her two children in tow, they are led at first by a crusty old man, who has an accident along the way and then they hire a different mule skinner that is very mysterious and scary. The trail is treacherous, they encounter moonshiners, homesteaders who can't read, and lots of other adventures.This book has special meaning to me because my great aunt was a pioneering librarian around the same time this book takes place. So reading these adventures makes me wonder if my great aunt Altha Merrifield had similar experiences (maybe some, but not the roughing it on the trails part!) Altha opened a small lending library in the back of her father's store:In 1906, Mr. Charles Sumner Merrifield had a vision for a library in Lake Elsinore. A prominent member of the community, Mr. Merrifield bought a set of Charles Dickens books, which his daughter, Altha, soon began lending out from their hardware store on Main St. A library was opened on September 25, 1908, and has been in service ever since. Altha Merrifield was the first librarian in Lake Elsinore, and continued to work in that capacity until her retirement in 1968.