'The day Martin Parr came, we had to stop on the moors for a huge flock of sheep to pass'

By Rosie Ifould

Joanne Lacy of the mobile library service picks up books on a verge in Powys, 1993

This was my first job as a librarian. There were three mobile libraries in Powys, and I was responsible for the one in Radnorshire. Powys is a huge but sparsely populated county. I’d head off into the wilderness every day to visit tiny farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. You’d do about 50 miles a day, a different route each day, on a fortnightly rota.

The service was used mostly by elderly people, who might not have seen anyone else for a week or two, so there was a big social aspect to it. You’d have a cup of tea, and they’d give you presents: eggs, vegetables, flowers, a pound at Christmas.

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