Back Valley, in Morgan County, Tennessee, remains rural today. But it also has paved roads and electricity, which wasn't true in 1945 when Dot Owens Byrd moved there as a new bride. She brought with her a love of reading, but reading materials were scarce. Mary McGlothan, a local teacher, collected used books and circulated them among community members, the collection being housed in Dot Byrd's home from 1955. Eventually some building materials were collected, and Back Valley soon had its own public library.