Rural village libraries such as Kitengesa operate within a complex framework of economic, educational, social,
and cultural phenomena. In addition to those readings listed on the [Research] page of this web site, there is a wide variety of literature from a range of subject areas that can inform the further study of and interest in rural village
and community libraries. These subjects include economic development, reading and literacy practices, democratic and civic engagement, teaching, learning, and health education, to name a few. This list – which is far from comprehensive - is meant to provide a range of additional readings that may be of interest to those seeking to learn more about the rural village libraries.
To download a PDF version of the reading list, click [here].
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