chapter  7
10 Pages

Mobile Libraries as Effective Solutions to Reading Access and Reading Promotion in Remote Communities

It is a sad reality that for many children and adults in remote and isolated communities, books are in short supply and are often extremely difficult to access. The remoteness of villages, the lack of funds to purchase books, and the weak infrastructure to embed books into the local culture (Doiron and Asselin 2011) are some of the factors making it difficult for children to have an adequate source of books for their literacy development. At the same time, many community leaders and committed librarians recognize the importance of literacy and know that gaining access to books is one of the biggest obstacles in creating a culture for literacy in their communities. Many schools, communities, non-governmental agencies, government departments, and individuals have developed ingenious ways to overcome these barriers by initiating systems to bring books into communities and help develop a reading culture.