The Kwekitui Library is situated in a very rural community in the Usambaara Mountains. It is a small library filled mainly with textbooks, children’s fiction, children’s non-fiction.
It is managed by Tanga Youth Development Association (TAYODEA) in partnership with the local village council. There is one librarian, Rogers, who is a young man very dedicated to the job. He has also hired an assistant librarian by the name of Paris.
The library was originally sponsored by Africa Community Technical Service (ACTS) and was adopted by Under The Reading Tree (UTRT) for an interim of 3 years until Tayodea has organized its resources to be able to take over paying their Tayodea member, the librarian, Rogers Shelukindo. The library has been equipped with solar panels from UTRT and is now up and running with electricity. They now can keep their doors open after sunset and can provide cell phone charging for a community that has no power (but a lot of cell phones!).
In July 2009 Rogers planted a garden outside the library full of banana trees, fir trees and grasses and named it after a very special library helper, Kathy Yeo. It is one way he would like to show how much he appreciates all the advice and expertise she has provided for our little village library up in the Usambaara Mountains.