What: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba
When: Lunch on Friday, February 19th, 2010
Where: Room C234
Why: Because REAL MEN READ!
Students – I’m excited to share this title with you! This true story serves as a reminder to us all of the power of determination. Please check with the media center, local library, and book stores for a copy of this book. I will also have a couple copies to loan to you…see me in C338.
SYNOPSIS: William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a land withered by drought and hunger, a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. But William had read about windmills and dreamed of building one that would bring his family electricity and running water, luxuries that only two percent of Malawians could afford. He used scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves to forge a crude machine that eventually powered four lights, complete with homemade switches and a circuit breaker made from nails and wire. A second windmill turned a water pump that could battle the drought and famine looming with every season.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual’s ability to change his community and better the lives of those on an entire continent. (from BN.com)