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The SKYCTC QEP Book Club is reading "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer for Spring 2014. Please join us!
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When your dreams are powered by your heart...

William Kamkwamba and his windmill Join us Spring 2014 as we read the inspiring true story of William Kamkwamba in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.  At age 14, William set out to make his dream of building a windmill come true.  For William "a windmill [meant] more than just power, it [meant] freedom."  A windmill would bring electricity and water to his village; but, more importantly, it would bring an escape from poverty and famine.  William's story shows the power just one person can have to change the world.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Book Giveaway & Kickoff!

SKYCTC QEP Book Club is sponsored by the SKYCTC QEP Committee.  Their financial contribution provided for the purchase of copies of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind to be given away at our kickoff events.

Check out Ways to Participate in the SKYCTC Book Club the date and location for the  book giveaway event on your campus.

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - William Kamkwamba; Bryan Mealer
Call Number: TJ 825 .K36 2010
ISBN: 9780061730337
William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.


Learn more about the SKYCTC QEP

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What is a QEP?

  • QEP:  Quality Enhancement Plan
  • Continual improvement
  • All colleges develop a project to enhance some aspect of student learning

What are the SKYCTC QEP goals?

  • To help transitional reading students become academically successful
  • To help students become better critical readers
  • To develop a literacy-rich campus culture

To learn more about the SKYCTC QEP visit the Advising for Reading Students webpage


Ways to Participate in the SKYCTC QEP Book Club

Book Giveaway | Tuesday, February 4 | 12:15pm
Main Campus:  Building F | Conference Room
Franklin-Simpson Campus:  Student Lounge
Glasgow Health Campus: LRC
Face to Face Book Discussion | Tuesday, April 8th | 12:30-1:30pm
Main Campus:  Building F | Conference Room
Online Discussion

Visit the Discussion Board tab on this guide to participate in the Book Club Online Discussion.  Discussion threads are divided by chapters to avoid spoilers.  Share your thoughts about the book and read comments from other SKYCTC community members as we discuss “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” this semester.  

Instagram Contest
Create a work inspired by The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba.
This can include photographs, paintings, sculptures, collages, lyrics, poetry, short videos and more. If your entry is not a photo or video, please take a photo or video of the entry to upload to Instagram. The entry should include a caption of a few words or a single line to briefly explain how it relates to the book. Deadline for submission is Friday, April 18. Be sure to tag @SKYCTC_Library in your photo/video to enter the contest.  Winners will be determined by who gets the most likes on Instagram. 
First place wins an Amazon Kindle and $30 gift card!  Second place wins a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card!

William's Village

William's Village


"The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" in the media

Below you can watch Moving Windmills: The William Kamkwamba Story (6:08), the short documentary film which was released in 2008.

Check out these other videos to learn more about The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind:

  1. William and the Windmill (1:44) - this is the trailer for the feature length documentary released in 2013.
  2. TED Talk (4:15) - William Kamkwamba's TED talk from 2007.  TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is s a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
  3. Jon Stewart Interview (7:44) - Jon Stewart interviewed William Kamkwamba on "The Daily Show" in October 2009.
  4. Diane Sawyer Interview (6:20) - Diane Sawyer interviewed  William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer on ABC Nes in September 2009.
  5. Google Science Fair (8:45) - William Kamkwamba spoke at the Google Science Fair Opening Event in January 2011.
  6. Dartmouth College Interview (4:19) - an interview with Dartmouth College student William Kamkwamba in January 2012.



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