Community Read – Columbia County

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a true story of a young boy who helped a village in Malawi facing extreme drought by constructing a windmill to generate electricity and pump water after seeing an example in a book in his local library. He taught himself the science and engineering behind the device and made his first windmill with spare parts scavenged from his neighborhood.

The CCLA’s goal is to spark conversations about issues of importance to members of our community–on education, on climate change, and on our connection to the larger world and our shared humanity, and on how individuals can make a difference.

There are several editions of this book, including a picture book for young children, a book for young readers, and a book for young adults and adults, making it appropriate for every reading level. Additionally, screenings will be made available at different member libraries of the book’s subsequent documentary feature and Netflix film. This way, everyone in the community can participate: read a book, share perspectives, attend a program, and build a stronger community together.

Stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book and read along!