Southwest Book Club Meets June 16
Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba. A true story of tenacity and imagination describes how an African teenager built a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his home and his village, improving life for himself and his neighbors.
Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 16
Southwest Branch Library
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!
1. What motivates people like William to attempt the unthinkable? How would you describe him to someone who's never heard of his achievement?
2. Malawi is an extremely poor nation. What are the causes of this poverty and what exacerbates it? How might these causes and influences be overcome? How has the West--think of organizations like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, run by Americans and Europeans--helped to contribute to nations like Malawi's troubles?
3. Many Americans criticize public schools and some even question the need for them. Others argue that money doesn't matter when it comes to education. How does William's experience address our own debates on the subject? Think about his school, and compare it to American schools. Might William's life be different if he had access to education without having to pay? How so?
4. What lessons did you take away from William's story?
Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com