The Children’s Department has created windmill art work that will decorate the hallway for the local 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 17th book discussion, led by retired educator Anna Liechty. The Friends of the Library chose this year’s title, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, because it fits well with the celebration for hundredth anniversary of the Plymouth Public Library.
In the featured book, author William Kamkwamba recounts his building of a make-shift windmill inspired by the donated books in a small library in his remote African village in Malawi. Other libraries in Marshall County and St. Joseph County will also be hosting book talks in preparation for Notre Dame’s bringing Kamkwamba – now a graduate student at Yale – to speak on campus at 7 p.m. on March 18th.
The nation’s largest concentration of Malawian ex-patriots can be found in the South Bend-Niles area. Kamkwamba’s compelling story of his windmill experience has become a powerful force for empowering change in his village, in Africa, and around the world.
Friends of the Library will be organizing a car pool for those interested in attending William Kamkwamba’s presentation at the McKenna Center. Groups will leave from the north lobby of the library at 5:45 p.m. on March 18th. Interested patrons may check the library website http://www.plymouth.lib.in.us/ or phone the library 936-2234 for more information. Further information will also be made available at the community book discussion on March 17th.
PHOTO: (L to R), Anna Liechty, Discussion leader for One Book-One Town, Marshall County; Susie Reinholt, Executive Director of the Plymouth Public Library; and Friends of the Library President, Paula McAdams enjoy planning for this year’s focus on The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba.