"The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" by William Kamkwamba is the One Book, One Batavia 2018 selection.
In his memoir, Kamkwamba teaches himself to build a windmill to provide electricity to his small African village. He taught himself about science from library books and observation. His story demonstrates a love of learning, determination, and hope in grim circumstances.
Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a small country in southeast Africa. After speaking at TEDGlobal 2007 in Tanzania, his story received international coverage.
The library's One Book, One Batavia 2018 programs include a discussion of the book at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, facilitated by Stacey Peterson, manager of Adult Services.
"William Kamkwamba is an extraordinary person," said Peterson. "His story demonstrates what a love for learning and determination can accomplish.
"We are pleased that the book also is available in a Young Readers edition and readers can find it in the Youth Services collection at the library," added Peterson.
Registration is not required for the book discussion, which is for adults; however, participants are asked to read the book prior to the discussion.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, the library will host award-winning storyteller Oba William King, who will share stories and folk tales from Malawi, including an example of the traditional style of "call and response," which is specific to the region where William Kamkwamba is from. King also will demonstrate another storytelling technique, "story with drum."
The library will screen "William and the Windmill" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5. Winner of the South by Southwest Film Festival grand jury Award for Documentary Feature, the film shows the new challenges Kamkwamba faced after he succeeded in building his windmill, became known worldwide and shifted from inventor to leader.
"Stories and Songs of African People" will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11. This performance features Shanta Nurullah and includes stories, poetry, chants, and the spellbinding sounds of African instruments.
Nurullah's stories are about empowerment, peace, healing, and self-discovery. All ages respond to the warmth, humor, drama, and excitement conveyed through her dynamic storytelling.
Registration is required for the three programs in March. To register, visit OneBookOneBatavia.org or call the library reference desk, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.
"The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" is the 16th book to be celebrated by the library during its annual communitywide reading event. One Book, One Batavia is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.