“We’re headed to the library,” we’d say. “Wanna go?”
“Go ahead,” he’d answer. “Waste your time.”
But now, when I told him my idea of building a windmill that would produce power—and then showed him what I’d built so far—he saw things differently.
“Cool! Where did you get such an idea?”
“The library.” (The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Brian Mealer)
The book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was an interesting book about a young African boy whose family was unable to pay the fees so he could go to secondary school. It was during a difficult time in Malawi’s history but there was a small library nearby, so William spent his time there. From there he studied and invented his own windmill so his family could have electric lights.
The book is a difficult read at times because of the living conditions but it is also inspiring because it reminds us that a library can be important during difficult times. Sometimes that is when we need a library the most. He craved learning so he searched for it. He eventually will be recognized for what he does, and he changes not only his life but the lives of many in his small African village. At his first inventor’s convention he is asked about how he did it. He said, “I went to library and I get information about windmill…And I try, and I made it.”
What do you need to learn? What could make your life better? Are you looking for skills for a new job? Starting a new hobby? Your local library may have the resources you need to expand your world in more ways than you could imagine.