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Discarded motor parts, PVC pipe, and an old bicycle wheel may be junk to most people, but in the inspired hands of William Kamkwamba, they are instruments of opportunity. Growing up amid famine and poverty in Malawi, wind was one of the few abundant resources available, and the inventive William saw electric wind as a way to power his dreams. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but with a small pile of science textbooks and items from the scrap yard he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.
  In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the 1book 1community program both the adult and children's versions of this year's title are available.

Adult books will be available at all branches beginning Monday, September 9. Sponsored by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund.

Books will be available for all children at Rust Library beginning Monday, September 9. Sponsored by A.V. Symington Gift Fund.

I knew that with a windmill, we would finally release ourselves from the troubles of darkness and hunger. A windmill meant more than just power, it was freedom. I have learned that you can do anything, all you have to do is try, I tried and I made it. All things are possible, if they come from the heart. I feel that there are so many people in my area or in the world who have great ideas but because of the circumstances they are not able to continue with their ideas, I wanted to share my story with them so that maybe it would be able to inspire them to achieve their dreams. I am looking forward to my visit to Loudoun County and hearing about your dreams for your community.

Thursday, October 24, 7:30 pm
New venue & time. Ida Lee Park’s Social Hall, 60 Ida Lee Drive NW at 7:30 pm.

1book 1community is sponsored by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund and the A.V. Symington Gift Fund. A list of previous 1book 1community selections is available here.

1book 1community is a countywide reading program that promotes community dialog and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.

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