Greenwood County Reads 2015

Greenwood County Reads 2015

Read the story of William Kamkwamba as he describes growing up in Malawi, a country where magic rules and modern science is a mystery. When his father could no longer afford to send him to school, William began visiting a public library established by the U. S. Army. He discovered a book, Using Energy, and read about windmills. He dreamed of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village, changing the lives of his family and friends. At the age of 14, Williams used scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves to build a crude but operable windmill that powered the radio and four lights in his home. He built a second one that turned a water pump to irrigate his family's small farm. William shows us that creativity and determination can overcome terrible adversity to better the lives of an entire community.

Learn more about William Kamkwamba on the following websites:

A Conversation with William Kamkwamba

Moving Windmills Project 

TED Talk with William Kamkwamba on how I harnessed the wind

TED Talk with William Kamkwamba on building a windmill                                                        

William Kamkwamba on The Daily Show

William Kamkwamba's official blog

Book Discussions of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Thursday, October 8, 10 a.m.
Ninety Six Branch Library
118 Cambridge Street South
Ninety Six, SC
Tel. 864-543-4749
Thursday, October 1, 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 15, 1 p.m.
Ware Shoals Community Library
54 South Greenwood Avenue
Ware Shoals, SC
Tel. 864-456-2813
Thursday, November 12, 1 p.m.
The American Veterans Auditorium
Greenwood County Library
600 South Main Street
Greenwood, SC
Tel. 864-941-4650


Green Revolution
October 2, 2015 - January 16, 2016
Grand Opening Friday, October 2, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
The Greenwood Museum
106 Main Street
Greenwood, SC 29646
Tel: 864-229-7093
This version of Green Revolution is based on an exhibit originally created by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and its Black Creativity Council, and is made available by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service.


The First Grader (2010)
Monday, October 12, 6 p.m.
Rating: PG-13; 103 minutes.
Greenwood County Library
600 South Main Street
Greenwood, SC
Tel. 864-941-4650
Based on a true story of Maruge, a Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read.  After fighting for the liberation of his country, he feels he must have the chance of an education - even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds. Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu supports his struggle to gain admission. Together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don't want to waste a precious school place on such an old man. The First Grader is a heart-warming and inspiring true story of one man's fight for what he believes is his right in order to overcome the burdens of his past. This film is close captioned for the hearing - impaired.


Donna Washington, Storyteller
Tales from Africa
Thursday, October 29, 10 a.m.
Ware Shoals Community Library
54 South Greenwood Avenue
Ware Shoals, SC 29692
Tel: 864-456-2813


A windmill means more than just power, it means freedom.

William Kamkwamba's windmill