04/04/2012: Alexandria Library hosts a "Community Read" Event with Malawi-born author William Kamkwamba

On March 27, 2012 the Alexandria City Public Schools hosted Malawian author William Kamkwamba at a community read event that was held at T.C Williams High School Audotorium where the Alexandria community from all walks of life gathered to kick start an annual "all Alexandria Reads' event series facilitated by the Alexandria Library. The series is a community based cooperative designed to promote shared experiences through reading.

Speaking at the event, His Excellency Ambassador Steve Matenje said William's story goes to show that given an opportunity and means, all people- rich or poor, big or small, black or white- are capable, through the power of imagination and creativity, of shaping and transforming their own future and destiny and those of their communities, be it in Africa or anywhere else across the world.

Ambassador thanked William for putting Malawi on the map, and for helping bring hope to under privelidged children in Malawi. Ambassador Matenje advised the students who attended the event to consider themselves very lucky to have been born or living in the US, a country with enormous wealth. He encouraged the students to use the opportunities awarded to them to be creative and innovative, not only to transfrom their own lives and those in their communities but to make the world a better place for all to live.

William Kamkwamba's book 'The Boy who Harnessed the wind' is a New York best seller, that has been translated to over 10 languages. William is currently enrolled at the prestigious Darthmouth College, where he is currently in his second year persuing a degree in Environmental Science and Engineering.