One Book. One Farmington

One Book. One Farmington.
Posted on 05/11/2016
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Stories have a special way of bringing people together. One Book One Farmington is a new initiative designed to bring the whole community together around one story. The Farmington Area Library Friends, Dakota County Library System, and Farmington Educators partnered with the stated mission “to encourage an intergenerational community experience centered around literature that will stretch our perspectives of the world around us.” They created One Book One Farmington, which encourages all members of the community to read one book and participate in related events throughout the year.

The book chosen for 2016 is The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba. This is an autobiographical tale of a boy who struggles against the odds to bring power to his tiny village in Malawi. A grant from the Farmington Area Education Foundation has allowed hundred of copies of the book to be purchased for the community to checkout from school media centers and the local library.

Quick Facts:

What’s the book?

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba has been chosen as the 2016 book. The young reader edition is appropriate for all ages from older elementary students up. An accompanying picture book for younger readers is also available.

Where can I find a copy to read?

  • This fall copies will be available in middle and high school media centers, the Dakota County Library, and major booksellers.  

  • 100 copies of the picture book have been distributed to ISD 192 elementary school media centers.

What events are taking place? When?

Several community events, including book discussions, showings of a film based on William Kamkwamba’s story, and educational events are currently being planned for the fall of 2016. More details will be available soon.

Where can I find more information?

Discussion resources, event details, and more are available at