One Book Program


Program Overview: The One Book program engages our college community in dialogue on a range of issues. The program invites analysis, promotes critical thinking, and encourages positive change. Students, faculty and staff have the shared experience of reading a text and examining its effects upon our community. Aligned with the college’s mission, vision statement and institutional values, the One Book program fosters the very competencies and experiences we strive to provide for our student body and college community, particularly, “creating pathways and partnerships to promote student services” and “demonstrating strength through diversity.” The One Book project promotes literacy in an innovative way and creates interest in a subject that students may be encouraged to pursue and advocate for in the future.

We would like to recognize and thank all past and current Bunker Hill Community College members who have used or are currently using the text in class.

Chosen Book for the Project:

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Overview (from the back cover of the book):

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only two percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks, scrap metal, tractor parts and bicycle halves—and an armory of curiosity and determination—he embarked on a daring plan to forge a crude yet operable windmill, an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.