Upcoming Programs

Columbia County Community Read

September 18 – November 4

Join your local library for our countywide community read! Our first selection is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a true story of a young boy who helped a village in Malawi facing extreme drought by constructing a windmill to generate electricity and pump water after seeing an example in a book in his local library. He taught himself the science and engineering behind the device and made his first windmill with spare parts scavenged from his neighborhood.

Meet the Illustrator: Liz Zunon

Thursday, October 5, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for an exciting webinar with the illustrator of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Liz Zunon. Drawing and painting have always been among the most important things to  Zunon. She was born in Albany, NY and grew up in the Ivory Coast, West Africa. One of her earliest memories is of the proud feeling she had when she first learned to write the letter “E” for her name. Surrounded by the bright, vibrant colors of everyday West African fabrics and tropical vegetation, Elizabeth’s love of color and pattern only grew. After returning to the United States, Elizabeth attended the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a B.F.A in Illustration in 2006. Her illustrated picture book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2012. She now lives back in Albany with her husband and young son, where she explores a multiracial world through painting, beading, sewing, and collage.

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