#QuakerReads, Wilmington College’s common reading program, provides first-year students with a shared experience and introduces them to academic life. Through reading and conversation, students engage with the world and become more familiar with Wilmington’s distinctive mission and core values. All other members of the community are invited to join the freshman class by participating in #QuakerReads.
Incoming freshmen receive copies of the #QuakerReads book during Summer Orientation so that they can read it before arriving on campus in August. During Fall Orientation, students will meet with their First Year Experience seminar professor and classmates to share ideas about the reading.
The #QuakerReads book for 2016 is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.
“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 2 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; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual’s ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.”
2015 – The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
2014 – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
2013 – A Thousand Sisters by Lisa Shannon
2012 – Step Back from the Baggage Claim by Jason Barger
2011 – Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
2010 – Restavec by Jean-Robert Cadet
2009 – War Child by Emmanuel Jaal