This was a good week. The sun appeared after more than 10 days missing, and my son celebrated his birthday. What was the highlight of your week?
“The cock is crowing,
The stream is flowing,
The small birds twitter,
The lake doth glitter,
The green field sleeps in the sun;
The oldest and youngest
Are at work with the strongest;
The cattle are grazing,
Their heads never raising;
There are forty feeding like one!
Like an army defeated
The snow hath retreated,
And now doth fare ill
On the top of the bare hill;
The Plowboy is whooping-anon-anon:
There’s joy in the mountains;
There’s life in the fountains;
Small clouds are sailing,
The rain is over and gone!”
– William Wordsworth, March
The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind
The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind is the moving story of a young boy in Malawi who uses his mind and books to change his community and his life. It is coming to Netflix March 1.
“Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. Based on the best selling book and true story of William Kamkwamba. Directed by and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and introducing Maxwell Simba.”
We read the young reader’s version last year and really enjoyed it. It is an inspiring story for your young engineers. Can you say “Movie Night”?
Remembering the Howard University Librarian Who Decolonized the Way Books Were Catalogued
Dorothy Porter challenged the racial bias in the Dewey Decimal System, putting black scholars alongside white colleagues.
All of the libraries that Porter consulted for guidance relied on the Dewey Decimal Classification. “Now in [that] system, they had one number—326—that meant slavery, and they had one other number—325, as I recall it—that meant colonization,” she explained in her oral history. In many “white libraries,” she continued, “every book, whether it was a book of poems by James Weldon Johnson, who everyone knew was a black poet, went under 325. And that was stupid to me.”
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