Today's Hey Stout! #CheckThisOut features a recommendation from library staff member Sue Lindahl. Sue is the library's Access Services/Library Systems Librarian and has been with the library since 2007. Her selection is I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl wo Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai, the famous Pakistani women's education activist and writer who survived an assassination attempt in 2012. Check availability or place a request.
Malala is the Gandhi of our time. Against great odds, she is passionate about supporting education for all children. Malala is able to speak about girls and education in a manner that entices people to support her and her cause. She holds no anger or fear for the radicals who shot her; rather she extends her hope for peace and love to them and their children. What was remarkable to me when I picked up this book is Malala was shot and entered international news in Oct. 2012 - less than 1 ½ years ago. She is a remarkable girl who has stayed true to herself, the religion she has grown up with, and her passion for learning. Malala is loved and cherish by her family in a culture that does not value girls. Malala is inspirational. I want my daughters to know of Malala, and by her example know that girls can be heard and change the world.