|February 22, 2014|
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“PUSHING THE LIMITS” AT HADLEY-LUZERNE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Book Video Discussion Series
Lake Luzerne NY –How do we connect? How do we survive? How do we know? What is natural? Hadley Luzerne Public Library has received a $2,500 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host “Pushing the Limits: Making Sense of Science,” a four-part reading, viewing, and discussion series for adults in communities served by rural libraries.
The four discussions will be held at 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. on fourth Saturdays of the month, February 22, March 22, April 26, and May 24, in the community Room at the library, 19 Main St. in Lake Luzerne. Participants do not have to attend all four events in the series. Copies of the books for discussion will be available approximately one month prior to each event. Please contact the library before January 30th to register and a copy of the book will be ordered for you. Space is limited and going fast, so don’t wait too long.
About the series
Since the beginning of time, humans have imagined and achieved ways to push the boundaries of the physical world. We want to be stronger, smarter, and more aware, and we create stories to bring those dreams to life. But many of those stories are no longer just stories; and with great new advances in science and technology, we are finding ways in which all of us are able to push the limits every day. “Pushing the Limits” will explore these ideas in discussions led by a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) professional that will include video screenings and book discussions. The overarching theme is one of real people, real stories, and real science.
Each of the four discussions is focused on a particular theme. Participants are encouraged to read a selected book related to the theme prior to the discussion; at the event, they will watch a filmed interview with the author of the book and another video portraying how an everyday person is “pushing the limits” in his or her own life in a way related to the theme. The dates, themes, and books for the four discussions are:
February 22: “Nature” (When the Killing’s Done by T. C. Boyle)
Boyle’s book fictionalizes a conflict between the National Park Service’s effort to destroy an invasive species and radical animal rights activists’ attempts to save the black rats that are threatening the native life of an island off the coast of California. The film for this session features Cameron Clapp, a triple amputee whose life and determination to run a triathlon show how new technologies are pushing the limits of what it means to be human – and how his risk-taking nature helps him to push his own limits.
March 22: “Knowledge” (Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel)
The most recent book in Auel’s bestselling “Earth’s Children” series brings readers back to the time when Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons connected, and to a world when genetic memory and experiential knowledge combined to influence which branches on the human tree survived. The film shows us how Sean Brock, a celebrity chef from South Carolina, is working to revitalize the golden age of Southern cuisine by reviving heirloom crops, recovering rare livestock, and applying his knowledge of molecular gastronomy to his recipes.
April 26: “Survival” (Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler)
Clive Cussler’s books often place his hero, Dirk Pitt, in extreme conditions – stranded on an arctic ice floe, adrift on a raft, or even trapped in a sunken wreck – where he must struggle to survive. This discussion’s film introduces us to Cory and Julie Shrum, a couple who work hard and play hard. In their “work” world of farming or their “play” world of agricultural combine demolition derbies, only the strong survive.
May 24: “Connection” (Thunderstruck by Erik Larson)
Thunderstruck tells the intersecting tales of Harvey Crippen, a murderer who tried to flee from England to America to avoid capture, and Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of the wireless telegraph: the technology that made Crippen’s successful apprehension possible. The film for this program shows us Roxanne Swentzell, a woman of Native American descent who connects with her cultural history and the world around her through her work with clay.
The discussions will be co-led by the library director Cynthia LaBarge and Dr. Rosemary Millham, an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Mrs. Millham has 29 years of experience in education including twelve as a NASA education specialist and research scientist and 5 years at SUNY New Paltz.
“Pushing the Limits” nationally
“Pushing the Limits” is a reading, viewing, and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The program is the work of a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers. Their organizations include Dartmouth College, The Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Group (a California-based library consortium), Dawson Media Group, and Oregon State University.
For more information, contact the Hadley-Luzerne Public Library at 518-696-3423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.