County Library offers “Pushing the Limits” program


Pushing the LimitsCALIPATRIA – Are you curious about the world around you? Do you like to read?

Connie Barrington, MLS, county librarian, invites the public to come to an exciting series of programs called, Pushing the Limits. They will serve light refreshments to the participants.

Since the beginning of time, humans have imagined and achieved ways to push the boundaries of the physical world.  Man has wanted to be stronger, smarter, and more aware. They created stories to bring those dreams to life.  As mankind progressed, many of those stories were no longer just stories. With great new advances in science and technology, humans found ways in which to push the limits every day.    

The Pushing the Limits program will explore these ideas in discussions that will include feature-film quality videos and recommended popular books. The overarching theme is one of real people, real stories and real science.

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.

The Imperial County Library is one of 20 libraries in the United States that has a National Science Foundation grant to provoke discussion, reading and viewing on the topics of Nature, Survival, Connections and Knowledge.

Local scholar, Dr. Jim Fisher, from the Imperial Valley College will facilitate the discussion, and while reading the book is encouraged, it is not mandatory.

Connie Barrington said, “We are requesting folks register with us, either in the library or via e-mail, so we have sufficient materials and food for everyone. We will have the first two programs at our Calipatria Branch and the second two are at our Holtville branch.”

Group discussion events will be held once per (month) on the following topics and books:


NATURE:  T.C. Boyle, When the Killing’s Done – February 28, 2013

            Calipatria Branch, (760) 348-2630 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 105 S. Lake Street, 348-2630

SURVIVAL:  Clive Cussler, Arctic Drift – March 14, 2013

            Calipatria Branch, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 105 S. Lake Street, 348-2630

CONNECTION:  Erik Larson, Thunderstruck – April 10, 2013

            Holtville Branch, (760) 348-26306:30 to 8:00 p.m.

101 E. 6th Street

KNOWLEDGE:  Jean Auel, The Land of Painted Caves – May 08, 13

101 E. 6th Street

            Holtville Branch, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.