Imperial County Free Library to host “Pushing the Limits: Unleash Your Mind, Get Involved, Explore”.

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Imperial County Library 

            Imperial County Free Library will host a free four-part reading, viewing and discussion series for adults called “Pushing the Limits:  Unleash Your Mind, Get Involved, Explore”.  The Library is one of twenty public libraries nationwide receiving grants as pilot sites to host the series funded by the National Science Foundation.  “Pushing the Limits” brings together books and videos featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world.  “This is a great opportunity,” commented County Librarian Connie Barrington.  “It allows us to bring national-level resources on interesting topics to the area residents.”

 

            Two of the programs will be held at the Calipatria Meyer Memorial Branch and two will be held at the Holtville Meyer Memorial Branch.  This will allow more County residents to have an opportunity to participate. 

 

            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.

 

            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.

 

            Group discussion events will be held on the following topics and books:

 

            NATURE:  T.C. Boyle, When The Killing’s Done,  Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:00 p.m. in

                        Calipatria at the Meyer Memorial Library, 105 S. Lake Street

 

            SURVIVAL:  Clive Cussler, Arctic Drift, Thursday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. in

                        Calipatria at the Meyer Memorial Library, 105 S. Lake Street

 

            CONNECTION:  Erik Larson, Thunderstruck, Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m. in

                        Holtville at the Meyer Memorial Library, 101 E. Sixth Street

 

            KNOWLEDGE:  Jean Auel, Land of the Painted Caves, Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 pm

                        In Holtville at the Meyer Memorial Library, 101 E. Sixth Street

 

 

            Dr. James Fisher will lead a discussion of the book and videos of author interviews and human interest stories will be featured.  Dr. Fisher is a professor at Imperial Valley College who teaches chemistry. 

 

Pre-registration is requested. To obtain copies of the program materials, please contact the Imperial County Free Library headquarters or the Calipatria or Holtville branches.  The headquarters staff can be reached at 760 339-6460.  The Calipatria branch, located at 105 S. Lake Street, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 10 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.  The Holtville branch is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays.

 

            This program has been developed by a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers from Dartmouth College, The Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Group (a California-based library consortium), Dawson Media Group and Oregon State University – with generous funding from the National Science Foundation.  Building on the experience of the pilot libraries, the series will be extended to one hundred more rural libraries in the United States later in 2013 and 2014.