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Pushing the Limits returning to library


LIVINGSTON -- Livingston Municipal Library will host the second round of a free four-part reading, viewing and discussion series for adults called Pushing the Limits starting in January. The library is one of 100 rural public libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series. Pushing the Limits brings together books and video featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world. Since the beginning of time, humans have imagined and achieved ways to push the boundaries of the physical world. As a species, 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 can 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 once a month and will begin with the topic of "Transformation,' featuring Barbara Kingsolver's book "Flight Behavior" starting at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22 at the Livingston Municipal Library, 707 N. Tyler Ave. The second discussion will be on the topic of "Tradition" and will feature Anna Smaill's book "The Chimes" starting at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 at the library. More dates and topics will be announced in the Spring of 2018. Rachel Laca, the park store manager at Lake Livingston State Park, will lead the first discussion on Barbara Kingsolver's "Flight Behavior." Ms. Laca has two degrees, a Bachelor's in Entomology and a Bachelor's in Animal Science and enjoys sharing the world of insects with the public in order to increase the awareness of how much the human population is dependent on these little creatures. To sign up and obtain free copies of program materials contact Luisa Santiago at 936-327-4252 or email lsantiago@livingstonlibrary. net. All programs will be held at Livingston Municipal Library, located at 707 N. Tyler Ave. This national program has been developed by a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers. Their organizations include Dartmouth College, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Group (a Californiabased library consortium), Dawson Media Group, and Oregon State University-- with generous funding from the National Science Foundation.


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