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Pushing the Limits

January 10, 2014

The Silver City Public Library will host a free four-part reading, viewing, and discussion series for adults called Pushing the Limits.  The library is one of 75 rural public libraries nationwide receiving National Science Foundation grants to host the series.  Pushing the Limits brings together popular books and feature film quality videos featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world.

All programs will be held at the library.  For details or to register, please contact Lillian Galloway at 575-538-3672 or

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 overarching Pushing the Limits theme is one of real people, real stories, and real science.

Each discussion will feature videos of author interviews and human interest stories.  The events will be held on the following topics and books:

– SURVIVAL:  Clive Cussler, Arctic Drift                                     February 22, 10:00-11:00am

– KNOWLEDGE:  Jean Auel, The Land of Painted Caves       March 22, 10:00-11:00am

– CONNECTION:  Erik Larson, Thunderstruck                         April 12, 10:00-11:00am

– NATURE:  T.C. Boyle, When the Killing’s Done                      May 17, 10:00-11:00am

Dr. Lynn Haugen, associate professor of biology at Western New Mexico University, will assist a Silver City Public Library librarian in leading a discussion of each book.  Dr. Haugen received her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Oklahoma and specializes in behavioral ecology .  Her research focuses on parental care and mating systems of neotropical frogs.

“The Pushing the Limits discussions are an exciting opportunity to host interactive programs at the library, different from any events we have hosted before,” said Lillian Galloway, programming and outreach librarian.

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 California-based library consortium), Dawson Media Group, and Oregon State University– with generous funding from the National Science Foundation.


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