Pushing the Limits at Mammoth Public Library!

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Mammoth Public Library has opened registration for Pushing the Limits! 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. And Mammoth Library has pushed the limits even further by adding hands-on workshops and field trips to the schedule!

These programs are about how humans push their limits in extraordinary ways. The special interest videos, created especially for this project, include stories about a triple-amputee athlete, competitors in the combine demolition derby, an artist and adobe builder, and a celebrity chef.

The programs are organized around four themes: Connection, Nature, Knowledge, and Survival. For each theme there is a suggested book title that will be used for the discussion. The books are available in a variety of formats, including audio, digital, and print copies. We will also have videos of author interviews. Dr. Linda Leigh will join us for these informal gatherings.

It’s an idea fiesta and YOU are invited!

Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, February 5      6:00 p.m.     Connection–discussion and viewing
book: Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

Saturday, February 9     9:00 a.m.     Biosphere 2–field trip with Linda Leigh

Tuesday, February 19    6:00 p.m.     Nature–discussion and viewing
book: When the Killing’s Doneby T.C. Boyle

Saturday, February 23   4:00 p.m.     Bioactivity–making miniature biospheres with Linda Leigh

Saturday, March 2          4:00 p.m.     Bird Walk in the Bosque–field trip with Celeste Andresen

Tuesday, March 5           6:00 p.m.     Knowledge–discussion and viewin
book: The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel

Saturday, March 9          4:00 p.m.     Primate Skulls—workshop with Maren Wilson

Saturday, March 16        4:00 p.m.     Mining Mars—workshop to suggest targets for high resolution images of Mars

Tuesday, March 19         6:00 p.m.     Survival–discussion and viewing
book: Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler

Saturday, March 23        4:00 p.m.     Wrap-up–party and displays

Sign up for any or all of the sessions. If you’re not much of a reader, you are still welcome to attend. At the discussion sessions, we’ll enjoy a light supper and then watch the videos and pull excerpts from the book to stimulate our conversation.

All the programs are free, but pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is one week before the event.

These programs are for adults and teens age 16 and older. We cannot accommodate children under age 16 during the events.

For more information, to check out books, to find out more about the human interest topics, or to pre-register, please contact Mammoth Public Library at 520-487-2026, 125 Clark St., in Mammoth. If you leave a message, please include your name, phone number, the name of the event(s) you are registering for, and how many will be attending.

Alternatively, you can fill out the form below. Please fill it out for each program you will be attending.

Hope to see you there!

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