All programs will be held at Louisburg Library. Please REGISTER ‍‍‍to participate in this four part series.  Free copies of the books were limited to the first 23 people registered.  More copies of the books will are available for check out.  

January 24 thru April 25, 2017
4th Tuesday of each month
7:00 pm @ Louisburg Library

Science in Everyday Life: Roxanne Swentzell
Roxanne Swentzell was born with a speech impediment that made it hard to communicate with the world around her, until she began to work in clay. She is now a prominent sculptor, whose works are represented in museums around the world, and she is also a founder of the Flowering Tree
Permaculture Institute in New Mexico. She is the teacher and holder of information, of how to build adobe homes and beautiful clay pots – which are activities her culture has practiced for thousands of years. She and her grown children, Rose and Porter, constantly endeavor to learn from and preserve
their history as a source of important messages for the future, building connections across time.

Book: Thunderstruck  by Erik Larson
Erik Larson, author of the widely acclaimed Devil in the White City, combines painstaking research about the history of technology with compelling characterizations and murderous twists. His novel Thunderstruck brings to life Guglielmo Marconi’s struggle to generate enough electricity for a reliable trans-Atlantic transmission, which also parallels the true-life search for one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers. Marconi’s technology eventually allows people on both sides of the ocean to listen in as Scotland Yard tracks and captures the villain. This book explores the ways in which broadcast radio enabled large-scale social connection that transcended geography and class.

Please review the following chapter(s) before our discussion:
Back Cover, Dynamite Prize
(p. 311), A Message from the Sea (p.331),
Quivering Ether
(p. 347), The Marriage That Never Was (p.379)

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 from organizations including Dartmouth College, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Library Group, Public Library Association, Dawson Media Group, Institute for Learning Innovations, Goodman Research Group, and Oregon State University.

Theme 1:   SURVIVAL
Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Theme 3:   NATURE
When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle

Theme 4:   KNOWLEDGE
The Land of the Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel


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Explore ideas about Survival, Connection, Nature, and Knowledge.

Pushing the Limits of CONNECTION
How do we connect with one another and with our past? How do we build bridges so that we can continue to connect in the future? What are the common threads of family connection and societal connection? How have our human interactions changed over time as a result of our ever-expanding ability to remain connected? Why is remaining connected across time and across place so important to us as humans?

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Books for Additional Reading
Blood Work by Michael Connelly
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Solar by Ian McEwan
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann