All programs will be held at Louisburg Library. Please REGISTER ‍‍‍to participate in this four part series.  Free copies of the books were available to the first 23 people registered.  More copies of the books 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: Julie and Cory Shrum
As husband and wife, Cory and Julie Shrum work hard and play hard. Farming is in their blood, having grown up as multigenerational cattle, wheat, and alfalfa farmers. As is the case for many family farmers, they are preoccupied with the survival of a business, a family, and even a way of life. But survival for this newlywed couple also has a lighter side. They apply their practical engineering knowledge to other pursuits, like crafting cast-off farm equipment parts into full  scale, working “Frankenstein” combines. Once finished, they travel to compete in an annual combine demolition derby, where only the strongest survive.

Book: Arctic Drift  by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
Clive Cussler's attention to the scientific detail of cutting-edge marine technologies, woven seamlessly into speculative fiction, keeps readers transfixed all the way to the triumphant end of this tale of adventure. The book’s heroes focus on staying alive, while keeping life-changing technology out of the hands of the bad guys. The consequences of their actions have implications for the very survival of humankind!

Please review the following chapter(s) before our discussion:
Prologue (p. 3), Chapter 67 (p. 444), Chapters 72-74 (p. 471)

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.

Thunderstruck by Erick Larson

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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Theme 1:  SURVIVAL

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

Pushing the Limits of SURVIVAL
This program theme explores the fundamental urge to survive and how it has manifested in society in the past, compared to today. What are we willing to do in a life and death situation? What about saving our family's way of life? What drives us to compete in a sport and survive as the winner? Survival of the planet, the family, and the individual is considered along with the ways that science comes into play.

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Books for Additional Reading
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix by Michael Cannell
Down River by Will Hobbs
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson