Pushing the Limits – Book and Video Discussion Series

Winfield 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 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.  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 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 per month on the following topics and books:

Thursdays at 7pm

- KNOWLEDGE:  Jean Auel, The Land of Painted Caves    - February 20

- CONNECTION:  Erik Larson, Thunderstruck    - March 20

- SURVIVAL:  Clive Cussler, Arctic Drift    - April 17

- NATURE:  T.C. Boyle, When the Killing’s Done    - May 15


Dr. Patrick Ross from Southwestern College will lead a discussion of the book and videos of author interviews and human interest stories. Dr. Ross is a professor of Biology with research interests in Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology.  To obtain copies of program materials, please stop by the library at 605 College Street.

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.

The first discussion will be Thursday, February 20 at 7pm.  Books available at the library.  The book does not need to have been read to participate in the program.  Program open to all.

For details, please stop by or call 221-4470. Registration at the library.