Pushing the Limits
Larry J. Ringer Library will host a free three-part reading, viewing and discussion series for adults called Pushing the Limits. The library is one of 50 public libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series. Pushing the Limits brings together human interest videos, scientists and everyday people who are interested in exploring accessible strategies for adapting to a new climate and building resiliency.
Dr. Gunnar Schade, Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric
Sciences at Texas A&M University, and Jennifer Wilhelm Bayer from the
Bryan-College Station Library system, will facilitate a discussion of
the videos. Dr. Schade’s research interests lie in the exchange of trace
gases between the biosphere and the atmosphere, and he has been teaching
and communicating climate science to students and lay audiences for
To obtain copies of program materials, please contact Jennifer Wilhelm at (979) 764-3416.
This national program has been developed by a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers. Their organizations include the Califa Group (a California-based library consortium), Dawson Media Group, and Goodman Research Group — with generous funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Science Cafe Portion
Pushing the Limits was designed to bring together community members for programs that engage them in thought-provoking and fun discussions about the science, technology, engineering, and math that occur in our everyday lives. Each program combines popular fiction and nonfiction books, compelling human-interest and author videos, and facilitated discussions to explore how humans push their own limits every day, and the ways in which science is a part of that effort.
Book Club Portion
Although we encourage participants to read the book selection, this is not required. Each session will begin with a video and discussion structured around the themes: Change, Community, and Strategy.
Free copies of each book selection are available to the first 20 registered attendees. Please call or visit the reference desk to get on the list!
Session One: Change
This public program asks your community to consider how climate change and extreme weather may affect your local or regional economy and jobs. We’ll explore ways you and your community can develop innovative, solution-oriented ideas for resiliency-building.
June 28, 6-8 PM
Book Selection: The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi
Session Two: Community
Through this public program, we’ll explore how communities are adapting to more frequent and volatile fires caused by rising temperatures and drought conditions, and how the effects of those fires can reach far beyond the forests and into urban areas hundreds of miles away. We’ll develop ideas about how families and communities can be better prepared for the future by working together.
July 26, 6-8 PM
Book Selection: A.D. : New Orleans after the deluge, by Josh Neufeld
Session Three: Strategy
This public program shares adaptive strategies for managing environmental challenges — like extreme heat and water scarcity — that affect your homes and communities. With long term improvements in mind, we’ll generate ideas that can take root in your backyards.
August 30, 6-8 PM
Book Selection: Forty Signs of Rain, by Kim Stanley Robinson