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December 29, 2017 – The Madelyn Helling Library will begin hosting the Rural Gateways-Pushing the Limits Book Discussion Series on January 19, 2018. Pushing the Limits is a science café and book club hybrid for adults funded by a National Science Foundation grant from the Califa Group.

The series consists of four events co-hosted by a science advocate. Each event is organized around a different theme – nature, survival, connection, and knowledge.

The program kicks off on Friday, January 19, at 10:00 a.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library. The book featured is, “The Big Year” by Mark Obmascik. Participants will enjoy a book discussion with coffee and donuts, door prizes, and a talk from guest speaker, Rudy Darling, President of the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society.

“The Big Year” is a “tale of man, nature and fowl obsession.” Obmascik unravels the story of a grueling competition between three men battling for a new North American birding record. Even readers who are not birders will delight in the adventure and nature narratives.

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Space is limited. Sign up online through the events calendar at mynevadacounty.com/290/library or call (530) 265-7050. Limited copies of all Rural Gateways Pushing the Limits books for this series are available at the Madelyn Helling Library.

The four month series will include the following titles: January, “The Big Year” by Mark Obmascik, February, “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng, March, “Sourdough” by Robin Sloan, and April, “The Comic Book Story of Beer” by Johnathan Hennessey and Mike Smith.