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.

Space is limited. Sign up online through the events calendar at 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.