The Hailey Public Library is inviting curious minds who enjoy interesting books to register for an innovative, four-part book discussion series called Pushing the Limits. The library is one of 100 rural public libraries nationwide to receive a grant from the National Science Foundation to host the adult discussion series in their community.

The first discussion will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 5:15-6:45 p.m. Subsequent events will be held in October, January and February. Each evening will be co-hosted by a librarian and a science partner. Participants should contact the library in advance to register for the series and pick up their book.

“Each evening will be something of a community get-together/science cafe hybrid,” Adult Program Specialist Kristin Fletcher said.

The series is built around the overarching idea that the story of humankind is a story of people pushing their own limits every day, and that science in all its forms plays an important role. Intentional efforts have been taken to integrate science into part of the human story rather than make it the sole focus.

Discussion dates and themes are:

  • Sept. 25—Transformation: “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver.

  • Oct. 23—Tradition: “The Marrow Hunters” by Cherie Dimaline.

  • Jan. 15—Motion: “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing.

  • Feb. 19—Heritage: “The Deer Camp” by Dean Kuipers

The series will be held at the Hailey Public Library, 7 W. Croy St. For more information and to register for this free series, call Program Specialist Kristin Fletcher at 208-788-2036 or visit

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