Sherrard Library to host Pushing the Limits, A science reading, viewing and discussion series for adults

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Sherrard Public Library is one of the public libraries in the nation chosen to pilot a free four-part reading, viewing and discussion series for adults called Pushing the Limits. The series brings together books and video featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring our 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. With advances in science and technology, we find ways in which all of us are able to push the limits of what is possible and make some of those stories come true.

The Pushing the Limits program will explore these ideas in discussions that will include feature film quality videos of author interviews and human interest stories and recommended popular books. Book discussions will be led by local science partners. The overarching theme is one of real people, real stories and real science. Additional programs expand on each month’s theme.


March 28 at 6:00pm Book Discussion with Author Video Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler and Human Interest Video Julie and Cory Shrum, Family Farmers


April 25 at 6pm Book Discussion with Author Video Thunderstruck by Erik Larson and Human Interest Video Roxanne Swentzell, Sculptor


May 30 at 6:00pm Book Discussion with Author Video When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle and Human Interest Video Cameron Clapp, Athlete


June 27 at 6:00pm Book Discussion with Author Video Earth’s Children: Land of the Painted Caves by 
Jean and Human Interest Video Sean Brock, Celebrity Chef Auel

All programs will be held in the Community Room at the Sherrard Public Library. Preregistration for book discussions is requested. Books are available at the front circulation desk

For details or to register, call the library (309) 593-2178, visit

or email Megan Cooper –

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, this 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.