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All programs will be held at Louisburg Library. Please REGISTER to participate in this series.  Free copies of the books were limited to the first 23 people registered.  More copies of the books will are available for check out.  

November 14 & December 12
2nd Tuesday of each month
7:00 pm @ Louisburg Library‍‍‍

Science in Everyday Life:  Bob Boyer
Bob Boyer is the football coach at Beaverton High School in Beaverton, Oregon. He is following in his Dad’s footsteps as a coach and has created many new traditions around the game and activity of football,. From the tradition of the first day run and barbecue to the practice of studying game films and running drills, Bob’s life is about using repetitive practice as a way to win football games and to change lives. These are ‍‍‍traditions that build memories and character, but also traditions that build muscle memory and instinct. In the steady cycle of life and football, we see STEM in the conscious and unconscious learning of the sport, affecting a change in the rituals and thus traditions that make football more than just a game.

Book: Station Eleven  by Emily St. John Mandel
Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed. [Book summary source: Amazon.com].

Please review the following chapter(s) before our discussion:
Back Cover, 1. The Theater -
(p. 3-32),  Chapter 18 - (p.113-115),
‍‍‍Chapter 37 -
(p. 195-196), Chapters 44-46 - (p.258-275),
‍‍‍Chapter 50 -
(p. 295-304), Chapter 52 - (p. 312-313), Chapter 55 - (p. 331-333)


Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The program is the work of a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers from organizations including Dartmouth College, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Library Group, Public Library Association, Dawson Media Group, Institute for Learning Innovations, Goodman Research Group, and Oregon State University.

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TRADITION

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Explore ideas about Tradition and Transformation.


Pushing the Limits of TRADITION
What is tradition? On the surface, it’s the repetition of ritual over time. What is the purpose of tradition? What makes a tradition possible? What kinds of actions take hold as traditions? This program theme explores the idea of tradition – traditions in culture, tradition as a form of teaching, tradition in the guise of repetition that is then hard-wired either into behaviors or thoughts? Where do our traditions come from? What do we get from tradition that transcends the actions? In what sense is training tradition? Are traditions important in your life? Do you have any?

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