Climate change the focus of new library discussion series

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SANDPOINT — A four-part reading, viewing, and discussion series, "Pushing the Limits," will focus on addressing local climate change issues.

Three free books will be the impetus of the library discussion series, facilitated by Robin Fox of the National Weather Service and Mike Bauer of the East Bonner County Library District.

The first book in the series will be distributed at the program launch at 1 p.m. Aug. 5 at Monarch Mountain Coffee, 208 N. Fourth Ave. An orientation to the program will also be discussed.

The book, "Heart Like Water," by Joshua Clark tells the raw, honest, first-person account of one who chose not to evacuate when Hurricane Katrina hit the French Quarter in New Orleans. Participants will reconvene on Sept. 1 to discuss how reading the book affected the way they view the impact of climate change on our local community. The theme will be "Change: Climate Change Impacts on Your Community."

The second book in the series, "Heat," by Arthur Herzog III, blends fiction and fact into a terrifying and highly plausible story of ecological doom. The theme of the discussion surrounding this book on Oct. 7 is "Community: Preparation for Impacts - Communities and Families Working Together."

The theme of the final discussion in the series is "Strategy: Building Community Resiliency." Participants will base their discussion on the reading of the book, "The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change," by Robert Henson.

All discussions take place at 1 p.m. at Monarch Mountain Coffee. Each of the free books will be distributed at the previous discussion. Books will be available at the Sandpoint Library Information Desk for those who join the series late, while supplies last. Pre-registration is required for all four discussion groups. Contact Mike Bauer at the library to register or for more information: 208-265-2665 or mike@ebonnerlibrary.org.

This national program has been developed by a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers. Their organizations include the Califa Group (a California-based library consortium), Dawson Media Group, and Goodman Research Group, with generous funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is sponsored by 350Sandpoint.org.

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