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Science Club Cafe - Final Meetings

We are excited to announce the last part of our Rural Gateways Grant happening this winter.  If you recall we won this grant back in 2016 and held our first Adult Book STEM meetings in the spring of 2017.  We reviewed topics concerning nature, connection, survival, and knowledge; reading titles that reflected these themes.  We enjoyed hearing from our Science partners from the community and are looking forward to renewing the relationships!

There will be two discussion groups this winter.  The themes that we are going to focus on are:

  • Motion
  • Heritage

The books that we have picked for these STEM Book Cafes are Jean-Dominique Bauby’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story.  

 

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly  (Motion)  Meeting on 2/6 at 6pm at the Library

In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem.  After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned, allowing him to see and, by blinking it, to make clear that his mind was unimpaired. Almost miraculously, he was soon able to express himself in the richest detail: dictating a word at a time, blinking to select each letter as the alphabet was recited to him slowly, over and over again. In the same way, he was able eventually to compose this extraordinary book.

By turns wistful, mischievous, angry, and witty, Bauby bears witness to his determination to live as fully in his mind as he had been able to do in his body. He explains the joy, and deep sadness, of seeing his children and of hearing his aged father's voice on the phone. In magical sequences, he imagines traveling to other places and times and of lying next to the woman he loves. Fed only intravenously, he imagines preparing and tasting the full flavor of delectable dishes. Again and again he returns to an "inexhaustible reservoir of sensations," keeping in touch with himself and the life around him.

Jean-Dominique Bauby died two days after the French publication of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

This book is a lasting testament to his life.

 

Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story  (Heritage)    Meeting on 13/12 at 6pm at the Library

The first person to successfully raise newborn elephants, Dame Daphne Sheldrick has saved countless African animals from certain death. In this indelible and deeply heartfelt memoir, Daphne tells of her remarkable career as a conservationist and introduces us to a whole host of orphans?including Bushy, a liquid-eyed antelope, and the majestic elephant Eleanor. Yet she also shares the incredible human story of her relationship with David Sheldrick, the famous Tsavo National Park warden whose death inspired the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the orphans' nursery, where Daphne works to this day. From her tireless campaign to preserve Kenya's wildlife to the astonishing creatures she befriended along the way, Love, Life, and Elephants is alive with compassion and humor, providing rare insight into the life of one of the world's most fascinating women.

Interested in joining? — Please stop by and pick up a copy OR email [email protected]

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