Pushing the Limits

Orange City Public Library will host a free reading, viewing and discussion series for adults called Pushing the Limits.  The library is one of 100 rural public libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series.  Pushing the Limits brings together books and video featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural 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.  But many of those stories are no longer just stories; and with great new advances in science and technology, we are finding ways in which all of us are able to push the limits every day.

The Pushing the Limits program will explore these ideas in discussions that will include feature film quality videos and recommended popular books. The overarching theme is one of real people, real stories and real science.

A group discussion event will be held on the following topics and books:

– MOTION:  Lisa Ko, The Leavers  – April 24 6:30 pm

– HERITAGE:  Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: an eater’s manifesto  – May 29 6:30 pm

Local Partners:

Melanie Nyhof is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Northwestern College

Tonya Huenink is a registered dietician and founder of Meal Squeeze.

Our partners will lead a discussion of the books and videos of author interviews and human interest stories. To obtain copies of program materials, please contact Amanda Vazquez.

This national 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– with generous funding from the National Science Foundation. 

Library Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed on Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day.

Renew materials, place reserves, and find ebooks and audiobooks online through our catalog.




Adult Book Club- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Adult Book Club will meet on May 8 at 5:30 pm to discuss The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Copies of the book may be checked out at the front desk.


Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

Take a Trip on the Hogwarts Express

Come to Platform 9-3/4 at the library and be transported to Hogwarts. Spend your morning being sorted into your house, playing Quidditch, making wands, and lots more. See you at Hogwarts!


Join us for songs, rhymes, and stories for children 6 months – 3 years and their caregivers, followed by free play time. There is also a fun craft each week to create and you receive a FREE book at the end of each 6-week session. This fall there are two 6 week sessions: 1/18– 2/22 and 3/29 – 5/3.