Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long Distance Swimmer
By Lynne Cox
English Channel, Cook Strait, Nile River, Strait of Magellan, and Cape of Good Hope are among some of the many hostile waters Lynne Cox has conquered. During her swims she has been escorted by dolphins, braved shark-invested waters and broken her way though ice. In her extraordinary book, Cox writes about her emotional and spiritual need to swim and about the almost mystical relationship she has with the water.
Her reasons for swimming are not just about breaking records, but to set personal goals, pitting her courage against the odds, the lone swimmer in a galaxy of waves. While offering herself to researchers studying the effects of cold on the human body, her political goals are even larger: to bring countries and peoples together, using swimming “to establish bridges between borders.”
About the Author
Lynne Cox is an extraordinary open water endurance swimmer who has conquered some of most challenging bodies of water in the world. When she was 15 she broke both the men’s and women’s records swimming the English Channel. From there she continued to tackle some of the roughest and most treacherous bodies of water in the world.
Lynne is an inspiring motivational speaker on the topics of team building, leadership, goal setting, and sustaining success. Along with Swimming to Antarctica her books include Grayson, which describes her encounter with a baby gray whale and South with the Sun, a biography about explorer Roald Amundsen’s trek to the South Pole. Her articles have appeared in The New Yorker and the Los Angeles Times Magazine, among other publications.
Ordinary People Can Do Amazing Things
Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 7:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library Street NE
In 2011, Don Kern broke the world record for running marathons on all seven continents. He completed this challenge in 25 days, 18 hours, 10 minutes. Don has run 239 marathons, in all 50 states (twice) and all seven continents (four times). Have you ever wanted to challenge yourself to do something extraordinary? Don Kern will share his story of how he grew up as a non-athlete and went on to set a world record and how you can too!
GR Reads: The Movies – IMAX Under the Sea 3D
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 9:45 am
Celebration Cinema North – 2121 Celebration Dr. NE
Under the Sea 3D transports moviegoers to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, such as those found off the shores of Southern Australia, New Guinea, and elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region, allowing them to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. The first 50 attendees who show their GRPL library card will get in free.
GR Reads: The Movies – No Horizon Anymore: A Year Long Journey at the Bottom of the World
Friday, July 26, 2013, 7:00 pm
(106) Gallery and Studio – 106 South Division Ave.
Antarctica is populated by more than just curious penguins and state-sized glaciers. Yearly, thousands of people flock to various research stations around the continent to live and work in the harshest place on earth. Local filmmaker Keith Remink started as a chef for the scientists at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station while he filmed his documentary No Horizon Anymore. This film contains adult themes and language. Free and open to the public.