Flight Behavior Book DisplayFlight Behavior Book Display Credit: Theresa ZelaskoSmith Library Center’s newest display features books on Monarch butterflies, climate change, and the novel at the heart of upcoming local Earth Day events: Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver.

Multiple copies of the novel are available for 7-day check out. 

Earth Day is April 22. SLC is partnering with Georgetown Public Library to host 2 discussions of the novel and its major themes: climate change and the migrational patterns of the Monarch butterfly, and 2 lectures during April.

Attend either book discussion date; they are the same. The two lectures, however, are on different topics, offered by 2 experts. 


  • Flight Behavior book discussion at 7pm, Tuesday, April 17 (discussion led by Dr. Emily Northrop, Environmental Studies at Southwestern University and Sally Miculek, Georgetown Public Library)
  • Flight Behavior book discussion at 7pm, Monday, April 23 (discussion led by Carol Fonken, Smith Library Center and Dana Hendrix, Georgetown Public Library).
  • Lecture by monarch butterfly expert David Wolfe (Environmental Defense Fund), 7pm, Monday, April 30.
  • Reducing CO2 Pollution for Monarchs and Humans lecture by Dr. Emily Northrop, professor of Economics at Southwestern University’s Department of Economics & Business, 7pm, Tuesday, May 8.

All events will take place at Georgetown Public Library.


Flight Behavior Book Cover“Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths. Kingsolver’s riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and her discovery energizes various competing factions, trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world.” – the publisher