The Monday series of talks, sponsored by the Friends of the Library,  is held at noon in the McChesney Room of the Central Library on Clinton Street. You may bring a bag lunch; coffee and tea are available for a nominal fee. The room is equipped with special devices for the hearing-impaired.


Patricia Rush, Coordinator

February  23 

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of WW II’s Most Audacious General, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Suspicions that Patton’s death at the end of World War II under mysterious circumstances may have been an assassination are discussed in this book. Reviewed by John Karl, president of the Friends of the Library and a retired history teacher. (Program rescheduled from Feb. 2)


Walter Grattidge, Coordinator

March 2

Dr. Victor D. Roberts, President of Robert’s Research & Consulting, Inc., will give a talk entitled “The Recent Revolution in Lighting“.

March 9

Connecting Scientists and Engineers to Business Opportunities – Jon Glass, President of Wise Labs, Schenectady

March 16

A Physical Scientist Looks at Economics – Richard Messmer PhD., GE Research and Development, ret.

March 23

DNA Testing Throughout a Lifetime: From Genes to Genomes – Ricki Lewis, Science Writer and Geneticist

Gioia Ottaviano, Coordinator

March 30

Spring Comes to the Landis Arboretum Director Fred Breglia will show us the spring beauty of the Arboretum in Esperance. We will see spring flowers, trees in bud and bloom, and the lovely hillsides of Schoharie County.

April 6

Spring Comes to an Adirondack Lake Peter Tobiessen, professor emeritus of biology at Union College and author of The Secret Life of a Lake, will take us through the changes that take place in a freshwater lake in the spring.

Gene Rowland, Coordinator

April 13

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Dr. Atul Gawande. Gawande, a surgeon and New Yorker staff writer, asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end. Reviewed by Chris Rush, who is retired after a lengthy career with New York State in health care planning and financing, with a particular focus on long term care and the development of non-institutional alternatives to nursing homes.

April 20

Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools by Joel Klein. In this revealing and provocative memoir, the former chancellor of the New York City schools offers the behind-the-scenes story of the city’s dramatic campaign to improve public education. Reviewed by Cathy Lewis, President of the Schenectady City Schools Board of Education.

April 27

Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War by James Risen. Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. Risen, an investigative journalist for the NY Times reveals an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of that war. Reviewed by Sara Foss, columnist and reporter for the Daily Gazette.

The Great Decisions Program begins on Tuesday, February 3. Click here for information.

Winter Concert Series kicks off on January 4. Click here for information.