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. These programs are also broadcast on the Schenectady Public Access channel.

Gioia Ottaviano

March 31  Voices of Today – Join members of a memoir-writing workshop from Howe Library in Albany for a reading of their work. Listen to a group of men and women who have something funny, poignant and wise to say about their lives. Paul Lamar, College of Saint Rose English instructor, facilitator.

April 7 Voices of Long Ago-Bertrand Fay, well known teacher, lecturer and perfomer presents a program entitled  Meeting J: An encounter with one of Western Culture’s most imaginative literary voices whose work appears as a narrative strand in the Pentateuch.


April 14  J.D. Salinger by Shane Salerno and David Schields, reviewed by Rich Holt, retired Niskayuna High School English teacher. A compilation of over 200 interviews with people who knew Salinger provide the reader some insight into one of America’s most elusive authors.

April 21  The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan, reviewed by Helen Steiner, retired elementary school teacher, past BSI reviewer. “A sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity, “

April 28 My Promised Land by Ari Shavit Speaker, reviewed by Emile Walraven, retired engineer, GE Energy. This is a book about Israel by an Israeli journalist that “was praised for balancing the story of Zionism’s accomplishments with criticism of its founding sins.”


Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 PM in the McChesney Room, Central Library. Come hear your friends, neighbors, and colleagues read their favorite poems. If you are interested in reading or reciting a poem, please contact Deborah Noyes at


The Music Committee of the Friends of SCPL, in cooperation with the School of Music of the Schenectady County Community College, will present a musical recital on Sunday April 27th at 2.30 p.m. in the McChesney Room.  The concert will feature the Vocal Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Yipung Wu, the School of Music Jazz Combo, directed by Brian Patneaude, and the School of Music Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Allyson Keyser.