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.

Jo Adams and Gene Rowland, Coordinators

September 8 -The Invisible Gorilla: Thinking Clearly In A World Of Illusions by Drs. Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons ; a fascinating look at little-known illusions that greatly affect our daily lives. Illusions of perception and thought are examined, including the beliefs that we pay attention more than we do, that our memories are more detailed than they are, that confident people are competent people, that we know more than we actually do, and that our brains have reserves of power that are easy to unlock. Reviewed by Dr. Christopher Chabris, Professor of Psychology, Union College.

September 15 – Brain On Fire: My Month Of Madness by Susannah Cahalan; a frightening memoir of a young journalist’s struggle with a rare brain-attacking autoimmune disease. This fast-paced and well researched medical mystery may save lives and encourage empathy for people who struggle with mental illness and for those who help them. Reviewed by Jo Adams, Schenectady County Librarian, Retired.

September 22 -The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker staff writer; Kolbert writes of five devastating mass extinctions and predicts the coming of a sixth. Through her extensive research, traveling to the Andes and the Great Barrier Reef, and from an island off the coast of Iceland to a cave in Albany, New York, Kolbert offers a highly readable report on the global and historical impact of humans on Earth. Reviewed by Dr. Nancy Slack, retired Professor of Plant Biology and History of Science, Russell Sage College.

September 29 – Corruption in America – From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United by Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor at Fordham Law School and gubernatorial candidate; reviewed by Marge Karowe, an attorney and advocate for lifelong learning.

Octrober 6 – The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown; reviewed by Robert Dickson, history buff and frequent BSI contributor.

October 20 – Thirty Girls by Susan Minot; the story of Esther, a Ugandan teenager and 29 other girls abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army and Jane, an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther. Reviewed by Paul O’Brien, who is in transition from teaching to a life of travel, writing and reflection.

Gioia Ottaviano, Coordinator

October 27 -Frank Taormina, retired teacher and school administrator will give a power point presentation of a brief history of the War.

November 3 – Betram Fay, well known area teacher, lecturer and performer will review and discuss the impact of the poets and poetry of the War.