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.

John Karl and Gene Rowland, Coordinators
November 10

Schenectady native Fred Randall will read from his book, Keeping Time, a story that chronicles the 98 year old Schenectady native’s love affair with percussion, starting as a Depression-era kid who worked odd jobs and played gigs to put food on his family’s table. The book also explores the ups and downs of being a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. A book sale and signing will take place during the program.

December 1 and 8

A two-week discussion program on U.S. Immigration Policy and Issues with Kimberly Finnigan, an attorney from Albany who specializes in immigration and naturalization law. Kimberly will help us understand the current immigration laws, the issues that our lawmakers struggle with, and possible reforms to the system. Attendees will be given references to help understand the issues, and will have an opportunity to express their views about what our President and Congress should do to improve the system. Click here for  document of discussion background information.

Patricia Rush, Coordinator
December 15

The Long Shadow: The Great War and the 20th Century by David Reynolds. In his book, the author, an historian and Fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge, assesses the impact of the First World War that challenges its iconic status as a world of gloomy trenches, anti-war poets and wasted lives. Reynolds argues that the First World War produced a fundamental departure in world history which ultimately resulted in another world war, and in consequences the world is still experiencing. Reviewed by Robert McFarland, emeritus senior administrator, State University of New York at Albany, and a former history teacher.

January 5

A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction by Joel Greenberg. The last passenger pigeon, Martha, died 100 years ago in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. Although a billion pigeons crossed the skies near Toronto in May of 1860, little more than 50 years later they were extinct. Greenberg, a naturalist and research associate of the Field Museum, tells a cautionary tale of what happened to this epic bird. He is instrumental in Project Passenger Pigeon, which focuses attention on human-caused extinctions. Reviewed by Patricia Rush, past president of ECOS: the Environmental Clearinghouse.