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 Ann Adams, Coordinator

Sept. 14: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo, translated by Cathy Hirano; reviewed by Claudia Jakubowski, of Put Together by Claudia. This best-selling guide describes the impact of an organized home on mood and physical and mental health.

Sept. 21: This Old Magic: A New Look at Old Fairy Tales, presented by Dr. Anastasia Pease, Lecturer, English Department, Union College. Dr. Pease will share her Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning Spring 2015 presentation.

Sept. 28: The Iron King, by Maurice Druon; reviewed by Dr Helene Scheck, Director, Medieval Renaissance Studies Program at the University at Albany. A work of medieval historical fiction, recently published in English, is the first volume in a series about the Hundred Years’ War, with an introduction by George R.R. Martin, who credits this series as an influence on his Game of Thrones.

Oct. 5:  A Toast to Romance, presented by Marge Karowe, retired attorney, based on her very popular Spring UCALL program at Union College.

Oct. 19: When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II, by Molly Guptill Manning; reviewed by Ellen Keegan, Books for Troops, Manager. In 1941, librarians launched  a campaign to send 120 million free, small, lightweight paperbacks to American troops in every theater of war.

Oct. 26: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough; reviewed by Kevin Millington, Vice-President of the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville. McCullough brings his own perspective to a fascinating part of our history.