Sunday, April 26 @ 2:30

 McChesney Room – Program performed by SCCC students, featuring classical works for woodwind quintet and  piano trio, and selections from Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio. The acclaimed SCCC Jazz Combo will also perform.


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.

Gene Rowland and George Wise, Coordinators

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.

May 4

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. “A story of survival, resilience and redemption.” This winner of several non-fiction book awards by the author of Seabiscuit, is the amazing story of an Olympic athlete, World War II aviator, ocean castaway, and prisoner of war. Reviewer: Larry Lewis, an award winning chemist with major contributions to the polymer industry, who has previously spoken at the library on a World War II episode from his family history.

May 11

Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson. In this discussion of the digital revolution and its impact on schooling in America, the authors argue that the digital revolution will transform schooling as much or more than the industrial revolution did. Reviewer: Richard Alben, a physicist, R&D planner and energy expert for GE, with a special interest in new technologies for education.

May 18

Project Babylon by Gerald Bull. The remarkable true story of a bold attempt to create a space vehicle in the style of Jules Verne’s science fiction classic From the Earth to the Moon, by shooting it out of a cannon. Reviewer: John Schenck, M.D., scientist, and member of the team that pioneered GE’s version of the MRI, now used around the world.