Noon Programs

The Monday series of talks, sponsored by the Friends of the Library,  are 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.


Gene Rowland, Coordinator

April 2– Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, reviewed by Melinda Perrin, local author and poet. “The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences.”

April 9 – Richer Than a Millionaire by William D. Danko and Richard J. Van Ness, reviewed by the co-author, Professor William Danko. “The authors want to inspire people to look beyond purely financial goals, to evaluate what their ideal lifestyles are and whether or not they’re on the path to living their richest lives.”

April 16 –The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy by Dani Rodrik, reviewed by Dr. Richard Alben, GE Global Research, retired and RPI, retired. “ In this challenge to the reigning wisdom on globalization, Dani Rodrik offers a new narrative, one that embraces an inevitable tension: we cannot simultaneously pursue democracy, national self-determination, and economic globalization.”

April 23 – Grant by Ron Chernow, reviewed by Thomas Kelly, retired professor emeritus of History and American Studies at Siena College and co-founder of the Siena Research Institute. “Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.”

April 30 – Keys on the Road by Paul O’Brien, reviewed by the author. O’Brien’s memoir speaks about growing up in a small village at a simpler time in a less complicated age. O’Brien taught English for over forty years at Notre Dame and Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School. He has remained active in educational circles.

May 7:  Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein. Reviewed by Sara Foss, a well-known columnist for The Daily Gazette. Goldstein traces the traumatic events that follow from the closing of a major GM assembly plant in a small Wisconsin town, and how several families were affected.  The book helps us to understand the frustrations suffered by folks who went from $28/hour jobs at GM to scrambling for a living in a small town that offered few opportunities.

May 14: Special Feature-Dr. Gina C. Gould, new President of MiSci, will present a program entitled Dogs: A Curious Evolutionary Journey.  Generally thought to be descended from wolves, domestic dogs are now the most popular household pets in much of the world. Hundreds of breeds are now recognized in the U.S. alone. Dr. Gould is a scientist and a dog lover who will teach us about their evolution.