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.



January 8: Harry Marten, professor emeritus of English at Union College, will discuss the novel Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko. The hero of the novel is a native of the Laguna Pueblo people who had been imprisoned by the Japanese during WW II.

January 22: Thomas Bolger, professor emeritus of English at Siena College, will discuss Harold Bloom’s famous study of Shakespeare’s plays, The Invention of the Human. Bloom leads us through acomprehensive reading of each one of Shakespeare’s plays.

January 29: Tom della Salla, retired English teacher from Linton High School, will discuss Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut’s well-known satire of the arms race and nuclear holocaust.

February 5: Leah Akins, the new executive director of ECOS: The Environmental Clearinghouse, will review The River Is In Us: Fighting Toxics in a Mohawk Community, by Elizabeth Hoover. The book is the story of how the St. Regis Mohawks in Akwesasne partnered with scientists to fight the contamination of its lands and waters, and to reclaim its health and culture.

February 12: The Rev. William Levering of First Reformed Church will discuss his favorite summer reading, short stories about science fiction taken from these books: The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 34th Collection, Best Science Fiction of the Year, Vol.2, and The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 11.

February 26: Cathy Lewis, a member of the Schenectady City Board of Education and past president of the Board, will discuss Lit Up: One Reporter, Three Schools, Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives, by David Denby, who reaffirms the power of great teachers and the importance and inspiration of great books.