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.

Geri Mulligan, Coordinator


Books Sandwiched In

May 4 – Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Keefe.  Reviewed by Patti Rand, Professor of English at Clarkson University.   Patrick Keefe tells a detective story about the mysterious abduction of Jean McConville, the widowed mother of ten children, which becomes a focal point in a larger examination of the tumultuous years in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s until the Good Friday Agreement in the spring of 1998.  A detective story, a history, and a tragedy — “Say Nothing” illuminates the darkness of Northern Ireland.

May 11 – To the Legends and Beyond by Paul O’Brien is a collection of stories, both true account and fictional, that range from battling the natural elements to an elderly nun’s coming to terms with how the world has changed. Eight golfers take on Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; a fortune teller helps others but loses her own way; a small miracle happens in Crossgates Mall; a Star burns out too quickly — just a few of the stories in To the Legends and Beyond. Paul O’Brien is the author of Voices from Room 6, Keys on the Road, and CT: A Cat’s Story.

May 18 – Professional Baseball in Schenectady – For a city that never had a major league team, Schenectady is steeped in baseball history. Join Schenectady City Historian Chris Leonard as he talks about this history from baseball-like sports played in the early 19th century, through the Schenectady Dorpians, both incarnations of the Mohawk Giants, and the Schenectady Blue Jays. Leonard will cover the stellar players, unique characters, dramatic wins and tragic losses that defined professional baseball in Schenectady.