Noon Programs

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. These programs are also broadcast on the Schenectady Public Access channel.

NOON PROGRAMS

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.

BOOKS SANDWICHED IN
Gene Rowland, Coordinator

May 1 – Voices From Room 6: a Teacher Remembers by Paul J. O’Brien. Reviewed by the author. At Paul O’Brien’s retirement it was said of him “Teaching was never Doctor O’Brien’s job. It’s always been his calling. He was made to do exactly what he has been doing. How awesome is that?” Paul taught English for 47 years. Since retiring in 2014, he has remained active in educational circles. He lives with his wife Deborah in Niskayuna.

May 8 – Financial Founding Fathers: The Men who Made America Rich by Robert E. Wright and David J. Cowen. Reviewed by Bradley G. Lewis, Professor of Economics at Union College. Prof. Lewis uses this book in his course in Financial Markets, as it gives an excellent perspective on the early evolution of our financial system, its importance, and a significant group that had heavy (though varied!) influence on the evolution of that system.

May 15 – Phyllis Zych Budka will discuss her book, The Maska Dramatic Circle: Polish-American Theater in Schenectady, New York (1933-1942). Phyllis captured the contents of her parents’ Maska scrapbook and expanded the information to provide a unique picture of life in the large and vibrant Schenectady Polish-American community of the period. The book includes the names of nearly 170 Maska members and more than 450 patrons.