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Monday October 27, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_mag 12:00 PM WWI 100 Year Anniversary Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

A special lecture to celebrate the one hundred year anniversary of World War I. Frank Taormina, retired teacher and school administrato will give a presentation of a bried history of the war.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library

    Location: Central Library, McChesney Room
Wednesday October 29, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_pencil 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Creative Writing Group Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita McKay     yakcmny@yahoo.com.
   

Calling all writers and wannabees! You are invited to join a peer writing group which meets at the library every Wednesday afternoon. All levels and genres are welcome. We ask that you share your work and give and receive constructive feedback. For more information please contact the group leader Anita McKay at yakcmny@yahoo.com.

    Location: Central Library
Monday November 3, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_mag 12:00 PM WWI 100 Year Anniversary Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

A special lecture to celebrate the one hundred year anniversary of World War I. Betram Fay, well known area teacher, lecturer and performer will review and discuss the impact of the poets and poetry of the War.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library

    Location: Central Library, McChesney Room
Tuesday November 4, 2014 Go To Top
office_closedsign.GIF Election Day Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

All Schenectady County Public Libraries will be closed for Election Day.

Wednesday November 5, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_pencil 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Creative Writing Group Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita McKay     yakcmny@yahoo.com.
   

Calling all writers and wannabees! You are invited to join a peer writing group which meets at the library every Wednesday afternoon. All levels and genres are welcome. We ask that you share your work and give and receive constructive feedback. For more information please contact the group leader Anita McKay at yakcmny@yahoo.com.

    Location: Central Library
Thursday November 6, 2014 Go To Top
misc_teaching 6:30 PM Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library, Reference Desk   518.388.4511   sbutch@mvls.info
   

Until Tuesday: a Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever who saved him


Meet Former US Army Captain and NYT bestselling author Luis Carlos Montalván and his best friend and service dog, "Tuesday"

About the Author: Captain Montalván, a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Army, including multiple combat tours in Iraq, was decorated with numerous awards including two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Combat Action Badge. In 2007, Captain Montalván honorably departed the military. From issues relating to service members, veterans and their families to those pertaining to Americans with disabilities, Montalván is a vocal public advocate.

Please register by calling 388.4511

A book sale and signing, conducted by The Open Door Bookstore,  will follow the program. They will be offering a 20% discount on Until Tuesday and Tuesday Tucks Me In up until November 2. To order your copy, call the store at 518.346.2719.  

 

    Location: Central Library, McChesney Room
Sunday November 9, 2014 Go To Top
misc_teaching 2:00 PM Meet Local Author Elizabeth Rosner Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library, Reference Desk   518.388.4511   
   

Elizabeth Rosner

Meet the Schenctady native and author of The Speed of Light, Blue Nude and soon-to-be released, Electric City and Gravity

Elizabeth Rosner grew up in Schenectady, New York as a daughter of Jewish holocaust survivors. Her father, who was born in Hamburg, Germany, was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp, while her mother survived the war by hiding in the Polish countryside. Much of Ms. Rosner’s writing reflects her efforts to come to terms with the impact of her parents’ experiences on her own life, the indelible imprints of their history on her language, her identity, and her imagination. 

“Electric City is a vital, pulsing, epic novel of America, of its great scientific ingenuity and its emotional ambition; one that frames the birth and evolution of its towns against the struggles of its indigenous tribes, the immigrant experience, a country divided, and the technological advancements that ushered in the modern world.”

Gravity is a full-length collection of poetry that can be read as an autobiographical companion to her novels. These prize-winning poems offer insight into the author’s background and reveal many of the inspirations for The Speed of Light, Blue Nude and Electric City. ~www.elizabethrosner.com

A book sale and signing, conducted by The Open Door Bookstore, will follow the program. They will be offering a 20% discount on Electric city and Gravity. To order your copy, call the store at 518.346.2719.

    Location: Central Library, McChesney Room
Monday November 10, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_mag 12:00 PM Table Talks: Fred Randall Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

Keeping Time book coverSchenectady native Fred Randall will read from his book, Keeping Time a story that chronicles the 98 year old Schenectady native’s love affair with percussion, starting as a Depression-era kid who worked odd jobs and played gigs to put food on his family’s table. The book also explores the ups and downs of being a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. A book sale and signing will take place during the program.

The Monday series of talks is held at 12:00 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. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library

    Location: Central Library, McChesney Room
Tuesday November 11, 2014 Go To Top
office_closedsign.GIF Veteran's Day Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

All Schenectady County Public Libraries will be closed for Veteran's Day.

Wednesday November 12, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_pencil 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Creative Writing Group Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita McKay     yakcmny@yahoo.com.
   

Calling all writers and wannabees! You are invited to join a peer writing group which meets at the library every Wednesday afternoon. All levels and genres are welcome. We ask that you share your work and give and receive constructive feedback. For more information please contact the group leader Anita McKay at yakcmny@yahoo.com.

    Location: Central Library
 
lib_book3 2:00 PM Book Club: The Cuckoo's Calling Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

The Cuckoo's CallingJoin us for the second half of a discussion of the book Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) 

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

 
  

    Location: Central Library
 
lib_book3 6:30 PM Book Club:Icy Sparks Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

Icy SparksJoin us for a discussion of the book Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

Icy Sparks is the sad, funny and transcendent tale of a young girl growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky during the 1950’s. Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s beautifully written first novel revolves around Icy Sparks, an unforgettable heroine in the tradition of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird or Will Treed in Cold Sassy Tree. At the age of ten, Icy, a bright, curious child orphaned as a baby but raised by adoring grandparents, begins to have strange experiences. Try as she might, her "secrets"—verbal croaks, groans, and physical spasms—keep afflicting her. As an adult, she will find out she has Tourette’s Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, but for years her behavior is the source of mystery, confusion, and deep humiliation.

 
  

    Location: Central Library
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Thursday November 13, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:00 PM Non-Fiction Book Club: Personal History Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

Personal History Book CoverJoin us for a discussion of the memoir Personal History by Katharine Graham

Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

An extraordinarily frank, honest, and generous book by one of America's most famous and admired women, Personal History is, as its title suggests, a book composed of both personal memoir and history.

It is the story of Graham's parents: the multimillionaire father who left private business and government service to buy and restore the down-and-out Washington Post, and the formidable, self-absorbed mother who was more interested in her political and charity work, and her passionate friendships, than in her children. It is the story of how The Washington Post struggled to succeed -- a fascinating and instructive business history as told from the inside.

 
  

    Location: Central Library
 
food_beer.GIF 6:30 PM  -  7:45 PM Homebrewing 101 Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

Homebrewing 101

Have you always wanted to learn to brew your own beer?

Roger from the Homebrew Emporium in Rensselaer will teach you about brewing, ingredients, process and everything needed to get you started brewing your own beer!

No sign-up needed. NO alcohol will be served at this event

    Location: Central Library, McChesney Room
Saturday November 15, 2014 Go To Top
food_coffee 10:00 AM Forgot to Say Goodbye: the Cherelle Clarke Story Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

 A discussion on suicide and bullying prevention

Cherelle Clarke was one of four teenage girls from Schenectady High School who committed suicide during a 12-month stretch from 2008-2009. Forgot to Say Goodbye is a heart-felt story of a mother's despair after she loses her 14 year old daughter to suicide. 

Lisa Seymour, author and Cherelle's mother, along with special guests will inform parents how to identify warning signs, risk factors, treatment, and prevention of suicide and bullying. 

Book sale and signing with Lisa to follow

Ages 12-adult, especially parents

No registration needed!

Coffee and snacks served

    Location: Central Library, McChesney Room
Wednesday November 19, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_pencil 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Creative Writing Group Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita McKay     yakcmny@yahoo.com.
   

Calling all writers and wannabees! You are invited to join a peer writing group which meets at the library every Wednesday afternoon. All levels and genres are welcome. We ask that you share your work and give and receive constructive feedback. For more information please contact the group leader Anita McKay at yakcmny@yahoo.com.

    Location: Central Library
Sunday November 23, 2014 Go To Top
nat_leaf_fall Community of Writers Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

Readings by local published authors!

In partnership with the Hudson Valley Writer's Guild we will have six local authors doing readings from their work. 

This year our moderator is Dan Wilcox, poet and host of the Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center in Albany.

Readers:

Therese L. Broderick, poetry
James Pavoldi, novelist
Bunkong Tuon, poetry & non-fiction
Rose Kent, children's novels
Steve Hellyard Swartz, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting

Free, refreshments served and book sale and signing with authors to follow. No registration needed!

 

    Location: Central Library, McChesney Room
Wednesday November 26, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_pencil 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Creative Writing Group Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita McKay     yakcmny@yahoo.com.
   

Calling all writers and wannabees! You are invited to join a peer writing group which meets at the library every Wednesday afternoon. All levels and genres are welcome. We ask that you share your work and give and receive constructive feedback. For more information please contact the group leader Anita McKay at yakcmny@yahoo.com.

    Location: Central Library
Thursday November 27, 2014 Go To Top
office_closedsign.GIF Thanksgiving Day Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

All Schenectady County Public Libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving Day.

Monday December 1, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_mag 12:00 PM Table Talks: U.S. Immigration Policy and Issues Part I Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

American Flag over County A two-week discussion program on U.S. Immigration Policy and Issues with Kimberly Finnigan, an attorney from Albany who specializes in immigration and naturalization law. Kimberly will help us understand the current immigration laws, the issues that our lawmakers struggle with, and possible reforms to the system. Attendees will be given references to help understand the issues, and will have an opportunity to express their views about what our President and Congress should do to improve the system.

The Monday series of talks is held at 12:00 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. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library

    Location: Central Library, McChesney Room
Wednesday December 3, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_pencil 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Creative Writing Group Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita McKay     yakcmny@yahoo.com.
   

Calling all writers and wannabees! You are invited to join a peer writing group which meets at the library every Wednesday afternoon. All levels and genres are welcome. We ask that you share your work and give and receive constructive feedback. For more information please contact the group leader Anita McKay at yakcmny@yahoo.com.

    Location: Central Library
Monday December 8, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_mag 12:00 PM Table Talks: U.S. Immigration Policy and Issues Part II Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

American Flag over County The second part of a two-week discussion program on U.S. Immigration Policy and Issues with Kimberly Finnigan, an attorney from Albany who specializes in immigration and naturalization law. Kimberly will help us understand the current immigration laws, the issues that our lawmakers struggle with, and possible reforms to the system. Attendees will be given references to help understand the issues, and will have an opportunity to express their views about what our President and Congress should do to improve the system.

The Monday series of talks is held at 12:00 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. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library

    Location: Central Library, McChesney Room
Tuesday December 9, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:00 PM Book Club: I am Malala Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

I am MalalaJoin us for a discussion of the memoir I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. 

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

 
  

    Location: Central Library
 
lib_book3 6:30 PM Book Club: The Chaperone Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

The Chaperone Book CoverJoin us for a discussion of the novel The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

The New York Times bestseller and the USA Today #1 Hot Fiction Pick for the summer, The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both.

 
  

    Location: Central Library
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Wednesday December 10, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_pencil 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Creative Writing Group Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita McKay     yakcmny@yahoo.com.
   

Calling all writers and wannabees! You are invited to join a peer writing group which meets at the library every Wednesday afternoon. All levels and genres are welcome. We ask that you share your work and give and receive constructive feedback. For more information please contact the group leader Anita McKay at yakcmny@yahoo.com.

    Location: Central Library
Thursday December 11, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book3 2:00 PM Non-Fiction Book Club:The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

The Greater Journey Book CoverJoin us for a discussion of the memoir The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring —and until now, untold — story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

 
  

    Location: Central Library
Monday December 15, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_mag 12:00 PM Books Sandwiched In: The Long Shadow: The Great War and the 20th Century Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

The Long Shadow Book CoverThe Long Shadow: The Great War and the 20th Century by David Reynolds. In his book, the author, an historian and Fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge, assesses the impact of the First World War that challenges its iconic status as a world of gloomy trenches, anti-war poets and wasted lives. Reynolds argues that the First 
World War produced a fundamental departure in world history which ultimately resulted in another world war, and in consequences the world is still experiencing. Reviewed by Robert McFarland, Emeritus Senior Administrator, State University of New York at Albany, and a former history teacher.

The Monday series of talks is held at 12:00 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. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library

    Location: Central Library, McChesney Room
Wednesday December 17, 2014 Go To Top
lib_book_pencil 1:30 PM  -  3:30 PM Creative Writing Group Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Anita McKay     yakcmny@yahoo.com.
   

Calling all writers and wannabees! You are invited to join a peer writing group which meets at the library every Wednesday afternoon. All levels and genres are welcome. We ask that you share your work and give and receive constructive feedback. For more information please contact the group leader Anita McKay at yakcmny@yahoo.com.

    Location: Central Library
Wednesday December 24, 2014 -  Thursday December 25, 2014 Go To Top
office_closedsign.GIF Christmas Break Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
   

All Schenectady County Public Libraries will be closed for Christmas Break.

Monday January 5, 2015 Go To Top
lib_book_mag 12:00 PM Books Sandwiched In: A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction Remind Me about this Event Download Event Info Tell a Friend
    Contact: Central Library   518-388-4500   
   

A Feathered River Across the Sky book coverA Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction by Joel Greenberg. The last passenger pigeon, Martha, died 100 years ago in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. Although a billion pigeons crossed the skies near Toronto in May of 1860, little more than 50 years later they were extinct. Greenberg, a naturalist and research associate of the Field Museum, tells a cautionary tale of what happened to this epic bird. He is instrumental in Project Passenger Pigeon, which focuses attention on human-caused extinctions. Reviewed by Patricia Rush, past president of ECOS: the Environmental Clearinghouse

The Monday series of talks is held at 12:00 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. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library

    Location: Central Library, McChesney Room
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