Journalist Ron Berler, author of Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of Americaâ€™s 45,000 Failing Public Schools, has devoted much of his career to reporting on youth issues. Raising the Curve is the story of Brookside â€“ one of Americaâ€™s roughly 45,000 failing public schools â€“ and those who populate it: administrators and faculty, students and their parents, the superintendent and local school board. Itâ€™s a chronicle of the struggles each of them face over the course of the 2010-11 school term, and of the hard, sometimes regretful choices school personnel are forced to make in order to keep themselves and their school afloat.
Berler wrote a weekly column on the subject for the Chicago Tribune and later served as editor in chief of NBA Inside Stuff, a pro basketball magazine for tweens. Under his watch, the magazine won a Parentsâ€™ Choice Gold Award seal of excellence. He has written op-eds for the New York Times and Huffington Post. His work has also appeared in Sports Illustrated, Wired, Menâ€™s Journal and Outside, among other publications.
A gripping plot and intense, relatable characters make Run to Me impossible to put down. A non-stop psychological thriller with a compelling twist, Run to Me is a potent story about love, grief and secrets. Description:Â It's been two years since the tragic death of Shylerâ€™s son, Jesse. Traumatized and teetering on the edge of sanity, Shyler withdraws to an isolated cabin in the woods of Maine. Meanwhile, Zack, a 10-year-old boy from a broken foster-home, finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Zack knows too much about the location of a briefcase a group of dangerous thugs will stop at nothing to find. Fleeing into the woods, Zack arrives at Shyler's cabin and will take whatever help she can give. A deadly chase ensues and "mother" and "son" are running for their lives.Â Diane Hester is a former violinist with the Rochester Philharmonic. Born in New York, she now lives in Australia. Run To Me is her debut novel.
Dr. Roger Denk will be here to talk about the evolution of secrecy in the US, from the Continental Congress, through the World Wars and the Cold War. He will detail some infamous spies since WWII, including Aldrich Ames, John Walker and Edward Snowden. A timely and fascinating topic about why our government keeps secrets, and why some people are intent on exposing them.
Dr. Denk worked for the U.S. Department of Defense for over 30 years. His last government assignment was Director of the Defense Personnel Security Center in Monterey CA, where he led a staff of 30 Psychologists and Psychiatrists in the underpinnings of why people commit espionage. During that time he was a member of the Moynihan Commission, which studied government secrecy and its impacts. After leaving government service Roger worked at the Arcadia Institute in Alexandra, VA and was a professor of Intelligence and Security at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies. Most recently, Roger was an independent consultant for Adams Security Management Group where he applied real world solutions to complex security problems for a diverse group of government and industry clients. Roger Denk earned his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University.
Jacquelin Mendels Birn has written a moving story of her families remarkable survival in France during the Nazi occupation in WWII. Her book is full of details and pictures of her family history before, during and after the war. Jacqueline, born in Paris in 1935, survived the war with her family in Vichy France. She then went on to train at the Conservatoire de Musique de Paris, pursuing the cello and obtained a degree in organic Chemistry. She married Richard Birn in 1958. Mr. Birn became a US diplomat in the US Foreign Service and the couple and their two children lived all over the world. After returning to Washington DC in 1978, Jacqueline became a French language and cultural center instructor at the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State and principal cello of the McLean Symphony Orchestra. Since her retirement in 2007 she devotes much of her time to Holocaust education.
Roger Denk will be here to talk about his most recent book (available late Spring 2014), Scatteree. Scatteree continues the saga of Andy Read, whom we met in Stepping Stones (2007) and Skunk's Neck (2012). It is now the 1980's; Andy thinks he is retired, living in Chatham. His brush with enemies from the past, including the KGB, propels him once again into international intrigue. Complicating things for Andy and his growing family are long buried secrets, many of which are uncovered in this fast-paced thriller. Many readers will identify with the Cape Cod setting and the characters with whom Andy comes in contact.
Wednesday: May 7 @ 10:30 am, June 4 @ 2:00 pm, July 2 @ 10:15 am, July 16 @ 1:00 pm
Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading ebooks to your Kindle and tips for searching the Clams digital library site. Bring your questions regarding your Kindle, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help.
Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading ebooks to your Kindle Fire and tips for searching the Clams digital library site. Bring your questions regarding your Kindle Fire, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help.
Wednesday: May 14 @ 3:30 pm, June 4 @ 3:30 pm, July 2 @ 12:30 pm, July 16 @ 3:30pm
Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading ebooks to your iPad and tips for searching the Clams digital library site. Bring your questions regarding your iPad, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help.