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In Watching Walter Cronkite, Austin Ken Kutscher, M.D., reflects on how our lives were shaped by the transformative events of the 1950s and 1960s. As we celebrate our first African-American president, Barack Obama, in a world where American soldiers are still fighting wars halfway across the globe and where the threat of nuclear weapons still exists, generations both young and old need to understand the past events that were so instrumental in shaping our lives today. Kutscher, a Scarsdale High School alum will discuss his book at the Scarsdale Public Library at 3 PM on Sunday, June 13th.

Watching Walter Cronkite had its beginning when Dr. Kutscher realized his teenage daughter was part of a generation, born after 1980, oblivious to issues that have been the foundation of their parents' ideals. Using the historical events of the era of the '50s and '60s as a backdrop, Dr. Kutscher has fashioned a moving memoir of his experiences as a public school and college student, as he tried to make his mark in the world after his Mom had died of breast cancer. He shares not only his personal joys and sorrows, but also the parallel adolescent reminiscences of his wife, Mary Ellen. Their personal journeys are representative of everyday Baby Boomers who were never featured on the CBS Evening News. As Dr. Kutscher recounts our country's pains during the '60s — a decade filled with a tragic war and social and racial injustice — he also brings to life the electrifying feelings of the music of love and protest and the scientific achievements of our nation, not to mention the spirit of the New York Mets' "Miracle" World Series victory in 1969.

Watching Walter Cronkite will resonate deeply with older generations of Americans, as they recall the dizzying array of events that unfolded nightly on their TV screens—including the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King, Jr., the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the anti-war movement, the counter-culture, the Woodstock Festival, and the crowning achievement of the 1960s—the Apollo XI Moon landing.

By chronicling our lives against this historic period, Dr. Kutscher hopes we can find peace and redemption in the turbulent times through which we are now living—and that we can explore, as did Neil Armstrong, our own "Sea of Tranquility."

Scarsdale Public Library
Sunday June 13th
3:00 PM

Edgemont resident and author, Geoff Loftus will be at Borders bookstore at 680 White Plains Post Road on June 6, 2010, at 2 pm for a D-Day Anniversary reading and signing of his new book, Lead Like Ike: Ten Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day.

Not another leadership book, Lead Like Ike explains how to man up and manage tough in the face of today’s crushing corporate pressure.

In the current business environment, most executives could learn some real lessons from the man who managed what many may qualify as one of the single largest, most important and highest-pressure business projects in all of history.

Lead Like Ike begins with Dwight Eisenhower reporting for work as the CEO of D-Day Inc., facing a tight timeline, having to create an enormous executive staff and company, and then managing the invasion of an entire continent. At stake? Merely the lives of tens of thousands of men, the futures of their families back home, the country for which they fought and quite possibly, the fate of the free world. By analyzing military operations as business operations, and the commanding general as CEO, Ike finds management lessons for modern corporate executives.

Geoff Loftus has been an editor and writer for more than 25 years in print, television, radio and on the Internet. He has addressed large audiences and Fortune 500 companies on numerous business topics. He has been interviewed by Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, in addition to Compliance Week, Directors and Boards, and Corporate Boards. Loftus was Managing Editor of Across the Board, a monthly business magazine of thought and opinion at The Conference Board, and was the first director of The Conference Board’s website, which won numerous awards during his tenure. He has also written and co-written numerous televised original screenplays and teleplays.

Date: June 6, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM
Place: Borders Books, 680 White Plains Post Road, Scarsdale

Marilyn Berger, author of This Is A Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes will discuss her book at the Scarsdale Public Library on Monday May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Passionately written, This is a Soul is the moving and inspirational story of Dr. Rick Hodes, an American doctor living in Ethiopia who has devoted his life to caring for the sickest of the sick and the poorest of the poor. Dr. Hodes life and work makes for fascinating reading, especially for those who have been profoundly touched by books such as Three Cups of Tea or Cutting for Stone. This Is A Soul is also the story of the author's personal journey; while doing research for the book in Adis Ababa, she found a small child, alone and suffering. Learn how she rescued him, got him life-saving surgery and secured a new life for him in New York.

In the words of one Amazon reviewer, “Having spent time in Ethiopia I was interested in this book and found it to be an eye-opening account of the work of one man that has changed so many lives in Ethiopia and other parts of the world. I read the book in one day; simply couldn't put it down. It's a book that should be required reading for all college students. No, it should be required reading for everyone.

Learn more about Marilyn Berger and Rick Hodes here:

Admission is free and open to the public

This is a Soul
Marilyn Berger
Scarsdale Public Library
Scott Room
Monday May 3rd, 2010 – 7:30 p.m.

The Scarsdale Public Library has an opening for a high school or college student to work as a part-time, public relations intern. The unpaid position would assist the library in promoting events and services.

Requirements for the position include an interest in public relations and a willingness to learn. The intern will keep track of library events, conduct research, write news releases and brief articles and distribute news releases. The intern will be supervised by library staff and work directly with professionals in journalism and public relations.

The hours and days are flexible.

“This is an excellent opportunity for a student interested in learning about public relations to get hands-on experience and work with and learn from professionals,” said Elizabeth Bermel, Library Director.

If interested, please contact Ms. Bermel at 914-722-1304 or email:

The Scarsdale Library is pleased to present the authors of The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back, on Wednesday April 14th at 7:30 pm in the Scott Room. The book tells the story of the Salwen family, a fairly typical American foursome: baby boomer parents and teenage kids, always busy with school, work, and youth sports. They aspired to the usual “stuff”: new cars, stylish clothes, nice vacations. In the process, they managed to acquire their dream house: a big, beautiful Atlanta home with enough space to allow the Salwens to scatter in different directions.

Everything changed when then fourteen-year-old Hannah had a eureka moment. Seeing a homeless man in her neighborhood alongside a glistening Mercedes, she said, “You know, Dad, if that man had a less nice car, that man there could have a meal.” What followed was an extraordinary decision: motivated by Hannah, the Salwens decided to sell their spacious home and give half of their profits to a worthy charity.

Written in tandem by the father-daughter team of Kevin and Hannah Salwen, The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back is the story of one family’s life-altering decision and its unexpected results. The Salwens hoped that selling their home would allow them to make things better in a small corner of the world. Little did they expect how much they would gain themselves.

About the Authors:

Kevin Salwen was a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal for more than eighteen years. He has served on the board of Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta and works with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Hannah Salwen is a junior at the Atlanta Girls’ School, where she plays volleyball, serves on the student council, and volunteers regularly.

“Mixing humor, inspiration and self-reflection, The Power of Half will give you a whole new perspective on your life.” — Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture

The Power of Half
is a story of generosity become realized — a family’s unpretentious, morally introspective life becomes a kind of lived enactment and fulfillment of an old ethical and spiritual imperative: that in giving we receive.” — Dr. Robert Coles

The Power of Half is not just an extraordinary story of a fourteen-year-old girl who pushes her family to look outside of themselves and give something big back to the world. The Salwen father-daughter duo sets a new standard for families and individuals seeking to inject meaning into their lives.” — Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and Drive

“An adventure with a conscience.” — Susanne B. Beck, Executive Director, National Coalition of Girls' Schools

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