​On Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:00 pm, Jon Gertner returns to the Scotch Plains Public Library to discuss his latest book, The Ice at the End of the World.

Gertner explains how the work in Greenland, aided by an evolving array of technological tools, has led to a deepening understanding of our natural world and our current climate crisis. The story of Greenland’s ice sheet—the world’s largest laboratory—includes hair-raising tales of adventure and frostbite; a cast of characters who suffered misery on an almost unimaginable level; and a number of scientists who perceived in the ice a method to decipher clues to the ancient and future earth.

Gertner is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and best-selling author of The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation. Registration is recommended.

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Interested in climate change? Return to the library on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7:00 p.m. for the second part of the library’s “Stories of the Rising Seas” series to hear another New Jersey native, journalist Andrew Lewis, speak about how the state’s Bayshore region has struggled to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

His book, The Drowning of Money Island: A Forgotten Community’s Fight Against the Rising Seas Forever Changing Coastal America, focuses on chronicles the struggle of his New Jersey hometown to rebuild their ravaged homes in the face of the same environmental stresses and governmental neglect that are endangering coastal areas throughout the United States.

Lewis is a contributing writer for Outside and has also written for the New York Times Magazine. Registration is recommended.

For more information or to register, go to www.scotlib.org, email library@scotlib.org, call (908) 322-5007 x 204 or stop by the Reference Desk. The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Ave., one block from Park Ave. in the center of town.