Professor Leonard Yannielli will talk about his recent memoir, “Moon Shadow of War,” which relates his experiences on the home front during the Vietnam War, Wednesday, July 16, at 2 p.m. at Thomaston Public Library.

Yannielli began his teaching career during the tumultuous years of that war, a time when more teachers were fired than at the height of the Cold War. Yannielli was one of those let go. As a young teacher, he was opposed to the war and readily expressed his opposition. He fought the military draft while seeking to find his own purpose in life.

Originally from Waterbury, Conn., Yannielli holds two master’s degrees, won a National Educator of the Year Award in 2009 and is Professor Emeritus of Naugatuck Valley Community College. He and his wife reside on an island off the Maine coast in the summer, where they share their love of natural history and take long walks with Mona, their dog.

Thomaston Public Library is housed in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Parking and the library entrance are at the rear of the building. For more information about the Yannielli program, call the library at 354-2453.

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