Author shares his memoir

Jun 13, 2014
Len Yannielli

Belfast — Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., will host author Len Yannielli for a talk about and sign his recently published memoir, “Moon Shadow of War,” Tuesday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m.

In the book, Yannielli shares his experiences of beginning his teaching career during the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War. More teachers were fired during the Vietnam War era than at the height of the Cold War of the 1950s. He was one of them.

As a young teacher, Yannielli’s opposition to the war ranged from a peace poster in his eighth grade science classroom to a huge, black “Z” taped to the trunk of his car. He fought the military draft while finding his own purpose in life. In Yannielli’s engaging memoir, the reader learns how it all happened through the eyes of one young teacher who learned to thrive while in the “Moon Shadow of War.”

Originally from Waterbury, Conn., Yannielli holds two master’s degrees; won a National Educator of the Year Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers, Biology Science Curriculum Studies and the American Institute of Biological Studies in 2009; and is Professor Emeritus of Naugatuck Valley Community College. He and his wife reside on an island along the Maine coast during summer.

The program is free and open to all. For more information, call 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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