Dr. James Hansen, the author of "Storms of My Grandchildren," will speak at the launch of WestportReads 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 in the Westport Library.

Hansen brought global warming to the world's attention in the 1980s when he first testified before Congress. He is an adjunct professor of environmental science at Columbia University's Earth Institute and the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. A percentage of all purchases will benefit the library.

WestportREADS 2011 offers the community the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. The featured selection is Dave Eggers' "Zeitoun," which is the story of Syrian-American Abdulrahman Zeitoun, his American wife, Kathy, and their four children, all of whom are caught between the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.

For more information, visit www.westportlibrary.org or call 203-291-4800.