Football fans are passionate. It happens at a young age. We get caught up in the emotional draw of a winning team. We support our favorite players and their teams – no matter what, and encourage them when they’ve fallen, whether literally on the field or off. Football takes its toll, all the way from the professional sport, to colleges, high schools and even younger players. Injuries and concussions happen more than we want to admit. The lure and excitement sometimes makes us forget how brutal the game can be. Thursday night at 7pm at the Central Library, Steve Almond will share his own experiences – his love of the game and the challenges he faced accepting the physical trauma the game promotes. Steve Almond is a local author; he’s published several books, many of which can be found on our shelves, including his latest Against Football. He’s also a regular correspondent on NPR and co-hosts the Dear Sugar radio program with Cheryl Strayed. His writing has been called thoughtful and provocative. We are excited to have him at the Somerville Public Library. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding this free event.