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"I am completely smitten with the Lunch with Books patrons...who welcomed me like a long-lost cousin. It takes two to have a successful reading: an enthusiastic presenter and an engaged audience, and boy did the stars align for us." -Marie Manilla, Still Life with Plums

"Lunch With Books is an outstanding program -- one of the best in the country." -NPR Journalist Matthew Algeo, The President is a Sick Man


"With a new book in hand, I’ve visited a lot of libraries lately, and I think the Ohio County Public Library is my all-time favorite. People are kind and welcoming, and deeply appreciate a visiting writer." -Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (National Book Award)

“I wanted the book launch to be at Lunch With Books because it is the best library book program in West Virginia and because Wheeling and the Wheeling area was centrally involved in so many of the firsts in West Virginia sports.” –Bob Barnett, Hillside Fields: A History of Sports in West Virginia

Next: Season 3 of the Wheeling Film Society

Next: Season 3 of the Wheeling Film Society
See and discuss an Alfred Hitchcock classic.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oct. 21 Wheeling Film Society: North by Northwest


John Whitehead
The Wheeling Film Society (WFS) announces its third annual season of screening-discussions of classic Hollywood films.  John Whitehead, professor of film studies at Wheeling Jesuit University and author of Appraising The Graduate: The Mike Nichols Classic and Its Impact in Hollywood(2011) and Mike Nichols and the Cinema of Transformation (2014) will serve as host for the screenings and conversations.  First up, on Friday, Oct. 17  at 7 PM at Towngate Cinema, a free screening of North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959) - 136 mins. And on Tuesday Oct. 21 at the Ohio County Public Library at Noon join the Conversation about North by NorthwestUnsurprisingly, when Hitchcock approached the National Park Service about dangling Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint from Abraham Lincoln’s nose, Park officials declined.  So Hitchcock filmed on location at the Visitor’s Center and built a studio replica of the monument for his stars to climb on.  As justly famous as this climactic scene is, it is less celebrated than the one in which Grant battles a crop duster in a cornfield.  The spectacular success of North by Northwest, a love story masquerading as a spy thriller, made possible Hitchcock’s next, riskier project, Psycho.  Beloved but often marginalized as a mere entertainment, North by Northwest explores the same preoccupations with existential identity and intimacy as “serious” films like 1958’s Vertigo. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and complimentary beverages are served. Please see the library's web site at www.ohiocountylibrary.org or call 304-232-0244 for more information.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lunch With Books: Chief Cornstalk and the War for Middle Ground October 14, 2014

Event starts at 12:00 PM.


Doug Wood, who portrays Cherokee leader Ostenaco for WVHC's History Alive, will discuss the Shawnee and Cornstalk's 1763 campaign against western Virginia. 2013 is the 250th anniversary of that campaign and the War for the Middle Ground. 2014 will be the 250th anniversary of the Treaty of Muskingum at the end of the War for the Middle Ground, and that treaty had a huge impact on subsequent WV history, particularly in the upper Ohio Valley region of our state.  Mr. Wood will explore the War for the Middle Ground, Cornstalk's Campaign, and the Treaty of Muskingum.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lunch With Books: Chief Cornstalk (History Alive) October 07, 2014


Meet Chief Cornstalk

Event starts at 12:00 PM.

Cornstalk was a Shawnee chief who fought in the French and Indian War and carried out raids into the Greenbrier Valley during Pontiac’s Rebellion. On October 10, 1774, he led nearly a thousand Shawnee warriors against an equal number of Virginians at the Battle of Point Pleasant in the major engagement of Dunmore’s War.

Portrayed by: DAN CUTLER , courtesy West Virginia Humanities Council's History Alive program.




Doug Wood
The Native American History Series continues October 14 with Doug Wood on Cornstalk, November 25 with C. Allan Spencer on Eastern Woodland Culture, and January 6 with Alan Fitzpatrick on his book, Place of the Skull.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sept. 30 Secrets and Surprises of Classic Polish Cuisine


Laura & Peter Zeranski, co-authors of the acclaimed Polish Classic Recipes and Polish Classic Desserts, are returning to Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, on Tuesday September 30 at noon, with an exciting all-new program. Laura will share many hints, tips and secrets for success with your favorite Polish dishes.  Peter will be sharing classic holiday traditions and tales of growing up Polish.  And both cooks will be doing food demonstrations with delectable free samples of Polish dill pickle soup and apple raisin cake. Polish Classic Desserts was recently bestowed with a prestigious award from Gourmand Magazine as the Best Eastern European Cookbook of 2013. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and complimentary beverages are served. Please see the library's web site at www.ohiocountylibrary.org or call 304-232-0244 for more information.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sept. 23: The Rock Hurler

Daniel T. Davis of the Emerging Civil War Speaker’s Bureau will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, September 23 at noon to present “The Rock Hurler: George Crook, the Army of West Virginia and the Battle of Fisher’s Hill.” The Battle of Fisher’s Hill too place from September 21 to 22, 1864, and the program will mark the sesquicentennial.  Daniel T. Davis graduated from Longwood University with a B.A. in Public History in 2005. He worked for five years as a historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Appomattox Court House National Historic Site. Dan currently resides in Vienna, VA with his wife and their beagle mix, Bayla. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and complimentary beverages are served. Please see the library's web site at www.ohiocountylibrary.org or call 304-232-0244 for more information.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lunch With Book On the Road (Again)

Due to the temporary closure of the Ohio County Public Library’s main parking lot for repairs, the library’s September 16 Lunch With Books program will be offered on the 3rd Floor of the Wheeling Artisan Center above River City Restaurant at 1400 Main Street in Wheeling.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16 at noon, Indiana based living historian Gib Young will portray Theodore Roosevelt in honor of the President’s September 1902 visit to Wheeling.

Gib Young is a charter member of the Champion Hill Toppers Vintage Base Ball Club (1862 rules and uniforms). As a singer and actor, he has appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals and is active in The Company Singers (A Civil War era singing ensemble.) He has been a life long admirer of Theodore Roosevelt and is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. Fritz Klein, the foremost Abraham Lincoln interpreter, convinced Mr. Young to become a professional interpreter himself. Mr. Klein felt that Young’s Theodore Roosevelt impression was the best he had ever seen. Besides the physical resemblance to Roosevelt, Mr. Young has been able to develop the vocal attributes and movements of his subject to a high degree. Mr. Young has had the honor of appearing as TR at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Washington’s Mt. Vernon, the JFK Library and the American Museum of History of the Smithsonian among other places. He has offered scores of presentations before historical societies, schools, and libraries.

Just as they are at the library, this Lunch With Books program will be free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages will be provided. For more information, call the library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s web site at www.ohiocountylibrary.org. The Artisan Center can be reached at 304-232-1810 or by visiting www.artisancenter.com. Parking is available at the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center, located just across Main Street from the Artisan Center.

If all goes according to plan, Lunch With Books will return to the library's auditorium for the September 23 program, "The Rock Hurler: George Crook, the Army of West Virginia and the Battle of Fisher’s Hill" with Daniel T. Davis of the Emerging Civil War Speaker’s Bureau.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Parking at Library to be Temporarily Limited - Book Drop Unavailable

Parking at Library to be Temporarily Limited - BookDrop Unavailable

Beginning August 11, the Ohio County Public Library, located at 52 16th Street, Wheeling, will undergo a resealing and water protection for the foundation on the 17th Street side of the building, as well as a repaving of the entire driveway. As a result, parking will be impacted and the book drop unavailable for a period of one to two months.

For the first half of the project, the parking lot behind the building will remain open with one-lane access to the lot. Parking along the driveway and along the 17th Street side of the building will be lost for the entire project along with access to the book drop.

The Library is arranging for temporary book drops to be located in the Eoff Street/16th Street parking lot which will remain open to patrons throughout the project. These book drops may not be available during the first week of the project.

Library programs will also be impacted by the project. Programs scheduled for August 19 through the end of September may be postponed or held at another location. Please check the Library's website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org or call 304-232-0244 for updates and more information. Updates will be posted as they become available. 

Top Ten Lunch With Books Programs

Program; Presenter; Attendance; Date

1. SAENGERFEST; Eintracht German Singing Society; 200; 07-17-10

2. A Lucky Child; Auschwitz Survivor Judge Thomas Buergenthal; 198; 03-04-11

3. Fashion Show; Civil War 150; 194; 11-20-11

4. Ruanaidh; Art Rooney, Jr. and Jim O'Brien; 168; 06-15-10

5. Follow the River; James Alexander Thom; 160; 06-05-08

6. Warwood Memories; 157; 12-18-12

7. The Quiet Man Pub Reading; 150; 08-30-12

8. Wheeling Then and Now; Sean Duffy; 146; 09-07-10

9. Bloch Brother Tobacco; Stuart Bloch; 131; 04-27-10

10. Reasons to Believe; Dr. Scott Hahn; 126; 08-21-07

Book Discussion Groups

The Ohio County Public Library facilitates book discussion groups for both young adults and adults. Currently, the OCPL offers two adult groups, which meet on the first Monday and third Thursday of each month.

In addition to its own growing collection, the OCPL has access to the book discussion collection of the West Virginia Library Commission.

To join or form a book discussion group, or for more information, please call 304-232-0244.

Meeting of the Minds Philosophy Group

The Meeting of the Minds Philosophic Inquiry Forum is facilitated by David Weimer. The group meets virtually every Tuesday at 6 PM. Call the library for meeting room locations.

For more information, visit www.firstknowthyself.org/m&mphilosophy.htm or contact group organizer, David Weimer, at 740 526-0985 or by email at dwwweimer@comcast.net..