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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: They Gave the Scalp Halloo

Next: They Gave the Scalp Halloo
Tuesday, Nov. 25 at noon: C. Allan Spencer on his essential American Indian reference guide.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nov. 25 They Gave the Scalp Halloo



C. Allan Spencer will discuss his book surveying the battle tactics and culture of the indigenous people of the Great Lakes and Eastern Woodlands regions from the 16th to 18th centuries.




November is Native American Heritage Month. See our display now in the main display case. 



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

LWB Evening Edition: Nov. 6 (Thurs., 7 PM) Spanish and American Music


André Raphel
Maestro AndrĂ© Raphel of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will lead a panel discussion with composer Roberto Sierra and violinist Michael Ludwig, guest artist for the WSO’s November 7 concert, which will feature Sierra’s Fandangos and other Spanish and American music.
Roberto Sierra


Saturday, November 1, 2014

November 4 at noon: Poet Bonnie Thurston

Bonnie Thurston believes “place shapes person.” Her book of poetry, The Heart’s Lands  (2001) dealt with New Mexico and England. Belonging to Borders (2011) is about Celtic places. Cinnamon Press (Wales) had an open call for manuscripts. Of over 1000 received, her book of poems about the southern Appalachians, A Place to Pay Attention (2014), was one of 10 selected for publication.

Dr. Bonnie Thurston, a native of West Virginia, currently lives in solitude near Wheeling, WV having resigned the William F. Orr Professorship in New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2002. She earned the B.A. in English (First Honors) from Bethany College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. Bonnie wrote her doctoral dissertation on Thomas Merton and is particularly interested in his poetry and inter-religious thought. She has done post-doctoral work in New Testament at Harvard Divinity School; Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany; and the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem. Bonnie has written or edited fifteen theological books and over 100 articles, has contributed to reference works in New Testament and taught at the university level for 30 years. Her poetry frequently appears in religious periodicals, and she has authored three volumes of verse, all published in Wales. Bonnie is a widow, an avid reader, gardener and cook, enjoys classical music (especially the opera and liturgical music) and loves the West Virginia hills.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Halloween!




Friday, Oct. 31 at noon: Halloween & Day of the Dead 

Pamela Apkarian-Russell, owner of Castle Halloween Museum, will discuss the art, literature and traditions of Halloween. She will also be bringing items to delight your eye!  

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..