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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: Share Your Center Wheeling Memories!

Next: Share Your Center Wheeling Memories!
Tuesday, Dec. 23 at noon.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

On Tuesday, December 9 at noon at the Ohio County Public Library at 52-16th Street in Wheeling, attorney Jeremy McCamic will present at Lunch With Books. Mr. McCamic served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War, earning three battle stars and a Letter of Commendation. He has practiced law in Wheeling since 1957 and has authored several books, including Korea Revisited, and 21 Poems. He will discuss his life experiences and the books will be available for purchase and signing at the event through Words & Music bookstore. 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. 


That same day at 7 PM:


The People's University, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, Class 7: Righteous Gentiles: Points of Light in a Dark Era 

One of the main "groups" that witnessed the unfolding of the Holocaust were the "by-standers." Most of the people living in Nazi-Occupied Europe reacted with ambivalence to the Nazi's genocidal policies, some with apathy, others with fear and still others collaborated on some level or another. A small minority of non-Jewish people broke with what was normative behavior and went out of their way to save their Jewish neighbors, friends, colleagues or even unknown victims. In most cases these acts of altruism, kindness, religious piety and basic humanity could potentially bring a death sentence on the saviors themselves. After the Holocaust, the State of Israel created a mechanism to pay homage and respect for the “Righteous Gentiles” who had saved Jews. This presentation will attempt to illuminate the historic phenomenon, the difficulties facing saviors, and some of the dilemmas about whether or not to award certain individuals with this (Israeli/Jewish) recognition. Personal stories will be central to the discussion. 

Instructor: Avi Ben-Hur, Director of Education, Scholar in Residence, Classrooms Without Borders

Note: The photography exhibit titled "Poland: A Journey Through Holocaust Sites to Insights," will be on display in the Ohio County Public Library’s auditorium through December, 2014.





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.

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..