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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

March 31: Appomattox & Surrender at 7 PM

March 31: Appomattox & Surrender at 7 PM
Patrick Schroeder is Historian of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

People's University: The Civil War 1865 & the Lincoln Legacy

March 31, 2015


Event starts at 7:00 PM.
The latest series in the People's University program at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will focus on the closing battles of the Civil War, and the assassination and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and the struggles of veterans returning from war. Classes will meet on consecutive Tuesday evenings at 7 PM, from March 3 through April 21 in the library's auditorium.

Appomattox & SurrenderGeneral Grant and General Lee



“If the Thing is Pressed, I Think That Lee Will Surrender” – Appomattox & Surrender. This class will cover the battles and movements of “the final campaign,” resulting the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House.


Instructor:  Patrick A. Schroeder

Patrick SchroederPatrick A. Schroeder earned a B.S. in Historical Park Administration from Shepherd College and an M.A. in Civil War History from Virginia Tech.  He worked as a seasonal living history interpreter at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and full-time at the Patrick Henry National Memorial. He is now the full-time Historian of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March 24 at noon: Nurse/Poet Jeanne Bryner (Hughes Lecture Series)

Jeanne Bryner, a nurse and poet, will read from her work, which has been described as “real-deal, no-happy-meals-sold-here poetry.” Her appearance is sponsored by the Hughes Lecture Series at WLU.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Feb. 17: Wide Open Steubenville

Author Susan Guy will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday February 17 at noon discuss her book, Mobsters, Madams & Murder in Steubenville, Ohio: The Story of Little Chicago. Gambling, prostitution and bootlegging have been going on in Steubenville for well over one hundred years. Its Water Street red-light district drew men from hundreds of miles away, as well as underage runaways. The white slave trade was rampant, and along with all the vice crimes, murders became a weekly occurrence. Law enforcement seemed to turn a blind eye, and cries of political corruption were heard in the state capital. This scenario replayed itself over and over again during the past century as mobsters and madams ruled and murders plagued the city and county at an alarming rate. Newspapers nationwide would come to nickname this mecca of murder “Little Chicago.” 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, February 5, 2015

Feb. 10 at Noon: William Burrus

"I was born in Wheeling on 12th street and other than the years 1943 and 1944 was a resident of the community.  That period was prior to the removal of the Jim Crow legislation that separated citizens by race including schools, movie theaters, the skating rink and medical services.  I was a student in the last graduating class 1954, that was required by state law to be educated in separate facilities. " -Bill Burrus

In celebration of Black History Month, Wheeling born William Burrus will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday February 10 at noon. Mr. Burrus attended Lincoln High School, graduating in the last class segregated by race in 1954. He went to work for the US Postal Service and was elected executive Vice President of the American Postal Workers Union, the 10th largest union in the country. He was later elected international president. Mr. Burrus will discuss his books, My Journey: A Postal & Unique American Experience and Black History We Remember. 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.

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..