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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

April 21: Arthur St. Clair at Lunch With Books and Veterans After the War at People's University

April 21: Arthur St. Clair at Lunch With Books and Veterans After the War at People's University
Brian Matthew Jordan will discuss his book at the People's University, The Civil War 1865.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dick Phillips at Noon and Brian Matthew Jordan at 7

April 21 Arthur St. Clair: The Invisible Patriot 



Brigadier General Arthur St. Clair walked with the giants of the American Revolution -- Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Greene, Lafayette and others. And yet, for more than two centuries, St. Clair has been neglected by historians. Ohio Valley native Dick Phillips has written a new book to address this unfortunate omission.

Then at 7 PM


Brian Matthew Jordan

People's University, The Civil War 1865 and the Lincoln legacy--Veterans After the War

On Tuesday, April 21 at 7 PM, the People's University, the Civil War 1865 and the Lincoln Legacy at the Ohio County Public Library will present, Fraternity, Charity, Loyalty – Veterans After the War. A look at how Civil War veterans struggled to readjust to life after the war, having to face the realization that they stood as unwelcome reminders to an America eager to heal and forget. Instructor Brian Matthew Jordan is the author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War (2015). He holds a PhD in history from Yale University and is lecturer of Civil War Era studies at Gettysburg College. He lives with his wife in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a stone’s throw from the battlefield. People's University programs are free and open to the public. Complimentary beverages are provided. Call the library at 302-232-0244 or visit the library's web site at www.ohiocountlibrary.org for more information.




Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

South Wheeling Memories at noon and Robert E. Lee Reconsidered at 7 PM

On Tuesday, April 7 at noon, share your South Wheeling Memories at Lunch With Books, as the Neighborhood Nostalgia Series continues.













Then at 7 PM at the People's University, The Civil War 1865


Class 6: Reexamining General Robert E. Lee

The "Marble Man" Reconsidered: Robert E. Lee and the Leadership of the Army of Northern Virginia 
 
This class will reassess Lee's leadership of the famed Army of Northern Virginia; from his battlefield strategies to his relationships with subordinates, and see how and why Lee seemingly went from the brink of victory to the brink of destruction so quickly. 

Instructor: Kris White

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

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..