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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

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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.

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

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..