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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: Jim O'Brien on Tues. and on Thurs., Salem Witch Trials

Next: Jim O'Brien on Tues. and on Thurs., Salem Witch Trials
O'Brien will discuss his new book about legendary Steelers coach Chuck Noll.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chuck Noll, the Universe & the Salem Witch Trials--All in One Week.

First up on Tuesday April 22 at noon, Pittsburgh’s sports storyteller, Jim O’Brien, returns to Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling on Tuesday, April 22 at noon to discuss his new book, A Winning Way, the first ever devoted exclusively to the life and career of legendary Steelers coach, ChuckNoll, who was rated the No.5 coach of all time in a poll taken in 2013.  Jim O’Brien has interviewed Noll many times through the years and, most recently, he has interviewed some of the great players from those teams of the ‘70s and ‘80s who shed some interesting light on their coach. The book will allow readers to catch up on what’s become of those great players from the Steelers when they were the “Team of the Decade.”  The book is 640 pages, with over 300 photographs, including 32 pages of full-color photos. This program was rescheduled from November 2013 due to unsafe weather conditions. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.


Then on Tuesday evening at 7 PM, the final class of People's University Astronomy "The Universe Comes to Wheeling," meets with instructor Dr. Chuck Wood on The Origin & Fate of the Universe--Where did we come from & where are we going?




And on Thursday, April 24 at noon at a special edition of Lunch With Books, Pamela Apkarian-Russell will discuss the Salem Witch Trials. From Anne Hutchinson to the Salem Witch Trials was only 50 years. Women suffered discrimination, violence, slavery, and genocide. How women are perceived and treated may be the gage for how civilized a society is. Pamela Apkarian-Russell is a social historian, author, and owner of Castle Halloween Museum, which includes a collection of Salem Witch memorabilia — the basis for the book she authored on the subject.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Civil War Photo Extravaganza

Come and join the particularly enthusiastic Garry Adelman for a photographic tour of the Civil War at a special edition of Lunch With Books on Monday April 14 at noon. Photographs are a key primary source that assist in understanding the conflict; and when grasping the aims and methods of the photographers and pairing their images with modern photos taken at the same place, the impact is even more valuable The Civil War was the first war to be extensively photographed. It saw the real birth of photojournalism, technological innovations, the first photos of American dead soldiers and a public impact that cannot be overstated. Through then and now, 3-D and even 4-D techniques, Adelman will present the Civil War in a manner available nowhere else.

Director of History and Education for the Civil War Trust, Garry Adelman earned his B.A. in business from Michigan State University and his M.A. in history at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He is the author, co-author or editor of Gettysburg in 3-D (2013) Antietam in 3-D (2012),Manassas Battlefields Then & Now (2011), The Civil War 150 (2011) Antietam: Then & Now (2005), The Myth of Little Round Top (2003), The Early Gettysburg Battlefield (2001), Little Round Top: A Detailed Tour Guide (2000), and Devil's Den: A History and Guide (1997) as well as nine Civil War image booklets. He has published articles in The Gettysburg Magazine and Hallowed Ground and conceived and drafted the text for wayside exhibits at the Cedar Mountain, Spring Hill, Third Winchester, First Day at Chancellorsville, Mine Run and Slaughter Pen Farm battlefields. He has lectured at hundreds of locations across the country including the National Archives and the Smithsonian and has appeared as a speaker on the BBC, C-Span, Pennsylvania Cable Network and on HISTORY where he was a chief consultant and talking head on the Emmy Award-winning show Gettysburg (2011). He is a founder and longtime vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg.

Friday, April 4, 2014

SPRING BOOK SALE: APRIL 26 TO MAY 2


The Ohio County Public Library at 52-16th Street in Wheeling will offer a spring book sale from Saturday, April 26 through Friday, May 2. The sale will take place during regular library business hours: Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5, M-Th 9-9 and Friday, 10-5. Prices will be $1.00 for hardback books and large format paperbacks, $.50 for small paperbacks, $.25 for magazines, $2.00 for books on CD, $1.00 for music CDs, and $1.00 for DVDs. A full range of items will be available, from bestsellers to popular movies and from fiction and nonfiction of every genre. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 of visit the web site at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

April 8 The English Garden

Barbara Robinson-Pirhalla will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling on Tuesday, April 8 at noon to discuss her book, England: A Garden & LandscapeGlossary. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

April 1 at noon: Dr. Scott Shalaway: 28 Years of Questions, 45 Minutes of Answers

Naturalist Dr. Scott Shalaway returns to review of some of the most interesting and “weirdest” questions he’s gotten over the years. He will also ouch briefly on bird-friendly coffees at Lunch With Books.






And at 7 PM, the People's University Astronomy will continue with Class 5, Billions of Galaxies, Clusters and collisions of aging galaxies in the expanding universe.

Instructor: Dr. Charles Wood


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Next: Share Your Memories and Photographs of Growing Up on the Island.

The Neighborhood Nostalgia Series continues at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling on Tuesday, March 25 at noon Share your memories and bring photos of life on Wheeling Island to have them scanned. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Celebrate Irish heritage Month

Tuesday MARCH 18 AT NOON: MEET THE WHEELING IRISH



From those who helped build the National Road & the B.& O., to community leaders like Thomas O’Brien and Michael Owens, the Irish have long played an important role in Wheeling’s history. Margaret Brennan will explore the contributions of the Wheeling Irish.

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..