"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: Author Anna Smucker

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dec. 1: Anna Smucker

Anna Smucker is one of WV's most loved writers and teachers. She will discuss her new children’s book, Brother Giovanni's Little Reward, How the Pretzel Was Born (featuring the Lunch With Books snack of choice). Anna will examine the process -- her drafts, the illustrator's storyboard, sketches, etc., to show how a children's picture book comes to life. She will also talk about her other books beginning with No Star Nights, her memoir that will resonate with those who remember the days when the Ohio Valley's steel mills were flourishing.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Friday at Towngate and Tuesday at the Library

Wheeling Film Society Conversation: Psycho (Lunch With Books)

November 03, 2015

Event starts at 12:00 PM.

Oct. 30 - Towngate at 7

Nov. 3 - Library at Noon

It is one of the most notorious films of the 20th century, still a sure bet to raise pulses because of what Hitchcock understood better than any of his “slasher”-imitators: the most effective access to our fears is to make us imagine the worst – certainly far worse than he could have captured on camera in 1960.  The subject matter of Robert Bloch’s original novel (inspired by a true story of serial-killer Ed Gein) was deemed so offensive no Hollywood studio would fund the production, so Hitchcock, flush from the box-office success of 1959’s Technicolor extravaganza North by Northwest, wrote the checks himself and kept costs down by using his TV-show crew.  The result is one of the great films of his career – and a must for “Mischief Night.”  Parental discretion advised.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

King Solomon White -- This Thursday, October 22, 2015 Event starts at 7:00 PM.

At a special Thursday evening edition of Lunch With Books, Dan Frizzi will discuss the life of Sol White, who learned to play baseball in the sandlots of Bellaire, OH of the 1870's. He played for the Wheeling Green Stockings, and later distinguished himself as a player, manager, and executive in the Negro Baseball Leagues. The author of “Sol White's History of Colored Baseball,” he lived long enough to see the color barrier broken by Jackie Robinson. Dan Frizzi, a local attorney and author, is a board member of the Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society.

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..