"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: Salem Witch Trials

Next: Salem Witch Trials
Pamela Apkarian-Russell will dicuss the Salem Witch Trials at a special Thursday edition of Lunch With Books.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Salem Witch Trials and the Wheeling Film Society

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.

Apr. 25 - Towngate at 7: Screening: Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939) - 96 mins.

Apr. 29 - Library at Noon: Conversation: Stagecoach

John Ford made films that won more awards, but he never made any film more accomplished or critically esteemed than this spectacular Western, his first in the Sound era and the first filmed on location in his beloved Monument Valley. John Wayne stars as the Ringo Kid, and audiences ever after have labored under the misassumption that this was his screen debut, or at the very least his first starring role (it was neither). Instead, it was the first time Wayne exploded into the American imagination, and national iconography. A cross-section of frontier society – a gambler, a banker, a lawman, a gentlewoman, a drummer, a prostitute, a doctor, and a fugitive (Ringo) – make their way across hostile Territories of the Southwest as Ford redefines the meaning of “civilization.”

All programs – screenings and conversations – are free of admission charge.

 Attend as many or as few programs as your schedule allows.

All are welcome, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parental Guidance is recommended for all screenings and conversations.

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


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


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..