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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

Lunch With Books on the Road!

Lunch With Books on the Road!
The 16 program will be at the Wheeling Artisan Center at 14th and Main. Gib Young will portray Theodore Roosevelt.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lunch With Book On the Road (Again)

Due to the temporary closure of the Ohio County Public Library’s main parking lot for repairs, the library’s September 16 Lunch With Books program will be offered on the 3rd Floor of the Wheeling Artisan Center above River City Restaurant at 1400 Main Street in Wheeling.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16 at noon, Indiana based living historian Gib Young will portray Theodore Roosevelt in honor of the President’s September 1902 visit to Wheeling.

Gib Young is a charter member of the Champion Hill Toppers Vintage Base Ball Club (1862 rules and uniforms). As a singer and actor, he has appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals and is active in The Company Singers (A Civil War era singing ensemble.) He has been a life long admirer of Theodore Roosevelt and is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association. Fritz Klein, the foremost Abraham Lincoln interpreter, convinced Mr. Young to become a professional interpreter himself. Mr. Klein felt that Young’s Theodore Roosevelt impression was the best he had ever seen. Besides the physical resemblance to Roosevelt, Mr. Young has been able to develop the vocal attributes and movements of his subject to a high degree. Mr. Young has had the honor of appearing as TR at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Washington’s Mt. Vernon, the JFK Library and the American Museum of History of the Smithsonian among other places. He has offered scores of presentations before historical societies, schools, and libraries.

Just as they are at the library, this Lunch With Books program will be free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages will be provided. For more information, call the library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s web site at www.ohiocountylibrary.org. The Artisan Center can be reached at 304-232-1810 or by visiting www.artisancenter.com. Parking is available at the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center, located just across Main Street from the Artisan Center.

If all goes according to plan, Lunch With Books will return to the library's auditorium for the September 23 program, "The Rock Hurler: George Crook, the Army of West Virginia and the Battle of Fisher’s Hill" with Daniel T. Davis of the Emerging Civil War Speaker’s Bureau.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Parking at Library to be Temporarily Limited - Book Drop Unavailable

Parking at Library to be Temporarily Limited - BookDrop Unavailable

Beginning August 11, the Ohio County Public Library, located at 52 16th Street, Wheeling, will undergo a resealing and water protection for the foundation on the 17th Street side of the building, as well as a repaving of the entire driveway. As a result, parking will be impacted and the book drop unavailable for a period of one to two months.

For the first half of the project, the parking lot behind the building will remain open with one-lane access to the lot. Parking along the driveway and along the 17th Street side of the building will be lost for the entire project along with access to the book drop.

The Library is arranging for temporary book drops to be located in the Eoff Street/16th Street parking lot which will remain open to patrons throughout the project. These book drops may not be available during the first week of the project.

Library programs will also be impacted by the project. Programs scheduled for August 19 through the end of September may be postponed or held at another location. Please check the Library's website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org or call 304-232-0244 for updates and more information. Updates will be posted as they become available. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Next Tuesday at the Ohio County Public Library


Chad Felt, an English teacher at Linsly School, will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, August 12 at noon to share some of his experiences from his travels in South Africa as well as some of the books and readings that connect to that experience. A long time educator, Chad Felt came to Linsly in 2011 and recently received his second "Outstanding Educator Award" from the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy. In 2012, Chad received a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities for study in South Africa, and he will share some observations and reflections on that experience. 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.



If you missed the recent on site tour, you can still meet some of the residents of Greenwood Cemetery at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday August 12 at 7 PM. Actors portraying various "residents" of Greenwood cemetery will appear in costume to discuss their lives. The program is free and open to the public. Free beverages will be served. And don't miss the new Greenwood Cemetery display now featured in the main display case at the library. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information. *above photo by Joanne Cochran Sullivan 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Aug. 5 at noon: Receiving the Spiritual Bread: the Presbyterian Church in Wheeling

Jeanne Finstein of Friends of Wheeling will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, August 5 at noon to present Receiving the Spiritual Bread: the Presbyterian Church in Wheeling. The growth, strength, and decline of the Presbyterian church parallel the growth, economic strength, and population decline that Wheeling itself has experienced over the years. Finstein’s presentation will follow events throughout the history of Wheeling alongside the history of the local Presbyterian denomination. 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, July 23, 2014

July 29 The B.&O. During the Civil War

On Tuesday, July 29 at noon at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, Dan Toomey, author of The War Came by Train, The B. & O. Railroad During the Civil War, will explore the concept that the “first front” of the war was neither a political nor a geographical boundary, but the main line of the B.&O. When the Civil War began, railroads in the North were poised to support the Union war effort by moving men and material in volumes and speed never before seen in the history of warfare. One of the leading railroads in the nation, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was located in the South, but economically tied to the North and West. Immediately after the firing on Fort Sumter, the Baltimore and Ohio became the first military objective of the war. Union soldiers arrived at Camden Station on April 19, 1861, following the first land battle of the war that was fought on the streets of Baltimore. The same day Virginia state troops occupied Harpers Ferry where a 1000-foot bridge carried trains over the Potomac River. A month later, a Union regiment commanded by a former B&O employee left the western terminus at Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia), to drive off Confederate forces near Grafton. Thus, it can be stated that that the first front of the war was neither a political nor a geographical boundary, but the main line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Dan Toomey will explore this first front concept in depth.

Author Daniel Carroll Toomey is a seventh generation Marylander whose first American ancestor
taught school for John Carroll of Carrollton. His a graduate of the University of Maryland and the author of several books including The Civil War in Maryland, Marylanders at Gettysburg, and The Maryland Line Confederate Soldiers’ Home. He is also co-author of Baltimore During the Civil War and Marylanders in Blue, all of which were published by Toomey Press. Mr. Toomey has lectured for a number of historical organizations as well as the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution. He course “The Civil War in Maryland” has been offered at a number of local colleges. He has also contributed to radio and television programs and two Civil War battle videos. He is a member of the Surratt Society, and the Maryland Arms Collectors Association, and the Company of Military Historians. He serves on the Maryland Military Monuments Commission and was project historian for the Maryland Memorial erected at Gettysburg in 1994. Dan Toomey has won numerous awards for his historical research and exhibits including the Gettysburg National Battlefield Award in 1985 and was the 2001 recipient of the Peterkin Award given by the National Park Service at Fort McHenry for his many contributions in the field of research and preservation. Toomey is currently the Guest Curator at the B&O Railroad Museum for the five year exhibit, The War Came By Train, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American railroading and its impact on American society, culture, and economy. The Museum is home to the oldest, most important and comprehensive collection of American railroad artifacts in the world including an unparalleled roster of 19th and 20th century railroad equipment. The 40-acre historic site is regarded as the birthplace of American railroading and includes the 1851 Mt. Clare Station, the 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse.

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.

AND on July 29 at 7 PM: People's University, American History III, The Jazz Age, part 1.

In a nation weary of war, women exercised their newly found freedom (having won the right to vote in 1920) and Harlem nightclubs thrived, featuring jazz musicians like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.
Instructor: Dr. Joe Laker. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

After the Storm

Burial of the Civil War Dead

July 22, 2014

Event starts at 12:00 PM.


When the fighting stops and the armies move on, what happens to the dead left behind? Local efforts might take care of the problem initially, but the cleanup is a process that will last years as family members search for loved ones and the government or Confederate associations seek ways to properly care for the dead.

Kathleen Logothetis Thompson graduated from Siena College (2010) with a B.A. in History and a Certificate in Revolutionary Era Studies and from West Virginia University (2012) with a Masters in History (focus on the American Civil War). She is pursuing her doctorate at West Virginia University. Kathleen has been a seasonal historical interpreter at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park since 2010.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Moses Fleetwood Walker at Noon and the Great War at 7 PM

Lunch With Books: Moses Fleetwood Walker


July 15, 2014, Event starts at 12:00 PM.

Stark State College instructor Craig Brown is leading an effort to create an official day to honor Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African American to play major league baseball, many years before Jackie Robinson. Walker was born in Mt. Pleasant Ohio. Brown will discuss Walker's fascinating life. Meanwhile, you can show your support by liking the Moses Fleetwood Walker Day Facebook page: 

https://www.facebook.com/mosesfleetwoodwalkerday






And at 7 PM: The People's University, American History III, World War I, part 1 with instructor Dr. Hal Gorby.



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..