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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

May 5: Victorian Trade Cards of Wheeling

May 5: Victorian Trade Cards of Wheeling
With Tony Paree

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

May 5 at noon: Victorian Trade Cards

Tony Paree will discuss his new book, Victorian Trade Cards of Wheeling, WV. The 188 page collection of full color images of vintage trade cards is a tribute to the companies and merchants that made Wheeling a thriving retail hub in the Victorian Era. Mr. Paree spent 45 years working at Crone’s men’s store in Wheeling and became a passionate collector of these interesting retail cards.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wheeling Film Society (noon) and Eric Wittenberg (7 pm)

Apr. 24 - Towngate at 7, Screening: The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen, 1985) - 82 mins. Apr. 28 - Library at Noon, Conversation: The Purple Rose of Cairo
John Whitehead

Woody Allen’s hybrid of romantic comedy and fantasy set in 1935 in a small, Depression-gripped New Jersey town, centers on Cecilia, who prefers the movies to her real life with an abusive, out—of-work husband. One of the two movies she goes to see during the film is Top Hat; the other is an equally frothy Hollywood confection, set in Egypt and Manhattan, called The Purple Rose of Cairo. Cecilia becomes unusually absorbed in this movie: one of the characters literally comes down from the screen to meet and fall in love with her, and eventually takes her back into his luminous black-and-white world of nightclubs and penthouse apartments. Allen has long maintained that this comes closest of all his films to accomplishing exactly what he’d set out to make.




And at 7 PM: People's University: The Civil War 1865 & the Lincoln Legacy

Phil Sheridan Reexamined

“Five Feet Four Will Do In a Pinch” – A Reassessment of Phil Sheridan. This class will examine the successes, failures and questionable character of General Phil Sheridan, focusing on his involvement in the closing days of the Civil War.

Instructor: Eric J. Wittenberg

Eric Wittenberg
Eric J. Wittenberg has a BA from Dickinson College and an MA and JD from the University of Pittsburgh. An attorney and Civil War historian, he is the author of 16 books and numerous articles on Civil War cavalry operations. His articles have appeared in North & South, Blue & Gray and many other journals. Eric regularly travels the country to lecture on the war, and he is frequently asked to lead Civil War battlefield tours. Battlefield preservation work is very important to him and he maintains a well-regarded blog, “Rantings of a Civil War Historian.”

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dick Phillips at Noon and Brian Matthew Jordan at 7

April 21 Arthur St. Clair: The Invisible Patriot 



Brigadier General Arthur St. Clair walked with the giants of the American Revolution -- Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Greene, Lafayette and others. And yet, for more than two centuries, St. Clair has been neglected by historians. Ohio Valley native Dick Phillips has written a new book to address this unfortunate omission.

Then at 7 PM


Brian Matthew Jordan

People's University, The Civil War 1865 and the Lincoln legacy--Veterans After the War

On Tuesday, April 21 at 7 PM, the People's University, the Civil War 1865 and the Lincoln Legacy at the Ohio County Public Library will present, Fraternity, Charity, Loyalty – Veterans After the War. A look at how Civil War veterans struggled to readjust to life after the war, having to face the realization that they stood as unwelcome reminders to an America eager to heal and forget. Instructor Brian Matthew Jordan is the author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War (2015). He holds a PhD in history from Yale University and is lecturer of Civil War Era studies at Gettysburg College. He lives with his wife in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a stone’s throw from the battlefield. People's University programs are free and open to the public. Complimentary beverages are provided. Call the library at 302-232-0244 or visit the library's web site at www.ohiocountlibrary.org for more information.




Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

South Wheeling Memories at noon and Robert E. Lee Reconsidered at 7 PM

On Tuesday, April 7 at noon, share your South Wheeling Memories at Lunch With Books, as the Neighborhood Nostalgia Series continues.













Then at 7 PM at the People's University, The Civil War 1865


Class 6: Reexamining General Robert E. Lee

The "Marble Man" Reconsidered: Robert E. Lee and the Leadership of the Army of Northern Virginia 
 
This class will reassess Lee's leadership of the famed Army of Northern Virginia; from his battlefield strategies to his relationships with subordinates, and see how and why Lee seemingly went from the brink of victory to the brink of destruction so quickly. 

Instructor: Kris White

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

People's University: The Civil War 1865 & the Lincoln Legacy

March 31, 2015


Event starts at 7:00 PM.
The latest series in the People's University program at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will focus on the closing battles of the Civil War, and the assassination and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and the struggles of veterans returning from war. Classes will meet on consecutive Tuesday evenings at 7 PM, from March 3 through April 21 in the library's auditorium.

Appomattox & SurrenderGeneral Grant and General Lee



“If the Thing is Pressed, I Think That Lee Will Surrender” – Appomattox & Surrender. This class will cover the battles and movements of “the final campaign,” resulting the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House.


Instructor:  Patrick A. Schroeder

Patrick SchroederPatrick A. Schroeder earned a B.S. in Historical Park Administration from Shepherd College and an M.A. in Civil War History from Virginia Tech.  He worked as a seasonal living history interpreter at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and full-time at the Patrick Henry National Memorial. He is now the full-time Historian of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March 24 at noon: Nurse/Poet Jeanne Bryner (Hughes Lecture Series)

Jeanne Bryner, a nurse and poet, will read from her work, which has been described as “real-deal, no-happy-meals-sold-here poetry.” Her appearance is sponsored by the Hughes Lecture Series at WLU.


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..