"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

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

IT'S HERE! Wild, Wonderful, Weird, West Virginia Week!


If you enjoy exploring the wild side of wild, wonderful, West Virginia without the risk, the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program has an adventure for you. In celebration of the wonderful weirdness of our home state, we are offering two quality programs in one weird week.

First, on Tuesday, June 5th at noon, author, raconteur, and University of Pittsburgh creative writing professor Chuck Kinder will return to his home state to share stories about mothmen, family feuds, and dancing outlaws. Kinder will discuss his sometimes hilarious, sometimes painful, and always controversial book Last Mountain Dancer. The book chronicles the author’s sabbatical in the hills and hollers of his home state as he immersed himself in the wonderful weirdness of “Planet West Virginia”. A book sale and signing will follow.

Then, on Thursday, June 7th at noon, learn more about the wild, wonderful, weirdness of West Virginia as award winning author Jeanne Mozier visits. Named by Graffiti newspaper as the Best Author in West Virginia, Mozier will discuss her book Way Out in West Virginia: A Must Have Guide to the Oddities and Wonders of the Mountain State. The book, which includes information on West Virginia hauntings, curses, mummies, and even pepperoni rolls, was voted Best Book of the Year by Graffiti. Mozier also wrote the text for a beautiful coffe table book. Entitled Wonders of West Virginia, the book features 160 color photographs of West Virginia by photographer Steve Shaluta. A book sale and signing will follow. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

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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..