"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, June 27, 2007

New Programs Announced

A group of four new, high quality Lunch With Books programs have just been announced for late summer and fall 2007. They include:

Aug 7th: West Virginia Author A.V. Gallagher, The Ghost Army

If you have an interest in World War II history, join Charleston writer A. V. Gallagher at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program on August 7th at noon. A former journalist with both United Press International and the Associated Press as well as the Charleston Gazette, Gallagher will discuss his meticulously researched book, The Ghost Army. A work of historical fiction several years in the making, The Ghost Army chronicles the defeat of the German 6th Army by the Russians at the battle of Stalingrad. In the book, Gallagher explores the mysteriously bad decision making by one of Hitler’s best officers that led to the destruction of nearly 300,000 soldiers through starvation, exhaustion, disease, and enemy bullets. Copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information please visit www.theghostarmy.com or call the library at 304-232-0244.

Aug 14th: Wheeling author Dr. Richard Mullin, The Soul of Classical American Philosophy

On Tuesday, August 14th at noon, Dr. Richard Mullin, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Wheeling Jesuit University, will discuss his new book: The Soul of Classical American Philosophy: The Ethical and Spiritual Insights of William James, Josiah Royce, and Charles Sanders Peirce. The book explores American Pragmatism and the potential of the human spirit. It is written in a straightforward style understandable to the non-specialist without watering down the thought. Dr. Mullin, who taught philosophy at WJU for thirty years, resides in Wheeling. Copies of the books will be available for sale. Please contact the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

Aug 28: eBay Day at the Library!

Would you like to learn how sell your Extra stuff on eBay? You are invited to a free class at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 beginning at noon and ending at 2:30 pm. Sponsored by the United States Postal Service and the OCPL’s Lunch With Books program, the class will be taught by Dina Lord, SBS, eBay Ambassador for the Pittsburgh District United States Postal Service. The class will include an introduction to buying and selling on eBay, the world’s largest and best known internet auction web site. Attendees will learn how to: register and get started; develop listings; use shipping labels through eBay/Paypal; pay for postage online; and use smart U.S. Postal Service shipping solutions, like free carrier pick-up at your home or office. Free educational materials designed to help you with your listings will also be available. For more information, please call the library at 304-232-0244.


Sept 25th: Wheeling's Paul McGinnis, USS Indianapolis Survivor

Wheeling resident Paul McGinnis, a survivor of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in the Pacific Ocean during World War II, will appear at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program on Tuesday, September 25th at noon. The heavy cruiser Indianapolis was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in 1945 after delivering materials used to make the atomic bomb later detonated over Hiroshima. Mr. McGinnis was among the 317 who survived from a crew of nearly 1197 men. The remainder died from dehydration, exposure, and shark attack as the men drifted at sea for several days. The tragedy was the worst at sea loss of life in the US Navy’s history. Mr. McGinnis told his full story in the book Only 317 Survived. For more information, please call the library at 304-232-0244.

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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..