"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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Friday, August 3, 2007

New Programs Announced

A series of exciting new programs have been booked for the Ohio County Public Library's Lunch With Books Program for the fall of 2007. They include:

September 11th: Dr. D.W. Cummings

On Tuesday, September 11th at noon, Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library will welcome Dr. D.W. Cummings, the Pastor of the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in Wheeling. Dr. Cummings is the current President of the Ohio Valley Pastor’s Association, and is a well-known and respected voice on radio, television, and in print. Dr. Cummings will discuss his recent travels in Africa and Israel and share his thoughts on Biblical prophecy and the End Times.

September 18th, 2007, Constitution Day: Dr. Joe Laker, Book Review

On Tuesday, September 18th at noon, the Ohio County Public Library will celebrate Constitution Day with Dr. Joe Laker, Professor of History at Wheeling Jesuit University. Dr. Laker will review Jan Crawford Greenburg's new book, Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle to Control the United States Supreme Court. The book is written for everyday readers, and includes an insider’s look at the personalities and political leanings of the justices who have been appointed to the nation’s highest Court in recent decades.

October 2nd—The Daughters of the American Revolution on the History of the Madonna of the Trails Statues

On Tuesday, October 2nd at noon, members of the Wheeling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program to discuss the history and purpose behind the twelve “Madonna of the Trail” monuments, which were erected along National Road by the D.A. R. in the late 1920’s. The statues, one of which stands near Wheeling Park, were designed to commemorate the spirit of the woman pioneer.

October 9th 2007: Robert Tinnell, Feast of the Seven Fishes

On Tuesday, October 9th at noon, author Robert Tinnell will appear at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program. A Fairmont West Virginia native, Tinell will discuss his book, Feast of the Seven Fishes, a celebration of the Italian American Christmas Eve tradition of eating seven different kinds of seafood. The book began life in 2004 as an online comic strip drawn by artists Ed Piskor and Alex Saviuk. Now a graphic novel complete with recipes, Tinnell’s book chronicles a love story set against the backdrop of a 1983 feast. Although fictional, the events depicted in the book are based on the author’s real life experiences and composites of people he knew. Robert Tinnell is also a filmmaker and has written two other graphic novels. Production of the film version of Feast of the Seven Fishes begins in November 2007. For more on the book, visit www.feastofthesevenfishes.com. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

October 16th, Tea Time Traditions

On Tuesday, October 16th at noon, Judi Hendrickson and Jeanne Finstein will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library to share pictures and stories on the history and traditions of tea. The program will cover the first recorded use of tea through Victorian traditions related to tea etiquette.

photo by Miya

October 23: A Reunion to Die For with Author Lauren Carr

West Virginia author Lauren Carr will discuss her new murder mystery, A Reunion to Die For. A follow up to her first book, A Small Case of Murder, the new book follows prosecuting attorney Joshua Thornton to his high school reunion in Chester West Virginia in the midst of a series of murders.

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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..