"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, August 29, 2007

New Programs Announced!

New Lunch With Books Programs for November 2007

Nov 6th Edwin Sharp, The Spirit of America

Meet author Edwin J. Sharp on Tuesday November 6th at noon at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program. Sharp’s new book, The Spirit of America, features a group of young people in their rendezvous with destiny as they experience the turbulent times of the Great Depression and World War II while growing up in Wheeling. Mr. Sharp has had an ongoing interest in history and possesses an intense interest in the American ideals that prompted the writing of this book. He has maintained close relationships with his classmates and will share their memories dating back to 1940. Mr. Sharp served three years in the U. S. Army with a tour of duty in Korea. He is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University, and served as a Special Agent of the FBI, focusing on Organized Crime investigations. Mr. Sharp is married and has four grown children and resides in Winchester, Virginia. Copies of The Sprirt of America will be available for sale and siging. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

Nov 13th 2007, Greg Sabo, The Courier

On Tuesday, November 13th at noon, Filmmaker Greg Sabo of Sabo Studios (www.gregsabo.com) will discuss his recent digital motion picture, The Courier, which was filmed on location in Wheeling. The action film features Wheeling’s own Frank O’Brien as a mob boss. Greg Sabo is an award-winning cinematographer whose primary work is filming commercials. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

Nov 20th, 2007, Kate Quinn, Buffalo Bill

On Tuesday, November 20th at noon, Kate Quinn will discuss the life of the legendary scout, hunter, and Pony Express rider Buffalo Bill Cody, who brought his famous Wild West Show to Wheeling on August 31st, 1895. The Wheeling show featured a reenactment of Custer’s Last Stand at Little Big Horn, as well as a performance by sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

Nov 27th, 2007, Dr. Jean Edward Smith, FDR

On Tuesday, November 27th at noon, join renowned historian and biographer, Dr. Jean Edward Smith of Marshall University at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library. The author will discuss his latest book, FDR, a meticulously researched biography of the thirty-second President hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as an “eloquent synthesis of FDR's complex and compelling life...remarkably executed and a joy to read.” The Lunch With Books program is free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch. Free beverages are provided. 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..