"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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Thursday, November 8, 2007

More New Programs Announced

Feb 19th 2008, WV Author and WVU English Professor Mark Brazaitis

Author Mark Brazaitis will appear at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program on Tuesday, February 19th at noon. A professor of English and Creative Writing at West Virginia University, Brazaitis is the author of An American Affair, winner of the 2004 George Garrett Prize for fiction, as well as The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award, and a novel, Steal My Heart. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and his stories, poems and essays have appeared in The Sun, Beloit Fiction Journal, Notre Dame Review, Atlanta Review, Shenandoah and other literary journals. Brazaitis has also published journalism in The Washington Post, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Detroit Free Press and American Medical News.
Feb 26th 2008, WV Author Gretchen M. Laskas

Author Gretchen Moran Laskas will appear at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program on Tuesday, February 26th at noon. Laskas is a native West Virginian who now resides in Northern Virginia. She is the author of The Midwife’s Tale, which received a starred review in Library Journal, as well as awards for Outstanding Contribution to Appalachia and Best Appalachian Novel. Her latest novel for young adults, The Miner’s Daughter, is the story of the 1930's coal camps and how church and secular organizations came together in order to bring families out of poverty. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

March 11th 2008, Susan B Anthony, Portrayed by Patty Cooper

The Ohio County Public Library’s celebration of Women’s History Month continues as the famed women’s rights movement leader, suffragist, and abolitionist Susan B Anthony visits Lunch With Books on Tuesday, March 11th at noon. Ms. Anthony will be portrayed by Patty Cooper, a veteran member of the West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive program. Anthony, who died 14 years before the 19th Amendment extending the right to vote to women was ratified, was a pioneer, whose tireless efforts made the amendment possible. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

April 8th 2008, eBay Day at the Library, Part Deux

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. Ebay day at the library is back by popular demand on Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 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 a representative of the USPS. 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.

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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..