"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, January 25, 2008

New Programs Described

The following programs have either been added recently or have not previously been described on the blog.

February 5: Booker T. Washington

On Tuesday, February 5th at noon, celebrate Black History Month at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program. The West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive Program will present a portrayal of black leader, author, educator and founder of the Tuskegee Institute, Dr. Booker T. Washington as portrayed by Joseph Bundy. Mr. Bundy will discuss Booker T. Washington’s books, including, Working With The Hands, My Life And Works, The Man Farthest Down, and the best selling autobiography, Up From Slavery. Mr. Bundy will also read two or three selections from his own book, Before 911. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

March 25th: Women Clergy Panel Discussion

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library will present a panel discussion about the experiences of women clergy. The distinguished panel will include Rev. Gail Bauzenberger of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner of Temple Shalom, and Rev. Maggie Sebastian of the First Christian Church, all located in Wheeling. A questions and answer session will follow the discussion. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Free beverages will be provided. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

April 1st: WV Author Kevin Stewart
Kevin Stewart, a Princeton, West Virginia, native, will appear at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, April 1st at noon. The author will discuss his debut collection of stories, The Way Things Always Happen Here. The winner of state literary arts fellowships from West Virginia and Louisiana, Stewart was awarded the 1999 Texas Review Novella Prize for Margot. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals. Stewart is a professor of English and creative writing at Potomac State College, a branch campus of West Virginia University, and lives in Cumberland, Md.

April 29th: Jack Maynard, Historic Elm Grove: An Outstanding American Community
Local historian and author Jack Maynard will be at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program on Tuesday, April 15th at noon. Mr. Maynard will discuss the new book he penned with his wife Barbara, entitled, Historic Elm Grove: An Outstanding American Community. The Maynards have taken their research to new levels with this, their second book about Elm Grove. Featuring approximately 500 photos and a lot more information, the book focuses on the human side of the town, with information about families, business owners and general familiar faces around Elm Grove over the years. It's a perfect companion to the Maynard’s first book, Elm Grove: A History in Pictures…On the Road to Wheeling. Both books are published by Creative Impressions Studios, http://www.cre8m.com/, and will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch, and free beverages are provided. For more information, please call the library at 304-232-0244.

May 20: Pittsburgh Author Tom Lipinski, Death in the Steel City

TOM LIPINSKI, a mystery writer and the creator of the Carroll Dorsey series, set in Pittsburgh, will appear at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program on Tuesday, May 20th at noon. Lipinski will discuss his book, including, THE FALL-DOWN ARTIST, A PICTURE OF HER TOMBSTONE, STEEL CITY CONFESSIONS, and DEATH IN THE STEEL CITY. Lipinski is the chair of the English and Creative Writing Department at Edinboro University. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

May 27: Dr. Kirk Hazen, WVU English Professor, Dialects in West Virginia: Fact and Fiction and How to Learn from Both.

Are you interested in West Virginia and Appalachian dialects? West Virginia University English professor, Dr. Kirk Hazen will appear at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, May 27 at noon to present a program entitled, “Dialects in West Virginia: Fact and Fiction and How to Learn from Both.” Dr. Hazen will lead this interactive presentation on the myths and realities of West Virginia dialects, present findings from recent research on dialects in West Virginia, and answer a wide range of questions about English in Appalachia. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

June 17: Woodsdale Kids 1945-1960

On Tuesday, June 17 at noon, join Kate Quinn at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public library. Ms. Quinn will discuss her research about the myths and memories prevalent among the kids who called Woodsdale home during the 1950s and 1960s. Kate has researched the topic for over a year, interviewing over 60 people and collecting as many photographs as she could find. She hopes the program will attract today’s teenagers so they can see how different life was back then and how their grandparents and parents spent their youth. This light-hearted and nostalgic look back will feature stories any Ohio Valley audience can relate to. The program is sponsored by the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation.

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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..