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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Revisit Woodsdale's Days of Yore

Local historian Kate Quinn will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, June 17 at noon to present a program called "Woodsdale Kids."

In an era of innocence and freedom, children who grew up in the Woodsdale neighborhood enjoyed a lifestyle that today's child will never know. "Woodsdale Kids"highlights the myths that the children believed, the unique ways they entertained themselves, and the characters who were part of their lives.

With humor and wit, Quinn will recall the activities that made life in this area so different from that of today's children. "Mothers of today would not think of allowing their children the freedom that we enjoyed," said Quinn. "Imagine sending your child off to play in the woods with a beebee gun and a peanut butter sandwich and not expecting to see him or her again until the streetlights came on (the universal curfew)!. No cell phones, and no worries."

In this period of 1945 to 1960 most mothers did not work outside the home and children enjoyed a freedom unseen today. There were no "helicopter" mothers hovering over a child, so children were forced to make their own decisions and become much more responsible. Children knew every neighbor and even more important, they knew that the neighbors not only knew them, but probably went to school with their parents! They would not hesitate to call the parents of a misbehaving child.Quinn has interviewed more than 60 former or present residents of Woodsdale and collected photos from many families.

For free, fun entertainment and a walk through yesterday, join Lunch with Books as we stroll down memory lane.

Thanks to 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..