"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, July 31, 2008

Fetherling to Visit Lunch With Books

August 12: Wheeling's Own George Fetherling

Originally from Wheeling, George Fetherling is one of Canada’s premier poets, novelists, and essayists. He is the editor and publisher of Subway Books, an independent publishing house based in Vancouver, British Columbia. His column, 'Books this Week,' appears in Seven Oaks magazine, an online journal, www.sevenoaksmag.com.

Mr. Fetherling will discuss his work, including a new edition of a brief history of Wheeling.


Philosophy Group Holding Meetings at Library

The Meeting of the Minds Philosophic Inquiry Forum (M&M Philosophy) serves as a weekly forum for examining issues that further our understanding of ourselves and the world that we live in. M&M Philosophy meets every Tuesday, at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling. Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are free an open to the public. The group’s organizer, David Weimer, assures the continued, regular operation of this philosophic discussion group. Group participants are encouraged to lead topic discussions. At the beginning of each meeting, general introductions are made, new participants are welcomed, program notes are shared and the evening's agenda is explained. The facilitator for each meeting will be scheduled at least one week in advance. Meetings often include discussions of topics, walks along the river, thought experiments, meditation techniques, and watching films, among other things.

The M&M Philosophy meeting schedule for August 2008:

Tuesday, Aug. 5: Razor’s Edge. Lecture recorded circa 1994 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with speaker Bart Marshall, Green Beret Vietnam veteran and philosopher.

Tuesday, Aug. 12: Life Changing War Experiences: We invite veterans of any war to share their perspective on what they have lived through.

Tuesday, Aug. 19: Atheism. A stand against something or for something? Discussing and discovering the ins and outs of this alternative human position on metaphysics.

Tuesday, Aug. 26: Book Review of Practical Mysticism; A Little Book for Normal People, published in 1914 by author and British Christian philosopher Evelyn Underhill.

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..

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New Programs Announced

Aug 19 Nicaragua: Religion & Politics

WJU Political Science professor Dr. John Poffenbarger will discuss the effect of religion on politics in Nicaragua, namely how new evangelical movements and changes in the Catholic Church are affecting the political environment. Dr. Poffenbarger lived in Nicaragua in 2003, studying civil society through survey research.

Aug 26 Bridge Building in WV

Terry Lively of the WVDOT will discuss the documentary film, Crossings: Bridge Building in WV and the new companion coffee table book. Both the Elm Grove stone arch bridge and the Wheeling suspension bridge are featured in the film, which shows the formidable terrain our forebears faced and how they overcame these transportation barriers with innovative, award-winning structures. Lively was the writer and executive producer for the film.

Sept 2 WWII Veteran Melvin Salter

Melvin Salter, who joined the U.S. Army in 1943 at the age of 18, will discuss A Life Well Lived: the Mel Salter Story, the memoir he has written with his daughter, Barbara Salter Gurian. Salter’s story has been placed in The Library of Congress as a part of the Veterans History Project. Salter was a rifleman for Company K, 15th Infantry, 3rd Division which served in the European, African, and Middle Eastern Theaters from 1943-45. He was wounded three times during his service, and was awarded the Purple Heart with two Clusters and the Bronze Star for bravery.

Sept 9 Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s

Actor Gregory Gibson Kenney performs as Tank Sreleets, a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tank shares the story of a team that went from losing to winning in more ways than one. Experience how they accomplished their goal by working hard, refusing to quit, doing whatever it took and believing in each other to become a team that was the first to win four Super Bowl trophies. Take a journey back in time and experience how they captured the heart of a city by bringing diverse cultures together making Pittsburgh the City of Champions.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

July 29: The Ohio River, History and Travel

Former riverboat captain and world traveller Rick Rhodes will discuss his book, The Ohio River in American History and Voyaging on Today’s River. The book covers more than 300 years of American history from the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, Lewis and Clark, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, the Steamboat Era, the evolution of the current lock and dam system, and rise and decline of 20th & 21st Century river industries, as well as the colorful local histories of 200 river towns.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

July 22: Coalfield Jews: An Appalachian History

Historian Deborah R. Weiner will appear at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books Program on Tuesday, July 22 at noon to discuss her book, Coalfield Jews: An Appalachian History. Professor Weiner is a research historian and family history coordinator at the Jewish Museum of Maryland and director of Historic Jonestown, Inc., both in Baltimore. The book is the first extended study of Jews in Appalachia. It explores the mass migration of Eastern European Jews to America and the effects of the coal boom (1880-1920) on their settlements and culture. The book provides a holistic portrayal of Jewish communities using oral histories and archival sources. It won the Southern Jewish Historical Society Award “for the book making the most significant contribution to the field of Southern Jewish history published during 2003-2006.” Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tuesday July 15: Author Don Stansberry, Inky and the Missing Gold

WV native Don Stansberry is an elementary school teacher. Mr. Stansberry will discuss his latest book, Inky & the Missing Gold, which has a suggested reading level of grade 4 & up. The book tells the tale of a very small wizard named Inkydomus who lives in the ruins of an abandoned castle. After nearly a hundred years of hiding, he finds someone is searching for him. Inky & the Missing Gold is excellent reading for the middle school to high school set. Medieval fiction at it’s best, Don Stansberry captures not only castle life but includes historical information like the Knights of the Templar. The book is the first in a series.

Mr. Stansberry’s appearance is part 2 of a two week joint summer program brought to you by the library’s adult and children’s programming departments. All ages are welcome.

Don Stansberry has been in the public school system since 1984 and has always had an interest in writing. He was the head coach for the Parkersburg High Girls’ Basketball team for 16 years and retired from that position with four state championships. He is currently working on his next novel, Inky, Oglebee, and the Witches, due for release Fall 2008.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

July 8: Storyteller Alan Irvine

Storyteller Alan Irvine will appear at the Ohio County Public Libray’s Lunch With Books program on Tuesday, June 8th at noon. Irvine will present Anasasi the Spider. The appearance is part 1 of a two week joint summer program brought to you by the library’s adult and children’s programming departments. All ages are welcome. Alan Irvine is an Outreach performer for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and a popular speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau. He appears at elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the year, as well as colleges and universities. For libraries he has put together summer Reading Club programs for kids, ghost stories for teens, and tales of Pennsylvania history and current events for adults. He performs at numerous festivals, including the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, the Toronto Festival of Storytelling, and the Smoky Mountain Storytelling Festival. He performed Shakespearian stories for the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and western Pennsylvania historical stories for the National Pike Festival, the Ligonier Valley Historical Society and others.

He has appeared at Renaissance Festivals, Irish Festivals, and science fiction conferences, and regularly performs on the Saturday Light Brigade radio show and web cast. In addition to performing, Alan teaches numerous workshops and classes on storytelling. In 1988, he helped found the storytelling group StorySwap, and continues to serve as its President. He has numerous Tellabration concerts and his own, one-man shows. Most recently he was the chair of the planning committee for the 2006 National Storytelling Conference. Alan has numerous recordings, including NAPPA Honors winning Goldilocks and Company, and Storytelling World Honors winning The Red Dragon: Tales of King Arthur.

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..