"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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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.

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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..