"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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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.

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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..