"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, December 16, 2008

January 6 (2009)-Mystery Writer Jean Gillespie

Jan 6—The Road to St. Cecilia’s by Jean Gillespie

Raised by a single mother in upstate New York, Susan Foster is both stunned and outraged when she accidentally discovers a French birth certificate bearing the same birth date as her own. But it is the discovery of a second one that sends Susan on a search for a sister she never knew existed. From New York to France to rural West Virginia, Susan is relentless in her quest to uncover the web of secrecy her mother has spun to conceal their true identity. Revelations of sacrilege, murder and mental illness do nothing to deter Susan from uncovering the secrets of her mother’s life and her own birth. Susan’s own sanity is kept intact by the loyalty of her best friend and the love of Georges, a young French architect. Susan’s road to St. Cecelia’s Academy is guaranteed to hold your attention from beginning to end.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Veteran Pittsburgh sportswriter and author Jim O’Brien returns to talk about his new book, Pittsburgh Proud, featuring sections on Sidney Crosby, Troy Polamalu, and Myron Cope among others. Jim will be sharing stories about numerous Pittsburgh sports figures and some about Ohio Valley athletes as well. A book signing will follow, and Jim has promised to personalize all requests.

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..