"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, February 10, 2009

Programs Celebrate Lincoln's 200th Birthday and Black History Month

Feb 15 Lincoln & the House Divided NEW(SUNDAY, 3 pm)

The Lunch With Books Lincoln Series continues with Matthew Pinsker, professor of history at Dickinson College, who will present the lecture: "Lincoln and the House Divided Era" at 1:30 pm at WV Ind. Hall. The topic: how Lincoln proposed to unite a country split by slavery through the election process. A discussion at the library will follow at 3 pm. Pinsker, author of Lincoln’s Sanctuary, teaches U.S. political, legal & diplomatic history. His research focuses on Lincoln, U.S. constitutionalism, the Underground Railroad & U.S. elections.

Feb 17 From Coal Fields to Oil Fields (Tuesday, Noon)

West Virginia Author to Appear at Two Local Libraries for Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with West Virginia author Sylvester Myers who will discuss his new book, From Coal Fields to Oil Fields & Beyond: A Life in Pursuit of All I Could Be at both the Ohio County and Moundsville-Marshall County Public Librarys on Tuesday, February 17th. Mr. Myers will appear at the Ohio County Public Library's Lunch With Books program at noon and at the Moundsville Library at 4:30 pm. Both programs are made possible by the West Virginia Library Commission.

While serving in the Korean War in 1951, West Virginian Sylvester Myers was hit by shrapnel and hospitalized for three months. In his book, From Coal Fields to Oil Fields & Beyond: A Life in Pursuit of All I Could Be, Mr. Myers details his experiences as an African American soldier serving in“The Forgotten War” while the U.S. Army was finally being desegregated.

In 1962, Mr. Myers was the first African-American to serve with the Kansas City District office of the Corps of Engineers, transferring in 1967 to the Huntington, WV District Office. He then spent eleven years with the Corps of Engineers in Saudi Arabia, supervising projects and becoming fluent in Arabic. All together, Mr. Myers has traveled to 60 nations.

In 1988 Myers and his second wife Janice founded S.C. Myers & Associates Inc., based in Washington, DC, providing construction and cost management services to Federal and private sector projects across the nation and around the world. SCMA , which has worked on projects in Bosnia, Cambodia, Bahrain and many other places.

A new documentary film about the life of Sylvester C. Myers is now available in DVD format. Produced by Southwest Virginia Community College, Richlands, VA, the film is a sequel to Mr. Myers’memoir. The film features interviews with Myers’ cousins, Hollywood Movie Producer/Director John Singleton and Film Production Manager Sheila Ward; Keystone, WV Mayor William “Buck” Wade;” Myers’ former Huntington, WV District US Army Corps of Engineers supervisor Ron Harris, and co-worker Ron Karres; childhood friend Ruby Robinson, who discuss special attributes about their relationship with Myers. The film projects Myers as a powerful role model when he takes center stage in the film, and attempts to motivate young and old. He acquaints the audience with a variety of events he experienced, and emphasizes that with hard work, sacrifice and determination, success can be achieved.

The following statement summarizes a teacher’s reactions to the film at a recent private screening in Morgantown, WV:

"Mr. Myers’ memoir is a compelling work…[He could] serve as a model of perseverance and hope for young West Virginians of all ages and cultures. To read his words that tell of his life’s journey and to hear him share his metaphor of building a bridge from where he came from to where he wanted to go in life, is inspiring for young people.” - Tracy L. Sell Chico, Suncrest Middle School, Morgantown, WV.

Feb 21 Lincoln & the Law of War (SATURDAY, Noon)

The Lunch With Books Lincoln Series continues with Burrus Carnahan, lecturer at the George Washington University Law School, who will discuss his book, Act of Justice, which deals with how President Lincoln used the laws of war to define his constitutional powers as commander in chief. Mr. Carnahan is a foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State and a specialist in arms control and the law of war.

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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..