"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, March 31, 2009

Tuesday, April 7: Lafcadio Hearn

On Tuesday, April 7 at noon at the Ohio County Public Library, Mary-Bess Halford will discuss the life and works of Lafcadio Hearn. Also known as Koizumi Yakumo, Lafcadio Hearn was an author of Greek and Irish parentage who, after working as a reporter in the United States, moved to Japan and became a Japanese citizen. He was best known for his books about Japanese life, especially ghost stories & legends. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

March 31 at Noon: Arthur St. Clair

Local Historian Dick Phillips will discuss his research on Arthur St. Clair, Major General and Governor of the Northwest Territory—an unappreciated patriot of the revolutionary period.

Friday, March 20, 2009

March 24: Malcolm X

Dennis D. Wainstock, who teaches American history at Fairmont State University, will discuss his new book, Malcolm X: African American Revolutionary at the Ohio County Public Library's Lunch With Books program on Tuesday, March 24 at noon. The book focuses on the final years of Malcolm X, including his adoption of and eventual disillusionment with the religion of the Nation of Islam and questions surrounding his assassination. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bagged lunch and free beverages are provided. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hughes Series Author to Appear at Library

Author Cathy Day will discuss Comeback Season: How I Learned to Play the Game of Love at the Ohio County Public Libary's Lunch With Books program on Thursday, March 19 at noon. The book is part memoir about life as a single woman and part sports story about the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl season. The Indiana born Day is the author of The Circus in Winter. She teaches fiction writing at Pitt. Day’s appearance is an extension of West Liberty ’s Hughes Lecture Series. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch, free beverages are provided. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March 17th at Noon--Celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Pittsburgh balladeer Mike Gallagher.

Mike has been performing for more than 30 years.

Aside from being a mainstay at many Pittsburgh pubs, he has also performed at the 3 Rivers Arts Festival, the Pittsburgh Irish Festival, the Wheeling Celtic Celebration, & on the Echoes of Erin radio show.

Master of the Irish ballad, Mike has established himself as an entertainer who brings humor and spirit to every performance.

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..