"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, June 30, 2009

July 7: China's Islamic Women

Dr. Art Barbeau, Emeritus Professor of History and Anthropology at West Liberty, will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, July 7 at noon to tell us about his visits to China, where he encountered a Muslim community 30 million strong, and was able to visit women’s Mosques. The presentation will include slides. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are provided. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June 30 at Noon: Folk Music

Rev. Bob Willits, pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Wheeling, will perform folk music with a message, mostly from the 1960s.

Friday, June 12, 2009

June 16: A Galapagos Journey with Dr. Scott Shalaway

Naturalist Dr. Scott Shalaway will share memories and photographs from his 2008 expedition to the Galapagos Islands. One of our most popular guests, Dr. Shalaway is a freelance newspaper and magazine columnist who writes a weekly nature column. He also has 3 radio shows: Talk of the Town, M-F noon-1 pm on AM on Talk Radio 1370 WVLY, The Wild Side, Saturdays 9-11 am, also on AM 1370, and Sundays noon to 2 pm on 1360 WMNY in Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

June 9: Sharkwater--Film Screening and Lecture

Film: 10 AM, Lecture: NOON

On Tuesday, June 9 at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, view the documentary, Sharkwater at 10 AM and stay for a noon lecture on the plight of sharks by Jennifer Lewis, Aquarist at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. In Sharkwater, filmmaker Rob Stewart debunks media stereotypes of sharks as man-eating monsters and exposes the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations. Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth's history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are provided. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

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..