Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
On Friday, March 4 at noon, Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library will welcome a very distinguished guest. Judge Thomas Buergenthal will discuss his memoir, A Lucky Child, in which he recounts his experiences as one of the youngest survivors of the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen. Judge Buergenthal served on the International Court of Justice from 2000 until 2010. Between 1979 and 1991, he was a judge and president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In the 1990s, he was a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee and the UN Truth Commission for El Salvador. After graduating from Bethany College and the New York University Law School, he received LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from the Harvard Law School. Professor Buergenthal was the Dean of the Washington College of Law at the American University from 1980 to 1985 and is currently Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at the George Washington University Law School. Buergenthal is the author of more than a dozen books and numerous journal articles dealing with international law and human rights. 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.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
DVDs now available:
Class 1 (Oct 13): The public library and Andrew Carnegie’s vision
Class 2 (Oct 20): Wheeling as a frontier outpost, 1769-1800
Class 3 (Oct 27): A transportation revolution transforms Wheeling, 1800-1860
Class 4 (Nov 3): Wheeling as the birthplace of a new state, 1860-1870
Class 5 (Nov 10): Wheeling as the premier city of West Virginia, 1870-1920
Class 6 (Nov 17): The “underside” of Wheeling
NOTE: Anyone who plans to attend all of the Series 1 classes and would like a completion certificate, please let me know as soon as possible.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
On November 18th, immediately after the film ends at about 8:00 PM, Pittsburgh sportswriter and co-author of the play, Gene Collier be on hand speak to the audience about the play and about Mr Rooney and to answer audience questions. Copies of the script of The Chief, now available in book form, will be available for purchase and signing by Mr. Collier. Don't miss this one of a kind opportunity to see the film and meet the writer. 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, November 2, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The Lunch With Books program at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will soon be revisiting the best and worst of times in regional professional football.
In the 1960s, the steel mills were operating at full capacity. People were working. Times were good. Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the worst teams in football, hardworking fans enjoyed their team’s grit and rough and tumble style. And Wheeling had its own minor league professional team in the Wheeling (Ohio Valley) Ironmen of the United and Continental Football Leagues. “The Ironmen represent more than professional penury.” Sports Illustrated reported in 1968, “In their own way they are the Packers in Green Bay, a breath of the big time in a small city, a wellspring of civic chauvinism.”
But by the 1970s, things were changing. The Iron-Belt was rusting and the Ironmen had been disbanded. The local economy was deteriorating.
First, on November 9 at noon, Doug Huff and Ann Thomas will be at Lunch With Books to discuss the decade-long rise and fall of Wheeling’s beloved IRONMEN. Mr. Huff has been a local sportswriter for decades and is the retired sports editor of the Wheeling Intelligencer. Mrs. Thomas’s husband Clyde Thomas (pictured) was a star running back for the team. The program will feature Ironmen memorabilia and photographs.
The following week will feature Art Rooney Sr. beloved founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Much as steel is forged from iron, the Pittsburgh Steelers emerged to soothe a badly stressed regional psyche. Two special programs will recall a benevolent and beloved old king and the dynasty he created after decades of failure. The hard earned success of Art Rooney’s Steelers helped comfort a generation.
On November 16 at noon, Lunch With Books will offer the first local screening of THE CHIEF, the marvelous film version of the one-man stage play written by Gene Collier and Rob Zellers. Tom Atkins stars as Art Rooney, and his portrayal is amazingly true to life. The stage play enjoyed seven sold-out seasons at Pittsburgh Public Theater before retiring in January 2010 and being captured on film. Art Rooney Sr. was the founder and owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1933 until his death in 1988, and is one of the most beloved iconic figures in sports history. This film is publicly endorsed by the Rooney family, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Steelers Nation.
Originally, the library had scheduled the authors of the book The Ones Who Hit the Hardest about the Steelers of the 1970s for Thursday November 18th in the evening. That program was canceled by Penguin Publishing and has been replaced with the second screening of THE CHIEF beginning at 6:30 PM. Immediately after the film ends at about 8:00 PM, Pittsburgh sportswriter and co-author of the play, Gene Collier be on hand speak to the audience about the play and about Mr. Rooney and to answer audience questions. Copies of the script of THE CHIEF, now available in book form, will be available for purchase and signing by Mr. Collier. Don't miss this one of a kind opportunity to see the film and meet the writer.
The programs will also feature a splendid display of Steelers and Ironmen memorabilia.
People should know that these are much more than just sports or football programs. These are explorations of an era. We hope these programs will help some to remember and others to understand why most Ohio Valley residents will always regard the 70s with equal parts nostalgia and profound sadness. Just about everyone who lived through those days in this area was touched by a certain amount of economic trauma, and these programs will help explain how we coped, and continue to cope.
Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Complimentary beverages are provided. Call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.
The first series is called “A History of Wheeling,” and is being presented by retired West Liberty University history professor, Dr. David Javersak. Video clips from each class are now available in segments of ten minutes or less on http://www.youtube.com/. The videos can be accessed on this page at bottom right, through the Lunch With Books Facebook page, or by visiting the Youtube web site and searching keywords “lunchwithbooks” or “history of Wheeling.”
The first class in the series covered Andrew Carnegie’s vision of the public library as a place of learning for all people, as well as his failed attempt to present a free Carnegie library to the city of Wheeling. Class two dealt with Wheeling as a frontier outpost, and class three with the transportation revolution that transformed the city. The fourth class, covering how Wheeling became the birthplace of the new state of West Virginia during the Civil War, will meet next Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 PM in the library’s auditorium. Classes will continue on most Wednesday evenings at seven o’clock through December 15. Call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information. Videos of the remaining classes will be uploaded to Youtube as they are completed.
Beginning with class three, the video segments will include an American Sign Language interpreter for the hearing impaired. Videos of entire classes will also soon be made available for circulation in DVD format as a part of the library’s permanent collection.
Photo caption: Dr. David Javersak talks about Wheeling's transportation revolution while Denise Wycherley of West Virginia Northern Community College provides American Sign Language interpretation of the lecture.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Book Description: Overcoming its tumultuous beginnings, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has matured into a distinguished and active voice for West Virginians. One of the most unique aspects of the diocese's 160-year history is the diversity of the landscape, culture, ethnicity, and dialect that characterizes the state's identity. From Wheeling to Beckley and Martinsburg to Parkersburg, the story of our diocese comes from the individuals who established and nurtured the Catholic faith in their local communities. Without generations of the dedicated faithful, the diocese would not have thrived. Through a variety of images, this book tells the story of the generations that continued striving to give a voice to this unique Catholic community. In addition, professional researchers and local readers alike will find this volume's rare perspective of history through the lived experience of the subjects refreshing.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I'm sorry for any inconvenience. Believe me, no one can be more disappointed than I. On a positive note, the screening of The Chief scheduled for the 16th at noon is still a very big GO! :)
No worries, the DVD does not have to travel and lacks the ability to cancel. The Chief will make us whole again.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
As a key element in achieving this goal, the OCPL will offer a new series of programs entitled, “The People’s University.” The series will cover the full range of liberal arts and provide an opportunity for adults to learn or refresh their knowledge of art, music, history, government, philosophy, and a variety of other areas of learning. Courses will be free of charge and presenters will be experts in the fields.
Series 1: A History of Wheeling
Classes will meet on Wednesday evenings @ 7:00 PM, beginning Oct 13
Week 2 (Oct 20): Wheeling as a frontier outpost, 1769-1800
Week 3 (Oct 27): A transportation revolution transforms Wheeling, 1800-1860
Week 4 (Nov 3): Wheeling as the birthplace of a new state, 1860-1870
Week 5 (Nov 10): Wheeling as the premier city of West Virginia, 1870-1920
Week 6 (Nov 17): The “underside” of Wheeling
Nov 24: Library Closed at 5 for Thanksgiving Holiday – no class
Week 7 (Dec 1): Wheeling’s ethnic heritages
Week 8 (Dec 8): Wheeling in post-industrial America, 1950-2010
Week 9 (Dec 15) : Wheeling’s important structures and what they reveal
Call to register: 304-232-0244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States and the Ohio Valley. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown. DON’T MISS THE FIRST WHEELING SCREENINGS: MON OCT 11 @ Noon & MON OCT 18 at 6:30 PM.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
September 14: Book Review-James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Government with Dr. Joe Laker
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Duffy will offer a presentation about Wheeling: Then and Now at the library's Lunch With Books program on Tuesday September 7 at noon. For every book sold at the program, $1.00 will be donated to the library. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Wheeling Area Historical Society. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages will be served. Call the library at 304-232-0244, email email@example.com, or visit http://ocplprogramming.blogspot.com for more information.
A companion exhibit of photographs from the book will be on display through Sept. 30 in the third floor loft gallery of the Wheeling Artisan Center at 1400 Main Street in downtown Wheeling. The exhibit is sponsored by the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation. For more information, call 304-232-1810.
Adding to its appeal, Wheeling: Then and Now is formatted like a travel guide. The reader can follow in the footsteps of the creators, visiting each site starting in Oglebay Park and traveling through Warwood, North Wheeling, Downtown, East, Center, and South Wheeling and then "out the pike" through Fulton, Woodsdale, Pleasant Valley, Elm Grove, and Triadelphia.
Duffy and Rinkes have started a blog, at http://thenandnowwheeling.blogspot.com, documenting the “story behind the story” of many of the book’s photos, as well as some that didn’t make the cut.
Duffy, who grew up in Warwood, is the Programming Coordinator at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling. A graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University, and the American University, he has written one previous book, The Wheeling Family: A Celebration of Immigrants and Their Neighborhoods, published by Creative Impressions in 2008. He is currently at work on a second volume of local immigrant stories and photographs.
A Martins Ferry native, Rinkes graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, in 1994 and worked as a reporter and copy editor for the Wheeling News-Register. His travels took him to Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis and now to Franklin, TN, where he currently runs Rinkes Photography with his wife, Amina. He also is an independent computer consultant, working with clients in the content creation industry.
Wheeling: Then and Now sells for $21.99, and is available through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or (888) 313-2665. In addition to local branches of national chains and on-line retailers, the book can be purchased from the following local retailers: Wheeling Artisan Center, Convenient True Value Hardware, Hughes Design & Gift Gallery, Pat’s Hallmark, Spry’s Mail Center Plus, Valley Cheese, Warwood Ace Hardware, Wheeling Hospital Gift Shop, Wheeling Jesuit Campus Store, and Words & Music at Stratford.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Incidentally, 94 people attended James Casto's presentation on the Flood of 1937 today. Many audience members shared memories of the 36 in Wheeling. Fascinating stuff.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Top Ten Lunch With Books Programs
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
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
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
For more information, visit www.firstknowthyself.org/m&mphilosophy.htm or contact group organizer, David Weimer, at 740 526-0985 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org..