"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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Friday, October 1, 2010



Andrew Carnegie called the public library “The People’s University.” He believed the public library was an essential institution of learning for people of all ages, and he knew that a vital part of the library’s mission was to provide the information and knowledge citizens needed. Today, the Ohio County Public Library seeks to continue to assist local residents in the pursuit of knowledge and education in order to promote an enlightened citizenry and to enrich their quality of life.
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

Instructor: Dr. David Javersak

Classes will meet on Wednesday evenings @ 7:00 PM, beginning Oct 13

Week 1 (Oct 13): The public library and Andrew Carnegie’s vision

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 lunchwithbooks@yahoo.com

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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..