"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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Thursday, October 28, 2010

People's University Videos Now Online!

The Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling has made the first three classes in its popular People’s University Series available online.

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.

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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..