"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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Monday, March 7, 2011

Press Release: Peace Corps Program (March 8)


The Ohio County Library’s Lunch with Books Program will present “The Peace Corps Experience: 50 Years and Counting” on Tuesday, March 8th at noon. Highlighting their memories as Peace Corps volunteers, local residents Bill and Susan Hogan and Robert Gaudio have planned a multi-media presentation featuring a discussion of their host countries as well as an overview of the evolution of Peace Corps since its creation by President John F. Kennedy in March, 1961.

Throughout its history, Peace Corps has adapted and responded to the issues of the times. Teaching everything from basic reading and language skills, clean-water technology, AIDS education, emerging technologies, environmental preservation and new market economies, Peace Corps volunteers have worked in villages, towns and cities around the globe representing a legacy of service that has become a significant part of America’s modern history and positive image abroad. Peace Corps volunteers’ unique heritage continues to inspire our young citizens. Since 1961, over 200,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps and served in 139 countries, making a positive difference with an American face every day.

Susan Hogan, former executive director of the Wheeling Symphony, and Bill Hogan, a retired businessman, were volunteers from 1987-1991 in the Republic of Benin, a tiny nation in west Africa, where they taught life skills to the poor and handicapped. Gaudio, a local attorney, spent his volunteer service as an English teacher and hospital-maintenance supervisor in the Yemen Arab Republic from 1977-1979.

On March 8th, these former volunteers plan to present a lively, informative program about their experiences in celebration of Peace Corps’ 50th birthday. The Library’s Lunch with Books program is open to the public and free of charge. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and complimentary beverages are served. Call 304-232-0244 for more information.

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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..