"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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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Whistling Irishman is Heading to Wheeling

First-ever biography of Danny Murtaugh to be featured at Lunch With Books.

Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will welcome a very special guest: legendary Pirate Manager Danny Murtaugh’s granddaughter, Colleen Hroncich, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at noon.

Against all odds, Murtaugh led the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates to an upset victory against the mighty New York Yankees. As Pirate fans (and Yankee foes) around the country remember that magical season they can re-live the “good ol’ days” in The Whistling Irishman: Danny Murtaugh Remembered.

With hustle, determination, and strength of character, Danny Murtaugh scraped his way out of poverty and became a two-time World Championship manager. In The Whistling Irishman, Hroncich tells his life story through in-depth research and first-hand accounts from those who knew him best: family, friends, teammates, players, and fans. Hroncich interviewed over 50 sources for the book, including such Pirate greats as Ralph Kiner, Bill Mazeroski, Bill Virdon, Dick Groat, Vernon Law, Al Oliver, Manny Sanguillen, and more. Former Pirate pitcher and current announcer Steve Blass, who pitched complete game victories for Murtaugh in Games 3 and 7 of the 1971 World Series, wrote the book’s foreword.

According to Hroncich, “In addition to a remarkable baseball career, my grandfather was a
very good, humble, and down-to-earth man. I look forward to introducing him to
the great baseball fans visiting Lunch With Books.”

This Lunch With Books programs is free and open to the public. It will include a lecture, a Q&A session, and a book signing. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages and popcorn will be provided. Please call the library at 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..