"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, May 26, 2011

Help With Tornado Disaster Relief at Lunch With Books

Our good friend Matthew Algeo will be at Lunch With Books again on June 7 at noon.

He did a terrific program for us two years ago on Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure. That one was attended by 85 people and fun was had by all. Recently, Matthew launched a tour for his new book, The President is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth. See the web site.

Matthew's appearance at the Kansas City Public Library drew 116 people.

My goal is for Wheeling to top that

Yes the book is about Grover Cleveland. Yes it's a Tuesday afternoon. But it's time to stand up and be counted! Wheeling, can beat that score. Let's prove that Wheeling loves books, even books about obscure presidents. (Actually Grover Cleveland and Wheeling have a fascinating historical link. Find out what it is.)


I thank you. Sean Duffy, Ohio County Public Library

PS-Please spread the word! We are encouraging those who attend the Matthew Algeo (Grover Cleveland) event to help us beat Kansas City to bring a donation of at least one dollar for tornado relief. The donation will go to the Red Cross through West Virginia Tornado relief and tickets for that benefit concert will also be available at the program (see below).

WV Tornado Relief was started to raise money for the victims of the recent tornadoes in Alabama and other southern states. We are a group of musicians and small businesses coming together for the common goal of helping another community. Our main project is a concert that will be held in June but you can donate anytime! 100% of all monies raised will go towards the victims. Please join us and help in anyway that you can! Thank you!
WV Tornado Relief Concert
Sunday, June 12th 1 - 6pm
Grand Vue Park Amphitheater
tickets $10, kids 12 and under free

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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..