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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Fracking Facts

Library Launches New Series on Marcellus Gas Issues

The Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling is launching a new series of informational programs on local Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling and fracking issues.

Titled, "Fracking Facts," the series will begin on Thursday evening, May 12 at 7:00 PM, with the first of two presentations by members of the Wetzel County Action Group. The presenters will share their four years of experience with gas extraction activities and the impact those activities have had on their community. The first presentation titled, "The Process," will focus on site preparation, drilling, fracking, compressor stations, traffic issues, and completion.

The second presentation by the Wetzel County Action Group will be offered at the library on Thursday evening, May 26 at 7:00 PM, and will be called, "Challenges and Suggestions." This program will focus on the economic, social, and environmental issues raised by activities related to Marcellus Shale gas extraction.

During it's third installment in the "Fracking Facts" series, the library will welcome Dee Fulton and Duane Nichols of Frack-Check West Virginia (frackcheckwv.net), who will discuss their organizations activities and goals. Frack-Check West Virginia's mission is to ensure that Marcellus Shale gas drilling in the state is conducted responsibly and safely. The program is scheduled for Saturday, June 4 at 2:00 PM.

Additional programs in the "Fracking Facts" series will be announced as they are scheduled. Like all library programs, the series is free and open to the public. All programs will be held in the library's auditorium unless otherwise noted. Please 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..