"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, May 23, 2011

This Week @ Your Library

Tuesday, May 24 at noon: LUNCH WITH BOOKS. 150 Years Later: Lucy Bagby and the Fugitive Slave Law
Historian John E. Vacha, director of History Day at Case Western Reserve University
in Cleveland, will discuss the case of Sara Lucy Bagby. A slave owned by Wheeling’s William Goshorn, Lucy Bagby escaped to Cleveland and became one of the last slaves to be returned to bondage under the Fugitive Slave Act when, after a struggle between abolitionists and Republicans intent on appeasing secessionists, she was forcibly removed back to Wheeling a few months before the Civil War began.

Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 PM: THE PEOPLE'S UNIVERSITY World Geography, Asia Part 1 with Dr. Joe Laker.

Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 PM: FRACKING FACTS: Fracking Problems
Members of the Wetzel County Action Group (wcag-wv.org), will describe some of the economic, social, and environmental Challenges associated with Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction activities and will offer Suggestions based on their four years of experience with such activities.

And don't forget: Lobster for the Arts Fundraiser for Wheeling Arts Fest at Centre Market, on Friday May 27 at 6:00 PM. Call Artworks Around Town for tickets at 304-233-7540.


All programs are free and open to the public. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 304-232-0244 email lunchwithbooks@yahoo.com OR VISIT wheeling.weirton.lib.wv.us or ocplprogramming.blogspot.com.or facebook.com/lunchwithbooks.

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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..