"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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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Next Fracking Facts: Straight Talk with Dr. Bob Henry Baber

Fracking Series at Library Continues

The Ohio County Public Library's "Fracking Facts" series about Marcellus Shale drilling issues in the Ohio Valley will continue on Thursday evening, September 22 at 7:00 PM. Dr. Bob Henry Baber, Mountain Party candidate for Governor of West Virginia will present, "Straight Talk with Dr. Bob Henry Baber."

According to his web site at baber4governor.com, "Bob Henry Baber is running for the governorship of West Virginia on a platform of fiscal responsibility, economic growth, affordable health care, promotion of education, and environmental stewardship. He has raised over 20 million dollars in his career for economic development, education, community service, the arts, the enviroment, and for social programs."

Dr. Baber is presently employed as a Major Gifts Officer at Glenville State College in Glenville, WV, and has been a grant writer, poet, novelist, creative writing teacher, mosaic artist, keynote speaker, storyteller, environmentalist, and populist politician. He is also the former Honorable Mayor and current Poet Laureate of Richwood, West Virginia.

In addition to his talk on fracking, Dr. Baber will also discuss and sign copies of his latest book, Pure Orange Sunshine, which has been described as "Jack Kerouac’s On The Road meets Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest meets Gurney Norman’s Divine Right’s Trip – a stream of consciousness narrative with powerful conflicting themes of love and hate…peace and war. Pure Orange Sunshine is a classic chronicle of strike-breaking, strip-mining and hitch-hiking. It’s highly recommended for fans of fiction based on facts."

Like all library programs, the "Fracking Facts" series is free and open to the public. Additional events in the series will be announced as they are scheduled. 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..