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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

April 17: Old Time Fiddle Music Inspires a Book

West Virginia author Sarah Sullivan will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling on Tuesday, April 17 at noon to discuss fiddling legends Melvin Wine and Jake Krack, who inspired her book, Passing the Music Down, about a young boy who travels the hills to meet the old-time fiddle player he admires. Included: the process of creating a picture book from initial idea through final draft and illustration. Plus live fiddle music by Richard Pollack and Scott Black of Cabin Fever String Band. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please call 304-232-0244 for more information.


West Virginia children's book writer, Sarah Sullivan, will visit the Ohio County Public Library as part of its "Lunch With Books" series at noon on Tuesday, April 17th when she will present a power point program and share a reading of her latest book, Passing the Music Down. Also appearing will be Richard Pollack and Scott Black from the local Cabin Fever String Band who will play old time fiddle music.

Sullivan's book is based on the real-life story of celebrated West Virginia old-time fiddle players Melvin Wine and Jake Krack and is a nominee for the West Virginia Children's Choice Book Award, as well as being an NCTE 2012 Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts. Sullivan is also the author of 3 additional picture books including Once Upon a Baby Brother, illustrated by Tricia Tusa and included on the Bank Street College Best Children's Book list for 2011-12 (MacMillan 2010). and Dear Baby, Letters from Your Big Brother, an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award Winner (Candlewick 2005). Her poetry has been published in Cricket and her first novel for young people is forthcoming from Candlewick. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts where she won the Harcourt Post-Graduate Scholarship. She also is a recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship/Grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Sullivan is a resident of Charleston, West Virginia where she lives with her husband.

You can learn more about Sullivan and her books by visiting her website at www.sarahsullivanbooks.com

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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..