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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

May 1: West Virginia's Historic Courthouses

Producer Deb Warmuth and writer/director Richard Warmuth of the Walkabout Company will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling on Tuesday, May 1 at noon for a discussion of the company’s documentary about some of West Virginia's historic courthouses and an upcoming coffee table book on the same subject. Just announced: Dr. David Javersak, who was a consultant on the documentary, will add some commentary.

Dr. Javersak holds a Ph.D. in American History and is professor emeritus at West Liberty University. He has written numerous books on the histories of local communities. In addition to serving as a consultant on the Historic Courthouses production, he worked with Walkabout on both the National Road and Mount de Chantal productions. He is currently working with Walkabout on a book of the 55 county courthouses.

Richard Warmuth has served as the writer/director for all company media projects since 1987. He received an Emmy Nomination in Scriptwriting for The Historic National Road - The Road That Built the Nation. He served as the writer/director for the feature documentary, Living Monuments: Historic Courthouses, which received funding from the WV Humanities Council and was broadcast on WV PBS. He is currently the writer/director for three feature documentaries that will be aired via WV PBS in 2012; For Mind and Sprint: Mount de Chantal, The Civil War in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and the Midland Trail. Richard has been the recipient of the Videography, Hermes and Accolade awards for excellence in production.

Deb Warmuth has been a producer since 1992, when she oversaw the production of 2-weekly series for young people which aired on WV PBS. During 2011, she produced the feature documentary, Living Monuments: Historic Courthouses. She is currently the producer for three feature documentaries that will be aired via WV PBS in 2012; For Mind and Sprint: Mount de Chantal, The Civil War in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and the Midland Trail.

The company is in production of a book on the 55 county courthouses in partnership with the WV Association of Counties. They are also the producers on the new children's series Abracadabra, which is project of the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine and WV PBS. The series will debut in Summer 2012.

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.

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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..