"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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Thursday, April 26, 2012



The next installment of the new Evening with the Arts program organized by the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission is scheduled for Monday, April 30 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium at the Ohio County Public Library.

The event will feature a reading of the play "CATCH & RELEASE" by Wheeling playwright, Jeremy Richter. Written (as a one act) in 2008, "CATCH AND RELEASE" won Best Play at the West Virginia Theatre Conference and was awarded Best Original Script at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Now a full-length play that has never previously been read or produced, it was recently named a semi-finalist with the WordBridge Playwriting Laboratory in Baltimore.

"CATCH & RELEASE" is an honest play about perspective, choice and consequences, told through the interaction of four friends as they evolve from children to adults. Jacob, Jason, Rachel and Andrea learn to live and lose while facing crushes, divorce, parenthood, public speaking and a bright, orange balloon.

The Wheeling Arts & Cultural Commission promotes and develops artistic and cultural activities and initiatives that stimulate economic development and advance the quality of life and vibrancy of the greater Wheeling area. Evening with the Arts programs are free and open to the public. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.


The third installment of the People’s University Government on Tuesday May 1 at 7:00 pm, will feature instructor Grace Norton, a retired professor of sociology at West Virginia Northern Community College on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

American Constitutionalism: popular sovereignty, representative government and individual rights and liberties.Instructor: Grace Norton, Sociology, WVNCC, Retired.
All programs are free and open to the public. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 to RSVP or for more information.


The second meeting of the Making Sense of the American Civil War Book Discussion Group led by program scholar Dr. David Javersak is scheduled to meet at the Ohio County Public Library on Monday, May 21 at 7;00 pm. The discussion will focus on readings from the anthology, America’s War, compiled by national project organizer Edward L. Ayers. Readings range from a speech by Frederick Douglass to President Lincoln’s first inaugural address. A limited number of copies of America’s War are available for check out at the library’s reference desk. It is not necessary to attend all sessions. The program is free and open to the public. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 to RSVP or 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..