"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)

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Quiet Man: A Great Event!

Be sure to check out our photos of The Quiet Man pub reading on the Lunch With Books Facebook page at facebook.com/lunchwithbooks.

Many thanks to Frank Mahon for writing a great play and allowing and supporting our humble production. Special thanks to Tim Thompson of our partner Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theater, who did a fantastic job organizing, directing, acting--we could not have done it without him. Thanks also to our other fine actors (Arlene Merryman, Tom Stobart, P.D. Gregg, Greg Sberna, Michael Ramsay, Rachel Thompson and Vince Marshall), our gracious volunteers from Harmony House, Ye Olde Alpha (esp Charlie Schlegel), Besty Bethel-McFarland and her pipes, Matt Smith and Erin Huffman, Bishop Whelan Div. 1 AOH, celticattitudes.com, Linda Comins, Phyllis Sigal, Steve Novotney, and Howard Monroe. And many many thanks to you, our guests and audience. Because of your generosity and patronage, we were able to raise a lot of money for a great and courageous organization: Harmony House Children's Advocacy Center. And finally thanks to the great Irish writer Maurice Walsh for starting it all.
So fill to me the parting glass. Good night and joy be with you all!

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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..