"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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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Join in Our National Library Week Celebration

The Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians, and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. They are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study – trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. Whether through offering e-books and computer classes, resources for job seekers or continuing education programs for adults, library staff members listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The Ohio County Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by offering special programs, displays, and activities, including a fine free week.  From April 14-20, patrons may return overdue books without penalty.

The library is also hosting its Spring Book Sale from Tuesday, April 16 through Saturday, April 20. Cookbooks, craft books, magazines, mysteries, children’s books and videos will be among the offerings. Best sellers will be priced at $1.00 and up, hardbacks will sell for $1.00, paperbacks for 50¢, magazines for 10¢, audio books and books on CD for $1.00, and DVDs for $1.00. The hours for the book sale will be Tuesday-Thursday, 9 AM to 8:30 PM; Friday 10 AM to 4:30 PM; and Saturday, 9 AM t
o 4:30 PM. Call the library at 304-232-0244 for additional information.

Special programs during the week will focus on the National Library Week theme: Communities Matter @ your library. On Tuesday April 16 at noon, Dr. Chuck Julian of the West Virginia Library Commission, will host a special Lunch With Books program reviewing the rich history of the Ohio County Public Library, the oldest tax supported library in the state of West Virginia. Dr. Julian will trace the origins of the current library back to the mid and late 19th century.

The celebration will continue with a special Friday, April 19 at noon Lunch With Books program called “LibraryMemories.” Hosted by West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, the program will feature shared memories and thoughts about the importance of libraries as well as poems and other writings about libraries and the love of reading. Patrons will be invited to share their own memories of any library that may have impacted their lives.

Wednesday April 17 is National Bookmobile Day. As the first state library to operate a bookmobile, the OCPL will celebrate by decorating the library van for the day, and by setting up a display about its ongoing outreach services, which include delivery of library materials and full in-home reference service including e-device assistance for homebound patrons, as well as support for book discussion groups in high rises, retirement homes, and Story Time for day care centers and preschools.

In addition to offering special Story Times, Toddler Times, music, snacks, and crafts, the library’s Children’s Department will host storyteller Beverly Comer for a special program called “What’s the Story?” on Thursday, April 18 at 7 PM. Comer will explore the rich variety of storytelling from legends and fairytales, to ghost stories and modern urban legends. She will also show patrons how to find such stories at the library.

A poster contest themed “I Love My Library” will be open to children ages 4 to 12. Posters must be no larger than 12 by 18 inches and the submission deadline is Saturday April 13. Prizes will be awarded by age group and the posters will be displayed throughout the library.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. 

For more information, visit the Ohio County Public Library or call 304-232-0244.

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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..