"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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Monday, April 8, 2013

New People's University to Begin May 7...RSVP Today!

Please RSVP by emailing lunchwithbooks@yahoo.com or by calling 304-232-0244.

People's University, American History II, The Civil War & Statehood

All classes start at 7 PM.

Class 1, May 7:  Slavery & the Road to War
A look at slavery in the United States before and leading up to the American Civil War.

Instructor:      John Mattox, Curator, the Underground Railroad Museum, Flushing, OH. 

Class 2, May 14: Lincoln & the Secession Crisis

A look at the life of Abraham Lincoln, his election as president, and the ensuing secession crisis.

Instructor:      Rea ReddDirector of Eberly Library and American History instructor, Waynesburg University.

Class 3, May 21: Introduction to The Civil War

An overview of the major American political, social, and economic issues from of the second half of the eighteenth century to just prior to the attack on  Fort Sumter.

Instructor: Roger Micker, Past President of the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable and retired history teacher, at Steubenville High School.

Class 4, May 28: The Civil War. Pt. 1

Rea ReddDirector of Eberly Library and American History instructor, Waynesburg University.

Class 5, June 4: The Civil War. Pt. 2

Instructor: Kristopher White
former staff military historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Class 6, June 11: The Civil War in Wheeling

A look at important locations and buildings in Wheeling during the war years (some of which still remain) and the local people whose efforts changed history.

Instructor: Jeanne Finstein, President of Friends of Wheeling, Member of the Civil War 150 Committee and the Upper Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable.

Class 7, June 18 The Wheeling Conventions

A look at how a new state evolved from the deliberations at Wheeling’s Custom House.

: David Javersak
Dean Emeritus of the School of Liberal Arts & Emeritus Professor of History at West Liberty University,

Class 8, June 25 Reconstruction

Rea ReddDirector of Eberly Library and American History instructor, Waynesburg University.

Please RSVP by emailing lunchwithbooks@yahoo.com or by calling 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..