"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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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Thursday at 7 PM: The Underground Booze Business in Wheeling

July 11 (Thursday 7 PM) theNEW Summer Reading Coffee House
The Ohio County Public Library (OCPL) in Wheeling is introducing a new series called the “Summer Reading Coffee House” to supports its summer reading program for adults. The national theme for adult summer reading this year is “Groundbreaking Reads.” All OCPL Summer Reading Coffee House programs will feature free samples of gourmet coffee and pastries provided by Wheeling Coffee and Spice Company.

The first program in the series, “Bootlegging, Speakeasies and the Underground Booze Business in Wheeling,”  will be held on Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 PM and will feature a joint presentation by local historian Hal Gorby, who specializes in Wheeling’s Progressive Era history, and Wheeling Park History teacher Ryan Stanton, who specializes in Henry Schmulbach, Anton Reymann and Wheeling’s great breweries. Stanton will provide a nutshell history of brewing in Wheeling, exploring why Wheeling was such a hard drinking town, how the prohibition movement affected the breweries, and what they did after prohibition.  Gorby will focus on the variety of illegal activity by certain Wheeling immigrant groups as well as the coercive Americanization of the Prohibition movement in the early 1920s. The program is free and open to the public. You do not have to be registered for summer reading to attend Summer Reading Coffee House programs. Call 304-232-0244 or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks 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..