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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Program Change: People's University


The final two classes in the People's University series: "A Cartoon History of the United States" will be offered in the auditorium of the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday Sept. 24. Both classes begin at 7 p.m. For the Sept 17 class, "A History of Graphic Narrative," Dr. Wally Hastings, English Professor and Chair of Humanities at West Liberty University, will guide us through a look at the history and evolution of graphic narrative from comic books and "picture books" to graphic novels. As part of the library’s “Banned Books Week” observance, the class will also explore a few of the graphic novels that have been placed on such lists over the years, including Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Craig Thompson’s Blankets.This will follow a brief look at contemporary cartoons on the privacy versus security issues related to social media and government access (eg, the Snowden/NSA case). Dr. Hastings will return on Sept. 24 for Class 5: Graphic Novels, Biographies and Autobiographies. The class will explore the classics like Art Speigelman’s Maus and Maus II,  as well as modern classics like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. Attendees will examine graphic novels and biographies as works of art, as a literary genre, and as social and political commentary. Dr. Hastings and his colleagues at West Liberty University have developed the first literature major in Graphic Narrative, a unique 4-year degree for students interested in the study and analysis of comics as literature, which will launch in fall 2013.

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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..