"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, October 15, 2013

Oct 29: A Look at One of the most Haunted Sites in America

Author Sherri Brake will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, October 29 at noon to discuss her book, The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary: Afterlife with No Parole. Located in Moundsville, and built in 1866, the WV Pen has a dark and deadly history. The Cincinnati Enquirer dubbed it "Hell on Earth,” while inmates called it "Bloody Alley.” It ranked on the nation's Most Violent Prison list for many years. Paranormal investigator and author Sherri Brake will share the bloody frontier history, the building of the Pen, and reports of early torture. She will discuss the wardens, the electrocutions, the notorious prisoners, and the most active paranormal hotspots. Over 100 Ghost Hunters shared their experiences for Brake’s book on one of America's most haunted locations. Sherrie Brake is an author, lecturer, paranormal investigator, and tour guide. She owns the award-winning "Haunted Heartland Tours" and in the past has instructed classes on the paranormal while finding time to consult on a few paranormal television shows. An aficionado of folklore and dark history, Brake has a monthly column in West Virginia's largest independent publication, Two-Lane Livin'. The column is called “Fireside Folklore” and features Mountain States ghosts, folklore and legends. Brake is a member of many historical & heritage societies and lives on a 100-acre farm in central West Virginia in a house she says is "slightly" haunted. For more information, visit her website at www.HauntedHistory.net


That same evening on Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30 pm, the library will host a free screening of the documentary film, Gasland Part 2, directed by Josh Fox. The program will be presented in partnership with Wheeling Water Warriors, FaCTOV, and Ohio Valley Peace. Former Pittsburgh City Councilman Doug Shields will be in attendance.

Like all library programs, the "Fracking Facts" series is free and open to the public. Please call 304-232-0244 or visit ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.


I will send a FREE copy of the new book,Legendary Locals of Wheeling, to LIKE number 500 of the main Lunch With Books page at facebook.com/lunchwithbooks

This book,  features more than 40 contributors from the community.Royalties benefit the Ohio County Public Library. Copies are available at the library's circulation desk.

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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..