"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, October 28, 2013

World Philosophy Begins November 5

The Ohio County Public Library's People’s University program will continue in November with a series on World Philosophy. All classes will meet on Tuesday evenings beginning at 7:00 pm.

The six-part series will cover everything from ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, to ancient Asian, Christian, Enlightenment, Romantic, and Contemporary philosophies. Instructors for the program will include Darin S. McGinnis, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wheeling Jesuit University and Andy Staron, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Wheeling Jesuit University. An additional instructor will be announced.

The People's University is a free program for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts. It features courses — taught by experts in each subject — that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning in classic subjects. 

Class 1: Nov. 5--What is Philosophy? An introduction to how we make sense of the world.  Instructor: Darin McGinnis.
Class 2: Nov. 12 --Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy.The enduring origins of Western thinking. Instructor: Darin McGinnis.
Class 3: Nov. 19 --Ancient Asian Philosophy. Confucius, Buddha, Hinduism, and more. Instructor: TBA.
Class 4: Nov. 26--Christian Philosophy. Instructor: Andy Staron.
Class 5: Dec. 3--Enlightenment & Romantic Philosophy.The conflict and compatibility of science and freedom. Instructor: Darin McGinnis.

Dec 10: NO CLASS
Class 6: Dec. 17 --Contemporary Philosophy. Language, logic, and existence. Instructor: Darin McGinnis

All People's University classes are free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling 304-232-0244 or by sending an email to lunchwithbooks@yahoo.com. For more information, visit ohiocountylibrary.org.

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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..