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"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

This blog is being discontinued.

This blog is being discontinued.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CANCELED --Nov 26 at noon at Lunch With Books



Due to weather issues between here and Pittsburgh, our program scheduled for today, Nov 26 at noon, featuring sportswriter Jim O'Brien on the life of Steelers coach Chuck Noll, has been canceled. It has been rescheduled for April 22, 2014 at noon.

Anyone who wants a copy of the book should send Mr. O'Brien a check for
$29.95 for the book, plus $3.50 for postage with signing instructions to: 

James P. O'Brien Publishing, P.O. Box 12580, Pittsburgh
PA 15241.  

For more info on the book, Google Pittsburgh sports author Jim O'Brien or go directly to his website at www.jimobriensportsauthor.com.

Note: as of now, the People's University program scheduled for this evening at 7 pm, Christian Philosophy with Dr. Andy Staron, will occur as planned. But that may change. Be sure to check with us.

Pittsburgh’s sports storyteller, Jim O’Brien, returns to Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling on Tuesday, November 26 at noon to discuss his new book, AWinning Way, the first ever devoted exclusively to the life and career of legendary Steelers coach, Chuck Noll, who was rated the No.5 coach of all time in a poll taken in 2013.  Jim O’Brien has interviewed Noll many times through the years and, most recently, he has interviewed some of the great players from those teams of the ‘70s and ‘80s who shed some interesting light on their coach. The book will allow readers to catch up on what’s become of those great players from the Steelers when they were the “Team of the Decade.”  The book is 640 pages, with over 300 photographs, including 32 pages of full-color photos. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.



And that evening at 7 PM the People's University, Dr. Andy Staron, Wheeling Jesuit University, will discuss Christian Philosophy.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nov 19 at noon: Is West Virginia Legally a State?

Dr. Richard Owens will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, November 19 at noon to offer a different perspective on West Virginia’s statehood by discussing his new book Rogue State: The Unconstitutional Process of Establishing West Virginia Statehood. From the book jacket: “Rogue State chronicles how West Virginia entered—and remains—in the Union under unconstitutional circumstances. Its severance from Virginia and reincorporation as a new state in 1863 occurred outside the bounds of constitutional legality. The United States government, while pledged to prevent the secession of eleven states from the Union, nevertheless condoned, abetted, supported, and ultimately affirmed secession of fifty counties without permission from Virginia. This unprecedented and unconstitutional process marks the only time in American history that a state was created and admitted to the Union outside the boundaries of the prescribed constitutional process. Lincoln’s attorney general even declared the process unconstitutional. Though the U.S. Constitution did not permit secession for states or parts of states, the U.S. government produced a fa├žade of legality and constitutionality in 1863 to justify the secession of a part of one state to form another.”  Dr. Owens is professor of history at West Liberty University. An active teacher and historian, he is the author of several books and numerous articles, including three historical novels: Potomac: A Story of America in 1940 [2012] Knightime, [2006] and Conspiracy of Terror published [2001]. Dr. Owens also served as historian and commentator for a 1993 BBC production, “A Nation Divided: The United States Civil War.” Dr. Owens earned his Ph.D. in U.S. history at the University of Maryland. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.


& at 7 PM: The People's University continues with Ancient Asian Philosophy. Instructors Margarita Delgado and Bhante Pemaratana are both PhD candidates from the University of Pittsburgh.  Mr. Pemaratna is also a monk from Sri Lanka.They will discuss Buddhism, Daoism, and some contemporary practices of both. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Moon, Murder, and Self-Publishing

Dr. Chuck Wood will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, November 12 at noon to discuss his new book, The21st Century Atlas of the Moon. Coauthored with amateur astronomer Maurice Collins of New Zealand, the atlas is based on pictures from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), an unmanned mission to map the Moon with resolution good enough to see the rovers that Apollo astronauts used to drive across the lunar surface. "The mosaics created from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter are finally taking the understanding of the Moon significantly beyond Apollo-era data," Wood said. The 108-page atlas features spiral-bound 8.5" x 11" pages. Each page of the atlas features an HDTV image with a map of the entire Moon in an upper corner showing where the image is located. A 100-150 word description accompanies each image. The 21st Century Atlas of the Moon can be ordered through his Lunar Photo of the Day website for $29.95 on a special order page. It is also available at the SMARTcenter at Centre Market in downtown Wheeling. Wood’s Lunch With Book presentation will have three components: 1-why the Moon is interesting, 2-what has and is happening to lunar exploration - for example, China has sent two unmanned orbiters to the Moon in the past few years and plans to land probe on the surface this year (unmanned), and 3-the pains and pleasures of self publishing.  Dr. Wood is director of the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University, home to the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future and the Challenger Learning Center. Wood also serves as a senior scientist with the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Ariz. and is a renowned expert on the Moon's geology. He writes the daily blog, Lunar Photo of the Day, has written a monthly lunar column for Sky & Telescope magazine since 1998, and has authored three other books dealing with the Moon, volcanoes, and impact craters. He also has a small telescope in his backyard to observe the Moon. 


Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.

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..