"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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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.

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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..