"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, January 15, 2014

Steve Mazure program postponed. Up next: A Night at the Opera...

POSTPONEMENT: Steve's Mazure's program scheduled for today (Jan. 21) has been postponed until Tuesday March 4 due to the inclement weather.


The Wheeling Film Society, a partnership among the Ohio County Public Library, Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Cinema, and Wheeling Jesuit University’s Fine and Performing Arts Department will continue its second annual season of screening-discussions of classic Hollywood films with a screening of the Marx Brothers’ A Night atthe Opera (1935-96 minutes) at Towngate Cinema on Friday, January 24 at 7PM. The Wheeling Film Society’s Conversation about the film will take place atLunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on the following Tuesday,January 28 at noon. John Whitehead, professor of film studies at Wheeling Jesuit University and author of Appraising The Graduate: The Mike Nichols Classic and Its Impact in Hollywood, will serve as host for both the screening and conversation. The Marx Brothers made one of their greatest comedies – about immigration and employment and class-consciousness – during the depths of the Great Depression.  In one of their most deliriously absurd set-pieces, Groucho and Chico gleefully deconstruct the legalese of performance contracts.  Harpo gleefully deconstructs just about everything else, using a large mallet (and other blunt instruments).  Kitty Carlisle and Alan Jones play the talented young singers kept apart by the towering ego of a small-minded tenor.  Naturally, all of them are upstaged by Chico’s piano and Harpo’s, well, harp.  Somehow, opera is both trashed and celebrated in the same film, while baseball is purely celebrated.  A sparkling time of music and comedy will be had by all. All programs – screenings and conversations – are free of admission charge. Attend as many or as few programs as your schedule allows. All are welcome, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Parental Guidance is recommended for all screenings and conversations. 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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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..