"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, February 4, 2014

Next: A Program Change

Unfortunately, Greg Kenney, who was scheduled to portray Willie Stargell for us at Lunch With Books on Tuesday February 18, had to cancel due to illness. Dave Parsons of the St. Baldrick's organization graciously offered to do a last minute replacement program, as follows.

"For the past 10 years, Wheeling has hosted a St Baldricks day. The 11th annual event is coming up on March 15. http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/105/2014

46 children a day in the United States, (1 every 3 minutes worldwide) are diagnosed with childhood cancer. Of the 46 diagnosed today, 7 will not survive. I started the St Baldricks events in Wheeling as a way for the community to rally to combat the number one killer of youth in this country. At the time, there was little social media, and few cases were really highlighted in the community. There are several a year that get a lot of attention, and more that are never given publicity.

Other than the Federal Government, the St Baldricks Foundation gives the most money directly to research for CHILDHOOD Cancer. They do not use the money for other means. For example of the enormity, for every dollar the US Government gives for cancer research, 1 cent goes specifically for childhood cancer.

In the presentation, I will include encouraging, fun and upbeat stories of past events here in Wheeling, I'll have pictures and videos on hand, as well as perform the song we wrote and recorded that will be used in the St Baldricks national campaign in 2014-2015. I look forward to making an informative, entertaining and enjoyable presentation." Dave Parsons

"Lunch With Books” is the library’s flagship program for adult patrons. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy presentations by authors, poets, historians, musicians and a variety of other people. Complimentary beverages are provided. These free programs usually start at noon on Tuesdays in the auditorium on the lower level of the library.

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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..