"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, October 22, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Friday, Oct. 31 at noon: Halloween & Day of the Dead 

Pamela Apkarian-Russell, owner of Castle Halloween Museum, will discuss the art, literature and traditions of Halloween. She will also be bringing items to delight your eye!  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oct. 21 Wheeling Film Society: North by Northwest

John Whitehead
The Wheeling Film Society (WFS) announces its third annual season of screening-discussions of classic Hollywood films.  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(2011) and Mike Nichols and the Cinema of Transformation (2014) will serve as host for the screenings and conversations.  First up, on Friday, Oct. 17  at 7 PM at Towngate Cinema, a free screening of North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959) - 136 mins. And on Tuesday Oct. 21 at the Ohio County Public Library at Noon join the Conversation about North by NorthwestUnsurprisingly, when Hitchcock approached the National Park Service about dangling Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint from Abraham Lincoln’s nose, Park officials declined.  So Hitchcock filmed on location at the Visitor’s Center and built a studio replica of the monument for his stars to climb on.  As justly famous as this climactic scene is, it is less celebrated than the one in which Grant battles a crop duster in a cornfield.  The spectacular success of North by Northwest, a love story masquerading as a spy thriller, made possible Hitchcock’s next, riskier project, Psycho.  Beloved but often marginalized as a mere entertainment, North by Northwest explores the same preoccupations with existential identity and intimacy as “serious” films like 1958’s Vertigo. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and complimentary beverages are served. Please see the library's web site at www.ohiocountylibrary.org or call 304-232-0244 for more information.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lunch With Books: Chief Cornstalk and the War for Middle Ground October 14, 2014

Event starts at 12:00 PM.

Doug Wood, who portrays Cherokee leader Ostenaco for WVHC's History Alive, will discuss the Shawnee and Cornstalk's 1763 campaign against western Virginia. 2013 is the 250th anniversary of that campaign and the War for the Middle Ground. 2014 will be the 250th anniversary of the Treaty of Muskingum at the end of the War for the Middle Ground, and that treaty had a huge impact on subsequent WV history, particularly in the upper Ohio Valley region of our state.  Mr. Wood will explore the War for the Middle Ground, Cornstalk's Campaign, and the Treaty of Muskingum.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lunch With Books: Chief Cornstalk (History Alive) October 07, 2014

Meet Chief Cornstalk

Event starts at 12:00 PM.

Cornstalk was a Shawnee chief who fought in the French and Indian War and carried out raids into the Greenbrier Valley during Pontiac’s Rebellion. On October 10, 1774, he led nearly a thousand Shawnee warriors against an equal number of Virginians at the Battle of Point Pleasant in the major engagement of Dunmore’s War.

Portrayed by: DAN CUTLER , courtesy West Virginia Humanities Council's History Alive program.

Doug Wood
The Native American History Series continues October 14 with Doug Wood on Cornstalk, November 25 with C. Allan Spencer on Eastern Woodland Culture, and January 6 with Alan Fitzpatrick on his book, Place of the Skull.

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..