"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, June 24, 2015

June 30 Ripped from the Headlines, Part 2

Jeanne Finstein and Judi Hendrickson, of the Friends of Wheeling, will continue exploring the dark side of Wheeling's history, discussing sensational stories from our past that run the gamut from murder and mayhem to the pathetic and amusing. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

June 23: TWO Great Programs

First at Lunch With Books at noon: Wheeling Hospital and the Civil War

June 23, 2015

Event starts at 12:00 PM.

Margaret Brennan will explore the role of Wheeling Hospital  and the Sisters of St. Joseph in caring for wounded soldiers, both Union and Confederate.

Then at 7 PM at West Virginia Independence Hall

It's Wheeling History: The Final Four at WV Independence Hall

June 23, 2015

Event starts at 7:00 PM.

At the Historic Courtroom at West Virginia Independence Hall!


Whada’ya Know Weelunk 

Dave Barnett                                                          
Nancy Barnett                                                        
Laura Brahler                                                         
Sondra Clutter

Past Masters

Jeanne Finstein       
Kate Quinn                 
Jay Frey                                                      
Hal Gorby

The Downtowners

Don Feenerty                    
Jon-Eric Gilot          
Glenn Elliott             
Joe Roxby

3 Young Guys and an Old Guy (Wild Card)

Daniel Gatts
Ryan Finley
Mike Ramsden
Scott Holt


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tonight at 7: La Danza, Red Carpet Premier!

La Danza

Bridging Time Through Dance.

June 18, 2015--Event starts at 7:00 PM.

Join us for the premier of La Danza--Bridging Time Through Dance--a documentary film that highlights the challenges and opportunities in preserving traditional Italian dance. This short film will feature traditional dances from several regions of Italy as well as interviews with dance experts, workshops on how the dances were learned and performances featuring Allegro Dance Company. This film is sponsored in part by the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival and the West Virginia Humanities Council. For more information visit www.allegrodancecompany.net.

Read the WEELUNK post.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Two Chances to Meet and Hear Dennis Frye

Dr. Joe Laker, chair of the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation Board, and Dennis E. Frye, Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, June 16 at noon to screen and discuss the making of as well as the history behind “Waving for Liberty and the Union,” a 13-minute introductory video for the Civil War battle flags exhibit on display at West Virginia Independence Hall Museum.  Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch and complimentary beverages are provided. Call the library at 302-232-0244 or visit the library's web site at www.ohiocountlibrary.org for more information.

and at 7 PM

On Tuesday, June 16 at 7 PM, at a special evening edition of Lunch With Books, the Ohio County Public Library will welcome Dennis E. Frye, Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Frye will discuss his Civil War book, September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril.  Writer, lecturer, guide, and preservationist, Dennis is a prominent historian with numerous appearances on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and A&E. One of the nation’s leading Civil War battlefield preservationists, he is co-founder of Civil War Trust. He is also a well-known author, with 94 articles and nine books and has written for prestigious Civil War magazines such as America’s Civil War and Blue & Gray. Evening With Books programs are free and open to the public. Snacks and complimentary beverages are provided. Call the library at 302-232-0244 or visit the library's web site at www.ohiocountlibrary.org for more information.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

One Week, TWO Great Programs...

First on Tuesday at noon: General Rosecrans

David Moore will discuss his book, William S Rosecrans and the Union Victory: A Civil War Biography. Rosecrans was stationed in Wheeling for a time at the Charles
Wells Russell house and designed one of the most successful battlefield ambulances used in the war. “One could argue that he is one of the very key persons in making West Virginia's independence possible,” Moore said. “If the Union army didn't occupy much of western Virginia a referendum for independence would have had little effect. Rosecrans spent a fair amount of time in Wheeling early in the war and he and his wife had their portraits painted there.”

on Facebook and OCPL Web Site.

Then on Friday at noon: The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy

In American BrutusMichael W. Kauffman, one of the foremost Lincoln assassination authorities, takes familiar history to a deeper level, offering an unprecedented, authoritative account of the Lincoln murder conspiracy. Working from a staggering array of archival sources and new research, Kauffman sheds new light on the background and motives of John Wilkes Booth, the mechanics of his plot to topple the Union government, and the trials and fates of the conspirators.

on Facebook and OCPL web site.


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..