"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

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Charlie Chaplin's Iconic Film

Modern Times (Lunch With Books)

September 15, 2015

4th Annual 

Season: 2015-2016

Co-sponsored by:
Ohio County Public Library
Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Cinema
Wheeling Jesuit University’s Fine and Performing Arts Department

The Wheeling Film Society (WFS) announces its fourth 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. 

Screening: Modern Times(Charlie Chaplin, 1936) - 87 mins.
The world’s most famous movie star for the first quarter-century of motion pictures and still one of the most familiar icons of cinema, Charlie Chaplin was so powerful a director-star that, nearly a decade into the sound era, he still had the power to deliver a film like Modern Times, a hybrid of the silent and sound eras, in which his character never speaks a word.  Set during the Depression that still raged in the country (and around the world), Chaplin’s classic comedy satirizes industrialization, as Chaplin’s Little Tramp literally becomes a human cog in the machine.  You’ll never forget the daredevil stunts Chaplin performs on roller-skates next to an abyss, nor will you forget the film debut of the Little Tramp’s love interest, Paulette Goddard, glowing as “the Gamin.”

Then at 7 pm: Exploring Local Flora and Fauna

The New People's University Will Explore Local Animals, Plants and Ecosystems

Send us an EMAIL to RSVP. Please type BIOLOGY in the comments section.

The latest series in the People's University program at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will explore the science of Biology, with a focus on local and regional plant and animal life and ecosystems. Classes will meet on consecutive Tuesday evenings at 7 PM, from September 15 through November 3 in the library's auditorium. There will also be two Saturday field trips for those interested. There are no grades and patrons are welcome to attend all or only some programs.
The accomplished faculty includes naturalist and nature photographer Bill Beatty, nature educator Jan Runyan, West Liberty University biology professors, Dr. Joe Greathouse, Dr. Zachary Loughman, and Dr. Roger Seeber, and a naturalist from the Schrader Environmental Education Center at Oglebay Institute to be named soon.

Classes begin on Tuesday, September 15 at 7 PM with Eastern Screech Owls, taught by Beatty.
For 28 years Beatty studied this elusive bird for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the WV Non-game Wildlife Program.  The studies were done in 3 phases: 1) surveys, 2) trapping and 3) nesting/roosting box banding.  The highlights of these studies will be presented through photos of Bill's up-close-and-personal research.

Beatty has a B.S. degree in biology from West Liberty University. He is a consulting Naturalist and Outdoor Education Specialist. Bill founded Wild & Natural in 1990, specializing in nature/environmental programs, nature writing, and nature photography with over 2,000 published photos. He was an Interpretive Naturalist for Oglebay Institute from 1972-1990. He is an instructor for various nature-related events in the WV State Park System. Bill teaches holds a Federal Master Personal Bird Banding permit and for 28 years studied the breeding biology of the Eastern Screech-owl.  Bill and Jan Runyan, who is also a bander, band approx. 1000 birds at their home near Wellsburg, WV each year.

Also: The Bake Sale starts! (click image to enlarge)

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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..