"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, July 25, 2007


Jim Thornton of Creative Impressions Studios will be at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program on Tuesday, July 31st at noon to screen the fascinating DVD entitled, Early Wheeling. The DVD features over 200 still images of the city accompanied by audio accounts from the people who lived in the Wheeling during those days. The interviews were recorded as a part of the Spoken Word oral history project. Creative Impressions has published several books and videos on Wheeling’s history, including Doc Williams: Looking Back, Greetings From Wheeling: Historic Postcards, and Wheeling Island: A Photographic History. Books and DVDs will be available for purchase. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Special Program

Mountaintop Removal Mining

On Tuesday, July 24th at noon filmmaker Sasha Waters will screen segments of her award winning PBS documentary Razing Appalachia, a film that explores the controversial issue of mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia. It's the story of a remarkable grassroots fight against political inaction and against the second largest coal company in America. Ms. Waters will also show a brief clip from her new work-in-progress, a documentary called This American Gothic that uses the history of the famous painting by Grant Wood to explore the struggle of a rural Iowa town to survive in a 21st century economy. The film presentations will be followed by a question and answer session. Copies of Razing Appalachia will be available for sale. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Cerrone Talks Preservation

On Tuesday, July 10th, Lunch With Books welcomed Wheeling resident Dominick Cerrone. An engineer and the owner of Good Mansion Wines, Mr. Cerrone shared before and after photos as well as stories of his experiences renovating two historic properties on 14th Street in East Wheeling. The event was co-sponsored by the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation.

Thursday, July 5, 2007



Popular speaker and teacher Dr. Scott Hahn will be at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program on Tuesday, August 21st at noon. Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Over 500 of these talks have been produced on audio and videotapes by St. Joseph Communications.

Dr. Hahn is currently a Professor of Theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was appointed as the inaugural Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hahn has written numerous books and articles, including, most recently, Letter and Spirit (Doubleday: New York, 2005), Understanding the Scriptures (Midwest Theological Forum: Chicago, 2005), and Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace: My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei (Doubleday Religion: New York, 2006). At Lunch With Books, he will discuss his latest book, Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith (Doubleday: New York, 2007). Scott Hahn has ten years of youth and pastoral ministry experience in Protestant congregations (in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Kansas and Virginia) and is a former Professor of Theology at Chesapeake Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1982 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia. He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986.

Copies of Reasons to Believe as well as other books will be available for purchase and signing.

Note: Although admission is free as usual, seating is limited. Due to Dr. Hahn's popularity, a close to capacity crowd is expected. This event will, therefore, feature theater style seating and tickets will be issued. Those interested may call the library at 304-232-0244 or come to the library to reserve a seat. You may pick up your tickets at the Reference Desk prior to the event.

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..