"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, August 26, 2008

Next Week: WWII Veteran Melvin Salter

Melvin Salter, who joined the U.S. Army in 1943 at the age of 18, will discuss A Life Well Lived: the Mel Salter Story, the memoir he has written with his daughter, Barbara Salter Gurian. Salter’s story has been placed in The Library of Congress as a part of the Veterans History Project. Salter was a rifleman in the European, African, and Middle Eastern Theaters from 1943-45. He was wounded three times and was awarded the Purple Heart with two Clusters and the Bronze Star for bravery.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Next Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Aug 26 Bridge Building in WV with Terry Lively

Terry Lively of the WVDOT will discuss the documentary film, Crossings: Bridge Building in WV and the new companion coffee table book. Both the Elm Grove stone arch bridge and the Wheeling suspension bridge are featured in the film, which shows the formidable terrain our forebears faced and how they overcame these transportation barriers with innovative, award-winning structures. Lively was the writer and executive producer for the film.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Next Week--Tuesday August 19: Nicaragua

Aug 19 Nicaragua: Religion & Politics

WJU Political Science professor Dr. John Poffenbarger will discuss the effect of religion on politics in Nicaragua, namely how new evangelical movements and changes in the Catholic Church are affecting the political environment. Dr. Poffenbarger lived in Nicaragua in 2003, studying civil society through survey research.

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..