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July 17, 2018

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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018 AT 7 PM

"On the Home Front and Abroad: African Americans In WWII"

African-American soldiers saw WWII as a two-front battle. Drawing the connection between fascism abroad and hate at home, pre-Civil Rights activists declared the necessity of “double victory.” On the home front, African American “Rosie the Riveters” fled lives as domestics and sharecroppers to empower themselves, working in war production and U.S. government offices while fighting both racism and sexism.

People's U: WWII, Class 6 - On the Home Front and Abroad: African Americans in WWII

Instructor: Gregory Cooke is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Cooke has researched, written and produced two historical documentaries about the African American experience during World War II, Choc’late Soldiers from the USA and Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II. He earned his B.A. in English from the American International College and his M.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University.



One Voice, Two Lives: From Auschwitz Prisoner to 101st Airborne Trooper
A Holocaust Memoir with Author Cantor David Wisnia

This is the remarkable true story of Cantor David Wisnia, who, at 91 years old, will recount his ordeal through word and song as he shares his memories and life lessons. His is an incredible story of survival that he readily attributes to his glorious singing voice, the kindness of a few courageous Polish people, and fate. He was 16 when imprisoned for 2.5 years at the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp. His life was spared by singing to entertain the Nazi SS guards, becoming a so-called “privileged” prisoner. In January 1945, he endured a Death March, suffered the horrors of Dachau, and then narrowly escaped to freedom. Luckily, he found and was “adopted” by the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, H Company, the “Screaming Eagles.” He actively engaged in combat and helped as a translator during the closing months of the war in Germany, becoming both a survivor and a liberator.

Cantor Wisnia will be accompanied by accomplished pianist and friend, Laurent Levy, who grew up in Morgantown, WV. Laurent is the son of Dr. Edith Levy, a former adjunct assistant professor at WVU, who survived the Holocaust as a hidden child. She is the founder of the WV Holocaust Education Commission, established in 1998 by executive order of Governor Cecil Underwood.

Signed copies of Cantor Wisnia’s 2015 memoir, One Voice, Two Lives, will be available for purchase for $20.

One Voice, Two Lives - Holocaust survivor and liberator Cantor David SWisnia

Cantor Wisnia will also be at Temple Shalom (23 Bethany Pike) on Friday, July 13 at 8:00 pm, participating in the Sabbath evening service and sharing a brief overview of his extraordinary life story.

Both events are free and open to the public.

These programs are coordinated by Barb Lewine, Holocaust Educator. For further information - email:

- Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 
Program starts at 7 pm in the Library Auditorium. 



This Summer, the Ohio County Public Library is promoting the national theme of “Libraries Rock” for both their annual Children's and Adult Summer Reading Programs. 

OCPL Summer Reading Programs 2018

Registration for the Kid's “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Program starts the first week of June. Stop by the Library, starting June 4, to pick up a Summer Reading Activity Sheet and a schedule of Summer Reading Programs for Kids. 

Summer reading isn’t just for kids!

Blind Date With A Book: Libraries Rock!The Ohio County Public Library's Adult Summer Reading Program, "Let a Blind Date with a Book Rock Your World," starts June 4, 2018. The Library is continuing the popular "Blind Date" book program this year with Collaborative Summer Library Program theme "Libraries Rock." Come into the Library anytime between June 6 and August 5 and pick up one of our musically-themed "Blind Date" books. Check out your “Blind Date” book at the circulation desk, take it home, unwrap and read, then share all the juicy details with us by completing a "Rate Your Date" bookmark. Each completed "Rate Your Date bookmark" turned into the Library's circulation desk will get you one entry into our grand prize drawing. All "Rate Your Date" forms must be turned in by August 5th, 2018. Prize drawings will be held on August 6th.


Heinz History Center's "We Can Do It! WWII" Traveling Exhibit on Display May 26-July 24, 2018

Heinz History Center We Can Do It! WWII Traveling Exhibit on display at the Ohio County Public Library May 26 through July 24, 2018

From Saturday, May 26, 2018, to Tuesday, July 24, 2018, the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, WV will have the privilege to host the Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh's traveling exhibition, "We Can Do It! WWII."

The 500-sq. ft. exhibit explores Western Pennsylvania’s incredible impact on the home, industrial, and battlefronts during World War II and includes artifacts, previously unseen photographs, and large museum panels highlighting Western Pa.’s contributions to WWII, as well as lifelike museum figures of local WWII heroes (General George C. Marshall, Tuskegee Airman Lt. Carl J. Woods, Iwo Jima hero Sgt. Michael Strank, The Westinghouse Company-inspired Rosie the Riveter). The exhibit will be supplemented with Wheeling related WWII-era artifacts, both from the collections of the Ohio County Public Library, and other local organizations and individuals.

A variety of WWII related programs will also take place throughout the duration of the exhibit. See our calendar at

The Ohio County Public Library was one of fifteen affiliate organizations selected by the Heinz History Center to host the exhibit over a three year period, the only site in West Virginia to receive the traveling display. History Center Affiliate Program (HCAP) institutions are encouraged to display WWII-related items from their collections as part of the exhibit. Much like Pittsburgh, Wheeling was an industrial, manufacturing city that produced tons of vital materials for the war effort. The exhibit is provided free of charge to members of the History Center Affiliates Program, a collection of more than 125 historical organizations throughout the region.

The library’s local display includes examples of those materials from Wheeling Corrugating, plus men and women's uniforms from various military service branches, POW artifacts, photographs, postcards and telegrams from service members, and ration booklets and stamps, among other items.

Heinz History Center WWII Traveling Exhibit will be at the Ohio County Public Library from May 26 to July 24, 2018/

The exhibit will be at the OCPL from May 26 through July 24, 2018 and is open to the public during all open library hours. Learn more about the exhibit.


July 2018 OCPL Programming Calendar Available

Click here for a downloadable version of the July 2018 OCPL programming calendar.

OCPL Programming Calendar: July 2018

For more information about our programs, visit the links below:

Lunch With Books
People's University
Story Time
Toddler Time

Library-Sponsored Programs Policy

The purpose of Ohio County Public Library-sponsored programs is to provide education, information, and entertainment for library patrons. The Library reserves the right to exercise sole discretion in selecting and inviting presenters for its programs. In selecting presenters, the Library does not discriminate on account of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, religion, ancestry or national origin, and the views expressed by presenters of Library-sponsored programs, or by any person in attendance at the programs, do not necessarily reflect the views of the Library, its staff, and/or its representatives.

Ohio County Public Library

The Ohio County Public Library serves all persons who live in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, which includes Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties. Residents in Jefferson, Belmont and Monroe counties of Ohio and Washington, Greene and Allegheny counties of Pennsylvania may also receive library services. 

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.