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STORY TIME: Things that go Vroom! Bikes

September 19, 2018

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PEOPLE'S UNIVERSITY - West Virginia Watersheds: Class 4 - A Role for the Citizen Scientist

September 25, 2018

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New People’s University Exploring West Virginia's Watersheds Starts September 4

People's University, Fall 2018 - West Virginia Watersheds

In recognition of the elemental importance of our water to all life and human activity, including lifelong learning, the Ohio County Public Library and the non-profit Capstone Group have partnered to offer a People’s University series that asks the question: what is the state of the watersheds in Wheeling and in our state and what can be done to safeguard or improve them? "West Virginia Watersheds" classes will meet on four consecutive Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in the library's auditorium beginning Tuesday, September 4. The series is organized by the non-profit Capstone Group, Inc. (, in cooperation with the Institute of Water Security and Science at West Virginia University ( The Capstone Group is based in Wheeling and is led by Manetta Calinger and Laurie Ruberg. Funding for this series is provided by the Walmart Foundation and its affiliate store in Triadelphia, WV. Additional support is provided by Ohio County Public Library.

Class Schedule:

▶ CLASS 1: TUESDAY, SEPT. 4 — WATER: THE SOURCE OF LIFE, Instructor Dr. Elliott Kellner
▶ CLASS 2: TUESDAY, SEPT. 11 — WHEELING WATER, Instructor Lori Siburt
▶ CLASS 4: TUESDAY, SEPT. 25 — A ROLE FOR THE CITIZEN SCIENTIST, Instructors Dr. Dorothy Vesper, Mr. Howdy Henritz and Dr. Ben Hitt.



September and October Schedule Available

Story Time Schedule, Fall 2018

Story Times are Tuesdays and Wednesdays are held at 10 am in the Children's Department. Toddler Times are held at 10:30 am in the Library Auditorium. 

Pick up a copy of the Fall 2018 Story Time Schedule at the library or download one from our website. Visit our calendar for a full schedule of library programs. 



Between May 22 and October 18, 2018, PBS is asking you to help narrow a list of 100 books down to the "The Great American Read" and we will be screening movies based on the novels on that list. 

We will also be hosting a "Great American Read" kick-off party, Thursday, September 6 at 7 pm in the Library Auditorium. Members of the community are asked to share a brief review of a favorite book from the 100 list. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. 

At the end of October, we will also host a "Reveal Party" for the winning "Great American Read," "Great West Virginia Read," and the "Great Wheeling Read" (Time and date TBA).

The Great American Read: 100 Books. One Winner. PBS.

Charlotte's Web

First up is the children's classic Charlotte's Web, Monday, August 20 in the Library Auditorium at 6 pm.

Based on the beloved children's novel by E.B. White, a young girl named Fern rescues a runty piglet, raises it as her own and names him Wilbur. However, after Wilbur grows into a pig, she is compelled to sell him to her Uncle Homer Zuckerman down the street. At Zuckerman's barn, Wilbur meets a host of animals and later learns from them that come winter, he will be slaughtered for food. Fearing for his life, Charlotte, a gentle and wise spider who befriended the lonely Wilbur, vows to save his life.  

Full Schedule of Great American Read Movies at the Library:

Is your favorite book on the list? Then it's time to vote!

This summer PBS is trying to decide which novel is The Great American Read. They've chosen 100 books—novels only, no nonfiction (sorry)—and now it's our turn to pick our favorites. Visit The Great American Read home page to see how many of the 100 books you've read. 

America's Best-Loved Books

The list is interactive and you get to vote for your favorite. You get to vote for our favorite novel once a day and you can change it up and vote for a different novel every day, or you can just vote for the same one over and over again. We'll find out which book wins this fall. It's time to vote for your old favorites and read some new winners! And in the meantime, join us to watch some great films based on the 100 books on the list. 

Vote for "The Great West Virginia Read" and "The Great Wheeling Read" as well. Happy Great American Reading!


THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey)*.  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.  

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.  

The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.

*PBS does not endorse any titles on the top 100 list. For more information on how these titles were selected, please see.

TV Schedule

  • "Launch Special" (Premiered Tuesday, May 22, 2018) Watch Now
  • "Fall Kick-off" (Premieres Tuesday, September 11, 2018 8/7c)
  • "Who Am I?" (Premieres Tuesday, September 18, 2018 8/7c)
  • "Heroes" (Premieres Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8/7c)
  • "Villains and Monsters" (Premieres Tuesday, October 2, 2018 8/7c)
  • "What We Do For Love" (Premieres Tuesday, October 9, 2018 8/7c)
  • "Other Worlds" (Premieres Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8/7c)
  • "Grand Finale" (Premieres Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8/7c)


September 2018 OCPL Programming Calendar Available

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

OCPL Programming Calendar: September 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.