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August 20, 2018

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LUNCH WITH BOOKS: Summit of Glory - The West Virginia Flying Corps

August 21, 2018

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Both Story Time and Toddler Time will be on hiatus throughout the month of August and will return following the Labor Day weekend. Story Times will resume Tuesday, September 4 and Toddler Times will resume Friday, September 7.



Wheeling's First Labor Heritage Week to Feature a Variety of Events With Programs at Library Tuesday, August 28 at noon and 7pm, and Thursday, August 30 at noon.

Reuther-Pollack Labor Heritage WeekA variety of events celebrating the Upper Ohio Valley's labor and working class heritage are planned for Wheeling's first ever Reuther-Pollack Labor Heritage Week to be held August 27 through September 1, 2018 at The First State Capitol at 1413 Eoff Street and at the Ohio County Public Library at 52-16th Street.

The events are being organized by the Wheeling Academy of Law and Science (WALS) Foundation, through its Reuther-Wheeling Library and Labor History Archive, and the Ohio County Public Library through its adult programming department. Sponsors include the West Virginia Humanities Council (sponsor of Sept. 1 symposium), Wheeling Heritage, and Bishop Whelan Div. 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians. Heritage Partners for the events include the Battle of Homestead Foundation, West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation, West Virginia Independence Hall Museum, and WVU Press.

On Tuesday, Aug 28 at noon, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, Jack Seitz, Lead Educator at the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum will present: “A Brief Sketch of West Virginia Labor History in Modern Context or: The Long History of ‘Going West Virginia on You.’” In February 2018 West Virginia teachers and public employees disrupted national narratives about “red state politics” when they went on strike for higher wages and a fix to the state health insurance plan. This successful movement inspired similar strikes across the country and reshaped national conversations and developments around austerity and neoliberalism. However, it was not the first time West Virginia laborers stood at the forefront of working-class politics and industrial democracy.

That evening at 7 pm, Lou Martin, associate professor of history at Chatham University and founding board member of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum will present a Special Edition People’s University at the Ohio County Public Library called, “Appalachian History and Politics Since the 1970s.” National politics during the 1970s saw the beginning of neoliberalism--a free market ideology that calls for cuts to taxes and social spending, deregulation, increased competition in the labor market, fewer union protections, and above all free trade between nations. Far from failing to achieve their goals in Appalachia, these policies have functioned as intended, spurring innovation in some sectors of the economy, increasing worker productivity, and lowering some consumer costs. But the costs have been high in this region: hollowed out mine and mill towns, the decline of the labor movement, and great inequalities of wealth, health, and power. 

On Thursday, August 30 at noon at a special edition Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, Ginny Savage Ayers will discuss her new book, “Never Justice, Never Peace: Mother Jones and the Miner Rebellion at Paint and Cabin Creeks.” In 1986 Lon Savage published "Thunder in the Mountains: The West Virginia Mine War, 1920–21," a popular history now considered a classic. Among those the book influenced are Denise Giardina, author of Storming Heaven, and John Sayles, writer and director of Matewan. When Savage passed away, he left behind an incomplete book manuscript about a lesser-known Mother Jones crusade in Kanawha County, West Virginia. His daughter Ginny Savage Ayers drew on his notes and files, as well as her own original research, to complete "Never Justice, Never Peace"—the first book-length account of the Paint Creek–Cabin Creek Strike of 1912–13. Dr. Lou Martin wrote the introduction to this important new book.

Click here for a full schedule of Labor Heritage Week events.



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. Community leaders, local celebrities, and library employees will share a brief review of a favorite book from the 100 list. Light refreshments will be served.

At the end of October, we will also host a "Reveal Party" for the winning "Great American 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. 

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)


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

OCPL Programming Calendar: August 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. 

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

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

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