Ohio County Public Library

Ohio County Public Library

Lunch With Books

Many of our Lunch With Books programs have been recorded and, upon request, can be made available to check out.
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  "Lunch With Books” is the library’s flagship program for adult patrons. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy presentations by authors, poets, historians, musicians and a variety of other people. Complimentary beverages are provided. These free programs usually start at noon on Tuesdays in the auditorium on the lower level of the library.


The library currently has over 400 Lunch With Books programs available on DVD. A sampling of these programs can be viewed online through the links below.

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April 16, 2013:   ▶ The History of Ohio County Public Library with Dr. Chuck Julian
April 12, 2011:   ▶ The Forgotten First Campaign: Western Virginia, 1861
May 24, 2011:   ▶ Lucy Bagby with John Vacha
September 20, 2011:   ▶ The Bicentennial of Steamboating with John Bowman 
September 27, 2011:   ▶ The Sultana Disaster with Kate Quinn 
April 9, 2013:   ▶ West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman reads "Whitman and Wright Visit the Wheeling Middle School" from his book, Green-Silver and Silent
March 13th, 2014:   ▶ Wheeling Symphony Panel Discussion: Prayer for the Innocents 
Maestro André Raphel and composer Avner Dorman discuss Dorman's piece "Prayer for the Innocents" before its premiere at the Wheeling Symphony on March 14th, 2014.
June 13th, 2017:   ▶ Virtual Walking Tour of Historic Warwood with Christina Rieth 

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The Lunch With Books Theme Song:  
Featuring Yodeling Dick Brooks

A brief history of the
Lunch With Books program:

 Feedback from Lunch With Books guests:

The first Lunch With Books program, January 25, 1977.

Lunch With Books Snapshots 

Dan Toomey: On Board Lincoln's Funeral Train, Oct. 25, 2016









Harriet Tubman (Ilene Evans) Visits Lunch With Books















Many thanks to the History Alive! program at the West Virginia Humanities Council

James Alexander Thom (July 26)







July 12: Photos by JJ Young



Greg Smith, Liz Young, and Nick Fry at Lunch With Books.

Nicholas Fry is the curator of the Barriger Library and is the archivist of the B&O Railroad Historical Society. 

Greg Smith is a retired educator and is currently president of the B&O Historical Society. 

Elizabeth Davis-Young is the widow of J. J. Young Jr. This book realizes her desire to fulfill her husband's unfinished plans for a book of his Wheeling area railroad photographs.

John J. Young Jr.'s  (1929–2004) hobby of railroad photography began in Wheeling, WV, and continued after he moved to upstate New York in 1959. He was a member of the faculty of Broome Community College in Binghamton and taught photography until his retirement in 1995. His photographs of railroads across the country were published in books and periodicals throughout his life. He was working on this book before his death in 2004.





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Here are some scenes from Wheeling's 1906 Saengerfest Revisited, Sunday May 29, 2016. Attendance: 166.



Steve Scafidi at the Wheeling Poetry Series, April 26, 2016





 with Author Richard Fleming

The Irish Easter Rising in Poems and Songs.

Read the article from the Sunday News-Register, March 20, 2016, Section C, Opinion & Community HERE.

Pat Cassidy recited Easter 1916 by William Butler Yeats.
Margaret Brennan reads The Mother by Patrick Pearse.



Good Times Today at the Wheeling Birthday Bash!

What did you think of the program? Attendance was 105!

If you didn't get a souvenir program but really, really want one, please send us an email here, or give us a call at 304-232-0244.

Read more about the 1936 Centennial.








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