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Miss Totorri in Wheeling: The Japanese Friendship Dolls of 1927

In 1927, 14 years before the attack on Pearl Harbor would change the relationship between the two countries forever, Japan sent ambassadors to the United States in the form of lovely, elegantly clad, three-foot tall dolls, one of which visited Wheeling. The Power of Archives One of the photographs chosen to illustrate ...more

The Wheeling Connection to Gordon Lightfoot & His Ballad

by Dr. Christina Fisanick As we collectively mourn the recent passing of Gordon Lightfoot, it calls to mind the connection between the singer-songwriter’s most famous ballad and Wheeling’s most celebrated park. That song, of course, is “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” which commemorates one of the worst ship disasters in Great ...more

Drucie: Wheeling’s Woman Baseball Magnate

                  By Sean Duffy Born Drusilla Petticord on March 4, 1865 on a West Liberty farm, she grew up to become Mrs. Drusilla “Drucie” Petticord Bauer-Turner, a respected baseball “authority” and Wheeling’s most formidable and perhaps West Virginia’s only female baseball “magnate.” When a reporter asked her in 1917 why she took such ...more

Graphic Novels from Book to Film

John Constantine, Hellblazer, by Jamie Delano This volume of the Hellblazer series contains the first John Constantine stories ever told. Described as a “blue collar warlock,” John is an occult detective who frequently contends with the forces of Hell and his own vengeful ghosts. Original Sins follows John as he investigates ...more

Books to Screen: Stories for Readers and Movie-Lovers Alike

These best-selling books all have television or movie adaptations. From famous movies like Harry Potter, to lesser known shows, like The Mortal Instruments, watch these books come to life. Find these great books now on display at the Ohio County Public Library. Many titles are also available digitally from Libby and ...more

From Irish Row to Corktown

The Wheeling Irish How did so many Irish immigrants end up in the United States and in Wheeling? There were many waves of immigration. But the biggest one related to the Gaelic -mostly Catholic- Irish, was caused by starvation. In oversimplified terms: by the mid-19th century, the tenant farmers and working poor of ...more

Serene Dignity: Marian Anderson’s True First Wheeling Performance

“Sometimes racial prejudice is like a hair across your cheek. You can't see it, you can't find it with your fingers, but you keep brushing it because the feel of it is irritating.”-Marian Anderson Marian Anderson was one of the world's greatest contralto singers. She toured the planet as a musical ...more

Wheeling Bound and Down: The History of the Wheeling Truckers Jamboree and Expo

Good-buddy. 10-4. Rubber Duck. Pig pen. Good-buddy. Chicken coop. During the 1970s, code language such as this became extremely popular for truckers, families, and trucking enthusiasts on citizen band radios. The language and trucker culture became so popular throughout the decade that it would influence popular culture including music, movies, television, ...more

The OCPL Book Review: Sea of Tranquility

  Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel Reviewed by Phyllis Sigal Five Stars “Sea of Tranquility” is anything but tranquil. The novel is filled with decades -– centuries even — of upheaval. War. Pandemics. Ponzi schemes. Survival. Another pandemic. Suicides. Violins. Supernatural events. And one of my favorites — time travel. We begin in 1912 ...more

Celebrating Black Voices: Graphic Novels by Black Authors

Celebrate black voices beyond February by reading graphic novels written by Black authors. Titles are available from the Ohio County Public Library, Hoopla, and Libby! March: Book One by John Lewis March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on ...more

People's University: Ancient History - Recommended Reading Part I

                      People's University Ancient History series begins on Thursday, January 5th. Here are a few recommendations for reading as the series begins. Books are available from Hoopla and WV Deli-Libby. For more information on the People's University Ancient History Series, click here. Class 1-  Jan. 5, 2023 - 7 pm: Egypt Part 1 ...more

Ah-Hoo! Werewolves of Wheeling!

Posted by S. Duffy On October 25 at Lunch With Books for our annual Halloween Special,  we explored the bizarre and terrifying alternate universe of historic lycanthropy in the Friendly City. The event featured five tall tales (or tall tails) -- by Cheryl Harshman, Kyle Knox, and Laura Jackson Roberts, yours truly, ...more

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