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Lunch With Books: From the Vault

Lunch With Books From the Vault

OCPL has started an initiative to release a new "Lunch With Books from the Vault" every Tuesday since the closing of the Library on March 15, 2020, due to concerns over the potential spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. 

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Tuesday | May 26, 2020
From the Vault:  American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor with ADBC Museum Curator Jim Brockman
Originally presented Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Captured by the Japanese following their conquest of the Philippines in 1942, thousands of American military personnel died while imprisoned under horrific conditions. The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum, located in the Brooke County Library in Wellsburg, WV, is the official national archive, designated as such by the ADBC, of artifacts and documents donated by the survivors and their descendants. Museum Curator Jim Brockman gave a history of the Bataan Death March and shared artifacts from the ADBC Museum.

Tuesday | May 19, 2020
From the Vault:  "Library Memories" hosted by WV Poet Laureate, Marc Harshman
Originally presented Friday, April 19, 2013

The Ohio County Public Library opened its current location at 52 16th Street in Wheeling, WV on May 19, 1973. Back in 2013, celebrating the upcoming 40th anniversary of the door opening at 16th Street and as part of our National Library Week celebration, the Library hosted a special Friday program devoted to the most cherished memories of the OCPL or any library that impacted our patrons' lives. Hosted by West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, memories, poems, and other writings about the importance of libraries and the love of reading were shared. Even WV Governor Tomblin sent us a special message just for this event!

Tuesday | May 5, 2020 (Cinco de Mayo!)
From the Vault:  "Latin Music" played by Diamante Trio with Brazilian songstress Lilly Abreu
Originally presented Tuesday, May 1, 2018

To get the Lunch With Books crowd in the Cinco de Mayo mood, the Diamante Trio visited us at the Ohio County Public Library, Tuesday, May 1, 2018, serenading us with the Latin American spirit. Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Westmoreland Symphony musicians form this ensemble that features all styles of music from Latin America. Brazilian songstress Lilly Abreu, also from Pittsburgh Opera, sang in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and shared information about the languages, the songs, and the composers in this Lunch With Books Cinco de Mayo treat.

Tuesday | April 28, 2020
From the Vault:  "The Benwood Mine Disaster Remembered" with Joseph Tellitocci Jr.
Originally presented Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Joseph A. Tellitocci of Boggs Run, Benwood, WV has done extensive research on the Benwood Mine Disaster of April 28, 1924 in which 119 men— mostly Polish, Italian, and Hungarian immigrants— lost their lives. Among those killed was Istvan (Stephen) Vargo, Mr. Tellitocci’s great-grandfather. 

Monday | April 27, 2020
From the Vault:  "The Sultana Disaster" with Kate Quinn
Originally presented Tuesday, September 27, 2011

On April 21, 1865 the steamer Sultana left New Orleans with 2000 men on board. Most were Union soldiers that had been released from Confederate prison camps. The U.S. Government had contracted the boat to return the men to their homes in the North. Several of those men were from Wheeling. At 2 a.m. on April 27, the boilers exploded killing 1,547 men. The boat's legal capacity was 376. Through pictures and words, the Library's great friend, Kate Quinn (February 25, 1946 - January 22, 2018), told the moving story of the Sultana Disaster.

Tuesday | April 21, 2020
From the Vault:  "Passing the Music Down" - with author Sarah Sullivan with old-time fiddle music
Originally presented Tuesday, April 17, 2012

West Virginia children's book writer, Sarah Sullivan, visited the Ohio County Public Library as part of the "Lunch With Books" series, Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, joined by musicians Richard Pollack and Scott Black, from the local Cabin Fever String Band. Sullivan spoke about her latest book, "Passing the Music Down, and Pollack and Black accompanied with old-time fiddle music.

Tuesday | April 14, 2020
From the Vault: "Abraham Lincoln: Reflections, 150 Years" with David Thomas, Roger Hoard (guitar), and Allegro Dance
Originally presented Tuesday, April 14, 2020

At 10:05 pm, April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth while attending the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. 150 years later, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, we honored Lincoln at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, Wheeling, WV, with a program of reflections on the life, death, and legacy of the 16th president in poetry, song, and dance. 

Tuesday | April 7, 2020
From the Vault: "The Hard Way on Purpose" with author David Giffels
Originally presented Tuesday, July 2, 2014

Author David Giffels joined us at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, July 2, 2014, to discuss his book "The Hard Way on Purpose," a collection of linked essays about the quirky, hard-bitten cultural landscape of the Rust Belt and the people who thrive there.

Tuesday | March 31, 2020
From the Vault: "Murder Never Dies" with author and researcher George Sidiropolis
Originally presented Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Today we're stepping back in the time machine to Valentine's Day, 2017, to bring back one of our highest attended programs (220 people!) Please enjoy George Sidiropolis, author and researcher of the book "Murder Never Dies" talking about "Crime and Corruption in the Friendly City."

Tuesday | March 24, 2020
From the Vault: "Ladies For Liberty - WWII-Era Music in the Andrews Sisters Style"
Originally presented Tuesday, July 3, 2018

We thought everyone might like a little "sentimental journey" while we're all practicing our social distancing, so we took things back to July 3, 2018 when the fantastic Ladies for Liberty visited us for a very nostalgic and patriotic Lunch With Books.

Tuesday | March 17, 2020 
From the Vault: "The Irish Easter Rising: Remembering the Poet's Rebellion of 1916" 
Originally presented Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tuesday | March 17, 2020  - BONUS EPISODE!
From the Vault: "The Wheeling Irish" presented by Margaret Brennan
Originally presented Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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