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Lunch With Books: Livestream Editions

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Since all in-person Library programming has been cancelled since March 15, 2020 due to concerns over the potential spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, OCPL has started a new online initiative to bring "Lunch With Books" to you virtually every Tuesday until we can meet again in the Library Auditorium. Please enjoy our new "Lunch With Books: Livestream Editions."

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Tuesday | January 12, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: "Postcards from the Borderlands" with David Mould

What are borders? Are they simply political and geographical, marked by posts, walls and fences, or should we think of them more broadly? In Postcards from the Borderlands, his third book on travel, history and culture, college professor, historian and journalist David Mould rambles through a dozen countries in Asia and southern Africa by car, bus, train, shared taxi and ferry, exploring what borders mean to their peoples.

Tuesday | January 5, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: "Railroads in Civil War Strategy" with General Ulysses S. Grant 

In this meeting with President Abraham Lincoln’s General In Chief, Grant [portrayed by Ken Serfass] will give some background on the development of railroads in America during his own formative years, and will describe how the nation and its railroads grew up together in those tumultuous years of the American Civil War, including here in the new state of West Virginia and in Wheeling, where railroad security was a key to victory. Through sharing stories and artifacts from the period, Gen. Grant will relate his own experiences with trains and railroading from his youth through the Union's victory during the war.

Tuesday | December 29, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Mountaineers are Always Free with WVU associate professor Rosemary Hathaway

The West Virginia University Mountaineer is not just a mascot: it is a symbol of West Virginia history and identity embraced throughout the state. In this deeply informed but accessible study, folklorist Rosemary Hathaway explores the figure’s early history as a backwoods trickster, its deployment in emerging mass media, and finally its long and sometimes conflicted career—beginning officially in 1937—as the symbol of West Virginia University. Rosemary V. Hathaway is an associate professor of English at West Virginia University, where she teaches folklore, American literature, and young adult literature.

Tuesday | December 22, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: The Simple Life - a Foxfire Christmas with Don Feenerty & Faire May

Wheeling native, Don Feenerty has been called a Renaissance man by many but considers himself to be extremely simple. So much so that he is starting a YouTube channel called “The Simple Life with Don Feenerty.” Join us on December 22nd at noon for the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch with Books Series for “The Simple Life, a Foxfire Christmas from the Meeting House in Historic Mt. Pleasant, Ohio.” (Click here to learn more about the Foxfire Series of books.)

Tuesday | December 15, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Beethoven at 250 with Dr. Gerald Lee

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) continues to be celebrated as one of the greatest composers of all time. As an especially rewarding privilege, West Liberty University Professor of Piano, Dr. Gerald Lee, features Beethoven’s final piano sonata in the corpus of his 32 sonatas – the magnificent Opus 111 in C minor. Dr. Lee will talk briefly about this sonata and then perform it in its entirety. As this is 2020 – Beethoven’s 250th birthyear – Dr. Lee wholeheartedly commits to bringing his genius to light.

Tuesday | December 8, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: A Light in the Darkness: Comparative Winter Holiday Symbols with Rabbi Joshua B. Lief

Rabbi Lief of Wheeling’s Temple Shalom will present “A Light in the Darkness: Comparative Winter Holiday Symbols,” telling us about various winter holiday traditions, including Christmas, Kwanzaa, and a description of Hannukah for non-Jews.

Tuesday | December 1, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Appalachian Englishes in the Twenty-First Century with Ed. Dr. Kirk Hazen

Appalachian Englishes in the Twenty-First Century provides a complete exploration of English in Appalachia for a broad audience of scholars and educators. Starting from the premise that just as there is no single Appalachia, there is no single Appalachian dialect, this essay collection brings together wide-ranging perspectives on language variation in the region. Contributors from the fields of linguistics, education, and folklore debunk myths about the dialect’s ancient origins, examine subregional and ethnic differences, and consider the relationships between language and identity—individual and collective—in a variety of settings, including schools. They are attentive to the full range of linguistic expression, from everyday spoken grammar to subversive Dale Earnhardt memes.

Tuesday | November 24, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Archiving Wheeling Presents: Lesser Known Legends of Wheeling - Joseph Ray

The first entry in the new series, "Archiving Wheeling Presents: Lesser Known Legends of Wheeling," will feature Joseph Ray. Dr. Christina Fisanick will discuss the unusual life, times, and family of Valley Grove-born (1807) Joseph Ray, who grew up in a Quaker family on a farm near West Liberty. Always most interested in "ciphering," Ray went on to a brilliant teaching career and the authorship of the most popular series of math texts in the country during the 19th century, Ray's Arithmetic.

Tuesday | November 17, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM:Tecumseh and the Prophet with author Peter Cozzens

Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation by Peter Cozzens is the first biography of the great Shawnee leader in more than twenty years, and the first to make clear that his misunderstood younger brother, Tenskwatawa, was an equal partner in the last great pan-Indian alliance against the United States.

Tuesday | November 10, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Reconstructions - The Irish Troubles in Photographs and Word with Steafán Hanvey

Irish singer-songwriter and poet Steafán Hanvey is the son of world-renowned Northern Irish photographer, Bobbie Hanvey, who captured The Troubles on film and created iconic portraits of figures like Seamus Heaney, Gerry Adams, and Brian Friel. In Reconstructions, these photographs are set in context by Steafán, whose memories of a childhood less ordinary are presented in a lyric poetry filled with startling imagery and insights that capture the wit, cadences, anguish, and dreams of the people of Northern Ireland. Reconstructions acts as a timely reminder of just how futile and unnecessary internecine conflict really is.

Saturday | November 5, 2020 at noon

In partnership with the Ohio County Public Library, the Wheeling Arts & Cultural Commission presents the 2020 Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books (UOVFB) Livestream. The 2020 UOVFB will showcase memoir-writing, with keynote speakers Cassie Chambers (Hill Women) and Bobi Conn (In the Shadow of the Valley). Ms. Conn will also lead a Zoom memoir writing workshop limited to 15 people (full). The festival will conclude with a finale for the Wheeling Reads program featuring Tara Westover's bestselling memoir, Educated (get your Zoom link by emailing [email protected]).

Tuesday | November 3, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Wheeling Poetry Series ~ Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Human Resources (forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2021) and Too Much of This World (Mammoth Books, 2008), winner of the Anthony Piccione Poetry Prize, and Science of Desire (Word Poetry, 2004), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize for the best poetry book of 2004. Her awards include the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the Foley Poetry Award, among others.

Tuesday | October 27, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Faces of Civil War Nurses with Ron Coddington

During the American Civil War, women on both sides of the conflict, radiating patriotic fervor equal to their male counterparts, contributed to the war effort in countless ways: forming charitable societies, becoming nurses, or even marching off to war as vivandières, unofficial attachés to the regiments. In Faces of Civil War Nurses, Ronald S. Coddington turns his attention to the experiences of 77 women of all ages and walks of life who provided care during the war as nurses, aid workers, and vivandières.

Tuesday | October 20, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: The Madam Must Die

"On orders from the Wheeling, W. Va. mob, two men murdered a woman in Canton in 1974. It took 16 years for the truth to come out." Tim Botos and Shane Hoover, reporters at the Canton (Ohio) Repository, will discuss their five-part print and video series about how Carla Dellerba, a madam from Wheeling, was murdered in Canton. One of the sources used in the production was the Ohio County Public Library Archives. Watch the full The Madam Must Die series on the Canton Repository's YouTube channel, then join Tim and Shane at LWB on Oct. 20th.

Tuesday | October 13, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Wheeling Poetry Series ~ Allison Pitinii Davis

WHEELING POETRY SERIES RETURNS! After a series of postponements, we’re happy to announce that the series recommences virtually with Allison Pitinii Davis. A superb younger American poet, she is the author Line Study of a Motel Clerk (Baobab Press, 2017), a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and the Ohioana Book Award, and Poppy Seeds (Kent State UP, 2013), winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The New Republic, The Academy of American Poets website, and elsewhere. She holds fellowships from Stanford University's Wallace Stegner program and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Tuesday | October 6, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: East Wheeling Clayworks Studio Tour

Join Adam and Beth Bedway for a tour of their East Wheeling Clayworks studio (including an explanation of why it's located in North Wheeling) and a preview of what’s coming up over the next few months. Adam will do a pottery throwing demonstration and talk about the materials they use in their process of making pots — like the beautiful Lunch With Books soup mugs they created for, well, for us! Learn more at

Tuesday | September 29, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: WV Poet Laureate Marc Harshman Unplugged

As an “occasional” feature of the Wheeling Poetry Series, our host for the series, Marc Harshman, will join us for a reading from recent work including work reflecting life during the pandemic. He’ll also read select poems from his new book forthcoming from Salmon Press in the Republic of Ireland. Following the reading, he will be interviewed by Sean Duffy and Erin Rothenbuehler regarding less literary topics such as his favorite color, favorite food, earliest memory, favorite rock band, favorite beer, biggest fears, favorite Seinfeld episode, least favorite film, guilty pleasure books, etc.!

Tuesday | September 22, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: From the Studio with Artist Cheryl Ryan Harshman

Cheryl will take us on a tour of her studio, where she paints, quilts, and prints—sometimes all at the same time. The prints she makes are called "clay monoprints," and use a different method. Unlike stamping (think rubber stamps) she uses a transfer method with colored clay on paper or a fabric called Reemay. No paint or ink is used. Because this art is created with clay, it is a muddy, watery process, so Cheryl warns us not to expect a tidy studio! Join us for a hands-on, messy, and fun demonstration of a unique art form.

Tuesday | September 15, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: "Piano for the Spirit: Tina Faigen plays Classics at Home"

Live from her home studio, pianist Tina Faigen, will present a program of beloved works & transcriptions for solo piano: Clair de lune, Ave Maria, Puccini arias, and more. Visit her new website at

Tuesday | September 8, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Phillip S. Greenwalt, co-founder of Emerging Revolutionary War and a historian with Emerging Civil War, will discuss his book, co-authored with Rob Orrison, A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution. 

Tuesday | September 1, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Remembering Wheeling native and national labor leader Walter Reuther on his birthday (born September 1, 1907, Wheeling, West Virginia—died May 9, 1970, Pellston, Michigan), Nelson Lichtenstein will discuss his book, Walter Reuther: The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit And The Fate Of American Labor.

Tuesday | August 25, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Faire May, a Wheeling-based folk music duo founded by friends Jariel Henthorn and Zac Gordon, will take you back to Colonial America by performing prevalent music from the period. These young musicians use a variety of well-known acoustic instruments to keep the traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, and the Americas alive and growing.

Tuesday | August 18, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: This presentation will explore the gift made by the Choctaw Nation in 1847, and how it has been remembered in Ireland and by the Choctaw Nation. Presenter Christine Kinealy is author of Charity and the Great Hunger: The Kindness of Strangers.

Tuesday | August 11, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Author Larry Tye will discuss his book Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy. The definitive biography of the most dangerous demagogue in American history contains the first-ever review of McCarthy's personal and professional papers, medical and military records, and recently unsealed transcripts of his closed-door Congressional hearings.

Tuesday | August 4, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Editor Janet Croon will discuss The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865 which captures the spirit and the character of a young privileged white teenager witnessing the demise of his world even as his own body slowly failed him. 

Tuesday | July 28, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: "Fun In The Workshop!" Sarel Venter and Bekah Karelis explore some of the tools and techniques used in their workshop. As owners of a restoration contracting company, Adventures in Elegance, they are completing a big project - the Fort Henry Club Porch restoration. We joined them as they talked about their work and demonstrate how they make rubber molds of architectural details, cast concrete replications, and cut and dress sandstone.

Tuesday | July 21, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Melissa E. Marinaro, Director of the Italian American Program at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, will discuss the new book, Highlights from the Italian American Collection.

Tuesday | July 14, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Dr. Gregory Wilson, professor of history at the University of Akron, and his coauthor, Craig S. Simpson,  Lilly Library Manuscripts Archivist at Indiana University, will join us online to discuss their book, Above the Shots: An Oral History of the Kent State Shootings.

Tuesday | July 7, 2020 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Seceding from Secession: The Civil War, Politics, and the Creation of West Virginia with authors Eric J. Wittenberg, and Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr.

Tuesday | June 30, 2020
LWB LIVESTREAM: Music Inspires Poetry with Zaffiro Trio, Composer Robert Schultz, and Pitt Poetry Students!

Tuesday | June 23, 2020
LWB LIVESTREAM: A History of Paper Making with Scott Mingus

Tuesday | June 16, 2020
LWB LIVESTREAM: "Furnishing Eternity - A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life" with Author David Giffels

Tuesday | June 9, 2020
LWB LIVESTREAM: The Origins of "Mill Rat" with Artist Bob Villamagna

(Rescheduled from Tuesday) Wednesday | June 3, 2020 
LWB LIVESTREAM: Lighthearted Literary Levity with Christina Fisanick & Laura Jackson Roberts

Tuesday | May 26, 2020 
LWB LIVESTREAM: Battle of Fredericksburg with Kristopher White, Education Manager at the American Battlefield Trust

Tuesday | May 19, 2020 
LWB LIVESTREAM: Kennywood, Lincoln Highway, Isaly's, & More with Brian Butko of the Heinz History Center

Tuesday | May 12, 2020 
LWB LIVESTREAM: "Considering Hope" with Dr. Bonnie Thurston

Tuesday | May 5, 2020 
LWB LIVESTREAM: Historic Portrayal - Confederate Spy Ellie Poole with Jeanne Finstein

Tuesday | April 28, 2020 
LWB LIVESTREAM: "Wheeling's Polonia" with presenter Dr. William Hal Gorby.  

Tuesday | April 21, 2020 
LWB LIVESTREAM: "Ohio County Sanitariums" with presenter Ryan Stanton.  

Tuesday | April 14, 2020 
LWB LIVESTREAM: "Life Among the Indians: Captivity and Adoption on the Frontier" with presenter Travis Henline.  

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