Lunch with Books
Angela Hanshaw | August 23, 2011
I stumbled upon the hugely successful Lunch with Books program series at the Ohio County Public Library (OCPL) in Wheeling, West Virginia, and had to share. It’s not unusual for the programs to draw dozens, even hundreds, of participants; the best-attended program so far attracted two hundred. The series was developed to give patrons the opportunity to “listen to authors talk about new books, watch living historians portray significant characters in West Virginia or U.S. history, or enjoy the work of musicians, storytellers, and a variety of other performers and speakers,” and it “reflects the OCPL’s serious dedication to and active pursuit of its role as a community center and cultural resource in the Ohio Valley’s northern panhandle.” That serious dedication has resulted in a long-running program series that covers a wide range of topics of local, national, and global interest.
Today, the library featured Dr. David Javersak, who discussed the works of writer Alexander McCall-Smith. Previously, the library hosted a disucssion and look behind the scenes with the writer, director, and producer for Doughboy, a movie filmed in Wheeling; a talk about the U.S. government’s drug policy in the Third World with Dr. Dan Weimer, author of Seeing Drugs: Modernization, Counterinsurgency, and U.S. Narcotics Control in the Third World, 1969–1976; a discussion of the final days of Weirton Steel with former Weirton Steel manager Thomas Zielinsky; and a presentation on collecting antiques with antiques expert Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell.
Upcoming programs include Growing Up in Brooklyn, New York, with Dr. Stanley Barkin; The Irish Volunteer, Civil War Songs of the Irish Brigade with David Kincaid; Celebrating the Bicentennial of Steamboating with John Bowman; Eleanor Roosevelt at Arthurdale with storyteller Judi Tarowsky; Exploring the Explorers: VIKINGS with Dr. Darrin Cox; and Nature Photography with naturalist Bill Beatty.
Angela Hanshaw is Program Officer/Web Editor for the ALA Public Programs Office.