Ohio County library announces events

WHEELING – The Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling has announced the following events as part of its Lunch with Books and Summer Reading Coffee House programs.

“Bootlegging, Speakeasies and the Underground Booze Business in Wheeling,” 7 p.m. July 11

The Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling is introducing a new series called the “Summer Reading Coffee House” to supports its summer reading program for adults. The national theme for adult summer reading this year is “Groundbreaking Reads.” All OCPL Summer Reading Coffee House programs will feature free samples of gourmet coffee and pastries provided by Wheeling Coffee and Spice Company.

The first program in the series, “Bootlegging, Speakeasies and the Underground Booze Business in Wheeling,” will be held at 7 p.m., July 11 and will feature a joint presentation by local historian Hal Gorby, who specializes in Wheeling’s Progressive Era history, and Wheeling Park History teacher Ryan Stanton, who specializes in Henry Schmulbach, Anton Reymann and Wheeling’s great breweries.

Stanton will provide a nutshell history of brewing in Wheeling, exploring why Wheeling was such a hard drinking town, how the prohibition movement affected the breweries, and what they did after Prohibition. Gorby will focus on the variety of illegal activity by certain Wheeling immigrant groups as well as the coercive Americanization of the Prohibition movement in the early 1920s.

Call 304-232-0244 for more information.

Beekeeping 101; noon, July 16

Steve Roth of the Tri-State Beekeeper’s Association (tristatebeekeepers.com) will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling on July 16 at noon to discuss the basics of the honeybee. The TBA are a group of hobbyists in Ohio, Marshall, and Belmont counties who are dedicated to the protection and preservation of the honeybee and to promoting beekeeping.

They put an emphasis on education of the public in the value of the honeybee as a pollinator and the perils that it now faces, education of the novice beekeeper in proper management of a colony, and education of the experienced beekeeper in new concepts and practices while providing a forum through which they can pass their knowledge and experience to the next generation.

They meet monthly and host local and foster novice beekeepers through a mentor program.

“Governance and Obligations to our Health, Welfare and Safety,” 6 p.m. July 18

Doug Shields had a 20-year career in Pittsburgh’s City Council; serving two terms as the President of Council.

During his tenure, Shields was recognized for his expertise in municipal operations, budgeting, pension and planning, zoning and land use matters. He also consistently championed social-justice issues. He’s currently an Adjunct Instructor at Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Development. In August of 2010, he introduced the first in the nation ban of Shale gas extraction and secured its passage on Nov. 16, 2010, by way of a unanimous 9-0 vote of the Pittsburgh City Council.

Today, Doug has taken an active role on educating the public as to the impacts of this game changing industry. Local groups including Ohio Valley Peace, FaCT OV, Woodsdale United and Wheeling Water Warriors will have short presentations about their work in Wheeling. Co-sponsored with Ohio Valley PEACE.

The “Neighborhood Nostalgia” series continues at Lunch WIth Books at the Ohio County Public Library at noon July 23 with “North Wheeling Memories.”

Patrons are invited to share memories of this great Wheeling neighborhood and bring photos for scanning.

Building upon the success of the inaugural Warwood Memories program, the library created the series with the goal of collecting memories of all of Wheeling’s great neighborhoods from the people who know them best.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.

Please call the library at 304-232-0244 or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.