Lunch with Books programs announced

WHEELING – The Ohio County Public Library has announced upcoming Lunch With Books programs.

They include:

noon Tuesday, “Let Us Form One Body: Pontiac, Tecumseh and Pan-Indian Resistance.” In observation of the 250th anniversary of Pontiac’s War and 200th anniversary of Tecumseh’s death, Travis Henline will present “Let Us Form One Body: Pontiac, Tecumseh and Pan-Indian Resistance.” Henline is the site manager at West Virginia Independence Hall and has taught in the Native American Studies program at West Virginia University.

noon Aug. 27, “I Have a Dream.” Pittsburgh actor Gregory Gibson Kenney will portray Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech delivered Aug. 28, 1963.

In this presentation, the narrator has a dream in which he meets King at the Lincoln Memorial. King shares four speeches and how he wishes to be remembered. Kenney portrays both King and the narrator.

Kenney created Educate Us Productions, whose mission is to present historical figures in a theatrical setting for school assemblies and public gatherings.

noon Sept. 3, “Oliver Hazard Perry.” John Kniesner will present “Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry:

The Hero of the Battle of Lake Erie.” The program will honor the 200th anniversary of the maritime battle during the War of 1812, which took place on September 10th, 1813, near Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island on Lake Erie.

Perry commanded the Lawrence, which suffered many casualties and was badly damaged. After giving command of the Lawrence to Wheeling-born John Joliffe Yarnall, Perry rowed to the Niagara, where he took command and continued the battle.

After the British surrendered, Perry sent a message to General William Henry Harrison, which read, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”

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

Call the library at (304) 232-0244 or visit for information.