Ohio County Public Library announces upcoming activities

WHEELING – The Ohio County Public Library has announced upcoming events for April.

They include:

noon Tuesday, “Lunch With Books: The English Garden.” Barbara Robinson-Pirhalla will discuss her book, “England: A Garden and Landscape Glossary.” Jeanne Finstein will also participate in this presentation.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public.

7 p.m. Tuesday, “People’s University Astronomy Class 6: Observing the Universe.” Robert Strong of the Smart Science Center at Centre Market will be the instructor. Weather permitting, the class will use a telescope to observe the moon, planets and stars in the library’s parking lot.

People’s University programs are free and open to the public.

noon April 14, “Lunch With books: A Civil War Photo Extravaganza With Garry Adelman.” Photographs are a key primary source that assist in understanding the conflict. The Civil War was the first war to be extensively photographed. It saw the birth of photojournalism, technological innovations and the first photos of American dead soldiers.

Through then and now, 3-D and even 4-D techniques, Adelman will present a photographic tour of the Civil War. A graduate of Michigan State University and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Garry Adelman is the author, co-author or editor of 20 books and 30 articles on the Civil War. He is the vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg for 19 years.

He has appeared on numerous productions shown on the BBC, C-Span, Pennsylvania Cable Network and on HISTORY. He works full time as Director of History and Education at the Civil War Trust.

Lunch With Books patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.

7 p.m. April 15, “People’s University, Astronomy Class 7: Pieces of Other Worlds – Meteorites.” Robert Strong of the Smart Science Center at Centre Market will be the instructor. Strong will bring meteorites for the class to examine.

People’s University programs are free and open to the public.

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 19, “Step Into Stories: West Virginia Author Anna Smucker.”

Weirton native Smucker is the author of several children’s books including “No Star Nights,” “Outside the Window,” “A History of West Virginia,” “To Keep the South Manitou Light,” and her new book, “Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story.”

Her main focus has been on books for children and most of her stories are set in West Virginia. Smucker will read from “Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story” and will explain how she and the illustrator worked together to create the book. With the help of the children, Smucker will show how all the golden delicious apples in the world are descended from that one West Virginia tree. Step Into Stories is the library’s family series and is free and open to the public.

noon April 22, “Lunch With Books: Chuck Noll.”

Pittsburgh’s sports storyteller Jim O’Brien returns to discuss his new book, “A Winning Way,” the first book devoted exclusively to the life and career of Steelers coach Chuck Noll.

O’Brien has interviewed Noll many times and, most recently, has interviewed some of the players from the 1970s and 1980s teams.

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

7 p.m. April 22, “People’s University, Astronomy Class 8: The Origin and Fate of the Universe.” Chuck Wood will be the instructor. Wood will explore the origin and fate of the universe. Where did we come from and where are we going? People’s University programs are free and open to the public.

Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.

Visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call (304) 232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for information.