Library announces activities

WHEELING – The Ohio County Public Library has announced upcoming programming.

Saturday, Wheeling Arts Fest. Library-sponsored events include a Reading Plus workshop with Marc Harshman at 11 a.m., History of Photography with Miriam Meislik at noon, and Tintype Photography with Jason Snyder at 1:30 p.m. Those interested in having a tintype portrait made for a fee can call (304) 232-0244 for details.

noon Tuesday, “The Great War: 100 Years Later. A century after the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand sparked war in Europe, David Javersak will discuss the impact of the First World War on the people and industries of the Upper Ohio Valley.

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. Tuesday, “The People’s University Lecture Series, American History III: The Gilded Age to the Jazz Age, Part II.

Javersak instructs.

noon July 1, “Lunch With Books: David Giffels.”

Giffels will discuss his new book “The Hard Way on Purpose,” a collection of linked essays about the quirky, hardbitten cultural landscape of the Rust Belt and the people who thrive there.

An University of Akron assistant English professor, Giffels teaches creative nonfiction. His last book, “All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House,” received widespread acclaim.

Giffels is co-author of “Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!” and “Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron.”

He was a long-time columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal and a contributing commentator and essayist on National Public Radio station WKSU-FM in Kent, Ohio. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Grantland, Parade and Redbook. He also was a writer for the MTV series “Beavis and Butt-Head.”

His recent awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize for literature, the Ohioana Book Award, and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for excellence.

Lunch With Books 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.

July 1, “The Progressive Era: Part One.” The excess of the Gilded Age was followed by a period of social activism and political reform exemplified by efforts like trust-busting and woman suffrage.

July 8, “The Progressive Era.”

July 15, “The Great War: Part One.” World War I began in Europe in 1914. The U.S. entered the war in 1917 and the Allied Powers were victorious over the Central Powers by 1918.

Hal Gorby, West Virginia University doctorate of history candidate, instructs.

July 22, “The Great War: Part Two.”

Joe Laker, retired Wheeling Jesuit University history professor, instructs.

July 29, “The Jazz Age: Part One.” In a nation weary of war, women exercised their newly found freedom, having won the right to vote in 1920 and Harlem nightclubs thrived, featuring jazz musicians like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

Aug. 5, “The Jazz Age: Part Two.”

Library announces activities

WHEELING – The Ohio County Public Library has announced upcoming programming.

noon Tuesday, “The Petersburg Campaign.” Edward S. Alexander, Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier park ranger and Emerging Civil War Speakers Bureau member, will discuss the early stages of the Petersburg campaign. His focus will be primarily on the first assaults against the city, the Crater, Reams Station and Deep Bottom. He will also explain why he believes it is a mischaracterization to refer to Petersburg as a “siege.”

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. Tuesday, “The People’s University Lecture Series, American History III: The Gilded Age to the Jazz Age, Part I.” The growth of industry, increased production of steel, increased demand for oil and railroad development led to rapid wealth accumulation for certain businessmen, who became known as “Robber Barons.”

David Javersak, retired West Liberty University history professor, instructs.

June 21, Wheeling Arts Fest. Library-sponsored events include a Reading Plus workshop with Marc Harshman at 11 a.m., History of Photography with Miriam Meislik at noon, and Tintype Photography with Jason Snyder at 1:30 p.m. Those interested in having a tintype portrait made for a fee can call (304) 232-0244 for details.

noon June 24, “The Great War: 100 Years Later. A century after the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand sparked war in Europe, David Javersak will discuss the impact of the First World War on the people and industries of the Upper Ohio Valley.

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. June 24, “The People’s University Lecture Series, American History III: The Gilded Age to the Jazz Age, Part II.

Javersak instructs.

noon July 1, “Lunch With Books: David Giffels.”

Giffels will discuss his new book “The Hard Way on Purpose,” a collection of linked essays about the quirky, hardbitten cultural landscape of the Rust Belt and the people who thrive there.

An University of Akron assistant English professor, Giffels teaches creative nonfiction. His last book, “All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House,” received widespread acclaim.

Giffels is co-author of “Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!” and “Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron.”

He was a long-time columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal and a contributing commentator and essayist on National Public Radio station WKSU-FM in Kent, Ohio. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Grantland, Parade and Redbook. He also was a writer for the MTV series “Beavis and Butt-Head.”

His recent awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize for literature, the Ohioana Book Award, and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for excellence.

Lunch With Books 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.