WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library has announced several upcoming free programs.
Noon, Tuesday, "West Liberty's Sports Renaissance." Michael Strada, an award-winning West Liberty international studies professor, will be at Lunch With Books to discuss his book, "Behind West Liberty's Sports Renaissance." Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.
7 p.m. Tuesday, "The People's University, American History: The War of 1812: Bicentennial." Richard Owens, West Liberty University history professor, will speak about the causes, major events and results of the War of 1812, including Mr. Madison's War, the land war, the naval war and the Indian war.
noon Oct. 2, "Finding Pepper." JoAnn Davis will discuss her new children's book and DVD, "Finding Pepper." Davis performed many gospel and country music shows at Jamboree USA. She sang at the first Jamboree in the Hills in 1977 and recorded two albums. "Finding Pepper" is her first published children's book. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.
7 p.m. Oct. 2, "The People's University, American History: The Hero in American History." David Javersak, West Liberty University emeritus history professor, will discuss what it takes to be a real hero - not a celebrity, not a legend and not an idol.
noon Oct. 4, "The Poetry of Marc Harshman." West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman will read from his poetry. The reading is sponsored by West Liberty University's Hughes Lecture Series. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.
noon Oct. 9, "Wheeling Steel Part 2: Innovations." Wheeling Steel enthusiast and researcher Raymond Boothe will discuss the many innovations pioneered by Wheeling Steel that changed American life. Boothe will bring a number of Wheeling Steel artifacts from his personal collection for display. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.
Call (304) 232-0244.