WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library has announced upcoming Lunch With Books programs.
* noon Nov. 6, "It's Wheeling Steel!" The Wheeling Big Band Society has compiled a pictorial history book about the radio program. The Wheeling National Heritage Area has partnered with the society to produce "It's Wheeling Steel: The Story of Wheeling's Coast to Coast Celebrated Radio Program." The book looks at how the program started, its role during World War II and the nation's reaction to the show throughout its broadcast. Big Band Society members Lee Kelvington and Baird Kloss will discuss the story of one of Wheeling's greatest cultural treasures.
* noon Nov. 13, "The Unknown Soldiers." Art Barbeau, West Liberty University emeritus history professor, will discuss his book, "The Unknown Soldiers: African American Troops in WWI" in observance of Veterans Day. During World War I, thousands of African-Americans labored, fought and died to make the world safe for a democracy that refused them equal citizenship at home.
* 7 p.m. Nov. 19, "Making Sense of the American Civil War," the final meeting of the book discussion series. The library was chosen as one of five state libraries to host the program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. After a lecture by program scholar David Javersak, the final discussion, "War and Freedom," will cover various primary sources from the Emancipation Proclamation to the Gettysburg Address.
* noon Nov. 20, "The Music of Angela Easterling." Easterling, an Americana-Roots singer-songwriter based in Greenville, S.C., will perform. Her program, "A Songwriter's Journey Through American Music," was presented as part of at the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit, "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Root's Music." It includes original songs interspersed with selections of classic folk, roots, country and rock tunes. Easterling will discuss the craft of songwriting and tell the stories behind her songs and how they came to be, weaving in some of the history of roots music and the artists who have influenced her writing.
* noon Nov. 27, "Immaculate Reflections." Pittsburgh author Jim O'Brien will discuss his new book, "Immaculate Reflections." Subjects covered include the "Immaculate Reception" on the 40th anniversary of the pivotal event in the Steelers' history, Steeler greats like Troy Polamalu and Franco Harris, the Penguins' Sidney Crosby and the Pirates' Bill Mazeroski. Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. called O'Brien "a real Pittsburgh guy," and the late Myron Cope called him "Pittsburgh's premier sports historian."
* noon Dec. 4, Wheeling Film Society. John Whitehead, Wheeling Jesuit University film studies professor, will lead a Wheeling Film Society conversation about the film "Play It Again, Sam," which patrons can see at Towngate Cinema at 7 p.m. Nov. 30.
Woody Allen's relationship-comedy fantasia based on Humphrey Bogart's persona in "Casablanca" features the first of many screen-pairings of Allen and Diane Keaton.
* noon Dec. 11, "The Backyard Brawl!" John Antonik, West Virginia University New Media for Intercollegiate Athletics director, will discuss his book, "The Backyard Brawl: Stories from One of the Weirdest, Wildest, Longest Running and Most Intense Rivalries in College Football History." The Mountaineers and University of Pittsburgh Panthers have battled it out on the football field for more than 100 years. Now this rivalry has come to an end.
* noon Dec. 18, "Warwood Memories." Share memories of growing up in Warwood, from long gone island amusement parks and airplane factories to exotic places like "the jungle" and "the bloody bones," plus standards like Brooke's Restaurant, Hecks, McNamara's Drugstore, Lincoln Theater and Sobray's Bakery - discover the history and nostalgia of Warwood from those who lived it.
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 (304) 232-0244 for information.