WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library has announced upcoming Lunch With Books programs.
noon Tuesday, "Warwood Memories." From long-lost 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. Copies of the new local history book, "The Wheeling Family Volume 2: More Immigrants, Migrants and Neighborhoods," which contains sections called "Warwood Memories, an Experiment in Nostalgia Through Social Media" and "Warwood A to Z" will be available for purchase. For every book sold, $1 will be donated to the library.
noon Jan. 8, "Corruption and Colorful Characters: Wheeling in the Progressive Era." Historian Hal Gorby will discuss his research on the Progressive Era in West Virginia and Wheeling. By focusing on how the city officials, immigrants, and other groups tried to adjust to the rapid industrialization of the era and the problems it created, Gorby will explore various reform efforts.
noon Jan. 15 "'The Essay' with Robin Yocum." Yocum will discuss his new novel, "The Essay," about a young man who uses his talent for writing to find a path out of the hills of Appalachia. Surprising revelations and an unforgettable cast of characters born of the worn-out landscape of southeastern Ohio make "The Essay" a powerful novel.
noon Jan. 22, "Bagpipe Tribute to Robert Burns." Bagpiper Betsy Bethel-McFarland will provide a musical tribute to Scotland's Bard, the Ploughman Poet, Robert Burns, in honor of his Jan. 25, 1759 birthday. Burns is the composer of the New Year's Eve anthem, "Auld Lang Syne."
noon Jan. 29, "Wheeling Film Society Conversation: 'The Godfather.'" The Wheeling Film Society will lead a conversation about "The Godfather." Those interested can see the film at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Towngate Cinema for no charge. Debates about "The Great American Movie" usually vacillate between Coppola's "Godfather" and Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane." Each reflects and critiques the values of the American political and economic systems. The Wheeling Film Society is a partnership among between the library, Wheeling Jesuit University's Fine Arts Department and Oglebay Institute's Towngate Cinema.
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.