WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library has announced several upcoming Lunch With Books programs.
noon Tuesday, "The Godfather." The Wheeling Film Society will host a discussion about Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather." Those interested may see the film at 7 p.m. today at the Towngate Cinema at no costs. John Whitehead, Wheeling Jesuit University film studies professor, will host the discussion. The film society is a partnership between the library, WJU's Fine Arts Department and the Oglebay Institute's Towngate Cinema.
noon Feb. 5, "Bills of Lading Freight on Board, Wheeling, West Virginia." John Bowman will discuss his book, which documents more 750 products manufactured in and shipped from Wheeling between 1790 and 1915, such as Marsh Wheeling Stogies, Mail Pouch Tobacco and La Belle Nails. The book features more than 500 images, including business letterheads and steamboat and railroad bills of lading. It includes Wheeling's cigar manufacturing history and an index of more than 4,000 names.
noon Feb. 12, "African-American Faces of the Civil War." Ronald S. Coddington, Civil War photograph collector, will discuss his book, "African-American Faces of the Civil War" in honor of Black History Month. Coddington combines archival images with biographical stories. This book contains previously unpublished photographs of African-American Civil War participants. Coddington is also the author of "Faces of the Civil War: Union Soldiers" and "Faces of the Confederacy." He is a regular contributor to the New York Times series "Disunion."
noon Feb. 19, "Jackie Robinson." Actor Greg Kenney will portray baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who opened the door for African-Americans in America's game. Kenney is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Education Advisory Board. His appearance is part of the library's Black History Month observance.
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.