WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library is introducing a new series called the "Summer Reading Coffee House" to supports its summer reading program for adults.
The national theme for adult summer reading this year is "Groundbreaking Reads." All programs will feature free samples of gourmet coffee and pastries provided by Wheeling Coffee and Spice Co.
Patrons who complete a registration form at the circulation desk will receive a registration packet with a reading log, bookmark, puzzles, games and "groundbreaking" book suggestions.
The Ohio County Public Library will explore local history during a new series, the “Summer Reading Coffee House” for adults. On Aug. 1, those attending will learn about those interred at Mount Wood Cemetery from living historians and about preservation efforts. -- Contributed
On July 11, Hal Gorby will discus the history of illegal activity in Wheeling during the Prohibition Era. -- Contributed
Participants will be free to choose books from the suggestions, but can qualify for a prize by reading any book. Those who read and log at least three books between July 1 and Aug. 7 qualify for a prize. The completed reading log must be turned in no later than Aug. 7.
Prizes will be available at the Groundbreaking Reads Summer Reading finale program on Aug. 8 or at the circulation desk after that date.
The full schedule for the programming series is as follows:
7 p.m. July 11, "Bootlegging, Speakeasies and the Underground Booze Business in Wheeling."
Hal Gorby, a historian specializing in the Progressive Era, and Ryan Stanton, a Wheeling Park High School history teacher specializing in Wheeling-area breweries, will lead the discussing. Stanton will discuss the history of brewing in Wheeling, how prohibition affected the breweries and what they did after prohibition. Gorby will focus on illegal activity by certain Wheeling immigrant groups as well as the coercive Americanization of the Prohibition movement in the early 1920s.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 18, "Groundbreaking Community Issues and Activism: Governance and Obligations to Health, Welfare and Safety."
Doug Shields spent 20 years on Pittsburgh City Council and served two terms as council president.
He's currently a Duquesne University's School of Leadership and Professional Development adjunct instructor. In August 2010, he introduced the first shale gas extraction first ban in the nation. It was passed in November 2010 by unanimous vote. Local groups including Ohio Valley Peace, FaCT OV, Woodsdale United and Wheeling Water Warriors also will have short presentations about their work in Wheeling.
6:30 p.m. Aug. 1, "Uncovering Mount Wood Cemetery." Living historians will portray famous - and infamous - Wheeling residents interred in Mount Wood. Those attending also will learn about cemetery preservation and the community's efforts to save historic Mount Wood.
Partners include the City of Wheeling, Friends of Wheeling, Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation, and Wheeling Civil War 150.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 8, "Groundbreaking Eats." Sample foods and learn about places around the globe at the Adult Summer Reading Finale. Prizes will be distributed to adults who have completed Groundbreaking Reads.
The Ohio County Public Library's Groundbreaking Reads Summer Reading Coffee House is free and open to the public. Free gourmet coffee samples and pastries will be offered at each program.
Call the library at (304) 232-0244 for information.