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Ohio County Public Library announces July programming

June 28, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library has announced several upcoming programs.

They include:

7 p.m. Monday, "Storytellers Peanut Butter and Jam." Storytellers Peanut Butter and Jam will use theater, storytelling, props, singing and humor to "act-out" books.

noon Tuesday, "Lunch With Books: Marie Manilla." West Virginia native Marie Manilla will discuss her debut novel, "Shrapnel," which looks at generational, geographical and political differences and what it takes to bridge them. The book explores the legacy of war in three generations of men from the Butler family.

Her fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Echo Ink Review and Prairie Schooner. She first appeared at Lunch With Books in 2011 to read from her short story collection, "Still Life With Plums."

The library's First Monday Book Discussion Group will discuss "Shrapnel" at 7 p.m. Monday. Manilla will be present for the discussion, providing an in-person opportunity to interact with the author of a discussion book.

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 the library at (304) 232-0244 or visit for information.

noon July 9, "Lunch With Books: New Deal Photographs of West Virginia." Betty Rivard will discuss the book, "New Deal Photographs of West Virginia," which presents more than 150 images by Farm Security Administration photographers, including Walker Evans and Ben Shahn.

It provides a glimpse into the everyday lives of West Virginians during the Great Depression using images of the state's northern and southern coalfields, the subsistence homestead projects of Arthurdale, Eleanor and Tygart Valley, and communities from Charleston to Clarksburg and Parkersburg to Elkins.

Editor Betty Rivard is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer who traveled to every county in the state during her career as a state social worker and planner.

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 the library at (304) 232-0244 or visit for information.

3:30 p.m. July 11, "SMART Science Centre 'Dig' Into Science." Libby and Robert Strong from SMART Science will teach about science through hands-on activities. Through a reading of "Dinosaurs" by Gail Gibbons, children will learn about dinosaurs, fossils and treasures found through digging. There will be a display of book treasures for families to check out.

7 p.m. July 11, "Summer Reading Coffee House: Bootlegging, Speakeasies and the Underground Booze Business in Wheeling."

The program features a joint presentation by local historian Hal Gorby, who specializes in Wheeling's Progressive Era history, and Wheeling Park History teacher Ryan Stanton, who specializes in Henry Schmulbach, Anton Reymann and Wheeling's breweries.

Stanton will provide a history of brewing in Wheeling, exploring why Wheeling was a hard-drinking town, how the prohibition movement affected the breweries, and what they did after prohibition.

Gorby will focus on the variety of illegal activity by certain Wheeling immigrant groups as well as the coercive Americanization of the Prohibition movement in the early 1920s.

All OCPL Summer Reading Coffee House programs will feature free samples of gourmet coffee and pastries provided by Wheeling Coffee and Spice Co. Registration for summer reading begins Monday. Call (304) 232-0244 for information.

7 p.m. July 15, "Sweet Mountain Sound." The program will discuss Appalachian folk songs, customs, superstitions, ghost stories and tall tales.

Instruments featured include the Appalachian plucked dulcimer, banjo, guitar, fiddle, zither, autoharp, jaw harp, jugs, spoons and penny whistle.

noon July 16, "Lunch With Books: Beekeeping 101." Steve Roth of the Tri-State Beekeeper's Association will discuss the basics of the honeybee.

The association is a group of hobbyists in Ohio, Marshall and Belmont counties who are dedicated to the protection and preservation of the honeybee and to promoting beekeeping. They put an emphasis on education of the public in the value of the honeybee as a pollinator and the perils that it faces, education of the novice beekeeper in proper management of a colony, and education of the experienced beekeeper in new concepts and practices while providing a forum through which they can pass their knowledge and experience to the next generation. They meet monthly and host local and foster novice beekeepers through a mentor program.

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 the library at (304) 232-0244 or visit for more information.

3:30 p.m. July 18, "Salad People." Children will learn about healthy eating by using fruits and vegetables to create their own "salad person." The featured reading is "Rah, Rah, Radishes" by April Pulley Sayre.

3:30 p.m. July 25, "Create Your Own Jurassic Amber Fossil Soap." Amber, fossilized tree resin, originates as a soft, sticky resin and sometimes contains animal and plant material as inclusions. Participants will make a soap version of amber with some mini bugs trapped inside and read "Fossils Tell of Long Ago" by Aliki.

3:30 p.m. July 30, "Ventriloquist Mark Wade." Wade will give a performance with Edgar Beaver, Head Engineer in Charge of Digging, who is searching for a secret library.

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