WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library has announced upcoming Lunch with Books and Summer Reading Coffee House programs.
noon Tuesday, "New Deal Photographs of West Virginia." Betty Rivard will discuss her 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 facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.
7 p.m. July 11, "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 great breweries.
Stanton will provide a nutshell history of brewing in Wheeling, exploring why Wheeling was such 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 Summer Reading Coffee House programs feature free samples of gourmet coffee and pastries provided by Wheeling Coffee and Spice Co. Registration for summer reading has begun. Call (304) 232-0244 for information.
noon July 16, "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 county beekeepers 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 now 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 facebook.com/ lunchwithbooks for information.
6 p.m. July 18, "Governance and Obligations to our Health, Welfare and Safety."
Doug Shields had a 20-year career on Pittsburgh's City Council, serving two terms as the President of Council. He's currently a Duquesne University's School of Leadership and Professional Development adjunct instructor. In August of 2010, he introduced the first Shale gas extraction ban in the nation and secured its passage in November 2010. Shields has taken an active role on educating the public as to the impacts of the industry. Local groups, including Ohio Valley Peace, FaCT OV, Woodsdale United and Wheeling Water Warriors will have short presentations about their work in Wheeling.
noon July 23, "North Wheeling Memories." The "Neighborhood Nostalgia" series continues with Northern Wheeling Memories.
Patrons are invited to share memories of the neighborhood and bring photos for scanning. Building on the success of the inaugural Warwood Memories program, the library created the series with the goal of collecting memories of all of Wheeling's neighborhoods from the people who know them best.
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 facebook.com /lunchwithbooks for information.