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Library announces upcoming programs

August 23, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

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

They include:

noon Tuesday, "I Have A Dream." Pittsburgh actor Gregory Gibson Kenney will be at Lunch With Books to portray Martin Luther King Jr. in observance of the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech delivered August 28, 1963.

In this presentation, the narrator has a dream in which he meets King at the Lincoln Memorial. King shares four speeches and how he wishes to be remembered. Kenney portrays both King and the narrator.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.

7 p.m. Tuesday, "People's University: A Cartoon History of the United States, Introduction." The People's University lectures series will explore political cartoons from the founding period through the present using interactive analysis.

The introduction will provide background on cartoonist Herbert Block and an introduction to political cartoons throughout American history from Thomas Nast to present. Instructor Warren Bernard has cataloged more 800 cartoons in the Art Wood Collection at the Library of Congress.

His most recent project consisted of compiling Herblock's works into a publication and DVD.

People's University programs are free and open to the public.

Through Constitution Day, Sept. 17, the library will host the Herblock Foundation "Democracy" near the library's main entrance.

noon Sept. 3, "Oliver Hazard Perry." John Kniesner will be at Lunch With Books to present "Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry: the Hero of the Battle of Lake Erie."

The program will observe the 200th anniversary of the Sept. 10, 1813, maritime battle during the War of 1812, which pitted Perry against British warships near Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island on Lake Erie.

During the battle Perry commanded the Lawrence, which suffered many casualties and was badly damaged. After giving command of the Lawrence to Wheeling-born John Joliffe Yarnall, Perry rowed to the Niagara, where he took command and continued the battle.

The British surrendered, and Perry sent a message to General William Henry Harrison, which read, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours."

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.

7 p.m. Sept. 3: "People's University: A Cartoon History of the United States, The Wheeling Cartoons." The class will look at cartoons from the Wheeling newspapers, featuring characters like "Pa Wheeling," and an analysis of what they say about local history.

Instructor Hal Gorby is a West Virginia University history doctoral candidate. He has encountered numerous local cartoons in his research on the Progressive Era in Wheeling.

People's University programs are free and open to the public.

Call the library at (304) 232-0244 or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for information.

 
 

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