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Ohio County Public Library announces upcoming programs

August 30, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library, located at 52 16th St., has announced upcoming programs.

They include:

noon Tuesday, "Lunch With Books: Oliver Hazard Perry."

John Kniesner will present "Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry: the Hero of the Battle of Lake Erie." The program observes the 200th anniversary of the Sept. 10, 1813 maritime battle during the War of 1812, near Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island on Lake Erie.

During the battle Perry commanded the Lawrence, which 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.

After the British surrendered, Perry sent a message to General William Henry Harrison, "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. Tuesday. "The People's University: A Cartoon History of the United States, The Wheeling Cartoons."

Hal Gorby will analyze cartoons from the Wheeling newspapers in this lecture series, which examines the role of political cartoons in history.

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

noon Sept. 10, "Lunch With Books: Tim Luke Returns."

Tim Luke, "Cash in the Attic" featured appraiser, will be reviewing "An Object of Beauty," by Steve Martin, and "The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine" by Benjamin Wallace.

Luke has an extensive background in the antique and collectibles field. In addition to "Cash in the Attic," he has participated as an appraiser on public television's "Antiques Roadshow." He worked at Christie's auction house in New York City as Director of the Collectibles Department.

Luke has written two books on the history of collecting, and is president and co-owner of TreasureQuest Appraisal Group Inc. His appearance is made possible by the Museums of Oglebay Institute.

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. 10, "The People's University: A Cartoon History of the United States, Cartoons and the Constitution."

Sean Duffy will analyze cartoons dealing with Constitutional issues such as the Emancipation Proclamation, secession, women's suffrage, the Equal Rights amendment, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Supreme Court and free speech.

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

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 21, "Step Into Stories: Stevens Puppets."

This new family program will bring literature to life through the use of puppets, living historians, storytellers, poets and authors and will take place every third Saturday.

Stevens Puppets features authentically created old world-style marionettes and specializes in classic children's literature and fairy tales. Stevens Puppets will perform "Beauty and the Beast" at 11 a.m. and "Sleeping Beauty" at 2 p.m.

Registration is not required and all of the programs are open to children, parents and guardians.

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 19, "Step Into Stories: Storyteller Joanna Demarest." Demarest will share "not-so-Scary" stories and songs of funny ghosts and things that go bump in the night.

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 16, "Step Into Stories: West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman."

Harshman is a professional writer and storyteller. He regularly travels throughout the eastern United States, telling stories. As an author, Harshman is known primarily for his picture books for children, but he has also published several collections of poetry. His stories are set primarily in rural West Virginia and Indiana, the areas where he has lived and worked.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 21, "Christmas Around the World."

The library will host a fair featuring displays that will allow visitors to travel around the world to learn more about Christmas traditions in other countries. Crafts, activity pages, and snacks will be provided and Santa will visit at 1 pm. West Virginia storyteller Patty Cooper will share "An Irish Country Christmas," the story of an indentured Irish servant as she reminisces about Christmas in the Old Country. Cooper will share several Christmas carols and the history of some American traditions. Call the library at (304) 232-0244.

 
 

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