Busy calendar for Ohio County Public Library

  • July 01, 2014: Lunch With Books: Author David Giffels

Author David Giffels will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, July 1 at noon to discuss his new book The Hard Way on Purpose, a collection of linked essays about the quirky, hardbitten cultural landscape of the Rust Belt and the people who thrive there.

An assistant professor of English at University of Akron, Giffels teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.

Giffels’ last book, All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House, received widespread acclaim, from the New York Times, which described it as “sweet and funny” to the Los Angeles Times, which called it “a truly wonderful book” to Oprah’s O at Home magazine, where it topped the “Fantastic Summer Reads” list.

Giffels is coauthor of Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! and Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron. He was a longtime columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal and a contributing commentator and essayist on National Public Radio station WKSU in Kent, Ohio. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Grantland, Parade, Redbook and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head.

His recent awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize for literature, the Ohioana Book Award, and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for excellence.

  • Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.
  • July 1 at 7 PM: People’s University, American History III, The Progressive Era, part 1. The excess of the Gilded Age was followed by a period of social activism and political reform exemplified by efforts like trust-busting and woman suffrage.

Instructor: Dr. David Javersak. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.

  • July 8 (rescheduled from Jan 7) Black Damp Century

Author Kerry George will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling on Tuesday, January 7 at noon to discuss his book, Black Damp Century, a story of strife, loyalty, and fury set against the backdrop of coal mining in West Virginia, beginning with the bloody battle at Blair Mountain. Mr. George is a retired U.S. Mine Inspector. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.

  • July 8 at 7 PM: People’s University, American History III, The Progressive Era, part 2. The excess of the Gilded Age was followed by a period of social activism and political reform exemplified by efforts like trust-busting and woman suffrage. Instructor: Dr. David Javersak. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.
  • July 15 Moses Fleetwood Walker

Stark State College instructor Craig Brown will discuss the life of Moses Fleetwood Walker at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, July 15 at noon. Brown is leading an effort to create an official day to honor Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African American to play major league baseball, many years before Jackie Robinson. Walker was born in Mt. Pleasant Ohio. He was not only a baseball player, but also a businessman in the Ohio Valley. Craig Brown and his students believe that Walker deserves to be honored with a special day, so that future generations will know what he accomplished against all odds. Right now, the group has the legislation written and the support of Representative Stephen Slesnick of Canton. However, they are seeking the public’s help and they ask supporters to go the Moses Fleetwood Walker Day Facebook page and “LIKE” it. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.

  • July 15 at 7 PM: People’s University, American History III, The Great War, part 1. World War I began in Europe in 1914. The U.S. entered the war in 1917 and the Allied Powers were victorious over the Central Powers by 1918.

Instructor: Dr. Hal Gorby Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.

  • July 22 After the Storm: Burial of the Civil War Dead

Civil War expert Kathleen Logothetis Thompson will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling on Tuesday, July 22 at noon to present “After the Storm: Burial of the Civil War Dead.” Kathleen Logothetis Thompson is pursuing her PhD at WVU. She has been an interpreter at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, editor for the Emerging Civil War blog, and contributor to books in the Emerging Civil War book series.