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From Irish Row to Corktown

The Wheeling Irish How did so many Irish immigrants end up in the United States and in Wheeling? There were many waves of immigration. But the biggest one related to the Gaelic -mostly Catholic- Irish, was caused by starvation. In oversimplified terms: by the mid-19th century, the tenant farmers and working poor of ...more

Serene Dignity: Marian Anderson’s True First Wheeling Performance

“Sometimes racial prejudice is like a hair across your cheek. You can't see it, you can't find it with your fingers, but you keep brushing it because the feel of it is irritating.”-Marian Anderson Marian Anderson was one of the world's greatest contralto singers. She toured the planet as a musical ...more

Wheeling Bound and Down: The History of the Wheeling Truckers Jamboree and Expo

Good-buddy. 10-4. Rubber Duck. Pig pen. Good-buddy. Chicken coop. During the 1970s, code language such as this became extremely popular for truckers, families, and trucking enthusiasts on citizen band radios. The language and trucker culture became so popular throughout the decade that it would influence popular culture including music, movies, television, ...more

The OCPL Book Review: Sea of Tranquility

  Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel Reviewed by Phyllis Sigal Five Stars “Sea of Tranquility” is anything but tranquil. The novel is filled with decades -– centuries even — of upheaval. War. Pandemics. Ponzi schemes. Survival. Another pandemic. Suicides. Violins. Supernatural events. And one of my favorites — time travel. We begin in 1912 ...more

Celebrating Black Voices: Graphic Novels by Black Authors

Celebrate black voices beyond February by reading graphic novels written by Black authors. Titles are available from the Ohio County Public Library, Hoopla, and Libby! March: Book One by John Lewis March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on ...more

People's University: Ancient History - Recommended Reading Part I

                      People's University Ancient History series begins on Thursday, January 5th. Here are a few recommendations for reading as the series begins. Books are available from Hoopla and WV Deli-Libby. For more information on the People's University Ancient History Series, click here. Class 1-  Jan. 5, 2023 - 7 pm: Egypt Part 1 ...more

Ah-Hoo! Werewolves of Wheeling!

Posted by S. Duffy On October 25 at Lunch With Books for our annual Halloween Special,  we explored the bizarre and terrifying alternate universe of historic lycanthropy in the Friendly City. The event featured five tall tales (or tall tails) -- by Cheryl Harshman, Kyle Knox, and Laura Jackson Roberts, yours truly, ...more

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