WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library has announced upcoming Lunch With Books programs.
noon Tuesday, "Travels in Africa." Author Jana Jirak will discuss the series of memoirs she transcribed, detailing her grandfather's 19th-century African travels, including, "Prague to Africa 1882-1884," "25 years in Africa," "Under the Scorching Sun" and "The Sons of the Desert."
noon July 20, "International Folk Music." As part of the Ohio County Public Library's Adult Summer Reading Program themed "Novel Destinations," the Rev. Bob Willits will perform international folk songs.
noon July 24, "Civil War Medical Transport." Betsy Estilow, National Museum of Civil War Medicine Board president and Hood College Civil War history instructor, will discuss medical transportation of the wounded during the Civil War. The program will cover the ambulances, especially the Wheeling ambulance, as well as hospitals trains and hospital ships. Estilow earned a master's degree in clinical microbiology at West Virginia University and was the co-founder of the Society for Women in the Civil War.
noon July 31, "A Capital Battle: Wheeling Versus Charleston." Billy Joe Peyton, West Virginia State history chair, will tell the tale of West Virginia's break with Virginia and the ensuing battle between Wheeling and Charleston to be the new state's capital.
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 (304) 232-0244 for information.