New Library Series Explores Physical Science

The Ohio County Public Library in partnership with the Wheeling Academy of Law & Science [WALS] Foundation, both in Wheeling, will offer the 31st entry in its People’s University series as a 6-class online, Livestream presentation. “Physical Science, The Joy of Discovery” will take attendees on a journey through the philosophical and intellectual development of science as a method of accurately weighing evidence, eliminating bias, finding facts, and acquiring knowledge.

The opening classes in the series will explore, in part, the following themes: Science is not political; Science is not magical; Science is not faith or belief; Science is not based on feelings; it’s not a conspiracy and has no hidden agenda. Science is the earnest pursuit of what is true in terms of the best available, logically generated evidence. Science recognizes that it’s okay to be wrong and to learn from it.

Later classes in the series will explore the history and fundamental building blocks of the pillars of physical science: chemistry and physics. Attendees will learn about what matter and energy are and what laws they obey. Additional classes will explore specific applications of chemistry, namely laser technology as well as combating multi-drug resistant bacteria through drug discovery.

Attendees who “like,” comment, or ask a question will be eligible to win a door prize at each session.

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Each week, participants who “like,” comment, or ask a question during class will be eligible to win a door prize!

Classes for People’s University LIVESTREAM—”Physical Science, the Joy of Discovery,” will meet on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm, January 14 through February 18. All programs are free and open to the public. Patrons may attend as many classes as they wish. There are no tests or other requirements.

For more info about the People’s University LIVESTREAM—”Physical Science, the Joy of Discovery,” please email the library at, visit the OCPL’s website, or call 304-232-0244.


In 1951, the Ohio County Public Library’s librarian, Virginia Ebeling, referenced British historian Thomas Carlyle, who said, “the public library is a People’s University,” when she initiated a new adult education program with that name. Miss Ebeling charged the library with the responsibility of reaching “as many people in the community as possible.” In keeping with that tradition of public libraries as sanctuaries of free learning for all people, the Ohio County Public Library revived the series in 2010. The People’s University is a free program for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts. It features courses—taught by experts in each subject—that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning in classic subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature.