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Fred Rogers Is the topic of Lunch With Books program

WHEELING — “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers” will be the topic of the next Lunch With Books program at noon Tuesday, July 23, at the Ohio County Public Library in downtown Wheeling.

This is a rescheduled program that originally had been booked for Jan. 15.

Fred Rogers (1928-2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” he was a champion of compassion, equality and kindness.

Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns and questions about the world seriously. “The Good Neighbor,” the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers’s personal, professional and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development.

An engaging story, rich in detail, “The Good Neighbor” is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations. Maxwell King is the CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation. After a career in journalism, including eight years as editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, King served as president of the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments for nearly a decade.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they begin at noon on Tuesdays in the library’s auditorium. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.

Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.

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