Learn how Ohioans led the Union to victory during the Civil War during this year's annual meeting of the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries.

Learn how Ohioans led the Union to victory during the Civil War during this year's annual meeting of the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries.

On Nov. 11, featured speaker James Bissland will discuss "The War Nobody Knows," detailing the role of Ohioans in the Civil War and the struggle to defend the promise of our Founding Fathers that "all men are created equal."

The program will begin at 7 pm at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., and is open to the public.

Associate professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University, Bissland has spent his professional life as a teacher and writer, specializing in gathering and telling stories of remarkable people from American history.

His 2007 book, "Blood, Tears and Glory: How Ohioans Won the Civil War," explains the pivotal role of Ohioans and how the war shaped modern America.

Reviewers describe the novel as "a superb work -- in league with the best historical writers of our day in both substance and style" and "a superb piece of well-documented scholarship, yet it reads like a Grisham novel."

Bissland's program is made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In addition to Bissland's program and a short business meeting, the Friends' annual meeting will also include the presentation of the Sheila E. Vetter Volunteer Award.

Established by Vetter's family after her sudden death in 2000, the award honors an outstanding teen and adult volunteer, who each receive a $200 U.S. Savings Bond and have their names engraved on a plaque displayed in the lobby of Northwest Library, where Vetter worked.

Winners are selected by Vetter's family from among library staff nominations.

The Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries is a membership organization dedicated to helping both Old Worthington Library and Northwest Library through donations and volunteer service. Last year, they contributed over $37,000 to the Library. Friends' money is used to pay for events like author visits for children, teens and adults; summer reading club programming and prizes; and special equipment needs.

For a membership application or more information on the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, visit www.worthingtonlibraries.org or call 807-2605.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.

Hillary Kline