Books, Bytes & More Newsletter
August 2014
In This Issue
Featured New Books
Saunders Retires
Call the Midwife
Donation for Computers
Streaming Radio
Career Information
BCPL Youth Services Events
BCPL Book & Film Club
Events at PCB Public Library
Computer Classes
BCPL Book Club
Dear Dewey
Events in Wewahitchka
Events in Liberty County

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Featured Items

The Silkworm
by Robert Galbraith

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Cormoran Strike investigates the disappearance of a novelist who, in his most recent book, unflatteringly portrayed people from his life.

The Romanov Sisters:  The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
by Helen Rappaport

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The Romanov Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of these young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia, World War I and the Russian Revolution.

One Plus One
by Jojo Moyes

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A single mom trying to raise a bullied stepson and a mathlete daughter finds an unexpected rescue in the form of an obnoxious tech millionaire named Geeky Ed.

How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
by Jordan Ellenberg

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A math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands.

How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love
by Ken Baker

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When Emery Jackson's mother signs her up for a weight loss competition reality show, she must learn how to balance the trials of her new figure, her newfound fame, and her relationships with family and friends.

Horrible Harry and the Hallway Bully
by Suzy Kline

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Selected to join the school safety patrol squad, third-grader Mary quickly turns into a bully and classmate Doug suspects she may be tampering with the book raffle.

The Heist
by Daniel Silva

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Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy for Israel, must play a dangerous game of high stakes international intrigue as he searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio.

The Girls of August
by Anne Rivers Siddons

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Four friends who used to meet for an annual summer beach vacation drift apart after one of their group tragically dies but reconvene years later.

Days of Rage
by Brad Taylor

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In the latest Pike Logan thriller, the Taskforce must stop their most devastating threat yet--a weapon of mass destruction.

The Book of Life
by Deborah Harkness

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After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies.

The Big Something
by Patricia Reilly Giff

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When Jilli and Jim see a big red structure being built next door, they imagine all kinds of frightening things before finding out the truth.

America: Imagine the World Without Her
by Dinesh D'Souza

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Considers how the world would be different if the United States had never been founded, retelling the story of how the country was born and discussing aspects of American life that make the U.S. exceptional.

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

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A novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

All Fall Down
by Jennifer Weiner

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As she struggles to hold her home and work life together, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort--they help her feel calm and get her through her increasingly hectic days.

The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

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Traces the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life, and the urban slave who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.
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Rebecca Saunders Retires After 46 Years with Library

Rebecca Saunders, the Head of Local History and Genealogy Services at the Bay County Public Library, retired in July after 46 years of outstanding service to the citizens of Bay County.

Rebecca Saunders was recognized for her service by Bay County Commissioner Mike Thomas.

Becky began her service to the library as a Girl Scout volunteer. She joined the Bay County Public Library staff on March 1, 1968, and has had several key positions, including Head of Technical Services and Head of Local History and Genealogy.

Becky's accomplishments include transitioning the library from card catalog to computer system in the 1990s, and working with her staff to fund and build a digital archive of over 16,000 historical photos which can be accessed online.

In 2005 Becky received the Outstanding Achievement Award in Florida Genealogy from the Florida State Genealogical Society, just one of many awards for her outstanding service and leadership.

An active member of the Bay County Genealogical Society and the Historical Society of Bay County, Becky has coordinated many wonderful events to encourage people to research their family history, including the very successful Genealogy after Hours program.

Becky has used her exceptional knowledge of Bay County to assist thousands of people over the years with their research, and has played a major role in the planning of the Panama City Centennial and Bay County Centennial celebrations.

The new Head of Local History and Genealogy is Laura Moree, who has been a reference librarian at the Bay County Public Library for three years.

Read an article about Becky's retirement in the Panama City News Herald  and view a news story about Becky shown on WJHG-TV Channel 7
Featured Series: Call the Midwife

Have you been watching the BBC period drama on PBS, Call the Midwife? Have you missed a few episodes and want to catch up? Or maybe you would like to read the memoirs on which the series is based? If so, we've got you covered!

Jennifer Worth came from a sheltered background when she became a midwife in the Docklands in the 1950s. The conditions in which many women gave birth just half a century ago were horrifying, not only because of their grimly impoverished surroundings, but also because of what they were expected to endure. But while Jennifer witnessed brutality and tragedy, she also met with amazing kindness and understanding, tempered by a great deal of Cockney humour. She also earned the confidences of some whose lives were truly stranger, more poignant and more terrifying than could ever be recounted in fiction.

Click on a link below to reserve your copy:

Call the Midwife, Season One [DVD]
We also have the memoirs available as eBooks. To access, go to and search for Call the Midwife.
Funds for Computers Donated to Library

The Bay County Genealogical Society raised money in 2008 for two computers for genealogical research at the Bay County Public Library. Recently, the Society generously donated $2,000 to the library's Local History Room to replace those computers.

Society President William J. Zehner and Corresponding Secretary Janice Moore Cronan presented the check to Rebecca Brown Saunders, Head of the library's Local History Room.

"We appreciate the support of the Bay County Genealogical Society," said Rebecca Saunders. "The new computers will mean faster access for patrons conducting family research."

The Bay County Genealogical Society is dedicated to the advancement, education, and promotion of family history research, and to the preservation and distribution of historical records related to Bay County, Florida, and surrounding areas.

The Local History Room at the Bay County Public Library collects and preserves the history of Bay County. The library houses print materials, artifacts, photographs, school annuals, city directories, telephone directories, newspapers and periodicals, as well as books on Bay County, written by Bay Countians. The collection also includes an excellent selection on Florida history. The collection is for in-library use only, and they are open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Florida Memory Launches Streaming Radio

Recently, Florida Memory launched Florida Memory Radio, a 24 hour streaming Internet radio station featuring a broad range of music from the Florida Folklife Collection. Available to listeners around the world, users can access the station on the Web at

The Florida Folklife Collection is home to over 34,000 recordings of blues, bluegrass, folk, gospel, and world music, featuring such artists as Will McLean, Ida Goodson, Etta Baker and Doc Watson.

Florida Memory Radio plays these diverse musical selections around the clock, commercial free, allowing listeners to enjoy the rich audio resources of the State Archives of Florida. In the coming months, listeners will also be able to take Florida Memory Radio on the go with the new app.

Florida Memory is an ongoing initiative that promotes awareness, understanding and the use of the State Library and Archives' collections and services. It enables remote access to unique records that illustrate significant moments in the state's history.

For more details about the station's programming and scheduling, please visit

For more information on Florida Memory, go to or visit your local library branch.
Career Information Center

The Florida Electronic Library (FEL) is a gateway to electronic magazines, newspapers, almanacs, encyclopedias and books, and the Ask a Librarian reference service.

Recently, the Career Information Center, 10th edition, was added to FEL. This 16 volume set provides the most current information available on careers in the United States. Job profiles cover the following: job facts; nature of work; work environment; education; licenses; certification and training; job outlook; similar occupations; and sources of additional information, such as books, audiovisual materials and organizations.

The Career Information Center provides valuable information to human resources professionals; managers and supervisors; and prospective and current college students who are trying to decide on a career path.

To access this resource:
  • Go to
  • Under Research, click on Databases
  • Click on Florida Electronic Library
  • Under Browse Our Resources, click on eBooks
  • Choose Career Information Center
For questions on FEL and other research databases, please visit your local branch or call us at 522-2107.
BCPL Youth Services Events

Book Babies
Tuesdays at 9:30 AM beginning August 19th. Suggested ages: 0 to 17 months.

Terrific Tots
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM beginning August 19th. Suggested ages: 18 to 36 months.

Preschool Storytime
Thursdays @ 10:30 AM beginning August 21st. Suggested ages: 3 to 5 years.

For more information, please call 850-522-2118. 
Bay County Public Library Book & Film Club

Join us at the Bay County Public Library the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM for the Books in Motion Book & Film Club.

On August 19th, we will see the film based on Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger.

We encourage you to read the book first, but if you haven't, that's okay -- join us for the movie!

Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Please call 850-522-2107 for more information. 
Events at the Panama City Beach Public Library

Beach Book Club 
First Wednesdays monthly at 10:30 AM

August 6: The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion

Sea Needles
Fridays weekly from 10 AM to 12 Noon
PCBL invites all needle-crafters to share the fun! Knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, and embroidery!

For more information on these free events, please call 850-233-5055. 
Computer Classes at the Bay County Public Library

Word Basics
Tuesday, August 12 from 9:30 AM to 11 AM

Come, Connect, and Learn how to create, open, edit, and format any kind of Word document. Prerequisite: Computer Basics or equivalent experience. 
Excel Basics
Wednesday, August 20 from 9:30 AM to 11 AM

Come, Connect, and Learn basic Excel including formatting, spreadsheets, charts, and more! Prerequisite: Computer Basics or equivalent experience. 

Word Beyond the Basics
Tuesday, August 26 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM

Come, Connect, and Learn how to insert pictures, tables, and symbols along with more advanced formatting in Word documents. Prerequisite: Word Basics or equivalent experience. 

The Northwest Regional Library System offers
free workshops for beginning computer users in the Bay County Public Library computer lab. Instruction is hands-on and is designed to be progressive. Registration is not required. Workshops start on time, so be early and don't miss anything!

Not all classes are offered every month. A new schedule is published on the 15th of the current month for the following month on our Events Calendar.

For more information, please call 850-522-2107.
Bay County Public Library Book Club

The Bay County Public Library Book Club meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10 AM in the BCPL Meeting Room.

The book list for the remainder of 2014 is as follows:

August 14: Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
September 11: A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith
October 9: The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy
November 13: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
December 11: Storyville by Lois Battle

For more information, please call 850-522-2100. 

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I seem to hear about Library programs after they happen! How can I find out about your programs before they happen? - Joe P.

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To access the Calendar:

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Dear Dewey,
I am an older student re-entering college. I'm worried my math and science skills might be a little rusty. Do the Libraries have any resources to help?-Anxious Andy

Dear Anxious Andy,
Kudos to you for going back to school! The Libraries have great print and electronic study resources that will help you feel more confident. You can search for the print resources in our Library Catalog at:

The Library also provides access to the extra-cool LearningExpress Library which provides interactive tutorials, practice tests, and full-text study books for all of your needs.

To access LearningExpress:

Go to the Library web page at:
Click on Books, Etc.
Click on eBooks & eAudio
On the left, click on LearningExpress Library
You browse by Learning Center or search for a keyword (e.g., Math) at the bottom of the screen.

You will need to Register the first time you go in with your email and a password. After that, you will be able to Login and Launch any of the study resources you find.

LearningExpress is one of Dewey's all-time favorite resources -- you will like it too!

Dear Dewey,
I am going through a divorce and need some forms. Can the Library help? -Ms. D.

Dear Ms. D.,
Yes. You can get those forms from the Bay County Law Library. The Law Library is located in the Bay County Public Library and it has all sorts of civil, state, federal, and criminal forms and information.

The Law Librarian cannot complete the forms for you or provide legal advice, but she will be happy to point you in the right direction and get you started. For more information, call the Law Librarian at 850-522-2121.

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Events in Wewahitchka

Wee Read (Preschoolers)
Mondays at 11 AM

After School Program
2nd Tuesday of each month at 3:30 PM for school-aged children.

Images of America -- Wewahitchka
1st and 3rd Mondays from 1 PM to 5 PM
Bring your stories and photos of Historic Wewahitchka. Author Beverly Mount-Douds will interview you and scan your pictures.

For more information on these events, please call 850-639-2419.

Capital Area Community Action Agency
The Capital Area Community Action Agency has an energy assistance program. You may meet them in the library on Tuesdays from 9 AM to 12 PM by appointment only. Call 850-674-5067 to schedule an appointment.

CareerSource Gulf Coast Disabled Veterans Outreach Program
Dewayne Evans, the CareerSource Gulf Coast Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, will be at the library the third Thursday of each month to assist veterans. You may meet him in the library. Either call 850-872-4340 Ext. 105 to schedule an appointment or drop by the library after 1 PM.
Events at the Liberty County Libraries

Craft Days

Meet at the library to share your craft and your company!

Tuesdays at 10 AM in Bristol
Thursdays at 9 AM in Hosford

Quilting Class
Every other Saturday at 12:30 PM in Hosford. Class size is limited so call 850-379-3300 to reserve your seat!

Family History Class
Learn how to do your genealogy!

Tuesdays at 4 PM in Bristol
Thursdays at 4 PM in Hosford

For more information on Bristol programs, please call 850-643-2247. For more information on Hosford programs, please call 850-379-3300.