Books, Bytes & More Newsletter
July 2014
In This Issue
Featured New Books
Summer Reading Programs
Community Donations
Teen Producers
Brockman Back at PSJ
Tupelo Honey Festival
BCPL Youth Services Events
BCPL Book & Film Club
Events at PCB Public Library
Computer Classes
BCPL Book Club
Dear Dewey
Events in Wewahitchka
Adult Crafts at BCPL
Events in Liberty County

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Featured Items

Save the Date
by Mary Kay Andrews

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Hired for a wedding she hopes will secure her career, florist Cara designs beautiful arrangements in spite of a personal belief that love does not exist, an opinion that is challenged when the bride goes missing.

The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps
by Michael Blanding

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Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief -until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library.

by Kevin Emerson

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As band manager for the up-and-coming DangerHeart, seventeen-year-old Summer Carlson navigates a relationship with the lead singer and decides whether to act on information that could rocket the band to stardom.

Top Secret Twenty-One
by Janet Evanovich

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Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How bounty hunter Stephanie Plum will pull it all off: top secret.

The Hurricane Sisters
by Dorothea Benton Frank

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When an emotional hurricane blows through their lives, Ashley Anne Waters, her mother Liz, and Maisie, the family matriarch, must turn to each other for strength and support as the bonds they share are ultimately transformed.

Written in My Own Heart's Blood
by Diana Gabaldon

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This next thrilling book in the Outlander series follows Claire and Jamie through revolutionary Philadelphia and onto the battlefields, as Jamie makes a dramatic return to Claire's side, a new army sweeps the city, and romance and violence brew.

Mr. Mercedes
by Stephen King

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In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.

Caterina and the Lemonade Stand
by Erin Eitter Kono

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Caterina, a little brown bird who loves to make lists, plans to earn money by selling lemonade, but when others have the same idea, Caterina must find a way to make her stand eye-catching.

Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee
by Michael Korda

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Analyzes Lee's command during the Civil War, exploring his responsibility for the fatal stalemate at Antietam, his defeat at Gettysburg, and his failed strategy for winning the war.

Mambo in Chinatown
by Jean Kwok

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When Charlie lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, she gains access to a world she hardly knew existed. Gradually her perspective, her expectations, and her sense of self all are transformed-something she must hide from her father and his suspicion of all things Western.

Early Birdy Gets the Worm
by Bruce Lansky

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Waking up one morning, a young bird sees its mother catch a worm and decides to try to catch one too, but the bird soon learns that catching a worm isn't as easy as it looks.

The Arsonist
by Sue Miller

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Retiring with her increasingly erratic professor husband to the town where she has summered for decades doesn't turn out as planned for Sylvia. Social tensions surface, starting with the renovation work Sylvia's son is doing on the property, and then local homes start falling to an arsonist.

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape our Manmade World
by Mark Miodownik

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Tells enthralling stories that explain the science and history of materials. From the teacup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, Miodownik reveals the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives.

The Summer Wind
by Mary Alice Monroe

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The second book in Monroe's Lowcountry Summer trilogy, this is a poignant and heartwarming story of three half-sisters and their grandmother, who is determined to help them rediscover their southern roots and family bonds.

The Quick
by Lauren Owen

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1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century
by Thomas Piketty

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Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.

Cowy Cow
by Chris Raschka

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Cowy Cow has one hundred ideas, and some might even be good ones.

China Dolls
by Lisa See

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The lives of three Chinese-American women-Grace, Helen, and Ruby-intersect in pre-WWII San Francisco as they become glamorous entertainers at a nightclub. Though they've taken a vow of loyalty, Ruby is revealed to be of Japanese heritage and deported to an internment camp, and their friendships and fortunes suffer a mortal blow.

Cop Town
by Karin Slaughter

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In this standalone thriller, a rookie cop makes her own way in the boys' club that is the Atlanta Police Department in the 1970s.

Hollow World
by Michael J. Sullivan

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Upon learning that he is terminally ill, Ellis, a man who has always played it safe, decides to throw caution to the wind and use the time machine he has constructed in his garage.

Nantucket Sisters
by Nancy Thayer

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When they meet as girls on a beach in Nantucket, Maggie and Emma become fast friends. As women, they find the road to love and fulfillment is full of bumps and twists, as well as unexpected and wonderful turns of the heart. They also learn that while true love may be rare, a true friendship is rarer still.

The Beekeeper's Ball
by Susan Wiggs

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While transforming Bella Vista, her childhood home, into a destination cooking school, chef Isabel Johansen finds her plans interrupted by war-torn journalist Cormac O'Neill who has arrived to dig up old history.

Revenge of the Flowers Girls
by Jennifer Ziegler

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When their usual summer plans are upended by their big sister's wedding, triplets Dawn, Darby, and Delaney struggle with their dislike for the groom-to-be, a sentiment that compels them to reunite their sister with her fun-loving ex.

Catching Fire [DVD]

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The Hunger Games saga continues in this sequel that finds a revolution brewing as Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark take a "Victor's Tour" of the districts, and President Snow plots their downfall during preparations for the Quarter Quell, a celebration of the Capitol's victory over the districts.

The LEGO Movie [DVD]

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An ordinary LEGO minifigure is mistaken for an extraordinary MasterBuilder, and is recruited to help stop an evil tyrant from gluing their world together.
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Fizz, Boom, Read! Summer Reading Programs

We've been having a great time this summer with weekly programs featuring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) at all Northwest Regional Library System locations.

There are still programs left, so come on down to your local library and join us for loads of fun!

Bay County Public Library

Fizz, Boom, Read Summer Reading Program (K-5)
Thursdays through July 24 at 2 PM

Teen Tuesdays
Tuesdays through July 22 at 2 PM

Preschool Storytime
Thursdays through July 24 at 10:30 AM

For more information, please call 850-522-2118.

Parker Public Library

Tuesdays from July 8 through July 29 at 2 PM

For more information, please call 850-871-3092. 

Springfield Public Library

Wednesdays through July 23 at 2 PM

For more information, please call 850-872-7510.

Charles Whitehead Public Library (Wewahitchka)

Tuesdays through July 8 at 3 PM

    July 1: Color and Light
    July 8: Measurement

There will be an end of the year party on July 8th with refreshments, gifts, and prizes!

For more information, please call 850-639-2419.

Panama City Beach Public Library

Interactive Reading Wall (All Ages)
Daily through July 17
Prize drawing on July 17 for four age groups: preschool (0-5); school age (6-12); teen (13-17); and adult (18+).

Kids Books, Kids Beat! (Ages 0-4)
Tuesdays through July 15 at 10:30 AM

Fizz, Boom, Read (K-3)
Wednesdays through July 16 at 2 PM

Fizz, Boom, Bang Discovery Lab (K-5)
Thursdays through July 17 at 10:30 AM

For more information, please call 850-233-5055.

Check out some pictures from our summer reading programs:

Community Donations

Gulf Coast Woman's Club
The Gulf Coast Woman's Club Art Community Service Program donated $200 to help fund the summer reading program at the Bay County Public Library. Club members Mokey McCormick and Marsha Rockhill were at the library on June 9th to present the check to Youth Services Librarian Sandra Pierce.  
Sandra Pierce, Youth Services Librarian, and Mokey McCormick and Marsha Rockhill from the Gulf Coast Woman's Club Art Community Service Program [left to right].

Northwest Florida Music Teachers Association 
The Northwest Florida Music Teachers Association presented the Bay County Public Library Youth Services Department with a check for $1,267 to be used for musical programs in the library. NFMTA President Emily Breeze presented the check to Youth Services Librarian Sandra Pierce.
Sandra Pierce, Youth Services Librarian, and Emily Breeze, President of Northwest Florida Music Teachers Association [left to right].
Library Offers Teen Producers Program

The Bay County Public Library is offering their next Teen Producers program the week of July 28th from 1:30 to 4 PM daily. Teens must be able to attend all five classes. Space is limited, and teens must register in advance.

Thanks to a grant from the Best Buy Foundation in the amount of $5,000, with an additional $1,600 provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries, the library was able to purchase a camcorder, a chroma green screen for special effects, lighting, and computer equipment and software.

The Teen Producers program provides teens with the instruction, equipment, and mentorship needed to create short video productions. Teens learn about the fundamentals of digital video production including writing, composition, lighting, video editing, and using special effects.

Teens who complete the program continue to have access to the equipment so that they can build on what they have learned while producing videos for school and entertainment.

"The goal of this project is to help teens improve their technology skills so they can excel in school, compete for high paying jobs, and thrive in the 21st century," said Robin Shader, Library Director.

For more information and to register for the program, please contact the Youth Services Department at 850-522-2118. 
Nancy Brockman Back at Port St. Joe Library

Nancy Brockman, a former library assistant at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe, is back!

The current branch manager, Carl Copeland, is retiring after twelve years with the library. As the new Gulf County Coordinator, Nancy will manage the Port St. Joe library and will oversee operations at the Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka. Nancy plans to help both Gulf County branches of the Northwest Regional Library System by continuing to provide needed services and information to the communities.

Nancy received her Master's in Library and Information Science from Florida State University in 2012. It was during her time as a paraprofessional at the Port St. Joe Middle/High School Media Center that she decided she wanted to be a librarian. So after 30 years of being out of school, she went back and finished her Associate's Degree, and then went on to get her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. She is very fortunate that she had the unfailing support of her husband and children during this endeavor.

Nancy has been working as a reference librarian at the Bay County Public Library since 2013, but always hoped to return to the library in Port St. Joe. 

"Finding my way back to the Costin Gibson library in Port St. Joe is a long anticipated goal," she said. "The path led me to an opportunity with the Bay County Public Library, which allowed me to develop a much greater understanding of how the library system operates, and about the wonderful people that work there. I will miss being at the Bay County Public Library, but I look forward to the challenges ahead, and I'm thrilled to be going back to Gulf County."

Nancy will start her new position in early July, so be sure to stop by and see her at the library! 
Good Times at the Tupelo Honey Festival with the Library

The Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka set up a booth at the recent Tupelo Festival to let people know about the youth programs offered by the library this summer. To get children excited about the summer programs, the library set up a bean bag toss and allowed children to pick a duck out of a pond!

The Fizz, Boom, Read summer reading programs will be Tuesdays through July 8 at 3 PM. The library also offers Wee Read storytime for preschoolers Mondays at 10 AM.

At the festival, award-winning author Rysa Walker had a book signing and raffle, with proceeds supporting the library's youth programs. Rysa (which is her pen name) grew up on a cattle ranch near Wewa. She is now writing the CHRONOS Files series of young adult books. The library is grateful for the support Rysa has provided to our programs.

At the library booth, there was an article on display about Beverly Mount-Douds and her upcoming book about Wewahitchka. Beverly meets with people in the library on the first and third Mondays of each month from 1 to 5 PM to collect information for her new book. If you would like to be interviewed by Beverly, bring your stories and photos of Historic Wewahitchka to the library during those times.

For more information about the library and its programs, please call 639-2419 or visit the website at
BCPL Youth Services Events

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5)
Thursdays through July 24 at 10:30 AM

Fizz, Boom, Read Summer Reading Program 
Thursdays through July 24 at 2 PM

Click here for a printable flyer on our summer reading program.

The program ends with a talent show on July 24th. Space is limited so call 522-2118 to sign up now!

Teen Tuesdays
Tuesdays through July 22 at 2 PM

Click here for a printable flyer on Teen Tuesdays.

Teen Producers 
July 28-August 1, 1:30 to 4 PM
The library is offering their next Teen Producers program. Teens must be able to attend all five classes. Space is limited, and teens must register in advance.

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.

Our Spring/Summer 2014 screenings will focus on the memoir!

On July 15th, we will see the 2010 film based on The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis.

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

July 2: The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flag

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!

Fizz, Boom, Read Summer Reading Program

Kids Books, Kids Beat!
Suggested ages 0-4
Tuesdays through July 15 at 10:30 AM

Fizz, Boom Read
Grades K-3
Wednesdays through July 16 at 2 PM

Fizz, Boom, Bang Discovery Lab
Grades K-5
Thursdays through July 17 at 10:30 AM

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

Connect U Evening Class: Word-- The Basics
Tuesday, July 29 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM

Learn to navigate Microsoft Word 2007, some text basics, and how to open and save documents. Prerequisite: Computer 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:

July 10: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
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. 

Dear Dewey is designed to help information flow to and from your Library. If you have library or information access questions, just Ask Dewey! Send your Dear Dewey questions to: Put Dear Dewey in the Subject Line and Dewey will respond!

Dear Dewey,
I went to the library catalog and noticed it has changed! Is my account information still accessible? -Sylvia M.

Dear Sylvia,
Yes! Our library catalog has been upgraded, but your account information is still easily accessible. To log into your account from the catalog:
1.  Go to:
2.  Click on: Log In (located in the upper-right corner)

The new library catalog interface is more streamlined so locating items, placing holds, and reading/writing reviews should be easier. If you need help with any of the new stuff, give us a call at 850-522-2100 or go to your nearest Library.

Dear Dewey,
When I signed up for Zinio, I had to set up two accounts. Did I do that right? -EReader in Parker

Dear EReader,
Yes! You did everything right! As you know, Zinio is our newest resource that provides cover-to-cover digital access to over 75 different magazines.

You need to create two log-in accounts to take full advantage of Zinio. The first account gets you into the Northwest Regional Library System collection of Zinio magazines. The second account allows you to create your personal library of magazines for streaming or downloaded/offline reading. You can check out as much as you want and keep the magazines in your personal reading list for as long as you want - no return required! View the magazines on your PC/Mac or download for offline viewing with handy mobile apps. How cool is that?!

To get onto Zinio, go to: (or click on the Zinio slide on the Library's homepage at: The Bay County Library Foundation has generously funded this resource. Want more information? Give us a call at 850-522-2100 or come by your nearest Library.


Have a Dear Dewey Question? Dewey wants to hear from you! Simply email Dewey at
Events in Wewahitchka

Wee Read (Preschoolers)
Mondays at 10 AM

Fizz, Boom, Read Summer Reading Program 
Tuesdays through July 8 at 3 PM

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 by appointment only. Call 850-674-5067 to schedule an appointment.

CareerSource Gulf Coast Disabled Veterans Outreach Program
3rd Thursday of the month
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.
Adult Crafts at the BCPL

As part of the Bay County Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program, drop by the library and check out our "Take and Make" and "Make and Take" crafts!

In our display case, we have examples of great crafts you can make out of books. Ask at the Information desk for instructions on how to make your own!

Near the Information desk, we will have rotating "Make and Take" crafts throughout the summer.

We also have a display board for you to answer the question: what are the characteristics of a good book? We're creating our own "periodic table of literary elements" with your help!

For more information, come by the library or call 850-522-2107.
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
2nd and 4th Saturday of each month 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.