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August 2017
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Featured Items 
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters
by Susan Mallery

Kelly Murphy's life as a tulip farmer is pretty routine-up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sun-washed summer with two dramatic homecomings: Griffith Burnett-Tulpen Crossing's prodigal son, who's set his sights on Kelly-and Olivia, her beautiful, wayward and, as far as Kelly is concerned, unwelcome sister. Tempted by Griffith, annoyed by Olivia, Kelly is overwhelmed by the secrets that were so easy to keep when she was alone. While the sister's often disagree, their secrets tumble out in a big hot mess, revealing some truths that will change everything they thought they knew. Can they forgive each other-and themselves-and redefine what it means to be sisters? 
Bed-Stuy is Burning
by Brian Platzer

Aaron, a disgraced rabbi turned Wall Street banker, and Amelia, his journalist girlfriend, live with their newborn in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods in New York City. The infusion of upwardly mobile strivers into Bed-Stuy's historic brownstones belies the tension simmering on the streets below. But after a cop shoots a boy in a nearby park, a riot erupts--with Aaron and his family at its center. Over the course of one cataclysmic day, issues of race, policing, faith, and professional ambition will collide. Unexpected truths emerge from the crisis, offering a window into complex lives and society as a whole.  This fearless debut deftly wrestles with the most pressing issues of our time with unflinching focus, wisdom, and hope.
The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper and the Making of a Classic
by Richard Sandomir
On July 4, 1939, baseball great Lou Gehrig delivered what has been called "baseball's Gettysburg Address" at Yankee Stadium and gave a speech that included the phrase that would become legendary. He died two years later and his fiery widow, Eleanor, wanted nothing more than to keep his memory alive. With her forceful will, she and the irascible producer Samuel Goldwyn quickly agreed to make a film based on Gehrig's life, The Pride of the Yankees. Goldwyn didn't understand--or care about--baseball. For him this film was the emotional story of a quiet, modest hero who married a spirited woman who was the love of his life, and, after a storied career, gave a short speech that transformed his legacy. With the world at war and soldiers dying on foreign soil, it was the kind of movie America needed. 

Two Nights
by Kathy Reichs
A childhood spent in a dangerous cult left Sunday Night with an instinct for survival that's kept her alive into adulthood but left her mostly friendless. Forced into early retirement from the police force due to an injury, Sunnie retreats from an outside world she doesn't trust and sees little use for, until a wealthy woman contacts her with a plea: her teenage granddaughter has been missing since the day of a bombing near a Jewish school. Suspecting the work of religious extremists, she believes Sunnie's unique first-hand experience may make her the ideal woman to track down the girl and bring her captors to justice. As much as Sunnie would rather stay isolated, she can't turn her back on an innocent life in jeopardy -- not when her haunted past cries out for her to take action

The Swamp
by Eric Bolling

The cohost of Fox News' "The Five" chronicles various stories of political scandal in Washington, DC, and ends by offering recommendations on how President Trump can rid America's capital of political corruption.
I Can't Make This Up
by Kevin Hart
The actor and comedian presents a memoir on the importance of believing in oneself, sharing stories about the addiction and abuse that marked his childhood and how his unique way of looking at the world enabled his survival and successful career. 
Devil's Cut
by J.R. Ward
Convinced his brother is covering for someone else, Lane Baldwine and Lizzie King uncover a devastating secret, while Sutton Smythe, Edward's lost love and CEO for the competition, finds herself drawn to him despite his circumstances. Devil's Cut is the third title in the Bourbon Kings Series.
Paradise Valley
 by C.J. Box
For three years, Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on a hunt for a serial killer known as The Lizard King. He works as a long haul trucker. His prey are the "lot lizard" prostitutes who frequent truck stops. And she almost caught him...once. Working for the Bakken County, North Dakota sheriff's department, Cassie has set what she believes is the perfect trap and she has lured him and his truck to a depot. Standing by, ready to close the net are half a dozen undercover officers. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and the blame falls to Cassie. Disgraced, she loses her job. At the same time, Kyle Westergaard, a troubled kid whom Cassie has taken under her wing, has disappeared, telling everyone he is going on a long-planned adventure. Kyle's grandmother begs Cassie to find him and with nothing else to do, she agrees--all the while planning a new trap for The Lizard King. But Cassie is now a lone wolf. And in the same way that two streams converge into a river, Kyle's disappearance may have a more sinister meaning than anyone realizes. With no allies, no support, and only her own wits to rely on, Cassie must take down a killer who is as ruthless as he is cunning. But can she do it alone, without losing her own humanity or her own life?
The Duchess
by Danielle Steel
Angélique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. At eighteen she is her father's closest, most trusted child, schooled in managing their grand estate. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence. Angélique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources-and one bold stroke of fortune.
Janesville: An American Story
by Amy Goldstein

A Washington Post reporter's intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors' assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin--Paul Ryan's hometown--and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class. This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its factory stills--but it's not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next, when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up. Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Goldstein has spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin where the nation's oldest operating General Motors plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession, two days before Christmas of 2008. Now, with intelligence, sympathy, and insight into what connects and divides people in an era of economic upheaval, she makes one of America's biggest political issues human. Her reporting takes the reader deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians, and job re-trainers to show why it's so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class. For this is not just a Janesville story or a Midwestern story. It's an American story.
The Boy on the Bridge
by M.R. Carey
A standalone novel set in the same post-apocalyptic world as "The Girl with All the Gifts" finds a clever boy declared the savior of his land and dispatched outside the gates to the region of zombie-like monsters.

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Meditation Classes
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
August 3rd @ 5:30 - 6:45 pm (ET)
August 17th @ 5:30 - 6:45 pm (ET)

Make time for yourself. Guided meditation class will allow you to reduce stress, calm your mind, and relax! No previous experience needed. Classes are free and open to all on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month! Call 850-229-8879 for more information. 
World War I and America

Bay County Public Library

Throughout the month of August, there will be a traveling exhibit and a series of World War I programming at the Bay County Public Library. This year marks the 100th year anniversary of U.S. involvement in World War I. The programs are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. 

The traveling exhibit will be on display from August 1 - 24th, 2017. In addition to the traveling exhibit, there will be a series of World War I photographs, memorabilia and artifacts.

World War I and America Program Schedule

World War I and America Book Club
Tuesday, August 8 @ 10:00 a.m.
Book: World War I and America edited by A. Scott Berg. Join us for the book discussion with panel of guest Veterans.

Teen Program: "Grizzled" Card Game
Tuesday, August 8 @ 4:00 p.m.
Learn how to play the World War I themed, cooperative card game "Grizzled." Program held in the Youth Services department. Geared for teens between 13 -19 years of age.

Archives Come Alive: Letters from poet and WWI Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
Saturday, August 12 @ 2:00 p.m.
Jason Hedden will present a theatrical performance based on the letters of John McCrae, which are housed in the Bay County Public Library Local History archives. McCrae wrote the In Flanders Fields poem in 1915 after his friend died in the Second Battle of Ypres. The poppy became the symbol of remembrance after the poem was released. After the performance, there will be a Poppy Art Makerspace for everyone to make their own poppy to take home.

On the Homefront: Bay County during World War I
Monday, August 14 @ 6:00 p.m.
Local Historian, Dr. Glenda Walters, will present several fascinating stories of what Bay County was like during World War I.

Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series
Tuesday, August 15 @ 5:30 p.m.
The book will be Paths of Glory by Humphrey Cobb paired with the film by the same name. There will be an engaging post-film discussion.

The programs are part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.
Youth Classes @ Your Library

August is a planning month for many of our branches. Stay tuned for all the exciting children's programming happening this Fall!

Bay County Public Library

*Book Babies, Terrific Tots, and Read Rock & Rhyme Time will resume in September.

S.T.E.A.M. activities at Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe
Panama City Beach Public Library 

PCB Storytime (3+ years) 
Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  

Animal Tales!
Wednesday, August 2 @ 2:00 pm 
Animal Architects will feature a variety of animals that utilize unique abilities to build and construct.
Animal Tales is sponsored by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
*Regular Storytimes will resume in September. 

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

*Regular Storytimes will resume in September.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. 

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol 

* Regular Storytimes will resume in September
Music Classes

The Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews recently donated five new ukuleles to the library. Northwest Regional Library System now has 10 ukuleles with tuners that may be borrowed for three weeks! Anyone with a valid library card may borrow a ukulele. You can place a hold and have one delivered to any branch in Bay, Gulf or Liberty Counties!

Bay County Public Library

Ukulele Social Club
August 5 @ 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

First part of class is for beginner basics. The second part is for jammin'! We will have a few loaner instruments available, but you are encouraged to bring your own. Ukulele Social Club meets every first Saturday of the month.

Beginning Dulcimer Class
August 18 @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

A beginner dulcimer class taught by Kathy Krausnick. Bring your mountain dulcimer to class! If you don't have an instrument, you are more than welcome to sit in and listen!
Storytime Mondays
Storytime Mondays at the Panama City Mall Craft from July 2017

Join Bay County Public Library's awesome Outreach Librarian, Heather Ogilvie, for Storytime Mondays at the Panama City Mall.  This children's program focuses on BOOKS (of course) as well as S.T.E.A.M. subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) and creative PLAY!  

Storytime Mondays at the Panama City Mall takes place on August 14, 21, and 28th @ 10:00 a.m. (2150 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Panama City, FL 32405)
Book & Film Clubs

World War I and America
Bay County Public Library
August 8 @ 10 a.m.
World War I and America edited b y A. Scott Berg 
Guest: Veterans Panel
Refreshments provided by the World War I and America library grant.

History Book Club
Bay County Public Library
August 9 @ 5:30 p.m.
The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett 

History Book Club meets every second Wednesday evening of the month at 5:30 pm. For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
August 10 @ 10 a.m.
House of Mirth  by Kate Wharton

The BCPL Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series
Bay County Public Library
August 15 @ 5:30 p.m.
Book: Paths of Glory by Humphrey Cobb
Film: Paths of Glory

The Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month.  For more information, please call 850-522-2120.   Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Library Lions Teen Book Club
Bay County Public Library
August 22 @ 4 p.m.

No assigned book! Talk about what you're reading or a favorite book.  Ages 13-19.  For more information, please call 850-522-2114.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Film Fan Club
Bay County Public Library
August 23 @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Young Guns (1988) Rated R

Hang out and watch Cult classics. Movie night at the library every fourth Wednesday of the month. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Full STEAM Ahead!
Bay County Public Library
August 28 @ 6 p.m.
To Be A Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death  by Mark O'Connell

Full STEAM Ahead! Book Club focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math non-fiction titles. For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
August 2 @ 10:30 a.m.  
Dear Fang with Love by Mitch Rufi Thorpe

The Beach Book Club meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 850-233-5055.

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library
August 21 @ 10:30 a.m.
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

The Library Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 850-229-8879.
Classes and Programs @ Your Library
Family Game Night at Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Panama City Beach Public Library

Sea Needles
August 4, 11, 18, and 25 @ 10 a.m.

Bring your needlework crafts to work on at the library. Sea Needles meets every Friday at 10 a.m.

Bay County Public Library

Bonjour! Basic French Class
August 21 @ 6 p.m.

Learn basic conversational French! Lessons include greetings, how to ask questions, how to order food, and more! No previous knowledge required. 

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Liberty

Foodie, Fit & Fabulous! Biblio-Club
August 7 @ 5:30 p.m.

Come share information and ideas from books, apps and websites that promote healthy living!

August 8 @ 10:30 a.m.

Bingo includes prizes, trivia and coffee! 

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Family Game Night
August 28 @  5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Every 4th Monday of the month, everyone is invited to Family Game Night.  Our favorite games are Pictionary and Bingo!

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

Family Search
Explore your family's genealogy every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Adult Literacy Classes 

Easy English
Mondays @ 5:30 p.m.
Thursdays @ 1 p.m.

Beginners Classes
Mondays @ 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays @ 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Thursdays @ 2 p.m.

Intermediate & Advanced Classes
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 3 p.m.

Conversation & Pronunciation
Tuesdays @ 1 p.m.

Reading & Pronunciation Class
Fridays @ 10 a.m.

Wednesdays @ 1 p.m.


Basic Conversation
Mondays @ 3 p.m.

Current Events & Conversation
Wednesdays @ 4 p.m.

Conversation & Pronunciation
Fridays @ 12:30 p.m.

Schedule a one-on-one lesson with one of our English as a Second Language tutors. For more information, call 850-229-8879.

Adult Coloring 

Bay County Public Library
August 4 @ 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Friday Colorfest is every first Friday of the month.

Parker Public Library *NEW*
August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 @ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Adult Coloring is available every Thursday during open hours.

Charles Whitehead Public Library 
in Wewahitchka
Adult Coloring is available during open library hours!

Panama City Beach Public Library
Adult Coloring will begin in September on the fourth Monday of each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m.!
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks @ Your Library

We recently added new items to our digital collection, including: 
New Sunshine State Young Readers Award Titles:

Woman of God
by James Patterson

St. Peter's Square, Rome. White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen. Is it possible that the new Pope is a woman? The world is watching as historic crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new Pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in the Church's history. Some followers are ecstatic, but the leading candidate has made a legion of powerful enemies. From a difficult childhood with drug addled parents, to a career as a doctor on the front lines in Sudan, to a series of trials that test her faith at every turn, Brigid Fitzgerald's convictions and callings have made her the target of all those who fear that the Church has lost its way. Locked in a deadly, high-stakes battle with forces determined to undermine everything she believes in, Brigid must convert her enemies to her cause before she loses her faith and her life.
The Nest
by Kenneth Oppel
For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it's just another season of worries about his sick baby brother who is fighting to survive. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to "fix" the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.
To Be a Machine
by Mark O'Connell

Journalist, Mark O'Connell, explores the staggering possibilities and moral quandaries that present themselves when you think of your body as a device. He visits the world's foremost cryonics facility to witness how some have chosen to forestall death. He discovers an underground collective of biohackers, implanting electronics under their skin to enhance their senses. He meets a team of scientists urgently investigating how to protect mankind from artificial superintelligence. Where is our obsession with technology leading us? What does the rise of AI mean not just for our offices and homes, but for our humanity?

You can check out e-books and downloadable audiobooks for free from your library. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Forgot your PIN? Just give us a call at 850-522-2100 or stop by your local branch and we'll set one up for you.

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Need assistance with e-books and downloadable audiobooks? Just call us at 850-522-2107 or stop by your local branch.