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July 2017
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Featured Items 
The Identicals
by Elin Hilderbrand

Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha's Vineyard by ferry. But the two islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years. When a family crisis forces them to band together--or at least appear to--the twins come to realize that the special bond that they share is more important than the resentments that have driven them apart.
Magpie M urders
by Anthony Horowitz

From New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz comes Magpie Murders, a brilliant and strikingly original re-imagining of the classic whodunit (a la Agatha Christie) with a contemporary mystery wrapped around it.
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
by Sherman Alexie
Presents a literary memoir of poems, essays, and intimate family photos that reflect on the author's complicated relationship with his mother and his disadvantaged childhood on a Native American reservation.

The Widow Nash
by Jamie Harrison
It is New York, 1904, and Dulcy Remfrey faces the predictable life of a woman of the time. All that changes when her eccentric father returns from his expedition to Africa without any of the proceeds from the sale of a gold mine. It seems he's lost his mind along with the money, and Dulcy's obsessive ex-fiancé (and her father's business partner) insists she come to Seattle to decipher her father's cryptic notebooks, which may hold clues to the missing funds. When her father dies unexpectedly, taking the truth with him, Dulcy looks at her future, finds it unbearable, and somewhere in the northern Rockies disappears from the train bringing her father's body home. Is it possible to disappear from your old life and create another? Dulcy travels the West reading stories about her own death and finds a small Montana town where she's reborn as Mrs. Nash, a wealthy young widow, free from the burden of family. But her old life won't let go so easily, and soon her ex-fiancé is on her trail, threatening the new life she is so eager to create.

The Operator
by Robert O'Neill

A stirringly evocative, thought-provoking, and often jaw-dropping account, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring four-hundred-mission career, which included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and which culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.
The Right Side
by Spencer Quinn
A deeply damaged female soldier home from the war in Afghanistan becomes obsessed with finding a missing girl, gains an unlikely ally in a stray dog, and encounters new perils beyond the combat zone. LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan as a rising star in the military, and came back a much lesser person, mentally and physically. Now missing an eye and with half her face badly scarred, she can barely remember the disastrous desert operation that almost killed her. Shattered by one last blow--the sudden death of her hospital roommate, Marci--LeAnne finds herself on a fateful drive across the country. Arriving in the rain-soaked small town in Washington State that Marci had called home, she discovers that Marci's eight-year-old daughter has vanished. When a stray dog--a powerful, unreadable creature, no one's idea of a pet--seems to adopt LeAnne, a surprising connection is formed. As she becomes obsessed with finding Marci's daughter, LeAnne and her inscrutable canine companion are drawn into danger as dark as her last Afghan mission. This time she has a loyal fellow traveler protecting her blind side. 
Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977 - 2002
by David Sedaris
For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records everything that captures his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and through them he has honed his cunning, surprising sentences.  Now, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world. Theft by Finding, the first of two volumes, is the story of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.
Option B
 by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant 
After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. "I was in 'the void,'" she writes, "a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe." Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.
Option B combines Sheryl's personal insights with Adam's eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity.
Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate
Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. The five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone on the family shantyboat one stormy night. Rill Foss, just twelve years old, must protect her four younger siblings as they are wrenched from their home on the Mississippi and thrown into the care of the infamous Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. 
South Carolina, Present Day. Avery Stafford has lived a charmed life. Loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, she has a promising career as an assistant D.A. in Baltimore and is engaged to her best friend. But when Avery comes home to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with a stranger leaves her deeply shaken. Avery's decision to learn more about the woman's life will take her on a journey through her family's long-hidden history

The Essex Serpent
by Sarah Perry

After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year's Eve. A keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, Cora is immediately enthralled, and certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to local vicar William Ransome. Will, too, is suspicious of the rumors. But unlike Cora, this man of faith is convinced the rumors are caused by moral panic, a flight from true belief.
The Force
by Don Winslow
Denny Malone is "the King of Manhattan North," a, highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force." He's done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean-including Malone himself. What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city's history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

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Holiday Closures for July:

July 4th    Independence Day

*Select branches will be closed early on Monday, July 3rd at 5:00 pm.  
Youth Classes @ Your Library

All locations of the Northwest Regional Library System offer Summer Reading Programs for school-aged children!

Bay County Public Library

Read, Rock & Rhyme Time (Ages 3 - 5)
Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
* Classes from June 15th - July 20th

It's Electric!
Thursday, July 6 @ 2:00 p.m.
Gulf Coast Electric Coop will present a rousing presentation on electricity. Come see the sparks fly!

Build a Better World Talent Show
Thursday, July 13 @ 2:00 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of fun with Bay County's talented musicians, singers, dancers, magicians, and more! If you'd like to showcase your talent, sign up by July 6th with the Youth Services Department.

Animal Tales!
Thursday, July 20 @ 2:00 p.m.
Reptile Tales and Scales! Featuring frogs, large turtles, and snakes of course!

Harry Potter Day
Saturday, July 22 @ 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Finish up the summer with wizarding games, crafts, and snacks. Free and fun for the whole family! Dress as your favorite Harry Potter Character!

*Book Babies & Terrific Tots will resume in September.

Build a Better World Summer Reading Programs
Panama City Beach Public Library 

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

The Noiseguy
Wednesday, July 5 @ 2:00 p.m.
Charlie Williams, the Noiseguy, presents amazing vocal impressions.

Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews
Wednesday, July 12 @ 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a singalong featuring the talented members of the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews!

Storytelling with Pat Nease
Wednesday, July 19 @ 2:00 p.m.
National award-winning storyteller, Pat Nease, knows how to tell a story!

Game On!
Wednesday, July 26 @ 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a fun afternoon of playing board gamess! We will have plenty of games on hand or bring your own to share!

Animal Tales!
Wednesday, August 2 @ 2:00 pm 
Animal Architects will feature a variety of animals that utilize unique abilities to build and construct.

Panama City Beach Public Library Summer Reading Programs are sponsored by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation.

Springfield Public Library 

Build a Better World Storytimes

Wednesday, July 12th @ 2:00 p.m.
It's Electric! Gulf Coast Electric Co-op will present a rousing presentation on electricity. Come see the sparks fly!

Thursday, July 20th @ 4:00 p.m.
Animal Tales! Reptile Tales and Scales will feature frogs, large turtles, and snakes of course!

Wednesday, July 26th @ 2:00 p.m.
The Build a Better World Finale Party will include stories with Frances and Barbara.

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

Build a Better World Storytimes
Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. 

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol 

End of the Program Party
Tuesday, July 11 @ 2:00 p.m.
Ice Cream Social and Extreme Art!!
Teen & Adult Summer Reading Programs
at Bay County Public Library 
TEEN PROGRAMS (13 - 19 years) 

Star Trek vs Star Wars
Tuesday, July 11 @ 2:00 p.m.
Are you a fan of Star Trek or Star Wars? Join us for crafts, science, snacks, and friendly banter! Cosplay is encouraged!

Teen Talent Show
Monday, July 17 @ 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a talent show just for teens! There will be no judging and everyone wins while you show off your talents! Please keep it family friendly. Sign up forms will be available at the Youth Services Department.


St. Andrews State Park
Wednesday, July 12 @ 2:00 p.m.
Join us for an engaging presentation from David Morris of St. Andrews State Park! 
Harry Potter Day at the Library
Bay County Public Library
July 22nd @ 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Wizarding games, crafts, & snacks. And if you would like, come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character for the photo booth.  Free and fun for the whole family! 

Sponsored by the Bay County Public Library Foundation.
Books & Bites with Patti Callahan Henry
Bay County Public Library
July 21 @  12:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author, Patti Callahan Henry, will be our guest speaker for the summer library luncheon. Her most recent novel, The Bookshop at Water's End, will be released this July. Light lunch provided. Must register to attend by calling (850) 522-2100 or visit the library. Program is free. Book sales provided by Books Unlimited.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.
Classes and Programs @ Your Library
Basic Conversational French Class with Genevieve

Panama City Beach Public Library

Sea Needles
July 7, 14, 21, and 28 @ 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

Ukulele Social Club
July 1 @ 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
July 7 @ 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 to listen. Perhaps it's an instrument you would like to learn!

Bonjour! Basic French Class
July 17 @ 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
July 10 @ 5:30 p.m.

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

July 11 @ 10:30 a.m.

Bingo includes prizes, trivia and coffee! 

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Family Game Night
July 24 @  5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Every 4th Monday of the month, you are invited to play family board games at the library - feel free to bring a game you would like to play!

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

Lunch and Learn
July 28 @  11 a.m.

Bring a brown bag lunch and listen to a fantastic presentation by Gulf County Extension Office Director, Ray Bodrey.
Meet Branch Manager, Laura Laspee
Panama City Beach Public Library
Tuesday, July 11 @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The Northwest Regional Library System is pleased to announce that Laura Laspee has been selected as the Branch Manager of the Panama City Beach Public Library. Please join us for a meet and greet reception at the library on Tuesday, July 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to welcome Laura to our community. Light refreshments will be served.
Craft Days 

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford
Drop by anytime on Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Share your craft and your company! 

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol
Drop by anytime on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Share your craft and your company! 
Book & Film Clubs

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
July 13 @ 10 a.m.
Elizabeth the Queen  by Sally Bedell Smith

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

Full STEAM Ahead!
Bay County Public Library
July 24 @ 6 p.m.
The Aliens Are Coming! The Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe by Ben Miller

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

History Book Club
Bay County Public Library
July 12 @ 5:30 p.m.
Agent M: The Lives and Spies of M15's Maxwell Knight by Henry Humming 

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

Library Lions Teen Book Club
Bay County Public Library
July 18 @ 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.

Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series
Bay County Public Library
July 18 @ 5:30 p.m.
Book: Dune by Frank Herbert
Film: Jodorowsky's Dune

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.

Film Fan Club
Bay County Public Library
July 26 @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Princess Bride (1987) Rated PG

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.

Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
July 5 @ 10:30 a.m.  
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

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
**No book club for July.  

Usually the Library Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 850-229-8879.
Donation to Local History Department
Laura Moree, Head of  Local History Department, and representative from the Gulf Coast Women's Club

Gulf Coast Women's Club presents a $100 donation for the Bay County Public Library Local History and Genealogy Department on June 13, 2017. Thank you Gulf Coast Women's Club!
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:

Camino Island
by John Grisham

A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University's Firestone Library. Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts. Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer's block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable's circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets. But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there's trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it.
My (not so) Perfect Life
by Sophie Kinsella
Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella has written her most timely novel yet.

The Radium Girls
by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls were ordinary women who worked in factories directly with Radium in the 1920's.  All they wanted was a chance to shine. Here is the true story of the dark side of America's shining women.  

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.

To access e-books and downloadable audiobooks, click here or:
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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.