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September 2017
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Featured Items 
The Lying Game
by Ruth Ware

In the wake of a woman's discovery of human remains, the members of a once-inseparable clique from a boarding school reflect on their participation in a dangerous game of deception that contributed to the death of a teacher.
The Store
by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

Living in a world where all needs are anticipated and delivered by a powerful convenience retailer known as The Store, New York writers Jacob and Megan go undercover to expose The Store's secrets in ways that risk their lives.
Why Buddhism is True
by Robert Wright
Philosophically explains how the human mind evolved to channel anxiety, depression, anger, and greed and how a healthy practice of Buddhist meditation can promote clarity and alleviate suffering.

Devil's Bargain
by Joshua Green
An account of the election of 2016 and a study of Trump's rise to the presidency explores the contributions of Steve Bannon and how this man's ethno-nationalism and years-long plot to destroy Hillary Clinton paved the way for an unlikely victory.

The Late Show
by Michael Connelly

Assigned to the night shift after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor, detective Renée Ballard disobeys orders by continuing to investigate an assault on a prostitute and the death of a woman in a nightclub shooting.
The Hearts Invisible Furies
by John Boyne
John Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple who remind him that he is not a real member of their family, Cyril embarks on a journey to find himself and where he came from, discovering his identity, a home, a country, and much more throughout a long lifetime.
The Good Daughter
by Karin Slaughter
Decades after an attack on her family that left her mother dead and her sister traumatized, a New York-based lawyer returns to her hometown to help her father save the life of a young woman accused of a school shooting.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer
 by Leigh Bardugo
She will become one of the world's greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law-risking exile-to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Y is for Yesterday
by Sue Grafton
Of #1 New York Times-bestselling author Sue Grafton, NPR's Maureen Corrigan said, "Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters." With only one letter left, Grafton's many devoted readers will share that sentiment. The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate--and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state's evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace. Now, it's 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents--until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That's when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he's not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find.
To Siri with Love: a Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines
by Judith Newman

A full-length version of the viral "New York Times" op-ed column of the same name shares stories about the author's life with her autistic son, whose therapeutic use of Apple's electronic personal assistant became an unusual example of the power of technology.
See What I Have Done
by Sarah Schmidt
A reimagining of the Borden murders profiles an abusive home where the events surrounding the killing of the parents are presented from the viewpoints of Lizzie Borden, her elder sister, their housemaid, and an enigmatic stranger.
Tin Can Titans
by John Wukovits
When Admiral William Halsey selected Destroyer Squadron 21 to lead his victorious ships into Tokyo Bay to accept the Japanese surrender, it was the most battle-hardened US naval squadron of the war.

But it was not the squadron of ships that had accumulated such an inspiring résumé; it was the people serving aboard them. Sailors, not metallic superstructures and hulls, had won the battles and become the stuff of legend. Men like Commander Donald MacDonald, skipper of the USS O'Bannon, who became the most decorated naval officer of the Pacific war; Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, who survived his ship's sinking and waged a one-man battle against the enemy while stranded on a Japanese-occupied island; and Doctor Dow "Doc" Ransom, the beloved physician of the USS La Vallette, who combined a mixture of humor and medical expertise to treat his patients at sea epitomize the sacrifices made by all the men and women of World War II.

Through diaries, personal interviews with survivors, and letters written to and by the crews during the war, preeminent historian of the Pacific theater John Wukovits brings to life the human story of the squadron and its men, who bested the Japanese in the Pacific and helped take the war to Tokyo.
New People
by Danzy Senna
As the twentieth century draws to a close, Maria is at the start of a life she never thought possible. She and Khalil, her college sweetheart, are planning their wedding. They are the perfect couple, "King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom." Their skin is the same shade of beige. They live together in a black bohemian enclave in Brooklyn, where Khalil is riding the wave of the first dot-com boom and Maria is plugging away at her dissertation, on the Jonestown massacre. They've even landed a starring role in a documentary about "new people" like them, who are blurring the old boundaries as a brave new era dawns. Everything Maria knows she should want lies before her--yet she can't stop daydreaming about another man, a poet she barely knows. As fantasy escalates to fixation, it dredges up secrets from the past and threatens to unravel not only Maria's perfect new life but her very persona.

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Holiday Closures

All Northwest Regional Library System locations will be closed on the following date:

Monday, September 4th    Labor Day
Friends Presents Fall Concert Series
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, September 14 @ 6:00 p.m.

Copper Line Bluegrass will be performing traditional bluegrass after hours at the Bay County Public Library. Free admission and open to the public. This is the first of three concerts in the series.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 
Youth Classes @ Your Library

Bay County Public Library

Book Babies (0 - 17 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m.

Terrific Tots (18 - 36 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.

Read Rock & Rhyme (3 - 5 year olds with caregiver) 
Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.

Saturday Storytime (2 - 5 year olds with caregiver) 
Saturday, September 23rd @ 10:30 a.m.

This Saturday morning story time session will be a repeat of one of our story times earlier in the week.

Time Travelers Homeschool History Club (Grades 3 +) 
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Learn about the Jamestown Settlement in a new and exciting way! For more information, call 850-522-2118.

Book Babies at the Bay County Public Library
Panama City Beach Public Library 

Book Babies (0 - 4 years with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m. 

Beach Kids (5 + years) 
Thursdays @ 3:00 p.m. 

Join us each Wednesday for a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and/or Mathematics) program. This month will include Homemade Lava Lamps, Color Mixing, Marble Mazes, and Bean & Bead Mosaics. 

Storytime (4 + years) 
Thursdays @ 3:00 p.m.  

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Tuesday Tales (0 - 3 years with caregiver) 
Tuesday mornings @ 10:30 a.m. 

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

Budding Bookworms (3 - 6 years)
Mondays @ 3:30 p.m. 

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead (7 - 10 years)
Tuesday, September 12 @ 3:30 p.m. 

All things S.T.E.A.M. every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. 

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol 

Super Science
Saturday, September 9  @ 10:00 a.m. 

Saturday Art on a Cart!
Saturday, September 30  @ 10:00 a.m. 

After School Crafts
Tuesdays  @ 4:00 p.m. 
Pushing the Limits
Tuesday, September 5 @ 6:00 p.m.

Community conversations about Climate Change in our unique coastal environment with NOAA Scientist, Mark Wool, and Outreach Librarian, Heather Ogilvie. This is a reading, viewing, & discussion program. Open to the public. For more information, contact Heather Ogilvie at 85-522-2103 or

Session 1
Theme: Change
Book: A. D. New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld

Michael Lister

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Gulf County Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, September 12 @ 12:00 p.m. ET

Bestselling author, Michael Lister, will discuss how he uses social media to promote his work, and how to promote yourself and business using similar techniques. Lunch will be available for purchase. 

Bay County Public Library
Author Talk: Michael Lister
Tuesday, September 26 @ 6:00 p.m.

Join New York Times Bestselling and award-winning author, Michael Lister, to celebrate 20 years of his John Jordan Mysteries and the release of the latest book in that series, Blood Shot. Author event, entertainment, music, and book signing.
Book & Film Clubs

Sunshine State Book Club
Bay County Public Library
September 9 @ 2:00 p.m.
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan  & The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan and Mike Lane

Sunshine State Book Club meets in the Youth Services Department and  is geared for elementary school students. For more information, please call 850-522-2118.

History Book Club
Bay County Public Library
September 13 @ 5:30 p.m.
Fair Play by Deeanne Gist

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
September 14 @ 10 a.m.
The Promise  by Ann Weisgarber

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
September 19 @ 5:30 p.m.
Book/Film: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

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
September 19 @ 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
September 27 @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000) Rated PG-13

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
September 25 @ 6 p.m.
The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap  by Gish Jen

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
September 6 @ 10:30 a.m.  
Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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
September 18 @ 10:30 a.m.
Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber

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
Children's Author, Irene Latham will provide a workshop at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe. 

Panama City Beach Public Library

Sea Needles
September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 @ 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
September 2 @ 1o:00 a.m.
The first part of the class is for beginner basics. The second part if for jammin'! We will have a few loaner instruments available but you are encouraged to bring your own. Ukulele Social Club will meet the first Saturday of the month from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

TEEN PROGRAM - Learning to Adult: Sew a Button 
September 5 @ 4:00 p.m.
Learn how to sew a button! (Middle/High School Students)

Beginning Dulcimer
September 8 @ 1:00 p.m.
Bring your mountain dulcimer for a beginner lesson!

Bonjour! Basic French Class
September 11 @ 6:00 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French!  No previous knowledge required.

Gatsby's Gathering: Music and Art Reception
September 22 @ 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Bay County Public Library is having a 1920's themed artist reception with live jazz music. Amanda Matthews will perform jazz standards on the piano. Art Deco inspired exhibit by Taylor Bush will be on display. Swing dancing and light refreshments will be available. Period costume is encouraged, but not required. Event is free and open to the public. 

TEEN PROGRAM - Discover Music
September 26 @ 4:00 p.m.
Talk about what music you like and discover new music. Bring in examples on an iPod, phone, cd, etc. to share. (Middle/High School Students)

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Family Game Night
September 25 @  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

Healthy Eating
Tuesday, September 5 @ 2:00 p.m. ET
Program presented by John Riggs from Sacred Heart. 

Tuesday, September 19 @ 2:00 p.m. ET
Program presented by John Riggs from Sacred Heart. 

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

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe

Tuesday, September 12 @ 2:00 p.m. ET
Program presented by John Riggs from Sacred Heart. 

The Art of Meditation and Happiness
September 7 and 21 @ 5:30 p.m. ET
Explore a simple meditation process. No background needed. Classes are free and open to all. 

Adventures in Writing Workshop
Thursday, September 14 @ 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. ET
Children's author, Irene Latham, shares tips on writing and her personal writing journey. Light refreshments provided. 
Meet the Author: Geanna Culbertson

Geanna Culbertson is the award-winning author of The Crisanta Knight Series for Young Adults featuring a strong, smart, and bold heroine. Geanna will discuss her book series, writing process, and following one's dreams. Programs are free and open to the public.

Bay County Public Library 
Monday, September 18 @ 3:30 p.m.

Author talk held in the Youth Services department.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Tuesday, September 19 @ 4:30 p.m. ET

Geanna Culbertson will discuss her writing process and welcomes questions and provides tips for new writers!

Memorial for Ken Dykes
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
September 15 @ 10:30 a.m. ET

Dedication of a hand-painted rocker in memory of Ken Dykes, who was born and raised in Port St. Joe. In the words of author and daughter, Irene Lathem: "My grandparents lived in the house they built on Saunders Circle for 60 years! I am writing today because my father's greatest wish was to retire to Port St. Joe and build a library in his backyard. Unfortunately he died before that could happen. So we (the family) are now looking for other ways to make his wish come true and to honor him and his lifelong love -- books. He was an avid reader (he read on average a book a day), and kept a log of the books he owned and read.  Click here to view blog post.  I know I am a writer and word-lover because of him. " 
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks @ Your Library

We recently added new items to our digital collection, including: 

Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate 

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital, Rill is left in charge-until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents-but they quickly realize the dark truth. Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty. Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.
The Bettencourt Affair
by Tom Sanction
Heiress to the nearly forty-billion-dollar L'Oréal fortune, Liliane Bettencourt is the world's richest woman and the fourteenth wealthiest person. But her gilded life has taken a dark yet fascinating turn in the past decade. At ninety-four, she's now embroiled in what has been called the Bettencourt Affair, a scandal that dominated the headlines in France. Why? It's a tangled web of hidden secrets, divided loyalties, frayed relationships, and fractured families, set in the most romantic city-and involving the most glamorous industry-in the world.
Crime Scene
by Jonathan Kellerman

Natural causes or foul play? That's the question Clay Edison must answer each time he examines a body. Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor, done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter Tatiana insists that her father has been murdered, and she persuades Clay to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert's life.

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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