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February 2018
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Public Library

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Jimmy Weaver
Memorial Library

Featured Items 
A State of Freedom
by Neel Mukherjee

What happens when one attempts to exchange the life one is given for something better? Can we transform the possibilities we are born into? In this stunning novel, prize winning author Neel Mukherjee wrests open the central, defining events of our century: displacement and migration. Five characters in very different circumstances: from a domestic cook in Mumbai, to a vagrant and his dancing bear, to a girl who escapes terror in her home village for a new life, find out the meanings of dislocation and the desire for more.
Oliver Loving
by Stefan Merrill Block

One warm, West Texas November night, a shy boy named Oliver Loving joins his classmates at Bliss County Day Schools annual dance, hoping for a glimpse of the object of his unrequited affections, an enigmatic Junior named Rebekkah Sterling. But as the music plays, a troubled young man sneaks in through the schools back door. The dire choices this man makes that evening and the unspoken story he carries will tear the town of Bliss, Texas apart. Nearly ten years later, Oliver Loving still lies wordless and paralyzed at Crockett State Assisted Care Facility, the fate of his mind unclear. When a new medical test promises a key to unlock Oliver's trapped mind, the towns unanswered questions resurface with new urgency, as Oliver's doctors and his family fight for a way for Oliver to finally communicate and so also to tell the truth of what really happened that fateful night.
City of Endless Night
by Preston & Child

It begins as a manhunt for Grace Ozmian, the missing daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire. At first, the NYPD assumes Grace, beautiful, reckless, and a regular feature of the local tabloids, has simply sped off on another wild adventure. But the case becomes something altogether different when the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found. Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D'Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene also assigned to the case. Grace Ozmian was only the first of many victims to be murdered...and decapitated. Worse still, there's something unique to the city itself that has attracted its evil eye of the killer--or killers. As mass hysteria sets in, Pendergast and D'Agosta find themselves in the crosshairs of an opponent who has threatened the very lifeblood of the city. It'll take all of Pendergast's skill to unmask this most dangerous foe--let alone survive to tell the tale.
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
by Michael Wolff

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time.
The Last Black Unicorn
by Tiffany Haddish
From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

The Woman in the Window
by A. J. Finn
Anna Fox lives alone -- a  recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies ... and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move next door: a father, a mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble -- and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this gripping Hitchcockian thriller, no one and nothing are what they seem.

by Robert Harris
A spy thriller set against a backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of 1938 follows the experiences of a rising star in the British diplomatic service who is on a disastrous collision course with an Oxford friend, a secret member of the anti-Hitler resistance. 
The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin
If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present? It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children, four adolescents, on the cusp of self-awareness sneak out to hear their fortunes. Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Los Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.
The Wife Between Us
by Greer Hendricks
A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement. You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves. You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. Assume nothing.
Ali, a Life
 by Johnathan Eig
 Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America's master storytellers, breaks new ground and radically reshapes our understanding of Muhammad Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali's life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He also had access to thousands of pages of new FBI and Justice Department files, as well dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Jonathan Eig's Ali breaks bold new ground, revealing Ali in the complexity he deserves, shedding important new light on his politics and his neurological condition. Ali is a story about race, about a brutal sport, and about a fascinating man who shook up the world. 
Very, Very, Very Dreadful: the Influenza Pandemic of 1918
by Albert Marrin
In spring of 1918, World War I was underway, and troops at Fort Riley, Kansas, found themselves felled by influenza. By the summer of 1918, the second wave struck as a highly contagious and lethal epidemic and within weeks exploded into a pandemic, an illness that travels rapidly from one continent to another. It would impact the course of the war, and kill many millions more soldiers than warfare itself.
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
by Vashti Harrison

Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
by Daniel H. Pink
Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married? Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.
Iron Gold
by Pierce Brown
Iron Gold is the fourth title in the Red Rising series. Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
by Denis Johnson
Twenty-five years ago, Denis Johnson published Jesus' Son, which remains a touchstone today, ardently beloved by readers and writers alike. It is routinely described in the press as the single most important and influential book of short stories in a generation. Now, after years of writing novels and plays, Johnson returns to the short story form that first catapulted him to the highest pedestal of American writers. Though the subject matter: middle-aged life and the elusive ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves finds Johnson in new territory, the style is pure, vintage, inimitable Johnson. Taken together, the stories in this powerful and deeply felt collection are Denis Johnson at his absolute best, the highest-caliber work of an American master.

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Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher

Panama City Beach Public Library             
Monday, February 12th @ 10:30 a.m. 

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library 
in Port St. Joe
Monday, February 12th @ 4:00 p.m. EST

Classical guitarist, Peter Fletcher, will perform Music of Four Centuries. Program is free to attend. 

Program sponsored by the Panama City Beach Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Gulf County Libraries.
3D Printing @ Your Library
Octopus printed by Sam, BCPL's Teen Librarian

Bay County Public Library, Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library  in Port St. Joe, and Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol all have 3D printers!  If you are interested in a demonstration on how a 3D printer works or would like to print something cool, you can schedule a one-on-one appointment with the library.  Learn more by visiting:  
Midnight Train: Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad

The Joe Center for the Arts
(201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL 32456)
Thursday, February 22nd @ 4:00 p.m. EST

The Corinne Costin Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe is partnering with The Joe Center for the Arts for this program. Mary J. Kelly will portray Harriet Tubman during her years as a slave, her journey to freedom, and her endeavors to help others flee northward. The program is part of the Florida Specific Cultural Project Touring Grant, Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call the library at 850-229-8879.
Paul Brent visits Bay County Public Library
J. Rooker Manatee with Paul Brent 
(Children's Program)
Tuesday, February 20th @ 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Artist and illustrator, Paul Brent, will read J. Rooker Manatee by Jan Haley and share about his illustration process for the book. Program held in the Youth Services department.

Meet the Artist and Exhibit Tour with Paul Brent
Tuesday, February 20th @ 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Join us in the library lobby for an artist reception and tour with Paul Brent.  Learn about Brent's  Flowers and Florals: the Other Side of Paul Brent series, J. Rooker Manatee illustrations and new children's illustrations that will be on display throughout the month of February. Program is free and open to the public to attend. 
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.

Sunshine State Book Club (Elementary Students) 
Saturday, February 10th @ 2:00 p.m.
This month, we will discuss Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson and Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner!   

Time Travelers Homeschool History Club (Grades 3 +) 
Friday, February 2nd, 16th, and 23rd  @ 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Learn about Black History, Then and Now. For more information, call 850-522-2118.

African American Read-In
Tuesday, February 6th @ 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Come celebrate Black History Month at the library. Join us for a "Read In" filled with great literature written by African American authors and illustrators. 

Teen Movie Night
Tuesday, February 13th @ 4:00 p.m.
Film: Red Tails (2012) Rated PG-13
Learn about the brave African American Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Teen Anime Club (Middle School and High School)
Monday, February 26th @ 4:00 p.m.
Watch anime and talk about manga!

Panama City Beach Public Library S.T.E.A.M. Kids painted a snowy woodland scene using black and white paint.
Panama City Beach Public Library 

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

S.T.E.A.M. Kids (5 + years) 
Wednesdays @ 3:00 p.m. 
Join us each Wednesday for a fun S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and/or Mathematics) program. Registration required. Call 850-233-5055 to register. 

Storytime Saturdays (4 + years) 
February 3rd and 10th @ 10:00 a.m.  

Homeschool Kids Book Club (9 - 12 years) 
Saturday, February 24th at 9:00 a.m.   

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

Exploration Stations: Coding (6 + years) 
Saturday, February 17th @ 11:00 a.m.

Exploration Stations: Build (6 + years) 
Tuesday, February 20th @ 4:00 p.m. 

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

Budding Bookworms (3 - 6 years)
Mondays @ 3:30 p.m. 
Stories, rhymes, and songs!   

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead (7 - 10 years)
Tuesday, February 13th @ 3:30 p.m. 
All things S.T.E.A.M. and includes hands on activities.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. 

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol 

Valentine's Party
Saturday, February 10th @ 10:00 a.m.
Join us for story time and making Valentine cards for your loved one! All ages welcome. No registration required.
An Evening with A. J. Tata
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, February 6th @ 6:00 p.m.

National bestselling author, Anthony (A. J.) Tata, is on tour with his latest release Direct Fire . This is the fourth title to the riveting military thriller series featuring ex-Delta Force captain Jake Mahegan. Please arrive early to get a good seat. Light refreshments will be provided. Books will be available for purchase through Books Unlimited.

Program sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.
Tuesday @ 2 Programs

Bay County Public Library

Tuesday, February 6th @ 2:00 p.m.
Positive Thinking When Life Gives Us Lemons presented by Renee Ryals of Humana.

Tuesday, February 13th @ 2:00 p.m.
Film: Farewell to Arms (1932) led by Rich Filippi.

Tuesday, February 20th @ 2:00 p.m.
Local and Endangered Reptiles and Amphibians presented by US Fish and Wildlife's Harold Mitchell.

Tuesday, February 27th @ 2:00 p.m.
Girl Waits with Gun Skype Book Club with New York Times best-selling author, Amy Stewart.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe

Tuesday, February 6th @ 2:00 p.m. EST
Artificial Reefs of Bay and Gulf County presented by the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association.

Tuesday, February 13th @ 2:00 p.m. EST
Radical Raptors presented by the Audubon Society.

Tuesday, February 20th @ 2:00 p.m. EST
Health and Fitness Tips presented by Sacred Heart.

Tuesday, February 27th @ 2:00 p.m. EST
On Shore Fishing, Casting, and Knots presented by Captain Phil.
Book & Film Clubs

STEAM & Culture 
Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Wednesday, February 7th  @ 6 p.m.
Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life by M. Durrani & Liz Kalaugher

For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, February 8th @ 10 a.m.
Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu

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

History Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Wednesday, February 14th @ 6 p.m.
El Paso by Winston Groom

For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

Library Lions Teen Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, February 20th @ 4 p.m.
Genre: Romance

No assigned book! Middle and High School students. 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
Tuesday, February 20th  @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Like Water for Chocolate (1992) Rated - R
Book: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

The Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month.  For more information, please call 850-522-2107.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Film Fan Club
Bay County Public Library
Wednesday, February 28th @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Raising Arizona   (1987) Rated PG-13

Hang out and watch cult classic movies 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
Wednesday, February 7th @ 10:30 a.m.  
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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

Springfield Library Book Club
Springfield Public Library
Thursday, February 15th @ 1 p.m.
If I'm Found  by Terri Blackstock

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

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library
Monday, February 26th @ 10:30 a.m.
Faithful Place  by Tana French

The Library Book Club usually meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 850-229-8879.
Classes and Programs @ Your Library

Panama City Beach Public Library

Sea Needles
February 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd @ 10 a.m.
Bring your needlework crafts to work on at the library. Sea Needles meets every Friday at 10 a.m.

Adult Scrapbooking
Saturday, February 10th @ 1:00 p.m.
Join us for adult scrapbooking. Feel free to bring your own supplies.

Book Bingo
Thursday, February 15th @ 10:30 a.m.
Bingo at the library!

Intro to Genealogy
Thursday, February 22nd @ 10:30 a.m.
New to genealogy, but not sure how to get started? Come to this class to learn the terminology, forms, and process for delving into your family history confidently! Program taught by Laura Moree, Head of Genealogy.

Adult Coloring at the Library
Monday, February 26th @ 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Join us for a relaxing morning to color on the last Monday of the month!

AARP Tax Assistance
Mondays and Wednesdays (February 5th - April 16th) 
@ 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Free tax help with AARP will be held in our program room.

Bay County Public Library

Friday ColorFest
Friday,February 2nd @ 9:00 - 11 a.m.
Adult coloring supplies provided. You can also bring in your knitting, crocheting, sketchbook and craft projects to work on!!

Ukulele Social Club
Saturday, February 3rd @ 1o:00 - 11:30 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 meets the first Saturday of the month.

Bonjour! Basic French Class
Monday, February 12th @ 6:00 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French! No previous knowledge required. 

Beginning Dulcimer Class
Friday, February 23rd @ 1:00 p.m.
The first part of the class is beginner basics. The second part if for jammin'! We will have a few loaner instruments available, but you are encouraged to bring your own mountain dulcimer.
You are more than welcome to sit and listen as well!

Parker Public Library

Adult Coloring at the Library
Thursdays @ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Drop by anytime on Thursdays to color!

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Craft Day
Thursdays @ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Drop by anytime on Thursdays to share your craft and your company.

Family Game Nights
Monday, February 26th @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Every 4th Monday of the month. Show your skills and make new friends as we enjoy playing Pictionary, board games, and Bingo!

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol

Game Day at the Library
Wednesday, February 14th @ 11:00 a.m.
Show your skills and make new friends as we enjoy playing Pictionary, board games, and Bingo!

The Healing Journey For Women (part of a series)
Thursday, February 15th @ 11:00 a.m.
Program hosted by Michelle Roberts, Gadsden/Liberty County Domestic Violence Child Welfare Advocate and designed to empower women to reclaim their life. Meets on the third Thursday of the month for 11 classes.

Smoking Cessation Class
Monday, February 26th @ 5 p.m.
Trying to quit a nicotine product? Join us for a Smoking Cessation Class.

Craft Day
Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Bring your favorite craft or learn something new.

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

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

Get in the Game!
Thursdays @ 2:00-5:00 p.m. ET
Bring your favorite games and friends or play one of our games and make new friends! Come join in the fun!

Friends Reception
Saturday, February 24th @ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries will present their additions to the audiobook collection with a reception. The public is invited to attend.
Author Talk: Joy Sheffield Harris

Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday, February 21st @ 10:30 a.m.

Learn about the culinary history of Florida Sweets with author, Joy Sheffield Harris. Refreshments from Sweet Magnolias will be provided. Book will be available for sale. All proceeds will go to the Master Sergeant Floyd Sheffield Scholarship for the Haney Technical Center.
Program sponsored by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation.
Panama City Beach Public Library
February Giveaways 
Romance Novel Basket
During the month of February, adults will have the chance to win a basket of romance novels and chocolate by trying to figure out what book we have shredded. We will only use a very loved donated book of course! 

Heart Raffle for Kids
How many conversational hearts are in the jar? During the month of February, the child who guesses closest to the actual number in the jar will win the hearts! 
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

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

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . The only way to survive is to open your heart.

The Mother of Black Hollywood
by Jenifer Lewis

From her more than three hundred appearances for film and television, stage and cabaret, performing comedy or drama,  Jenifer Lewis has established herself as one of the most respected, admired, talented, and versatile entertainers working today. This "Mega Diva" and costar of the hit sitcom black-ish bares her soul in this touching and poignant-and at times side-splittingly hilarious-memoir of a Midwestern girl with a dream, whose journey took her from poverty to the big screen, and along the way earned her many accolades.

by James Lee Burke

During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one which involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave's beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves. 

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.