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April 2017
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Featured Items 
The River of Kings
by Taylor Brown

The Altamaha River, Georgia's "Little Amazon," has been named one of the 75 "Last Great Places in the World." Brothers Hunter and Lawton Loggins set off to kayak the river, bearing their father's ashes toward the sea. Hunter is a college student, Lawton a Navy SEAL on leave; both young men were raised by an angry, enigmatic shrimper who loved the river, and whose death remains a mystery that his sons hope to resolve. As the brothers proceed downriver, their story is interwoven with that of Jacques Le Moyne, an artist who accompanied the 1564 expedition to found a French settlement at the river's mouth, which began as a search for riches and ended in a bloody confrontation with Spanish conquistadors and native tribes. 
The Stranger in the Woods: the Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit  
by Michael Finkel

For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude--the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years. 

Strange the Dreamer 
by Laini Taylor
In the aftermath of a war between gods and men, a hero, a librarian, and a girl must battle the fantastical elements of a mysterious city stripped of its name.


The Secrets You Keep 
by Kate White 
A successful self-help author, recovering from a devastating car accident, finds her life spiraling dangerously out of control in the face of a caterer's murder and her husband's ominous secrets.  


Lincoln in the Bardo 
by George Saunders

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying.
The Hate U Give 
by Angie Thomas 
After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
Without Warning
by Joel C. Rosenberg

As he prepares to deliver the State of the Union address, the president of the United States is convinced the Islamic State is on the run, about to be crushed by American forces once and for all. But New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins tells the president he's dead wrong. With the Middle East on fire, the Israeli prime minister dead, and Amman in ruins, Collins fears a catastrophic attack inside the American homeland is imminent. He argues that only an all-out manhunt to capture or kill Abu Kahlif, the leader of ISIS, can stop the attack and save American lives. But will the president listen and take decisive action before it's too late?
The Cutthroat
 by Clive Cussler 
The year is 1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this. Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead. Vowing to bring the killer to justice, he begins a manhunt which leads him into increasingly more alarming territory. Anna Pape was not alone in her fate--petite young blond women like Anna are being murdered in cities across America. And the pattern goes beyond the physical resemblance of the victims--there are disturbing familiarities about the killings themselves that send a chill through even a man as experienced with evil as Bell. If he is right about his fears, then he is on the trail of one of the greatest monsters of his time

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission
by Bret Baier

Explores the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower through the lens of his last three days in office in January 1961, revealing him to be a model of strong yet principled leadership.
The Home that was our Country: a Memoir of Syria
by Alia Malek
Syrian-American journalist Alia Malek chronicles her return to her family home in Damascus and the history of the Jabban apartment building. Here, generations of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Armenians lived, worked, loved, and suffered in close quarters. In telling the story of her family over the course of the last century, Alia brings to light the triumphs and failures that have led Syria to where it is today. After being in and out of Syria growing up, Alia came back to Syria as a journalist at the time of the Arab Spring, striving to understand it as the country was beginning to disintegrate. As days go on, Alia learns how to speak the language that exists in a dictatorship, while privately confronting her own fears about her country's future, and learns how to carry on with everyday life. This intimate portrait of contemporary Syria will shed more light on its history, society, and politics than all of today's war reporting accounts written from the Syrian front. 
Dangerous Games
by Danielle Steel

Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world--from riots in America to protests on the streets of Tehran. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, a deeply private ex-Navy SEAL, Alix revels in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Tony Clark. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats begin. As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben's help as never before. And soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined.

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National Library Week (April 9 - 15)

Bay County Public Library
Papermaking: Art & Craft
April 10th @ 2:00 p.m.

Learn how to make your own handmade paper within this class led by librarian, Lynn Elliott.  Class free and open to the public. For more information, call 850-522-2107.

Much ado about ART
April 11th @ 3:30 p.m.

Stop by and help create an art quilt for the Youth Services wall.  Everyone will be welcome to color a square or two or three to create a quilt. For more information, call 850-522-2118.

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol
BOGO Book Sale Special
April 9 - 15th

Show our great selection of adult and children's hardcovers and paperbacks. Buy one, get one free during National Library Week. For more information, call 850-643-2247.
Food for Fines Food Drive

All Northwest Regional Library System Branches
April 10th - 21st, 2017

In celebration of National Library Week, patrons will get $1 in current overdue fines waived for each can or package of nonperishable food they bring into the library.  Food for Fines does not include fees for lost or damaged materials, card replacement fees, printing costs, or credit for future overdue fines. Food items could include peanut butter, canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruit, cereal, pasta, etc. We cannot accept glass containers, opened packages, repackaged food, or expired food. All items will be donated to local organizations who help fight hunger in our communities.
Call (850) 522-2100 or your local library branch for more information.
Youth Classes @ Your Library

Bay County Public Library

Book Babies (Birth - 17 months with caregiver)
Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Terrific Tots (18 - 36 months with caregiver)
Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Read, Rock & Rhyme Time (Ages 3 - 5)
Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Teen Bad Art Night (Ages 13 - 19)
April 11 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Read Rock and Rhyme Time at Bay County Public Library
Panama City Beach Public Library 

Book Babies (Birth - 2 years with caregiver)
April 1 - April 11th
Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
*No class on April 18th

April 25th - May 30th
Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Beach Kids (K - 5th grade)
Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

PCB Storytime (3+ years) 
Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe

Tuesday Tales (Birth - 3 years with caregiver)
Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Stories and More (3 years and up with caregiver)
Fridays from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

Wee Read (Preschool age)
Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

After School Story Time (K - 5th Grade)
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Story Time 
Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol 

Story Time 
April 8th (Welcome Spring) and April 22th (Recycled Robots)
Select Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.  
El día de los niños/El día de los libros
Bay County Public Library
April 18th @ 3:30 p.m. 

Come celebrate the day of the child/the day of the book with a Book Fiesta!  Christina Rios, Florida State University Professor, will provide a bilingual (Spanish/English) program along with activities.  For more information, call 850-522-2118.
Spring Classes @ Your Library

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe

Native Americans in North Florida
April 8th @ 10:00 a.m. EST

Curious about Native American genealogy of local history? Local author, Hodalee Scott Sewell, will share his research. 

Adult Art Classes - Recycled Book Wreath
April 22nd @ 10:30 a.m. EST

Materials provided courtesy of Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries.  All classes are beginner's level. 
Space is limited.  
Call 850-229-8879 to register.  

Tips for Growing and Preserving Dooryard Fruit
April 25nd @ 2:00 p.m. EST

Please join us for a lecture on fruit trees. Find out what varieties will grow best in the Panhandle, the TLC needed for your fruit trees to thrive and how to preserve and enjoy the fruit harvest. Event is presented by Gulf County Extension Agents, Ray Bodrey and Melanie Taylor.

Springfield Public Library

Cultivating Inner Peace
April 22nd @ 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Reiki Teacher and Practitioner, Jacqueline Ramsey, will teach simple techniques to cope with stress including directed thought, breathing, and meditation. Call 850-872-7510 to reserve a spot in this free workshop.
Bay County Public Library

Ukulele Social Club
April 1st@ 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.

Business Start-Up Workshop
April 4th @ 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Representative from the Small Business Administration (SBA) will lead this informative Business Start-Up Workshop.  Call 850-522-2107 to reserve a spot in this free workshop.

Beginning Dulcimer 
April 21st @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

First part of the class is a beginner dulcimer lesson led by Kathy Krausnick and then a jam session. Bring your own mountain dulcimer. 

Panama City Beach Public Library

Reading Labels on Food
April 12th @ 10:30 a.m.

Eat This, Not That
April 18th @ 10:30 a.m.

Both health programs are presented by Renee Ryals of Humana.  Free and open to the public.

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Liberty

Bingo - National Library Week
April 11th @ 10:30 a.m.

Book giveaways, trivia, and free coffee!

Smoking Cessations
April 24th @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Program is presented by Tobacco Free Florida and takes place every 4th Monday of the month. Call 850-643-2247 for registration details.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Family Game Night
April 24th @ 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! 

In celebration of the American Library Association's Preservation Week (April 23-27) and with the help of a Panhandle Library Access Network Innovation Grant, the Local History Department at Bay County Public Library is launching the Preserve This! Photograph Digitization Campaign

Crash Course in Photography
April 12th @ 6 p.m.

Class led by Bonnie Tate of The Light Room will help you get started in taking photography. Held in the Bay County Public Library Meeting Room. Class is free and open to the public.

Basics of Scanning Photographs
April 25th @ 6 p.m.

Class will include photograph handling, recommended file formats, and a demonstration. Participants are encouraged to bring a photograph to scan and save to their own USB memory stick. Held in the Bay County Public Library Meeting Room. Class is free and open to the public.

Picture This! A Day in Bay
April 29th

The public is invited to take a picture of themselves, events, and places in Bay County on April 29th, 2017. Pictures can be submitted with information (who, what, when, where) and permissions to the Bay County Public Library Local History Department via Facebook, email, or by lending the photographs to scan by May 26th. Selected photographs will be added to the Bay County Public Library Digital Photograph Collection. Can't take pictures April 29th? No worries! You can send or lend photographs to the Local History Department any time to be added to the Digital Photograph Collection. 

For more information, call 850-522-2132.

Bay County Public Library

Learning to Adult: What is Credit & the Cost of Borrowing
April 24 @ 4 p.m.
Presented by Tyndall Federal Credit Union
Program geared for TEENS ages 13 - 19 in the Meeting Room.
Understanding Health Insurance Costs
April 25 @ 2 p.m.
Presented by Shelley Berry of 90works in the Meeting Room.
Duct Tape Wallets TEEN Program
April 25 @ 4 p.m.
Make a wallet out of duct tape! Program geared for teens ages 13 - 19   in the Youth Services Department.
Protect Yourself Against Scams
April 27 @ 2 p.m.
Presented by Renee Ryals of Humana in the Meeting Room.
Questions about Money Smart Week, call 850- 522-2120 or visit
Book & Film Clubs

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
April 13 @ 10 a.m.
The Truth According to Us
by Annie Barrows

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

Library Lions Teen Book Club
Bay County Public Library
April 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
April 19 @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: All the Difference by Tod Lending (PBS Documentary)
Book: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

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
April 26 @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension 

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
April 5 @ 10:30 a.m.  
Symphony for the City of the Dead by MT Anderson

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
April 17 @ 10:30 a.m.
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

The Library Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 850-229-8879.
Holiday Closures

All Northwest Regional Library System locations will be closed on the following days:
April 14th   Good Friday
April 16th   Easter Sunday
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks @  Your Library

We recently added new items to our digital collection, including: 
A Piece of the World 
by Christina Baker Kline 
To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family's remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.     

The Girl Before
by J.P. Delaney 
In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman's seemingly good fortune, and another woman's mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception.

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life 
by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are.

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.