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March 2018
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Featured Items 
Still Me
by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark arrives in New York to start a new life and a long-distance relationship with Ambulance Sam while working for the super-wealthy Gopniks,that introduces her to New York high society and a secretive man who reminds her of her own past.
Everything Happens for a Reason: and Other Lies I've Loved
by Kate Bowler

A divinity professor and young mother with a Stage IV cancer diagnosis explores the pain and joy of living without certainty. Thirty-five-year-old Kate Bowler was a professor at the school of divinity at Duke, and had finally had a baby with her childhood sweetheart after years of trying, when she began to feel jabbing pains in her stomach. She lost thirty pounds, chugged antacid, and visited doctors for three months before she was finally diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. As she navigates the aftermath of her diagnosis, Kate pulls the reader deeply into her life, which is populated with a colorful, often hilarious collection of friends, pastors, parents, and doctors, and shares her laser-sharp reflections on faith, friendship, love, and death. 
An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control.
The Great Alone
by Kristin Hannah

Alaska, 1974. Cora Allbright and her husband Ernt, a recently-returned Vietnam veteran scarred by the war, uproot their thirteen-year-old daughter Leni to start a new life in Alaska. Utterly unprepared for the weather and the isolation, but welcomed by the close-knit community, they fight to build a home in this harsh, beautiful wilderness. At once an epic story of human survival and love, and an intimate portrait of a family tested beyond endurance, The Great Alone offers a glimpse into a vanishing way of life in America. With her trademark combination of elegant prose and deeply drawn characters, Kristin Hannah has delivered an enormously powerful story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the remarkable and enduring strength of women. About the highest stakes a family can face and the bonds that can tear a community apart, this is a novel as spectacular and powerful as Alaska itself. 
Jackie, Janet & Lee
by Randy Taraborrelli
A dazzling biography of three of the most glamorous women of the 20th Century: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, her mother Janet Lee Auchincloss, and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill.

Directorate S: the C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
by Steve Coll
Traces America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the years since 9/11, and how the U.S. efforts in the Afghan War faltered because of a failure to understand the intentions of Pakistan's intelligence agency.

Look for Me
by Lisa Gardner
Detective D. D. Warren and Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to either save a young girl's life, or bring her to justice. The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one--a sixteen-year-old girl--missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case--but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, "Look for me". 
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border
by Francisco Cantú
For Francisco Cantú the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line.
How Democracies Die
by Steven Levitsky
Donald Trump's presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we'd be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang-in a revolution or military coup-but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die-and how ours can be saved.
 by Laura Lippman
 After meeting at a local tavern in Belleville, Delaware, Polly and Adam have an affair, but when someone dies the two are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither can escape. 
White Houses
by Amy Bloom
Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential campaign. Having grown up  poor in South Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, "Hick," as she's known to her friends, is not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have. She moves into the White House, where her status as "first friend" is an open secret, as are FDR's own lovers. After she takes a job in the Roosevelt administration, promoting and protecting both Roosevelts, she comes to know Franklin not only as a great president but as a complicated rival and an irresistible friend. From Washington, D.C. to Hyde Park, from a little white house on Long Island to an apartment on Manhattan's Washington Square, White Houses moves elegantly through time and place, written in compelling prose and with emotional depth, wit, and acuity.
The Monk of Mokha
by Dave Eggers

Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen's central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country's rugged mountains and meet beleaguered but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.
Surprise Me
by Sophie Kinsella
After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other's sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected "until death do us part" to mean seven decades. In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all. 
Feel Free
by Zadie Smith
A collection of both previously unpublished works and classic essays includes discussions of recent cultural and political events, social networking, libraries, and the failure to address global warming.
When They Call You a Terrorist
by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
A memoir by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement explains the movement's position of love, humanity, and justice, challenging perspectives that have negatively labeled the movement's activists while calling for essential political changes.

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Library Closures and Updates

Northwest Regional Library System
All library branches will be closed on March 30th for Good Friday. 

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Public Library in Hosford
The library will be closed from March 5th - 17th to have a new roof installed. Dates subject to change.

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol
The Bristol library is in the process of moving. The community center (10405 NW Theo Jacobs Way, Bristol, FL) will have select library hours to pick up holds and provide computer usage. Stay tuned!
The Kilted Man

Panama City Beach Public Library
Thursday, March 8th @ 10:30 a.m.
Performance sponsored by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation.

Bay County Public Library
Thursday, March 8th @ 6:00 p.m.
Performance sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries as part of the Friends Presents Spring Concert Series. 

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Friday, March 9th @ 2:00 p.m. EST
Performance funded by donations to the library.

Matthew Gurnsey, also known as The Kilted Man, will be touring the Northwest Regional Library System to perform three concerts of traditional Irish and Scottish music. The family friendly performances are free and open to the public.
Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Bay County Public Library             
Thursday, March 1st @ 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

You could not, would not, want to miss a celebration such as this! You are invited to Dr. Seuss's Birthday Party. Join us for refreshments, games and crafts! 

Program sponsored by the Gulf Coast Woman's Club.

Panama City Beach Public Library 
Saturday, March 3rd @ 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

Join us as we read stories, make a craft or two, and eat snacks to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday. We will also have a scavenger hunt and a photo booth!

Library Outreach at the Panama City Mall             
Saturday, March 3rd @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's 113th birthday with reading, arts and crafts. Festivities will take place in center court of the Panama City Mall (2150 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd). 
ReadLOCAL: Indie Author Fest
Bay County Public Library
Monday, March 19th @ 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

5:45 - 6:45 p.m. Author talks
6:45 - 8:00 p.m. Visit the booths of selected independent or self-published authors in the Florida Panhandle. Books will be available for sale.

Guest Authors: Tony Simmons, Mark Douglas, Jayson Kretzer, S. Usher Evans, Douglas Wells, John Gibson, Craig Bush, T. S. Barnett, Megan Mitchum and Michell Kay.
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, March 10th @ 2:00 p.m.
This month, we will discuss Maxi's Secrets by Lynn Plourde and Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre!   

Time Travelers Homeschool History Club (Grades 3 +) 
Friday, March 2nd  @ 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Topic: Black History, Then and Now. For more information, call 850-522-2118.

Library Lab Rats: Roller Coasters
Wednesday, March 21st  @ 2:00 p.m.
Build a foam roller coaster and learn about the science behind the screams.

Teen Advisory Board (Middle School and High School)
Monday, March 5th @ 4:00 p.m.

Teen Tech Petting Zoo 
Tuesday, March 6th @ 4:00 p.m. 
It's Teen Tech Week! Come try our PlayStation Virtual Reality system (Teens ages 13 and up) and learn about our 3D printer (Teens ages 11 and up).

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

Terrific Tots Storytime at the Bay County Public Library.
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. 

March 7th Straw Bridges
March 14th Marble Run Madness
March 21st LEGO Education Kits
March 28th Egg Drop Challenge

St. Patrick's Day Celebration 
Saturday, March 10th @ 10:00 a.m.  
Wear green, hear some stories, and make a craft to take home to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. We will also have a photo booth!

Homeschool Kids Book Club (9 - 12 years) 
Saturday, March 24th @ 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: Bring on the Drama! (7 + years) 
Saturday, March 10th @ 11:00 a.m.
Here is your chance to act out. Come try a variety of stations and explore different types of dramatics.

Exploration Stations: Cut and Sew (7 + years) 
Tuesday, March 20th @ 4:00 p.m. 
Come try out a variety of stations to explore different types of fabric based projects. Some involve t-shirts so bring in one or more of your old t-shirts to up-cycle into something new!

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, March 13th @ 3:30 p.m. 
All things S.T.E.A.M. and includes hands on activities. This week is a LEGO Challenge Building Event.  Children of all ages are welcome.  A separate area will be set up for little ones with larger building blocks.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. 
* Library will be closed during March 10th and 17th for roof renovations.
People and Places: A Candid History of Downtown Panama City 
Harrison Avenue, 1978

The Light Room
306 Harrison Avenue. Panama City, FL 32401

Photography exhibit will be on display from March 14th - 31st at The Light Room. Reception will be held on Saturday, March 17th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Visit The Light Room to view photographs from Bay County Public Library's Local History Room! 
Tuesday @ 2 Programs
Final Cut: The Importance of Film Editing by Teressa Longo

Bay County Public Library

Tuesday, March 6th @ 2:00 p.m.
Crash Course in Photography presented by Bonnie Tate-Woodby of The Light Room.

Tuesday, March 13th @ 2:00 p.m.
Game On! Tabletop Games allows you to bring your favorite board games or learn how to play new ones!

Tuesday, March 20th @ 2:00 p.m.
The Napoleonic Wars and how they changed Europe is a multi-media presentation by Rich Filippi.

Tuesday, March 27th @ 2:00 p.m.
Final Cut: The Importance of Film Editing presented by Teressa Longo who worked 25 years in feature film post-production.
Book & Film Clubs

STEAM & Culture 
Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, March 6th  @ 6 p.m.
Killing Reagan by Bill O'Reilly

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

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, March 8th @ 10 a.m.
The Firebrand and the First Lady by Patricia Bell-Scott

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

Grace + Grub Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Wednesday, March 21st @ 11:15 a.m.
The Proving by Beverly Lewis

For more information, please call 850-522-2107. 
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Library Lions Teen Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, March 27th @ 4 p.m.
Genre: Historical Fiction

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, March 20th  @ 5:30 p.m.
PBS POV Film: The Light in Her Eyes (2011) by Julia Meltzer
Book: The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet by Rod Norland
Dr. David Fistein (Gulf Coast State College) and Hiba Rahim (CAIR, Council on American - Islamic Relations) will lead an engaging post-film discussion.  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, March 28th @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Office Space   (1999) Rated R

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, March 7th @ 10:30 a.m.  
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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, March 15th @ 1 p.m.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

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

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library
Monday, March 19th @ 10:30 a.m.
Being Mortal  by Atul Gawande

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

Panama City Beach Public Library

Memoir Writing Workshop
Thursday, March 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd @ 1:00 p.m.
Register for this multi-session class by calling 850-233-5055.

Sea Needles
March 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, March 10th @ 1:00 p.m.
Join us for adult scrapbooking. Feel free to bring your own supplies.

Book Bingo
Thursday, March 15th @ 10:30 a.m.
Bingo at the library for a chance to win popular titles!

Adult Coloring at the Library
Monday, March 26th @ 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Join us for adult coloring!

AARP Tax Assistance
Mondays and Wednesdays (March 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

Color + Crafts
Friday, March 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, March 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, March 12th @ 6:00 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French! No previous knowledge required. 

Beginning Dulcimer Class
Friday, March 16th @ 1:00 - 3:00 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!

Dulcimer Workshop with Jessica Comeau
Saturday, March 24th @ 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Beginner mountain dulcimer lesson with professional dulcimer player, Jessica Comeau. We will have a few loaner instruments available but you are encouraged to bring your own. 

Parker Public Library

Billy Bowlegs the Pirate
Saturday, March 10th @ 2:00 p.m.
Presentation about the real Billy Bowlegs and pirates of West Florida by Ann Robbins (Library Speakers Bureau).

Introduction to the Ukulele
Saturday, March 24th @ 2:00 p.m.
Learn about the ukulele and a few chords to get you started. We will play some beginner songs. A few loaner instruments will be available, but you are encouraged to bring your own.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Craft Day
Thursdays @ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bring your favorite craft or learn something new!

Family Game Nights
Monday, March 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!

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

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

Pirates! Last Scourge of the Gulf
Thursday, March 29th @ 2:00 p.m. EST
Presented by the Florida Public Archaeology Network.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe

Dooder and the Lighthouse Documentary Film
Tuesday, March 6th @ 2:00 p.m. EST
Come watch this documentary film about the relocation of the lighthouse from Cape San Blas to Port St. Joe!

Lunch and Learn: Citrus & Fruit/ Drying Fruits 
Monday, March 12th @ 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Extension Agents Ray Bodrey and Melanie Taylor will present area relevant topics. Bring your own bag lunch is optional.

Florida Friendly Landscaping 
Saturday, March 17th @ 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Question and answer workshop with Gulf County Master Gardener's. Bring your landscape plans and ideas, questions and garden-related problems to share. The Master Gardeners will bring websites, reference materials, soil sample kits and their knowledge to help you find the answers.

Shipwrecks of Northwest Florida
Thursday, March 29th @ 11:00 a.m. EST
Presented by the Florida Public Archaeology Network.
Playaway eReaders 

Looking for an easy way to bring books while you travel, whether it is a road trip or to your favorite armchair?  Borrow one of Bay County Public Library's eighteen brand-new Playaway Lock eReaders. Each unit comes loaded with several titles of your favorite authors, genres, and bestsellers. Nothing to download - just check them out and read! All Northwest Regional Library System branches will be able to place a PlayAway on hold. The Playaway Lock eReaders that have been purchased through a PLAN Innovation Grant. 
Panama City Beach Public Library
March Giveaways 

Dr. Seuss Basket for Kids
During the month of March, kids who check out 5 or more items receive a chance to win a basket of Dr. Seuss Books!

Craft Basket
During the month of March, adults who check out 5 or more items receive a chance to win a basket of craft supplies. 
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

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

The Alienist
by Caleb Carr

Soon to be a TNT original series and first published in 1994. The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler-a psychologist, or "alienist"-to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over. Fast-paced and riveting, infused with historical detail, The Alienist conjures up Gilded Age New York, with its tenements and mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. It is an age in which questioning society's belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and fatal consequences.

The Food Explorer
by Daniel Stone

The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes-and thousands more-to the American plate. David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater.

The Kremlin's Candidate
by Jason Matthews

In the final, thrilling installment of the Red Sparrow Trilogy, Russian counterintelligence chief Dominika Egorova and her lover, CIA agent Nate Nash, must find a Russian agent about to be appointed to a very high office in the US government.

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