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March 2017
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Corinne Costin
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Port St. Joe

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Jimmy Weaver
Memorial Library

Featured Items
Norse Mythology
by Neil Gaiman

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki--son of a giant--blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

You are the Universe: Discovering your Cosmic Self and Why it Matters
by Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos
The integrative-medicine pioneer and a leading physicist explore nine of the biggest and most challenging questions about science and the nature of reality to outline new understandings about humanity and its greatest potential.


Gilded Cage
by Vic James
A darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule--and commoners are doomed to serve. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world. 


Shining City
by Tom Rosenstiel

The president of the United States hires fixer Peter Rena to vet his nominee for the Supreme Court, but while Rena investigates every aspect of Judge Roland Madison's background, he discovers that the judge could be the next target in a series of killings.
Swimming Lessons
by Claire Fuller
Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband Gil about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters.
Autumn: a Novel
by Ali Smith

From the Man Booker-shortlisted and Baileys Prize-winning author of How to be both: a breathtakingly inventive new novel--about aging, time, love, and stories themselves--that launches an extraordinary quartet of books called Seasonal. Her newest, Autumn, has all of these qualities in spades, and--good news for fans!--is the first installment in a quartet. Seasonal, comprised of four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as are the seasons), explores what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative. Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy, and the color hit of Pop Art, Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture and a meditation, in a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, what harvest means.

Washington's Farewell: the Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations
by John Avlon
The Farewell was published at the end of Washington's second term. It was reprinted in newspapers across the country. The President began the letter during his first term intending to retire but was persuaded by Hamilton and Jefferson to run for a second. By the end of that term he was the object of scurrilous press attacks and alarmed by the growing partisan bitterness. Fearful for the country's future, Washington pled with his countrymen to resist hyper-partisanship and foreign alliances. He called for unity among "citizens by birth or choice," defended religious pluralism, called for national education. His message to the country was urgent. In Washington's Farewell, Avlon offers important insight into Washington's his final public days, presenting not only a startling description of the perilous state of the new nation but a rare view of the man behind the usual face of a tranquil First Father.

Parentspeak: What's Wrong with How We Speak to our Children
by Jennifer Lehr

Imagine if every time you praise your child with "Good job!" you're actually doing more harm than good, offering meaningless approval instead of actually engaging with your child? Or that insisting "Can you say thank you?" is exactly the wrong way to go about teaching manners? Jennifer Lehr is a smart, funny, fearless writer who takes on "parentspeak" and, in the process, offers a conscious, compassionate approach to parenting.
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
by Helen Czerski

A physicist explains daily phenomena from the mundane to the magisterial. Take a look up at the stars on a clear night and you get a sense that the universe is vast and untouchable, full of mysteries beyond comprehension. But did you know that the key to unveiling the secrets of the cosmos is as close as the nearest toaster? In Storm in a Teacup, Helen Czerski provides the tools to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, like popcorn popping, coffee stains, and fridge magnets, to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis, or innovative medical testing. 
A Piece of the World
by Christina Baker Kline

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, Imagines the life story of Christina Olson, the subject of Andrew Wyeth's painting "Christina's World," describing the simple life she led on a remote Maine farm, her complicated relationship with her family, and the illness that incapacitated her.

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Celebrate Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss's Birthday (March 2)!

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

You could not, would not, want to miss a celebration such as this! Crafts, games and refreshments sponsored by the Gulf Coast Woman's Club.  

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol
Saturday, March 4th @ 10:00 a.m.

 Join us for a Storytime reading of Dr. Seuss's "Cat in the Hat", a hands-on craft activity, and cake!
Celtic Concert Performances

Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday, March 8th @ 10:30 a.m.

Bay County Public Library  
Wednesday, March 8th @ 2:00 p.m.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe  
Saturday, March 11th @ 11:00 a.m. EST

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 frien dly performances are free and open to the public.

Through the marriage of wit and finesse, The Kilted Man charms his audiences, sweeping them into tales of wayward voyages, unrequited love, and the vibrantly colorful lives of the every-man beloved in many Irish tales. The Kilted Man plays various traditional Celtic instruments including the concertina, bodhrán, mandolin, penny whistle, and bowed psaltery. His stirringly rich bass voice provides the foundation for the hauntingly beautiful melodies.

The Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library program was generously sponsored by GALA- the Gulf Alliance for Local Arts. The Panama City Beach Public Library program was generously sponsored by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation. For additional information about The Kilted Man performances or other programs, visit, or call your library.  
Children's 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.
Book Babies at Bay County Public Library
Panama City Beach Public Library 

Book Babies (Birth - 2 years with caregiver)
Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.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 
March 4th, March 11th, and March 25th
Select Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.  
Easy Print Making
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
March 18th @ 10:30 a.m. EST

Come and enjoy the fun of learning Easy Print Making! We supply all materials courtesy of Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries.  All classes are beginner's level.  Classes taught by a licensed art instructor.  Call (850)229-8879 to register. Space is limited.
Books for Bridges
Bay County Public Library
March 7 @ 3:30 p.m.

Storyteller, Hajar Rahim, will lead March's Books for Bridges: Experiencing Cultures through the Art of Storytelling.  March's theme is a Journey through Islamic Culture.  For more information, call the Youth Services department at 850-522-2118.
Ukulele Social Club
Bay County Public Library
March 4th @ 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

The first part of the 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 will meet the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  

Bay County Public Library 
March 22nd @ 5:30 p.m.

Movie night at the library every fourth Wednesday of the month.  Hang out and watch Cult classics.  This month is the screening of  Big Trouble in Little China.  Event is free and open to the public.

Guest speakers at 2 pm to share new and exciting topics!  The Tuesday @ 2 program is free and open to the public

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe

March 7th: Shorebirds presented by Lindsey Sartory from St. Joseph Peninsula St. Park
March 14th: Money Matters presented by Aaron Little from Capital City Bank

For more information, call 850-229-8879 or visit

Bay County Public Library

March 7th: Sharks and Our Local Marine Ecosystem presented by Michelle Duncan of NOAA
March 14th: Introduction to the Dulcimer presented by Kathy Krausnick
March 21st: Habits of Happy People presented by Renee Ryals of Humana
March 28th: How to Declutter your Life presented by Rebecca of The Little Mustard Seed

For more information, call 850-522-2120 or visit

Panama City Mall 
Mondays @ 10 a.m.

Bay County Public Library Outreach presents Story Mornings at the Mall!, an interactive reading experience with Books, Music, and Art in the Panama City Mall Play Area (2150 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Panama City, FL).

For questions about Library Outreach programs, contact our Outreach Librarian, Heather Ogilvie, by phone 850-522-2103 or email at 
Book Clubs

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
March 9 @ 10 a.m.
Once We Were Brothers
by Ronald H. Balson

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
March 28 @ 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
March 21 @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Brooklyn 
Book: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

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.

Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
March 1 @ 10:30 a.m.  
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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
March 20 @ 10:30 a.m.
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

The Library Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 850-229-8879.
Did someone say BINGO?!

March 22 @ 10:30 a.m. 

Beach Bingo is sponsored by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation.

March 14 @ 10:30 a.m. 

Irish themed Bingo with green prizes, trivia, and free coffee!
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks @  Your Library

We recently added new items to our digital collection, including:
Tom Clancy: True Faith and Allegiance
by Mark Greaney
After a massive data breach exposes U.S. intelligence operatives all over the world, President Jack Ryan must face an impossible choice when America's enemies exploit it.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis-that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

Right Behind You
by Lisa Gardner
Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash's older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters. Then the call comes in. 

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.