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May 2018
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Featured Items 
This is Me
by Chrissy Metz

A lot of us, myself included, did not grow up with positive reinforcement. We were not told we could be or do anything we wanted, even if our wish was just to be happy. Whatever you've brought with you to this book, you can't allow those experiences, even traumas, to define you or limit you. And maybe you are afraid that if you say what you want, someone will hear you. You fear the judgment of a loved one, or worry that your growth might be a threat to that person. But right now, let's just talk amongst ourselves. You and me. I know I am still unlearning everything I was taught as a kid. When I was down, people told me that was where I would stay. But when you are so far down, the only way to go is up. So think about what you really want your life to be. Say it out loud, ask for it. When we meet, I want to hear all about it. 
by Jo Nesbo

Up next in the Hogarth Shakespeare series: international crime fiction phenomenon Nesbo reenvisioning the icy-dark Macbeth. In a rundown industrial town in the 1970s, drug dealer Hekate, her product overseen by a crew of weird sisters, tells Inspector Macbeth that one day he'll replace upright chief of police Duncan. Macbeth's lover, a casino owner named Lady, knows exactly what must happen to Duncan and his loyal assistant chief, Malcolm, to make that prediction come true. 
Noir: a Novel
by Christopher Moore

The absurdly outrageous, sarcastically satiric, and always entertaining New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore returns in finest madcap form with this zany noir set on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco, and featuring a diverse cast of characters.
Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell

Ten years after her beloved 15-year-old daughter Ellie disappeared, Laurel is charmed when she meets Floyd at a café, surprised when her feelings for him grow deeper, and absolutely shocked to meet Floyd's daughter, who looks exactly like Ellie. From the New York Times best-selling author of I Found You
A Higher Loyalty
by James Comey
On November 11, President Donald Trump called former FBI director James Comey a political hack "proven now to be a liar." Comey responded by quoting from an 1855 sermon by the Rev. Charles Haddon Spurgeon: "If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly." Perhaps this memoir's title is another possible response.

The Female Persuasion
by Meg Wolitzer
Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women's movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer, madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can't quite place, feels her inner world light up. An invitation to make something out of that sense of purpose, leads Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she'd always imagined.


The Fallen
by David Baldacci
Amos Decker is the Memory Man. Following a football-related head injury that altered his personality, Decker is now unable to forget even the smallest detail. And in New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci's gripping new thriller, Decker's life might be about to change again. Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes: obscure bible verses, odd symbols--have the police stumped. Decker, with his singular talents, may be the only one who can crack this bizarre case. Only this time, when one mistake could cost him everything, Decker finds that his previously infallible memory may not be so trustworthy after all...
by Charles Frazier
In his powerful new novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War. Her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects the secure life of a Mississippi landowner. Davis instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history--culpable regardless of her intentions. The Confederacy falling, her marriage in tatters, and the country divided, Varina and her children escape Richmond and travel south on their own, now fugitives with "bounties on their heads, an entire nation in pursuit."
Tiger Woods
by Jeff Benedict
Based on three years of extensive research and reporting, two of today's most acclaimed investigative journalists, Jeff Benedict of Sports Illustrated and eleven-time Emmy Award winner Armen Keteyian, deliver the first major biography of Tiger Woods--sweeping in scope and packed with groundbreaking, behind-the-scenes details of the Shakespearean rise and epic fall of an American icon.
Whiskey & Ribbons
 by Leesa Cross-Smith
Evi, a classically-trained ballerina, was nine months pregnant when her husband Eamon was killed in the line of duty on a steamy morning in July. Now it is winter, and Eamon's adopted brother Dalton has moved in to help her raise six-month-old Noah.
by Madeline Miller
Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
Shoot First
by Stuart Woods

The irresistible Stone Barrington returns for another racy adventure from New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington has faced intrigue before and come out clean on the other side, but this latest turn of events might be too scandalous even for him.
After Anna
by Lisa Scottoline

Noah Alderman, a doctor and a widower, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie, and for the first time in a long time he and his son are happy. But their lives are turned upside down when Maggie's daughter Anna moves in with them. Anna is a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who balks at living under their rules. Events take a deadly turn when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused of the crime. New information sends Maggie searching for the truth, leading her to discover something darker than she could have ever imagined.
Renoir: An Intimate Biography
by Barbara Ehrlich White
Renoir presents an intimate portrait of the artist, sharing extracts from letters, some previously unpublished, to provide insight into his personality and character despite his years of poverty and physical challenges.

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Friends Presents Concert Series

Bay County Public Library
Thursday, May 10th @ 6:00 p.m.

Dean Johanesen plays acoustic guitar that calls on Spanish rumba-style instrumentals, speakeasy-era Americana, and swinging hot club jazz.  This after hours concert is free to attend. Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 
Children's Book Week 
(April 30th - May 6th)

Children's Book Week is a national initiative to celebrate books for young people and the joy of reading. The theme for this year's celebration is " One World, Many Stories. " The featured children's illustrator is Jillian Tamaki. 

Bay County Public Library
April 30th - May 6th
Drop in and make your very own personalized bookmarks!
Youth Classes @ Your Library

Bay County Public Library

Book Babies (0 - 17 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays, May 1st and 8th @ 9:30 a.m.

Terrific Tots (18 - 36 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays, May 1st and 8th @ 10:30 a.m.

Dance Party! (0 - 36 months with caregiver) 
Tuesday, May 15th @ 10:00 a.m.
Book Babies and Terrific Tots Dance Party to celebrate the end of the year.  Programs will return in the Fall. 

Read Rock & Rhyme (3 - 5 year olds with caregiver) 
Thursdays, May 3rd, 10th, and 17th @ 10:30 a.m.

Fractured Fairy Tales Galore!
Tuesday, May 1st @ 3:30 p.m.
Sick and tired of the same old fairy tales? Join us for some new retellings of old fairy tales for Children's Book Week.

Library Lab Rats: Slime Science
Wednesday, May 9th @ 4:00 p.m.
Make gooey slime and conduct an experiment with a slimy slug race.

Teen Advisory Board 
Monday, May 7th  @ 4:00 p.m.
Earn volunteer hours and help the library!

Teen Anime Club (Middle School and High School)
Monday, May 21st @ 4:00 p.m.
Watch anime and talk about manga!

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. 

May 2nd  Tallest Tower
May 9th  Seashell Jewelry
May 16th LEGO Education Kits

Springfield Public Library

Afterschool Storytime
Thursday, May 10th @ 3:00 p.m

STEM at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library 

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Tuesday Tales Dance Party (0 - 3 years with caregiver) 
Tuesday, May 1st @ 10:30 a.m. 
Celebrate Children's Book Week and our year of Tuesday Tales with a dance party!

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, May 8th @ 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. 
Florida Library Association Award Winner

Heather Ogilvie, Outreach Librarian at the Bay County Public Library, has been awarded the prestigious Maria Chavez-Hernandez "Libraries Change Peoples Lives" award from the Florida Library Association. The Maria Chavez-Hernandez "Libraries Change Peoples Lives" award honors a library or librarian who has made a demonstrably positive and big difference in the lives of Florida's library users; especially outreach to under-served populations. Heather Ogilvie goes above and beyond to provide library services outside of the library walls.  The awards ceremony will be part of the Florida Library Association's annual conference held May 23-25th at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. 
Giant Library Book Sale

Springfield Public Library
Friday, May 11th @ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, May 12th @ 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, May 8th 

Tuesday Trivia question will be posted during May 8th on the Bay County Public Library's Facebook page.  Follow us on Facebook. The first person to answer the question correctly will win a copy of "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott and a candle.   
May Gardening Giveaway

Panama City Beach Public Library 
During the month of May, anyone who checks out 5 or more items will receive a chance to win a basket of gardening supplies.  One basket is geared for kids and the other for adults! 
Book & Film Clubs

STEAM & Culture 
Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, May 1st  @ 6 p.m.
Strangers in their Own Land by Arlie Hochschild

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

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, May 10th @ 10 a.m.
The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan

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, May 16th @ 10:00 a.m.
Words from the Heart by Kathleen Fuller

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, May 29th @ 4 p.m.
Genre: Graphic Novels

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, May 15th  @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: The Shape of Water (2017) R
Book: The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro

Beyond the Lens 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, May 23rd @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Alien   (1979) 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, May 2nd @ 10:30 a.m.  
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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, May 17th @ 1 p.m.
If I Live by Terri Blackstock

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

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library
No meeting in May.

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

Bay County Public Library

Color + Crafts
Friday, May 4th @ 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, May 5th @ 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.

Dean Johanesen
Thursday, May 10th @ 6:00 p.m.
The Friends Presents Concert Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 

Beginning Dulcimer Class
Friday, May 18th @ 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!

Panama City Beach Public Library

Sea Needles
Fridays @ 10 a.m.
Bring your needlework crafts to work on at the library. Sea Needles meets every Friday at 10 a.m.

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, May 28th @ 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.
Fun Fest
Panama City Beach Public Library
Saturday, May 12th @ 11 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Fun Fest was postponed from April to May. All activities are held in the library parking lot. Fundraiser proceeds will benefit the Panama City Beach Public Library, Arnold High School Interact Club, Backpack Blessings, and Rotary's Polio Plus. 

For more information or to buy tickets, visit or call 850-234-8284.  Organized by the Rotary Club of Panama City Beach with the Panama City Beach Public Library Foundation.
Library Closures and Updates

Northwest Regional Library System
All library branches will be closed on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

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

by Kwame Alexander

From the New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, a dynamic novel in verse and companion to his Newbery Award-winner, The Crossover. In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past. 

Hello Stranger
by Lisa Kleypas

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man-why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again. This is book 4 of The Ravenels series by New York Times bestselling author, Lisa Kleypas. 

Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country
by Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy

In a divided country desperate for unity, two sons of South Carolina show how different races, life experiences, and pathways can lead to a deep friendship-even in a state that was rocked to its core by the 2015 Charleston church shooting. Tim Scott, an African-American US senator, and Trey Gowdy, a white US congressman, won't allow racial lines to divide them. They work together, eat meals together, campaign together, and make decisions together. Yet in the fall of 2010-as two brand-new members of the US House of Representatives-they did not even know each other. Their story as politicians and friends began the moment they met and is a model for others seeking true reconciliation.

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.