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April 2018
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by Tara Westover

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
Caribbean Rim
by Randy Wayne White

Murder, sunken treasure, and pirates both ancient and modern send Doc Ford on a nightmare quest in the thrilling new novel in the New York Times-bestselling series. Marine biologist Doc Ford has been known to help his friends out of jams occasionally, but he's never faced a situation like this. His old pal Carl Fitzpatrick has been chasing sunken wrecks most of his life, but now he's run afoul of the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Its director, Leonard Nickelby, despises amateur archaeologists, which is bad enough, but now he and his young "assistant" have disappeared--along with Fitzpatrick's impounded cache of rare Spanish coins and the list of uncharted wreck sites Fitz spent decades putting together. Some of Fitz's own explorations have been a little...dicey, so he can't go to the authorities. Doc is his only hope. 
Duel to the Death
by J. A. Jance

After taking down the man responsible for his best friend's death, Stuart Ramey thinks the case is closed. That is, until Stu finds himself left with a multimillion dollar fortune in Bitcoin in a desperate bid by Frigg, a rogue A.I. program created by the killer, to keep itself from being fully deactivated. To sort out his situation and take Frigg down, Stu enlists the help of Ali Reynolds and his cyber security colleagues. But they are not the only ones who know about Frigg's existence. Graciella Miramar, an unassuming accountant to all appearances, is actually the right-hand woman to El Pescado, the leader of a dangerous drug cartel. Graciella hopes to take over her father's criminal underworld and become wealthy beyond her wildest dreams. In this thriller, Stu, Ali, and their team realize that everything has its price.
Russian Roulette
by Michael Isikoff and David Corn

Russian Roulette explains how Vladimir Putin and Russia hacked an American election as part of a covert operation to subvert the United States' democracy and help Donald Trump win the presidency. 
I'll be Gone in the Dark
by Michelle McNamara
An account of the unsolved Golden State Killer case traces the rapes and murders of dozens of victims and the author's determined efforts to help identify the killer and bring him to justice.

The Flight Attendant
by Chris Bohjalian
Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. Her job with the airline makes it easy to find adventure. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together. She quietly slides out of bed and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair, utter stillness, and a slick pool of blood on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police - she's a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home - Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it's too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?


by Kwame Alexander
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. 
Skin in the Game
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The phrase "skin in the game" is one we have often heard but have rarely stopped to truly dissect. It is the backbone of risk management, but it's also an astonishingly complex worldview that applies to literally all aspects of our lives. In his inimitable style, Taleb pulls on everything from Antaeus the Giant to Hammurabi to Donald Trump to Seneca to the ethics of disagreement to create a jaw-dropping tapestry for understanding our world in a brand new way.
The Escape Artist
by Brad Meltzer
Nola Brown is supposed to be dead. Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run. Zig works at Dover Air Force Base, helping put to rest the bodies of those who die on top-secret missions.  When Zig realizes Nola is still alive, he's determined to find her. Yet as Zig digs into Nola's past, he learns that trouble follows Nola everywhere she goes. On her last mission, Nola saw something nobody was supposed to see, earning her an enemy unlike any other, one who will do whatever it takes to keep Nola quiet. Together, Nola and Zig will either reveal or die trying to uncover the US Army's most mysterious secret-a centuries-old conspiracy that traces back through history to the greatest escape artist of all: Harry Houdini.
The Strange Bird
 by Jeff Vandermeer
 The Strange Bird is a new kind of creature, built in a laboratory--she is part bird, part human, part many other things. But now the lab in which she was created is under siege and the scientists have turned on their animal creations. Flying through tunnels, dodging bullets, and changing her colors and patterning to avoid capture, the Strange Bird manages to escape. The sky itself is full of wildlife that rejects her, and also full of technology. And the farther she flies, the deeper she finds herself in the orbit of the Company, a collapsed biotech firm that has populated the world with experiments both failed and successful that have outlived the corporation itself: a pack of networked foxes, a giant predatory bear. But of the many creatures she encounters with whom she bears some kind of kinship, it is the humans--all of them now simply scrambling to survive.
Chinese Soul Food
by Hsiao-Ching Chou
Chinese soul food is classic comfort food you can't resist, and in this cookbook you'll find 80 recipes for favorites you can easily make any night of the week. Chinese food is more popular than any other cuisine and yet it often intimidates North American home cooks. Chinese Soul Food draws cooks into the kitchen with recipes that include sizzling potstickers, stir-fries that are easy to make, saucy braises, and soups that bring comfort with a sip.
The Music Shop
by Rachel Joyce

It's 1988. The CD has arrived. Sales of the shiny new disks are soaring on high streets in cities across the country. Meanwhile, down a dead-end street, Frank's music shop stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. It attracts the lonely, the sleepless, the adrift. There is room for everyone. Frank has a gift for finding his customers the music they need. Into this shop arrives Ilse Brauchmann - practical, brave, well-heeled. Frank falls for this curious woman who always dresses in green. But Ilse's reasons for visiting the shop are not what they seem. 
The Shape of Water
by Guillermo del Toro
In an otherworldly story set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America, an amphibious man is discovered in the Amazon--and subsequently finds love within the human race. 
Poet Anderson of Nightmares
by Tom DeLonge
When Alan Anderson ends up in a coma after a car accident, his brother Jonas uses his lucid dreaming to enter the Dream World to try to wake his brother, where he accepts the help of a Dream Walker to face the fear-based creatures keeping him from saving Alan.
Bash Bash Revolution
by Douglas Lain
Seventeen-year-old Matthew Munson is ranked thirteenth in the state in Bash Bash Revolution, an outdated video game from 2002 that, in 2017, is still getting tournament play. He's a high school dropout who still lives at home with his mom, doing little but gaming and moping. That is, until Matthew's dad turns up again. Jeffrey Munson is a computer geek who'd left home eight years earlier to work on a top secret military project. Jeff has been a sporadic presence in Matthew's life, and much to his son's displeasure insists on bonding over video games. The two start entering local tournaments together, where Jeff shows astonishing aptitude for Bash Bash Revolution in particular. Then, as abruptly as he appeared, Matthew's father disappears again. The betrayal is life-shattering, and Matthew decides to give chase discovering the true nature of the government-sponsored artificial intelligence program his father has been involved in. .

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Library Closures and Updates

Northwest Regional Library System
All library branches will be closed on Sunday, April 1st for Easter.

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol
The Bristol library is in the process of moving. The Veterans Memorial Civic Center (10405 NW Theo Jacobs Way, Bristol, FL) has select library hours to pick up library holds and provide computer usage. For more information, call 850-379-3300.
Books and Bites: Kristy Woodson Harvey
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library 
in Port St. Joe
Tuesday, April 10th @ 11:00 a.m. EST

Award-winning author, Kristy Woodson Harvey is the "Books and Bites" Luncheon guest speaker. A light lunch will be provided. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries. Register to attend the free "Books and Bites" luncheon by calling (850) 229-8879 or visiting the library.
National Library Week (April 8th - 14th)

National Library Week is April 8th - 14th with the theme, "Libraries Lead." Today's libraries lead their communities and transform lives every day. 

During National Library Week, WonderWorks (9910 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach) is partnering with the Northwest Regional Library System branches in Bay County to provide a complimentary ticket into WonderWorks for every new library card sign-up. For those who already have a library card, check out an item to receive a bookmark with a coupon that allows for one free child entrance with the purchase of an adult ticket. This applies to Bay County Public Library, Panama City Beach Public Library, Parker Public Library, and Springfield Public Library. 

Looking for a way to give back to the library during National Library Week? Join a Friends of the Library group, donate your gently used books and DVDs, or share your love of the library with your friends and family!
Money Smart Week (April 21st - 28th)
Bay County Public Library
Money Smart Week is a national initiative to provide programming on financial literacy. SCAM $mart, Money $mart Teens, and Money $mart Kids have been organized by the Dollar $mart Coalition.

SCAM $mart (Adults) 
Tuesday, April 24th @ 2:00 p.m.
Learn how to avoid financial scams. Presented by Sergeant Paul Vecker of the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

Money $mart Teens (Ages 12 and up) 
Tuesday, April 24 @ 4:00 p.m.
Game simulation of real-life money situations.

Craft Supply Swap 
Tuesday, April 24 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Save money on your next craft project. Clean out your crafting closet and swap your unused craft materials for something new-to-you! Open to everyone. The library will be accepting unused art and craft supply donations during National Library
Week (April 8th - 14th) for Craft Supply Swap and additional library art programming.

Money $mart Kids (Ages 12 and under) 
Thursday, April 26th @ 4:00 p.m.
Fun with money: make it, save it, spend it!
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.

Library Lab Rats: Engineering
Wednesday, April 11th  @ 4:00 p.m.
Explore your engineering skills with different building challenges.

Sunshine State Book Club (Elementary Students) 
Saturday, April 14th @ 2:00 p.m.
This month, we will discuss Dragon's Guide to Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep & Joanne Ryder! Vote for your favorite Sunshine State Book!   

Time Travelers Homeschool History Club (Grades 3 +) 
Friday, April 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th  @ 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Topic: Medieval Castles.  For more information, call 850-522-2118.

Teen Choice Award
April 9th - 13th
Fill out a form telling us your favorite book for the chance to win a prize! All favorite books will be assembled in a printed display celebrating National Library Week.

Teen Anime Club (Middle School and High School)
Monday, April 30th @ 4:00 p.m.
Watch anime and talk about manga!

Book Babies 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. 

April 4th  Springtime Snail Craft
April 11th  LEGO Education Kits
April 18th  Design a Parachute
April 25th  Gulf World Presentation

Storytime Saturdays  (4 years and up) 
Saturday, April 7th @ 10:00 a.m.  

Springfield Public Library

After School Program
Thursday April 12th @ 3:00 p.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:Brush Bot Party! (7 + years) 
Saturday, April 7th @ 11:00 a.m.
Create a mini-robot of your own using a toothbrush and a battery. Next, race them through mazes!

Exploration Stations: Do you see a pattern? (7 + years) 
Tuesday, April 17th @ 4:00 p.m. 
Come try out a variety of stations to explore different patterns.

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, April 10th @ 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. 
Fun Fest
Panama City Beach Public Library
Saturday, April 14th @ 11 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Fun Fest activities are held outdoors. The fundraiser proceeds will benefit the library. Organized by the Rotary Club of Panama City Beach with the Panama City Beach Public Library Foundation.
Library Speakers Bureau

Would you like a talk presented to your organization?  Visit to see what topics are available. Ann Robbins presented on  Billy Bowlegs the Pirate  at Parker Public Library on March 1oth. Please contact Sarah (850-522-2120 or to schedule a Library Speaker.
Book & Film Clubs

STEAM & Culture 
Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, April 3rd  @ 6 p.m.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

Grace + Grub Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Wednesday, April 4th @ 10:00 a.m.
The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, April 12th @ 10 a.m.
The Reivers by William Faulkner

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
Tuesday, April 17th @ 4 p.m.
Genre: Poetry

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, April 17th  @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) PG
Book: A. A. Milne by Ann Thwaite or any Winnie the Pooh title

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, April 25th @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy   (2005) PG

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, April 4th @ 10:30 a.m.  
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

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, April 19th @ 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, April 16th @ 10:30 a.m.
The Keeper of Lost Causes  by Jussi Adler-Oldsen

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

Bonjour! Basic French Class
Monday, April 2nd @ 6:00 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French! 

Color + Crafts
Friday, April 6th @ 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, April 7th @ 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.

Konkrete Soul
Thursday, April 12th @ 6:00 p.m.
Looking for a fun place to hear great music and dance? Try the library! Konkrete Soul will perform a variety of soulful hits including oldies, jazz, and contemporary. The talented local musicians are KaTryna Vyshon on vocals, Clark Downs on guitar, and Victor Payano on saxophone. The Friends Presents Concert Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 

Michael Lister New Book Release for 'Blood Trail"
Monday, April 16th @ 6:00 p.m.
Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author, Michael Lister, about where his John Jordan series is headed. There will be a drawing for signed collectible memorabilia and the opportunity to be in Lister's next book!

Beginning Dulcimer Class
Friday, April 27th @ 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
April 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th @ 10 a.m.
Bring your needlework crafts to work on at the library. Sea Needles meets every Friday at 10 a.m.

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

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

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, April 23rd @ 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.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe

Cricut Workshop
Monday, April 9th @ 3:00 p.m. EST
Come learn about our new Cricut smart cutting machine. It can make cards, cut fabrics, vinyl and more!!

Books and Bites: Kristy Woodson Harvey 
Tuesday, April 10th @ 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
Come listen to the author of Slightly South of Simple. Free and open to all. Light lunch will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries. Register to attend by calling (850) 229-8879 or visiting the library.
Parker Public Library
Saturday, April 14th @ 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Come visit the Sidewalk Book Sale and pick up some fun new titles!  We will also be selling hot dogs, chips, and soda.  All proceeds will go towards summer children's programming!
April Showers Giveaway

Panama City Beach Public Library 
During the month of April, anyone who checks out 5 or more items will receive a chance to win a basket of bath supplies.  One basket is geared for kids and another for adults! 
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

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

Black Panther: The Young Prince
by Ronald L. Smith

Black Panther. Ruler of Wakanda. Avenger. This is his destiny. But right now, he's simply T'Challa-the young prince. Life is comfortable for twelve-year-old T'Challa in his home of Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced African nation. But as conflict brews near Wakanda, T'Challa's father sends T'Challa and M'Baku to school in America. This is no prestigious private academy-they've been enrolled at South Side Middle School in the heart of Chicago. Despite being given a high-tech suit and a Vibranium ring to use only in case of an emergency, T'Challa realizes he might not be as equipped to handle life in America as he thought. Especially when it comes to navigating new friendships while hiding his true identity as the prince of a powerful nation, and avoiding Gemini Jones, a menacing classmate who is rumored to be involved in dark magic. When strange things begin happening around school, T'Challa sets out to uncover the source. But what he discovers in the process is far more sinister than he could ever have imagined. In order to protect his friends and stop an ancient evil, T'Challa must take on the mantle of a hero, setting him on the path to becoming the Black Panther.

Heart Berries
by Terese Marie Mailhot

Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father-an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist-who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame.

The House on Foster Hill
by Jaime Jo Wright

Fleeing a stalker, Kaine Prescott purchases an old house sight unseen in Wisconsin, which turns out to have a dark history: A century earlier, an unidentified woman was found dead on the grounds. As Kaine tries to settle in, she learns the story of her ancestor Ivy Thorpe, who, with the help of a man from her past, tried to uncover the truth about the death.

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.