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October 2017
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Featured Items 
A Stranger in the House
by Shari Lapena

Responding to a call she hoped she would never get, a woman wakes up in a bad part of town with no memory of what happened at the same time the police and her husband accuse her of misconduct.
The Vietnam War: an Intimate History
by Geoffrey C. Ward

More than forty years after it ended, the Vietnam War continues to haunt our country. We still argue over why we were there, whether we could have won, and who was right and wrong in their response to the conflict. When the war divided the country, it created deep political fault lines that continue to divide us today. Now, continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed collaborations, the authors draw on dozens and dozens of interviews in America and Vietnam to give us the perspectives of people involved at all levels of the war: U.S. and Vietnamese soldiers and their families, high-level officials in America and Vietnam, antiwar protestors, POWs, and many more. Rather than taking sides, the book seeks to understand why the war happened the way it did, and to clarify its complicated legacy. 
The Western Star
by Craig Johnson
The thirteenth novel in Craig Johnson's Longmire series. Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt.45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of twenty-four veteran sheriffs. The photograph hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present.

The Right Time
by Danielle Steel
Abandoned by her mother at age seven, Alexandra Winslow took solace in the mystery stories she read with her devoted father--and soon she was writing them herself, slowly graduating to dark, violent, complex crime stories that reflected skill and imagination far beyond her years. After her father's early death, at fourteen Alex is taken in by the nuns of a local convent, where she finds twenty-six mothers to take the place of the one she lost, and the time and encouragement to pursue her gift. As she climbs the ladder of publishing success, however, she does so with her father's admonition firmly in mind: men read crime stories by men, only--and so Alexandra Winslow publishes under the pseudonyn Alexander Green, her true identity known only to a few close associates. 

Secrets in Death
by J. D. Robb

A new novel in the New York Times bestselling series. Lieutenant Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people's secrets is silenced.
Posh Rice
by Emily Kydd
Offers seventy versatile recipes that feature rice, including Mediterranean tuna rice salad, cheesy rice fritters, one pot jambalaya, Persian saffron rice, and mango with coconut sticky rice.
October: The Story of the Russian Revolution
by China MieĢville
Acclaimed science fiction and fantasy author China Mieville plunges us into the year the world was turned upside down. China Mieville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on its history. 
A Legacy of Spies
 by John Le Carre
Peter Guillam and other former members of the British Secret Service face charges for decades-old intelligence operations by a generation that is unfamiliar with the dynamics of the Cold War.
Hail to the Chin
by Bruce Campbell
"My first book, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a "B" Movie Actor, was published back in 2001 and it chronicles the adventures of a "mid-grade, kind of hammy actor" (my words), cutting his teeth on exploitation movies far removed from mainstream Hollywood.

This next book, an "Act II" if you will, could be considered my "maturing years" in show business, when I began to say "no" more often and gravitated toward self-generated material. Taking stock in the overall quality of my life, I fled Los Angeles and moved to a remote part of Oregon to renew, regroup and reload.

If that sounds tame, the journey from Evil Dead to Spider-Man to Burn Notice was long, with plenty of adventures/mishaps along the way. I never pictured myself hovering above Baghdad in a Blackhawk helicopter, facing a pack of wild dogs in Bulgaria, or playing an aging Elvis Presley with cancer on his penis - how can you predict this stuff? The sheer lunacy of show business is part of the fun for me and I hope you'll come along for the ride."

- Bruce "Don't Call Me Ash" Campbell
To Be Where You Are
by Jan Karon

Jan Karon returns with the fourteenth novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three generations of Kavanaghs. After twelve years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself. Then he's given one--but what, exactly, does it prove? Meanwhile, newly married Dooley and Lace face a crisis that empties their bank account and turns their household upside down. Is the honeymoon over? As the Mitford Muse editor stumbles on a quick fix for marital woes and the town grocer falls in love for the first time, Father Tim and Cynthia receive an invitation to yet another family wedding. But perhaps the bottom line is this: While a star blinks out in the Mitford firmament, another soon blinks on at Meadowgate, and four-year-old Jack Tyler looks forward to the biggest day of his life. Jan Karon weaves together the everyday lives of two families, and the cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin.
Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward
Living with his grandparents and sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother's addictions and his grandmother's cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.

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Library Closures

All Northwest Regional Library System locations will be closed on the following date:

Monday, October 9th    Staff Training Day
Friends Presents Fall Concert Series
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, October 12 @ 6:00 p.m.

Lucky Mud will perform after hours at the Bay County Public Library. Free admission and open to the public. 

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 
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.

Saturday Storytime (2 - 5 year olds with caregiver) 
Saturday, October 28 @ 10:30 a.m.

This Saturday morning story time session will be a repeat of one of our story times earlier in the week.

Time Travelers Homeschool History Club (Grades 3 +) 
October 6, 13, 20, 27  @ 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Learn about the Thirteen American Colonies in a new and exciting way! For more information, call 850-522-2118.

Library Spooktacular! (K - 5th grade)
October 24  @ 6:00 p.m.

Join us for some Scary and Not So Scary stories, crafts, and fun! Remember to wear your costumes to parade around the library.

Superhero Storytime at the Panama City Beach Public Library
Panama City Beach Public Library 

Book Babies (0 - 4 years with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m. 

Beach Kids (5 + years) 
Thursdays @ 3:00 p.m. 

Join us each Wednesday for a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and/or Mathematics) program. This month will include Invisible Ink, All About Coding, Popsicle Stick Bridges, and Paper Bag Ninjas. 

Storytime (4 + years) 
Thursdays @ 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. 

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

Budding Bookworms (3 - 6 years)
Mondays @ 3:30 p.m. 

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead (7 - 10 years)
Tuesday, October 10 @ 3:30 p.m. 

All things S.T.E.A.M. every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. 

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol 

Super Science
Saturday, October 7  @ 10:00 a.m. 

Saturday Art on a Cart!
Saturday, October 14  @ 10:00 a.m. 

After School Crafts
Tuesdays  @ 4:00 p.m. 
Teen Read Week (October 10th - 14th)

All locations of the Northwest Regional Library System are participating in this year's Teen Read Week. Teens read your fines away! Reading for 30 minutes erases $5 in fines. Reading for 1 hour erases $10. All reading must be completed at your Library's Reading Station.
Book and Bites: Author Talk with Lisa Wingate

Bay County Public Library
Friday, October 6 @ 12:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author, Lisa Wingate, will be our guest speaker for the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries Fall "Books and Bites" Luncheon. Her most recent novel, Before We Were Yours, has received high praise and is one of the most notable reads of the year. Light lunch provided. Must register to attend the program by calling (850-522-2100) or visit the library. The program is free. 

Program sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. Book sales courtesy of Books Unlimited.
Book & Film Clubs

Sunshine State Book Club
Bay County Public Library
October 7 @ 2:00 p.m.
Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon &  Night of the Living Worms by Dave Coverly

Sunshine State Book Club meets in the Youth Services Department and  is geared for elementary school students. For more information, please call 850-522-2118.

History Book Club
Bay County Public Library
October 11 @ 5:30 p.m.
Killing the Rising sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O'Reilly

History Book Club meets every second Wednesday evening of the month. For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
October 12 @ 10 a.m.
Tenderness of Wolves  by Stef Penny

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

Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series
Bay County Public Library
October 17 @ 5:30 p.m.
PBS POV Film: Shalom Italia
Book: Road to Valor by Aili McConnon

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.

Library Lions Teen Book Club
Bay County Public Library
September 19 @ 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.

Film Fan Club
Bay County Public Library
October 24 @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Near Dark (1987) Rated R

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
October 4 @ 10:30 a.m.  
Miss Jane by Brad Watson

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
October 16 @ 10:30 a.m.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Voting on next year's titles - bring suggestions!

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

Panama City Beach Public Library

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

Bay County Public Library

Bonjour! Basic French Class
October 2 and 30 @ 6:00 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French!  No previous knowledge required.

Pushing the Limits
October 3 @ 6:00 p.m.
Community conversations about Climate Change in our unique coastal environment with NOAA Scientist, Mark Wool, and Outreach Librarian, Heather Ogilvie. This is a reading, viewing, & discussion program. Session 2 theme is community and book is  Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta. Open to the public. For more information, call 850-522-2103.

Beginning Dulcimer
October 6 @ 1:00 p.m.
Bring your mountain dulcimer for a beginner lesson! 

Ukulele Social Club
October 7 @ 1o:00 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 will meet the first Saturday of the month from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

3D Printing Wednesday
October 11 @ 3:30 p.m.
Drop in for a demonstration of our new 3D printer. Learn about 3D printing and its many uses. Program held in the Youth Services Department.

TEEN Fright Night 
October 30 @ 6:00 p.m.
Come in costume and listen to horrifying tales! (Middle/High School Students)

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Family Game Night
October 23 @  5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Every 4th Monday of the month, everyone is invited to Family Game Night.  Our favorite games are Pictionary 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

Migratory Birds Visiting our Area
Tuesday, October 3 @ 2:00 p.m. ET
Learn about the area's migratory birds with Joseph Mitchell of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.

The Art of Meditation and Happiness
October 5 and 19 @ 5:30 p.m. ET
Explore a simple meditation process. No background needed. 

Nature of South Gulf County with author, Susan Cerulan
Monday, October 23 @ 1:00 p.m. ET
Come learn about Susan Cerulan's writing process and being a naturalist in Northwest Florida. Her title Coming to Pass: Florida's Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change won the 2015 Nonfiction Florida Book Awards.
Meet the Author: Joy Sheffield Harris

Bay County Public Library 
Friday, October 20 @ 2:00 p.m.

Learn more about the unique culinary history of sweets from the Sunshine State. Joy Sheffield Harris will present on her latest title, Florida Sweets: Key Lime Pie, Kumquat Cake & Citrus Candy. Program is free and open to the public.

Local favorite restaurant, Sweet Magnolia's Deli, is featured in the book and will provide dessert to sample! S ponsored by the Bay County Public Library Foundation.
Latino Festival
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Saturday, October 14 @ 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Come experience the rich cultures of our Latino neighbors. Music, food and fun for all ages!
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks @ Your Library

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

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane
by Gucci Mane 

For the first time, Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth. Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive-a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past.
Dead and Breakfast
by Kate Kingsbury 
Melanie West is getting her life back on track after a messy divorce when her grandmother, Liza Harris, asks her to open a B&B with her. Together, Liza and Melanie purchase a purportedly haunted mansion on the Oregon coast and jump right into clearing out the cobwebs. But while attempting to remove wallpaper in an upstairs bedroom, the new B&B owners stumble upon a very real skeleton in their closet.
The Stone Sky
by N. K. Jemisin

The shattering conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with The Fifth Season, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016, and The Obelisk Gate, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2017.

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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