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June 2017
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Featured Items 
by Scott Turow

Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped to examine the disappearance of an entire Gypsy refugee camp--unsolved for ten years--he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career. In order to uncover what happened during the apocalyptic chaos after the Bosnian War, Boom must navigate a host of suspects ranging from Serb paramilitaries to organized crime gangs to the U.S. government, while also maneuvering among the alliances and treacheries of those connected to the case.
Gwendy's Button Box
by Stephen King

When twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson takes the stairs up the cliffside to Castle Rock, Maine, she encounters a mysterious stranger, who calls out to her wanting to talk.
Since We Fell
by Dennis Lehane
Retreating from the world in the aftermath of a traumatizing reporting assignment, Rachel finds happiness with a businessman before witnessing activities surrounding a conspiracy that tests the limits of her fragile psyche.

Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom
by Condoleezza Rice
From the former secretary of state and bestselling author -- a sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy and why America must continue to support the cause of human freedom. From the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Middle East, Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history. As a child, she was an eyewitness to a third awakening of freedom, when her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, became the epicenter of the civil rights movement for black Americans. In this book, Rice explains what these epochal events teach us about democracy.

Come Sundown
by Nora Roberts

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead. But she isn't. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose--and her mind has been shattered... When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it's the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him--and turning to him as another woman is murdered. 
Dragon Teeth
by Michael Crichton
A tale set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting follows the exploits of two ambitious paleontologists who sabotage each others' careers in a rivalry that came to be known as the Bone Wars.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman

Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking.  Eleanor has become a creature of habit and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own damaged one.
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy
 by Anne Lamott
"Mercy is radical kindness," Anne Lamott writes in her enthralling and heartening book, Hallelujah Anyway. It's the permission you give others--and yourself--to forgive a debt, to absolve the unabsolvable, to let go of the judgment and pain that make life so difficult.
In Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Lamott ventures to explore where to find meaning in life. We should begin, she suggests, by "facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves." It's up to each of us to recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere--"within us and outside us, all around us"--and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. While that can be difficult to do, Lamott argues that it's crucial, as "kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all."

The Girl Who Knew Too Much
by Amanda Quick

When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It's where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool... The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn't resist--especially since she's just a rookie at a third-rate gossip rag. But now Irene's investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment.
Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician--until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. Now the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, he can't let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles ...With Oliver's help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. 

A Court of Wings and Ruin
by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times  bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
Same Beach, Next Year
by Dorothea Benton Frank

Reconnecting on one of Charleston's most beautiful barrier islands, a pair of former sweethearts rediscover their feelings for one another while their jealous spouses pursue an unexpected attraction of their own over more than twenty years.

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Youth Classes @ Your Library

All locations of the Northwest Regional Library System offer Summer Reading Programs for school-aged children!

Bay County Public Library

Read, Rock & Rhyme Time (Ages 3 - 5)
Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
* Classes from June 15th - July 20th

Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews
Thursday, June 15 @ 2:00 p.m.
Kick Off the summer with a singalong featuring the talented members of the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews!

The Art & Craft of Papermaking
Wednesday, June 21 @ 2:00 p.m.
Lynn Elliott, Librarian and artist, will demonstrate how to turn shredded paper into beautiful art.

Tampa Taiko
Thursday, June 22 @ 2:00 p.m.
A fun filled, interactive program  that covers the history of 
Taiko, the music of Japan  and an opportunity to play  the drum!

Introduction to Archaeology
Wednesday, June 28 @ 10:00 a.m.
If dinosaurs and rocks come to mind when you think archaeology, this is the presentation for you!

Bridges with Books
Thursday, June 29 @ 2:00 p.m.
Stories, songs and poems for "Building a Better World" presented by Sandra Pierce and Tania Watts, the library storytellers.

Build a Better World Summer Reading Programs
Panama City Beach Public Library 

PCB Storytime (3+ years) 
Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  

BioFacts with Gulf World
Wednesday, June 14 @ 2:00 p.m.
Gulf World Marine Park is visiting the Panama City Beach Public Library with several animals and an educational craft! 

Building a Better World
Wednesday, June 21 @ 2:00 p.m.
STEM activities at the library including Legos and a 3D Printing demo!

Introduction to Archaeology
Wednesday, June 28 @ 2:00 p.m.
If dinosaurs and rocks come to mind when you think archaeology, this is the presentation for you!

Panama City Beach Public Library Summer Reading Programs are sponsored by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation.

Springfield Public Library 

Build a Better World Storytimes
Wednesday, June 14, 21, and 28 @ 2:00 p.m.
Programs include stories and crafts!

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe

Florida Library Youth Program (FLYP)

L'il FLYP (3 - 5 years)
Monday, June 5 @ 10:30 a.m. - All About You 
Monday, June 12 @ 10: 30 a.m. -  Home Sweet Home  
Monday, June 19 @ 10:30 a.m. - All Around the Town
Monday, June 26 @ 10:30 a.m. - Build a Better World

FLYP (6 - 9 years)
Tuesday, June 6 @ 1:00 p.m. - Build
Tuesday, June 13 @ 1:00 p.m. - Discover
Tuesday, June 20 @ 1:00 p.m. - Live
Tuesday, June 27 @ 1:00 p.m. - Transform

Tampa Taiko
Thursday, June 22 @ 10:00 a.m.
A fun filled, interactive program that covers the history of 
Taiko, the music of Japan and an opportunity to play the drum!
Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

Florida Library Youth Program (FLYP)

Tiny Mites FLYP (3 - 6 years)
Mondays June 5, 12, 19, and 26 @ 10:00 a.m.

FLYP (K - 5th Grade)
Mondays June 6, 13, 20, and 27 @ 3:00 p.m.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Build a Better World Storytimes
Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. 

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol 

Getting Crafty with Recycling
Tuesday, June 6 @ 2:00 p.m.

Kindness Counts
Tuesday, June 13 @ 2:00 p.m.

Building a Better You
Tuesday, June 20 @ 2:00 p.m.

Community Heroes
Tuesday, June 27 @ 2:00 p.m.
Teen & Adult Summer Reading Programs
at Bay County Public Library 
TEEN PROGRAMS (13 - 19 years) 

Game Day
Monday, June 12 @ 2:00 p.m.
Bring your favorite game and play with other teens!

Trash to Art : Wind Streamers
Tuesday, June 13 @ 2:00 p.m.
Create awesome wind streamers out of recycled water bottles.

Straw Fort Battle
Monday, June 26 @ 2:00 p.m.
Build forts out of straws and tape. Whichever team's fort can hold an object wins "library cred" and a small prize!

Trash to Art: Sun Catchers
Monday, June 27 @ @ 2:00 p.m.
Create cool sun catchers out of discarded CDs & floppy disks!


Cultivating Inner Peace
Tuesday, June 6 @ 6:00 p.m.
Learn simple techniques to cope with stressful situations with Reiki Teacher and Practitioner, Jacqueline Ramsey.  

Healthy Eating 
Wednesday, June 7 @ 2:00 p.m.
Health program presented by Marjorie Moore of the Bay County Extension Office.

Bay County Public Library
June 5 @ 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Come visit us with your local history and genealogy questions! The open House will kick-off the Bay County Public Library Local History Room's newly extended hours:

Monday: 12:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the new hours and our event, call 850-522-2132.
Coloring @ Your Library
Bay County Public Library
June 2 @ 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

Friday Colorfest takes place every 1st Friday of the month. On June 2nd, enter to win a copy of   The 30A Coloring Book by Noelle Tabor and Ginny-Beth Joiner !  

Corinne Costin Gibson Public Library in Port St. Joe
Adult coloring available during all open hours. 

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka
Adult coloring available during all open hours.

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol
Adult coloring available on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Supplies are provided. Join us to rediscover the joy of coloring! 
Classes and Programs @ Your Library
Panama City Beach Public Library

Sea Needles
June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 @ 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

Beginning Dulcimer Class
June 9 @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

A beginner dulcimer class taught by Kathy Krausnick. Bring your mountain dulcimer to class! If you don't have an instrument, you are more than welcome to sit in to listen. Perhaps it's an instrument you would like to learn!

Ukulele Social Club
June 3 @ 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

First part of 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 meets every first Saturday of the month.

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Liberty

Native Americans in North Florida
June 10th @ 9:30 a.m.
Local author, Hodalee Scott Sewell, will share his research on Native Americans in the North Florida region. Even is free and open to the public.  

Foodie, Fit & Fabulous! Biblio-Club
June 5 @ 5:30 p.m.

Come share information and ideas from books, apps and websites that promote healthy living!

June 13 @ 10:30 a.m.

Bingo includes prizes, trivia and coffee! 

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Family Game Night
June 26 @  5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Every 4th Monday of the month, you are invited to play family board games at the library - feel free to bring a game you would like to play!
Bonjour! Basic French Class

Bay County Public Library
June 19 @  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Learn basic conversational French at the library. Lessons include greetings, how to ask questions, how to order food, and more. Classes held in the Bay County Public Library Meeting Room. No previous knowledge required. Free and open to the public.
Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

Congressman Neal Dunn's  Mobile Office
Tuesday, June 20 @ 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Questions about federal agencies or needing congressional assistance? Neal Dunn's staff will be available to answer questions!
Book & Film Clubs

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
June 8 @ 10 a.m.
Bel Canto  by Ann Patchett

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

Full STEAM Ahead!
Bay County Public Library
June 26 @ 6 p.m.
The Not Quite States of America  by Doug Mack

Full STEAM Ahead! Book Club focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math non-fiction titles. For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

History Book Club
Bay County Public Library
June 14 @ 6 p.m.
Hidden Figures  by Margot Lee Shetterly

History Book Club meets every second Wednesday evening of the month at 5:30 pm. For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

Library Lions Teen Book Club
Bay County Public Library
June 20 @ 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
June 20 @ 5:30 p.m.
Book: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Film: Hidden Figures

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.

Film Fan Club
Bay County Public Library
June 28 @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Independence Day (1996) Rated PG-13

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
June 7 @ 10:30 a.m.  
The City by Dean Koontz

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
**No book club for June of July.  

Usually the Library Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 850-229-8879.
Artist Talk with Denise Nyland

Bay County Public Library
June 16 @ 3 p.m.

Denise Nyland's Beyond the Beach art exhibit will be at the library for the month of June.  Learn more about her paintings and process during Nyland's artist talk in the Meeting Room. Program free and open to the public.
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks @ Your Library

We recently added new items to our digital collection, including: 
No Middle Name
by Lee Child

Get ready for the ultimate Jack Reacher experience: a thrilling new novella and eleven previously published stories, together for the first time in one pulse-pounding collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child. 

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Into the Water
by Paula Hawkins

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

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.

To access e-books and downloadable audiobooks, click here or:
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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.