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November 2017
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Featured Items 
Sleeping Beauties
by Stephen King

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women's prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.
Manhattan Beach
by Jennifer Egan

Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished. Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan's first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world. Manhattan Beach is a spectacular novel by one of the greatest writers of our time. 
Hemingway's Brain
by Andrew Farah
Hemingway's Brain is an innovative biography and the first forensic psychiatric examination of Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway. After committing seventeen years to researching Hemingway's life and medical history, Andrew Farah, a forensic psychiatrist, has concluded that the writer's diagnoses were incorrect. Contrary to the commonly accepted diagnoses of bipolar disorder and alcoholism, Farah provides a comprehensive explanation of the medical conditions that led to Hemingway's suicide. Hemingway received state-of-the-art psychiatric treatment at one of the nation's finest medical institutes, but according to Farah it was for the wrong illness. 

Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend
by Meryl Gordon

A new biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion. Bunny Mellon, who died in 2014 at age 103, was press-shy during her lifetime. With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon's family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented American original. 

Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

A riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren an enigmatic artist and single mother who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump
by Bandy Lee et al.
In The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump's case, their moral and civic "duty to warn" America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump's symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man.
by Ann Leckie
A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating intergalactic conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.
My Absolute Darling
 by Gabriel Tallent
A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul. Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin.  Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. The reader tracks Turtle's escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, and watches, heart in throat, as she struggles to become her own hero--and in the process, becomes ours as well. 
Uncommon Type
by Tom Hanks 
A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-read!
The Power of Moments
by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences have Extraordinary Impact explores why certain defining moments can be elevating and transforming, sharing the stories of people who have created and experienced such moments and how to facilitate meaningful, powerful moments of positive change.
Gin and Panic: a mystery
by Maia Chance
Former socialite Lola Woodby is now struggling to make ends meet as a private eye in Prohibtion-era New York City, along with her stern Swedish sidekick, Berta. When they're offered a piece-of-cake job retrieving a rhinoceros trophy from the Connecticut mansion of big game hunter Rudy Montgomery, it seems like a no-brainer. But no sooner do they arrive at Montgomery Hall than Rudy is shot dead. When the police arrive to examine the scene, they conclude that Rudy had actually committed suicide. Lord Sudley doesn't believe his friend would have done that, and there's a houseful of suspicious characters. Lord Sudley ups the ante for Lola and Berta, and their easy retrieval job has turned into a murder investigation. Armed with handbags stuffed with emergency chocolate, gin flasks, and a Colt .25, Lola and Berta are swiftly embroiled in a madcap puzzle of stolen diamonds, family secrets, a clutch of gangsters, and plenty of suspects who know their way around a safari rifle.

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Dia de los Muertos - Teen Program

Bay County Public Library
Thursday, November 2nd @ 4:00 p.m.

Learn about Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which is a Mexican holiday that honors ancestors who have passed on. There will be a fascinating talk and a sugar skull craft.  (Middle/High School Students) 
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with the Bay County Public Library
The Art of the Story Kick-off Workshop
Wednesday, November 1st at 6 p.m.
Guest Authors: The Syndicate authors (Tony Simmons, Mark Boss and Jayson Kretzer). Program held at the Bay County Public Library. (898 W. 11th Street, Panama City, FL. 850.522.2120)

Every Shoe Has a Story Workshop (Teens & Adults)
Thursday, November 2nd at 6 p.m.
Guest Author: Mark Douglas, author of The Hero's Ballad. Program held at Amavida Coffee & Tea as a Pop-Up Library Event. (2997 W. 10th St., Panama City, FL. 850.387.2047)

Writing Ember
Monday, November 6th at 6 p.m.
Guest Author: Brock Adams, author of Ember and winner of the 2016 South Carolina First Novel Prize. Program at the Bay County Public Library. (898 W. 11th Street, Panama City, FL. 850.522.2120.)

NaNoWriMo (Teen Program)
Tuesday, November 7th at 4 p.m.
National Novel Writing Month challenges you to write a novel in a month! Come to our NaNoWriMo sessions to discuss your ideas and get advice. Program at the Bay County Public Library Youth Services Department. (898 W. 11th Street, Panama City, FL. 850-522-2118)

Hand Binding your Novel, Book of Poetry, or Short Story with Marie Brusher
Friday, November 10th at 1 p.m.
Program organized by the Experimental Book Arts Guild. Program held at the Panama City Publishing Museum. (1134 Beck Ave, Panama City, Florida. 850.872.7208)

Good Beginnings, Good Endings Workshop
Monday, November 20th at 6 p.m.
Guest Author: Douglas Wells, GCSC English Professor and author of The Secrets of All Secrets. Program held at the Bay County Public Library. (898 W. 11th Street, Panama City, FL. 850.522.2120)

Drink 'n' NaNoWriMo
Saturday, November 25th at 6 p.m.
Bring your beverage of choice and join us for a NaNoWriMo Write-In Session! Program held at Floriopolis. (1125 Beck Avenue, Panama City, FL. 850.249.9295)

NaNoWriMo (Teen Program)
Tuesday, November 28th at 4 p.m.
National Novel Writing Month challenges you to write a novel in a month! Come to our NaNoWriMo sessions to discuss your ideas and get advice. Program held at the Bay County Public Library Youth Services Department. (898 W. 11th Street, Panama City, FL. 850-522-2118)
Youth Classes @ Your Library

Bay County Public Library

Book Babies (0 - 17 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m.
*No program on November 21st.

Terrific Tots (18 - 36 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.
*No program on November 21st.

Read Rock & Rhyme (3 - 5 year olds with caregiver) 
Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.
*No program on November 23rd.

Saturday Storytime (2 - 5 year olds with caregiver) 
Saturday, November 18 @ 10:30 a.m.
This Saturday morning story time session will be a repeat of one of our story times earlier in the week.

Sunshine State Book Club (Elementary Students) 
Saturday, November 4th  @ 2:00 p.m.
This month, we will discuss Allie, First at Last by Angela Cervanties and Framed by James Ponti!

Time Travelers Homeschool History Club (Grades 3 +) 
Friday, November 3rd  @ 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.

Terrific Tots at the Bay County Public Library
Panama City Beach Public Library 

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

Beach 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 requested. Call 850-233-5055 to register. 
*No program on November 22nd.

Storytime (4 + years) 
Thursdays @ 3:00 p.m.  
*No program on November 23rd.

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, November 14th @ 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, November 4th  @ 10:00 a.m. 

Saturday Art on a Cart!
Saturday, November 18th @ 10:00 a.m. 

After School Crafts
Tuesdays  @ 4:00 p.m. 
Friends Presents Fall Concert Series
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, November 2nd @ 6:00 p.m.

Anthony Peebles 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. 

Parker's 50th Birthday Celebration

Parker Public Library recently celebrated the city of Parker's 50th birthday. Branch manager, Debbie Daniels, is pictured out in the community with a Pop-up Library!  
Rhythmic Coder attends Legislative Meeting

The Northwest Regional Library System would like to thank our library supporters that came to the Annual Legislative Delegation Meeting earlier this month. Senator Montford invited Dahlia de LaVega, one of our Rhythmic Coders from the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library, to join him and Representative Halsey Beshears up front while the community presented their appeals.
Classes and Programs @ Your Library

Panama City Beach Public Library

Sea Needles
November 3rd and 17th @ 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

Ukulele Social Club
Saturday, November 4th @ 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.

Pushing the Limits
Tuesday, November 7th @ 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 strategy and reading is  Sea Level Rise in Florida by Albert C. Hine.  
Open to the public. For more information, call 850-522-2103.

3D Printing Wednesday
Wednesday, November 8th @ 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.

Beginning Dulcimer
Friday, November 13th @ 1:00 p.m.
Bring your mountain dulcimer for a beginner lesson! 

Bonjour! Basic French Class
Monday, November 17th @ 6:00 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French!  No previous knowledge required.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Family Game Night
Monday, November 27th @  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!

Craft Day
Thursdays @ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Drop by anytime on Thursdays to share your craft and your company.

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

Genealogy Lock-In
Friday, November 3rd @ 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET
Join us for a fun genealogy workshop after hours. Call 850-229-8879 to reserve your spot!

Adult Art Class: Thanksgiving Candles
Saturday, November 18th @ 10:30 a.m. ET
Call 850-229-8879 to register for the Adult Art Class.

Games and Gab
Thursdays @ 2:00-5:00 p.m. EST
Bring your favorite games and friends or play one of our games and make new friends! Come join in the fun!
Book & Film Clubs

History Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Wednesday, November 8th @ 5:30 p.m.
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

History Book Club meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month. For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, November 9th @ 10 a.m.
Looking for Me  by Beth Hoffman

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, November 14th @ 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
Wednesday, November 15th @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Fist Full of Dollars (1964) 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.

Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, November 21st  @ 5:30 p.m.
Book/Film: Marley & Me by John Grogan

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
Wednesday, November 1st @ 10:30 a.m.  
The Lord  of the Flies by William Golding

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, November 16th @ 1:00 p.m.
Springfield Public Library is starting a NEW book club! For more information please call 850-872-7510.

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library
Thursday, November 20th @ 10:30 a.m.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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

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

November 10th                    In observance of Veterans Day
November 23rd & 24th     Thanksgiving Holiday

*All branches will close at 5 p.m. on November 22nd.
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks @ Your Library

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

by Ron Chernow

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.
The Cuban Affair
by Nelson DeMille
US Army combat veteran Daniel "Mac" MacCormick, now a charter boat captain, who is about to set sail on his most dangerous cruise. One day, Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life, and waiting for Carlos, a hotshot Miami lawyer heavily involved with anti-Castro groups. Carlos wants to hire Mac to charter a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba at the standard rate, but Mac suspects there is more to this and turns it down. The price then goes up to two million dollars, and Mac agrees to hear the deal, and meet Carlos's clients--a beautiful Cuban-American woman named Sara Ortega, and a mysterious older Cuban exile, Eduardo Valazquez. What Mac learns is that there is sixty million American dollars hidden in Cuba by Sara's grandfather when he fled Castro's revolution. Mac knows if he accepts this job, he'll walk away rich.
Unbelieveable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
by Katy Tur

Called "disgraceful," "third-rate," and "not nice" by Donald Trump, NBC News correspondent Katy Tur reported on-and took flak from-the most captivating and volatile presidential candidate in American history.

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.