Books, Bytes & More Newsletter - February 2024

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Bay County Public Library

850-522-2100


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850-233-5055


Parker Public Library

850-871-3092


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Port St. Joe

850-229-8879


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Wewahitchka

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Bristol

850-643-2247


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Hosford

850-379-3300

Featured Items

The Curse of Penryth Hall Book Cover with a gothic home and apples on the cover

The Curse of Penryth Hall

by Jess Armstrong


After the Great War, American heiress Ruby Vaughn made a life for herself running a rare bookstore alongside her octogenarian employer and house mate in Exeter. When Ruby is forced to deliver a box of books to a folk healer living deep in the Cornish countryside, she is brought back to the one place she swore she'd never return. Penryth Hall is home to Ruby's once dearest friend, Tamsyn, and her husband, Sir Edward Chenowyth. Edward is now dead; he met a gruesome end in the orchard, and with his death brings whispers of a returned curse. Ruby doesn't believe in curses--or Pellars--but this is Cornwall and to these villagers the curse is anything but lore, and they believe it will soon claim its next victim: Tamsyn. To protect her friend, Ruby must work alongside the Pellar to find out what really happened in the orchard that night.

Airplane Mode book cover with a green background and silhouette of an airplane with flowers underneath

Airplane Mode: An Irreverent History of Travel

by Shahnaz Habib


The color of one's skin and passport have long dictated the conditions of travel. For Shahnaz Habib, travel and travel writing have always been complicated pleasures. Habib threads the history of travel with her personal story as a child on family vacations in India, an adult curious about the world, and an immigrant for whom roundtrips are an annual fact of life. Tracing the power dynamics that underlie tourism, this insightful debut parses who gets to travel, and who gets to write about the experience.

the unmaking of june farrow book cover of trees and stars

The Unmaking of June Farrow

by Adrienne Young


In the small mountain town of Jasper, North Carolina, June Farrow is waiting for fate to find her. The Farrow women are known for their thriving flower farm--and the mysterious curse that has plagued their family line. The whole town remembers the madness that led to Susanna Farrow's disappearance, leaving June to be raised by her grandmother and haunted by rumors. It's been a year since June started seeing and hearing things that weren't there. After her grandmother's death, June discovers a series of cryptic clues regarding her mother's decades-old disappearance, except they only lead to more questions. But could the door she once assumed was a hallucination be the answer she's been searching for? The next time it appears, June realizes she can touch it and walk past the threshold. And when she does, she embarks on a journey that will not only change both the past and the future, but also uncover the lingering mysteries of her small town and entangle her heart in an epic star-crossed love.

Holy Food: How Cults, Communes, and Religious Movement Influenced What We Eat - An American History

by Christina Ward


Author and food historian, Christina Ward unravels the numerous ways religious beliefs intersect with politics and economics and, of course, food to tell a different story of America. It's the story of true believers and charlatans, of idealists and visionaries, and of the everyday people who followed them - often at their peril. Holy Food explains how faith pioneers used societal woes and cultural trends to create new pathways of belief and reveals the interconnectivity between sects and their leaders.

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The Escape Game

by Marilyn Turk


After the Nazis started the bombing blitz of England, Beryl Clarke puts her college on hold to return to Leeds, care for her mother, and work as a secretary at the Waddington game company. While she endures the war at home, her brother James fights the enemy in the air. When he is shot down, injured, and captured, James meets American POW Kenneth Anderson, and they plan to escape the Nazi prison camp. Beryl knows there is a board game with escape plans being delivered to POWs by the Red Cross. But how will the men discover the games secret?

The fury book cover with a landscape and a large evil eye

The Fury

by Alex Michaelides


This is a tale of murder. Or maybe that's not quite true. Lana Farrar is a reclusive ex-movie star and one of the most famous women in the world. Every year, she invites her closest friends to escape the English weather on her idyllic private Greek island. I tell you this because you may think you know this story. You probably read about it at the time. It had all the necessary ingredients for a press sensation: a celebrity; a private island cut off by the wind...and a murder. We found ourselves trapped there overnight. Our old friendships concealed hatred and a desire for revenge. What followed was a game of cat and mouse -- a battle of wits, full of twists and turns, building to an unforgettable climax. The night ended in violence and death, as one of us was found murdered. But who am I? My name is Elliot Chase, and I'm going to tell you a story unlike any you've ever heard.

Book Cover of Ghosts of Honolulu with clouds and a Japanese airplane

Ghosts of Honolulu: A Japanese Spy, A Japanese American Spy Hunter and the Untold Story of Pearl Harbor

by Mark Harmon and Leon Carroll


Douglas Wada's experiences in his native Honolulu include posing undercover as a newspaper reporter, translating wiretaps on the Japanese Consulate, and interrogating America's first captured POW of World War II, a submarine officer found on the beach. Takeo Yoshikawa is a Japanese spy operating as a junior diplomat with the consulate who is collecting vital information that goes straight to Admiral Yamamoto. Their dueling stories anchor Ghosts of Honolulu's gripping depiction of the world-changing cat and mouse games played between Japanese and US military intelligence agents (and a mercenary Nazi) in Hawaii before the outbreak of the second world war.

Check & Mate cover of a teen girl and teen boy holding hands and looking at each other on a chess board

Holmes Marple and Poe

by James Patterson and Brian Sitts


In New York City, three intriguing, smart, and stylish private investigators open Holmes, Marple & Poe Investigations. Who are these detectives with famous names and mysterious, untraceable pasts? Brendan Holmes is the Brain who identifies suspects via deduction and logic. Margaret Marple is the Eyes who possesses powers of observation too often underestimated. Auguste Poe is the Muscle who chases down every lead no matter how dangerous or dark.

The agency's daring methodology and headline-making solves attract the attention of NYPD Detective Helene Grey. Her solo investigation into her three unknowable competitors rivals the best mysteries of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Edgar Allan Poe. 

The Edge book cover of a man standing at the edge of a cliff by water

The Edge (Book 2)

by David Baldacci


When CIA operative Jenny Silkwell is murdered in rural Maine, government officials have immediate concerns over national security. Her laptop and phone were full of state secrets that, in the wrong hands, endanger the lives of countless operatives. In need of someone who can solve the murder quickly and retrieve the missing information, the U.S. government knows just the chameleon they can call on. Ex-Army Ranger Travis Devine spent his time in the military preparing to take on any scenario, followed by his short-lived business career chasing shadows in the deepest halls of power, so his analytical mind makes him particularly well-suited for complex, high-stakes tasks. Taking down the world's largest financial conspiracy proved his value, and in comparison, this case looks straightforward. Except small towns hold secrets and Devine finds himself an outsider again.

The Noom Kitchen cookbook cover with an photograph of shrimp pad thai

The Noom Kitchen: 100 Healthy, Delicious, Flexible Recipes for Every Day

by Adeena Sussman


Noom is a global phenomenon. Their digital health and weight management program has helped millions lose weight and feel better by focusing on the psychology of food and behavior change. The Noom Kitchen offers spectacularly delicious recipes that make serving health-forward foods easy for cooks of all skill levels. The majority of the recipes focus on using "green foods", nutritionally dense ingredients that fill you up without weighing you down. With selections like Saucy Pizza-Stuffed Chicken Breast, Spinach & Feta "Hot Pockets," and Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, The Noom Kitchen applies Noom's trademark approach to nutrition to help readers put a health twist on favorite foods, and learn new techniques to boost nutrients. These recipes will appeal to dedicated Noom users and new readers alike, providing accessible culinary guidance for anyone looking to kick-start their health and wellness in the kitchen.

The Wisdom of Plagues: Lessons from 25 Years of Covering Pandemics

by Donald G. McNeil Jr.


Donald McNeil was a comforting voice when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. He was the regular reporter on the New York Times's popular Daily podcast, and he was telling folks to prepare for the worst. He'd covered public health for the Times for 25 years and understood what he was seeing out of China. The Wisdom of Plagues is his account of what he learned over a quarter-century of reporting on public health in over 60 countries: part-memoir, part history, and part activism. Many science reporters understand the basics of diseases - how a virus works or what goes into making a vaccine. But very few understand the psychology of how small outbreaks turn into pandemics. The Wisdom of Plagues is ultimately about what we can do to improve global health and be better prepared for the next pandemic, which is coming.

All Northwest Regional Library System Locations will be CLOSED on:

President's Day (Monday, February 19)

Teal background and the words February is National Library Lovers Month what do you love about your library in white text. An outline of a book and heart.

Children's Library Programming

Bay County Public Library

Bounce & Rhyme Storytime (Ages 0 - 36 months with Caregiver)

Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. CT.

Early literacy fun for you and your little ones with songs, rhymes, stories, and movement.


Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 - 5 with Caregiver)

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. CT

Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes while building early literacy skills.


Trading Card Game Day (Children + Teens)

Friday, February 2 at 3:30 p.m. CT

Every first Friday of the month, visit the Youth Services department to play, trade, and share your card collections - Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, & Magic the Gathering.


Doodle Club (Ages 8-12)

Wednesday, February 7 at 3:30 p.m. CT

Join us for doodling, and other fun drawing games and activities. Registration required, and opens 3 weeks prior to each class. For registration, call 850-522-2118 or visit the library. 


Comic Club (Ages 8 - 12)

Friday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m. CT

Join us in Youth Services once a month to discuss comics, meet other comic-loving kids, and create your own comics! Registration required, and opens 3 weeks prior to each class. For registration, call 850-522-2118 or visit the library. 


Family Game Day (Families with Children 6 - 11)

Saturday, February 24 from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. CT

Mario Kart & Board Games. Parents must stay with their children. Program in the Meeting Room.


Japanese Language Club (Ages 6 - 12)

Wednesday, February 28 at 4 p.m. CT

Young fans of Japanese games, anime, and culture will enjoy the beginner class to learn Japanese words and phrases. Registration required, and opens 3 weeks prior to each class. For registration, call 850-522-2118 or visit the library. 

Panama City Beach Public Library

Book Babies (Ages 0 - 2)

Tuesdays from 10:00 - 10:20 a.m. and 10:30 - 10:50 a.m. CT

Come hear delightful stories, have fun with finger plays, move and groove to silly songs! Class sizes are limited to 24 people each session; two class times of same class.


Sail into School (Ages 3 - 5)

Thursdays from 10 - 11 a.m. CT

Get ready to have some fun with your child as they learn through stories, songs, and craft time. Class size is limited to 24 people.

February 1 – Feelings

February 8 – Family

February 15 – Going to the Doctor

February 22 – Unicorns

February 29 – Opposites


LEGO Club (Ages 7 - 11)

Tuesday, February 13 at 4 p.m. CT

Join us every month for a different theme to create with LEGOs. We will display completed LEGO creations in the library. Registration required due to limited class size. Registrations begin on the 1st of each month by visiting the library or calling 850-233-5055.


Parker Public Library

Valentine’s Day Storytime + Craft (Ages 3 - 6)

Saturday, February 3 at 11 a.m. CT


LEGO Club (Ages 6 - 11)

Saturday, February 3 at 1:30 p.m. CT


Kids Monthly Take Home Crafts

Available while supplies last.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe

100 Books Before Kindergarten logo with two pictures including three children who are participating. The first is a girl with light brown hair standing in front of a bookshelf with a sign that reads We've read 400 books. She has a big smile. The second is a brother and sister holding a sign that reads we've read 500 books.

Pictured are young participants in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe. This program is held at both Gulf County Libraries. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years providing their children essential early literacy skills. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is geared for families with children between the ages of birth and five years. The program is made possible by the Friends of the Gulf County Public Library at Port St. Joe and the Friends of the Wewahitchka Library.


Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

LEGO Club

Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. CT

Build unique challenges followed by free play.


Homeschool Meet Up (All ages welcome)

Thursday, February 1 at 11:00 a.m. CT

Get to know one another, play games, experience STEAM

activities and more!


Chess Club (All Ages)

Friday, February 2 at 3:30 p.m. CT

Tuesday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. CT

All abilities are invited to this all age Chess program!


Budding Bookworms (Ages 0 - 5 with caregiver)

Mondays, February 5, 12, and 26 at 10 a.m. CT

Stories, songs and crafts to instill a love of reading! Each program will focus on a letter of the alphabet.


Valentine's Cookie & Candy Share (Family)

Monday, February 12 at 3:30 p.m. CT

Bring a treat to share with others. We'll also make valentine's and play Valentine's Day bingo!

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol

Saturday Story Time

Saturday, February 3 at 11 a.m. ET

Family centered story time and craft hour followed by playtime with library STEM and imaginative play items. All Ages welcome!


LEGO Club (Ages 6 - 12)

Thursday, February 15 at 4 p.m. ET

Join up with friends for exciting monthly challenges along with free play! LEGOs provided by the library.


Estimation Jar (All Ages)

For the month of February, you can take your best guess at how many Hershey Kisses are in the jar. Closest guess wins the chocolate kisses!


Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Saturday Story Time

Saturday, February 10 at 11 a.m. ET

Family centered story time and craft hour followed by playtime with library STEM and imaginative play items. All Ages welcome!


LEGO Club (Ages 6 - 12)

Tuesday, February 13 at 4 p.m. ET

Join up with friends for exciting monthly challenges along with free play! LEGOs provided by the library.


Estimation Jar (All Ages)

For the month of February, you can take your best guess at how many Hershey Kisses are in the jar. Closest guess wins the chocolate kisses!

Teen Library Programming
Upcycled Origami with Kat Valentine's Day Pocket Heart

Bay County Public Library

Valentine’s Day Craft (Ages 12-17)

Tuesday, February 6 @ 4 p.m. CT

Make your own unique Valentine’s Day cards.


Upcycled Origami with Kat: Origami Pocket Heart (Virtual)

Wednesday, February 7 at 2 p.m. CT

Learn how to fold an origami pocket heart for Valentine's Day! Program will be shared on Facebook and the Northwest Regional Library System, FL YouTube channel.


Teen Advisory Board (Ages 14 - 17)

Tuesday, February 13 at 4 p.m. CT

Earn volunteer hours and help your library! Discuss books you enjoy and potential teen library programs. Registration required. Please visit the library or call 850-522-2118.


Alma Thomas Mosaic (Ages 12-17)

Tuesday, February 27 @ 4 p.m. CT

Make colorful mosaic art based on the paintings of Alma Thomas in celebration of Black History Month!


Teen Game Night (Ages 12 - 18)

Wednesday, February 28 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. CT

Play various Switch games in the Meeting Room. Registration required. Please visit the library or call 850-522-2118.


Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library

Yoga for Teens and Tweens (Donation Based Fundraiser)

Saturday, February 17 at 2 p.m. ET

Join Leila Fortier with Ananta Yoga for this dynamic and creative introduction to yoga in this afterhours library class. Discover the many ways yoga can relieve stress and induce joyfulness through movement and breath. Bring your own mat or blanket. This is a donation based class; donations benefit the library’s youth programming, and donations in any amount are welcomed.

Unstacked Author Interview

Christina Ward (Click to Listen): 

Join us for an interview with author, editor and food historian, Christina Ward. We'll discuss her newest non-fiction title, Holy Food: How Cults, Communes, and Religious Movements Influenced What We Eat ― An American History. Unwind with Christina as she shares her writing and editing process, love of cookbooks, food preservation, microhistories, libraries and more!

Unstacked is a monthly library podcast with author interviews. The titles can be placed on hold in the library collection as soon as they are available. Listen to Unstacked on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts!

Adult and Family Library Programming

Bay County Public Library

Program in Meeting Room unless otherwise noted.


Beginning Japanese Class (Adults 18+)

Monday, February 5 at 5:30 p.m. CT

Come learn some basics of conversational Japanese, as well as reading and writing hiragana. Registration Required. Call 850-522-2107 to register.


Marilyn Turk: World War II Historical Fiction

Tuesday, February 6 at 2 p.m. CT

Award winning author, Marilyn Turk, will share her writing process and newest novel, The Escape Game (Heroines of WWII), based on true events. Uncover the real stories behind historical fiction!! Program is free and open to the public. This Tuesday at 2 is also perfect for aspiring authors to attend. Books will be available for signing and purchase.


BCPL Book Club (Zoom/In-Person Hybrid)

Thursday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. CT

February: How Can I Help You by Laura Sims

Email rfillingame@nwrls.com for Zoom invitation or meet in the Meeting Room. Extra copies of the monthly title purchased thanks to the Bay County Public Library Foundation. Email to see if a copy is available.


Saturday Book and Film Series

Saturday, February 10 at 2 p.m. CT

February Film: The Old Man and the Gun (2019 |PG-13)

based on a short story by David Grann

Popcorn and waters provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.


Tuskegee Airmen

Tuesday, February 13 at 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CT

Learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII presented by Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Central Region President, Lieutenant Colonel Reuben Sparks. Light refreshments provided.


11th Street Dulcimer Group (Zoom/In-Person Hybrid)

Friday, February 16 at 2 p.m. CT

All skill sets welcome. Email sburris@nwrls.com for Zoom invitation or meet in the Youth Services Program Room.


The Original Snowbirds

Tuesday, February 20 at 2 p.m. CT

Learn about shorebird conservation and migration with Caroline Stahala, Audubon Shorebird Program Manager.


Crafternoon @ The Library

Friday, February 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. CT

Bring a current craft project or the supplies to start a new one! Adult coloring pages provided. Join other crafters in forming a more tight knit (or crocheted) community! Program geared for adults, but teens welcome. Beverages provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Panama City Beach Public Library 

Sea Needles

Fridays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT

Bring your knitting, crochet, or quilt projects and join other crafters for an enjoyable time. Newcomers welcome!


Hugs and Kisses Guessing Jar (February 1st – 12th)

How many hugs and kisses do you think are in the jar? Write down your best guess. Winner notified on Feb. 13. 


Beach Book Club (Zoom/In-Person)

Wednesday, February 7 at 10:30 a.m. CT

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Email shill@nwrls.com for Zoom invitation or meet at the library! New members are always welcome. Extra copies of the book have been provided by the Bay County Public Library Foundation. Check the front desk to see if there is a copy available!


Chess

Wednesday, February 14 from 3 - 5 pm. CT

Drop in to play chess with a friend. We will have tables set up for chess in the children’s/teen’s section.

Beach Ukulele Musical Society (BUMS)

Wednesday, February 14 at 10 a.m. CT

One of our favorite musical groups is back! Come and

sing along to your favorite songs with this talented local

group of ukulele musicians.

Michael Roth

Wednesday, February 21 at 10 a.m. CT

Hear the soulful sounds of this talented local musician.

Michael Roth’s return visit this winter is highly

anticipated! You don’t want to miss his music & stories.


Humana Health Education Class: Living Healthy to 100

Wednesday, February 21 at 2 p.m. CT

Learn tips on how to build healthy habits towards a longer lifespan from Jacob White, a Humana representative. Light refreshments are provided.


WJHG Chapter Chat Book Club

Tuesday, February 27 at 2 p.m.

Jessica Foster and Mel Zosh from WJHG News Channel 7 will lead Chapter Chat Book Club. Open to the public to attend. Title will be announced on air in the beginning of the month. Follow us on Facebook for the exact title. Stay tuned! Extra copies of the monthly title provided by the Bay County Public Library Foundation. Visit or call the front desk to see if a copy is available!


Bingo

Wednesday, February 28 at 10 a.m. CT

Bingo at the library is limited to 24 attendees. Join us for a fun morning!


AARP Tax Service by Appointment

Mondays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT (Except on Feb. 19)

AARP volunteers will be back in the library for tax services. Appointments Required. Call (850) 583-4606 and leaving a voicemail with your name and phone number. You will receive a return call to set up a time. 


Parker Public Library

Dessert Recipe Swap

Saturday, February 10 at 1 p.m. CT

Do you have a dessert recipe that everyone

loves? Bring a copy of your recipe to share and a

plate of those sweets for everyone to sample.


Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe

Seaside Stitchers

Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET

We offer a warm, seaside welcome to anyone who is interested in needle arts. Bring your latest project and join us as we knit together a more vibrant community!


Chess Meet-Up

Mondays at 2:30 p.m. ET

Chess boards and instruction provided for all levels.


Family Stories/Your Stories: Don't Let Them Be Forgotten

Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 3 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Everyone is a storyteller, especially a family storyteller. Which stories do you love to bring out at family gatherings? Join storyteller Robyn A. Rennick and others to listen to family tales. Find out how to make your own family tale even more entertaining, and even create a recording of one or two of your own so future generations can hear them.


Save the Bay! with Dusty May

Tuesday, February 6 at 2 p.m. ET

Learn about Baysavers and their efforts to restore, preserve and protect the St. Joe Bay and the Lake Wimico ecosystem.


Square Foot Gardening

Saturday, February 10 at 10:30 a.m. ET

Raised beds or containers are often the most effective ways to grow vegetables. Square foot gardening emphasizes planting crops close together and making the most of limited space while still having a good harvest. Stop by as we learn how to plan our gardens! Pick up free vegetable, herb and flower seeds from the Seed Library, too! 


Florida Talks Book Club

Monday, February 12 at 2 p.m. ET

February Book: Nine Florida Stories by Marjory Stoneman Douglas


Writers Group

Tuesdays, February 13 and 27 at 10:30 a.m. ET

Join writers to discuss writing techniques, challenges, & and offer supportive feedback.


Growing Native! - with Sandhills Native Nursery

Tuesday, February 13 at 2 p.m. ET

Learn about the benefits of landscaping with native plants! Place your pre-orders for delivery at the library!


Kindness Campaign

Tuesday, February 13 at 4 p.m. ET

Let's create crafts and plan random acts of kindness to spread joy and smiles throughout our community.


Local History Talk with Dale Cox

Tuesday, February 20 at 2 p.m. ET

Learn about Local History with Dale Cox.


Library Book Club

Monday, February 26 at 10:30 am ET

February Book: Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See


VITA Free Tax Preparation (January 22 - April 15)

Mondays (12 - 6 p.m.) & Thursdays (10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Appointment required. Must meet income qualifications. Program in partnership with United Way. Follow https://www.unitedwaynwfl.org/vita or call 850-227-8737 to schedule an appointment.

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

Chess Club (All Ages)

Friday, February 2 at 3:30 p.m. CT

Tuesday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. CT

All abilities are invited to this all age Chess program!


Let's Bee Crafty! Domino Keychains

Monday, February 5 at 2 p.m. CT

Turn dominos into cute keychains using stamps, stickers, and paint! 


Friends of the Wewahitchka Library Monthly Meeting

Thursday, February 8 at 9:30 a.m. CT

Meetings are open to all members. If you are not yet a member, but are interested in supporting the library, we invite you to join us.


Wewa Weight Loss Support Group

Tuesdays, February 13 and 27 at 9 a.m. CT

Get inspired and meet others in our new support group!


Busy Bee Readers Book Club

Monday, February 26 at 2 p.m. CT

February's Title: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. New members welcome to join!


Tupelo Needleworks

Thursday, February 22 at 10 a.m. CT

Bring your current knitting, crochet, quilt or craft projects and join other crafters for an enjoyable social time!


If a Tree Falls in the Forest: Managing Your Woodlot

Thursday, February 29 at 11 a.m. CT

Learn how to manage your woodlot for hunting, wildlife, firewood production, shiitake mushroom production, etc. Presented by Ray Bodrey, UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension. 


VITA Free tax Preparation (January 23 - April 12)

Tuesdays (10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) & Fridays (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Appointment required. Must meet income qualifications. Program in partnership with United Way. Follow https://www.unitedwaynwfl.org/vita or call 850-227-8737 to schedule an appointment.


Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol

Estimation Jar (All Ages)

For the month of February, you can take your best guess at how many Hershey Kisses are in the jar. Closest guess wins the chocolate kisses!


Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

The Book Buzz

Thursday, February 8 at 2 p.m. ET

Join us for a cup of tea, as we share our latest favorite book. Each month we will explore a different theme or genre, with a list of great titles available.


Creative Crafters (Adults and Teens 16+)

Thursday, February 8 at 3 p.m. ET

Crafters are invited to bring your own craft and socialize, while sharing tips and ideas with other crafters. Not currently working a project? We have crafting supplies, adult coloring and much more to enjoy!


Estimation Jar (All Ages)

For the month of February, you can take your best guess at how many Hershey Kisses are in the jar. Closest guess wins the chocolate kisses!

New eBooks and eAudiobooks

First Lie Wins

by Ashley Elston



The identity comes first: Evie Porter. Once she’s given a name and location by her mysterious boss Mr. Smith, she learns everything there is to know about the town and the people in it. Then the mark: Ryan Sumner. The last piece of the puzzle is the job. Evie isn’t privy to Mr. Smith’s real identity, but she knows this job will be different. Ryan has gotten under her skin, and she’s starting to envision a different sort of life for herself. But Evie can’t make any mistakes—especially after last time.

The Coming Wave

by Mustafa Suleyman


Soon you will live surrounded by AIs. They will organize your life, operate your business, and run core government services. You will live in a world of DNA printers and quantum computers, engineered pathogens and autonomous weapons, robot assistants and abundant energy. None of us are prepared. As co-founder of the pioneering AI company DeepMind, part of Google, Mustafa Suleyman has been at the center of this revolution. The coming decade will be defined by this wave of powerful, fast-proliferating new technologies. 

No One Can Know

by Kate Alice Marshall


Fourteen years ago, the Palmer sisters—Emma, Juliette, and Daphne—left their home in Arden Hills and never returned. But when Emma discovers she's pregnant and her husband loses his job, she has no option but to return to the house that she and her estranged sisters still own . . . and where their parents were murdered.

Emma has never told anyone what she saw the night her parents died, even when she became the prime suspect. But her presence in the house threatens to uncover secrets that have stayed hidden for years, and the sisters are drawn together once again. As they face their memories of the past, rivalries restart, connections are forged, and, for the first time, Emma starts to ask questions about what really happened that night.

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