Bay County Public Library
Panama City Beach
Parker Public Library
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library
Port St. Joe
Charles Whitehead Public Library
Harrell Memorial Public Library
Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library
by Jenna Bush Hager
The Today co-host and former first daughter and granddaughter shares heartwarming, whimsical stories about beloved grandparents George and Barbara Bush while offering insights into how their wisdom has shaped her life.
by Ruth Ware
Getting snowed in at a luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn't sound like the worst problem in the world. Unless company happens to be eight coworkers for a corporate retreat...each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide. Even worse, one coworker hadn't made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit. As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further...one by one
by Jon Meacham
An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present--from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America.
by Yaa Gyasi
Ghanaian immigrant Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on Oxycontin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. This is a novel about faith, science, religion, and love.
by Fredrik Backman
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a poignant, charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.
by Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as White House Press Secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. Sanders describes what it was like on the front lines and inside the White House, discussing her faith, the challenges of being a working mother at the highest level of American politics, her relationship with the press, and her unique role in the historic fight raging between the Trump administration and its critics for the future of our country.
by Elena Ferrante
Giovanna's pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, looks more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she turning into her Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father clearly despise? Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. Neither city seems to offer answers or escape.
by Bill O'Reilly
The bloody Battle of Tippecanoe was only the beginning. It's 1811 and President James Madison has ordered the destruction of Shawnee warrior chief Tecumseh's alliance of tribes in the Great Lakes region. But while General William Henry Harrison would win this fight, the armed conflict between Native Americans and the newly formed United States would rage on for decades.
by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache investigates a sinister plot in the City of Light. On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand's godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man's life. In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide who he can trust.
by Ann Cleeves
On the first snowy night of winter, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope sets off for her home in the hills. A car has skidded off the road in front of her. She stops to help. There is no driver, but a toddler is strapped in the back seat. Vera takes the child to Brockburn where her father grew up. Inside, there's a Christmas party in full swing. Outside, a woman lies dead in the snow. As the blizzard traps the group, Brockburn begins to give up its secrets, and as Vera digs deeper into her investigation, she also begins to uncover her family's complicated past.
by Danielle Steel
In this spellbinding tale from Danielle Steel, Princess Charlotte is sent away to safety during World War II, where she falls in love, and is lost forever.
by Carl Hiaasen
It's the height of the Palm Beach charity ball season. When a prominent high-society Kiki Pew suddenly vanishes during a swank gala, and is later found dead in a concrete grave, chaos erupts. She was a founding member of the POTUSSIES, a group of women dedicated to supporting their President. The President immediately declares that Kiki was the victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. Enter Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, who arrives at her own conclusions after she is summoned to the posh island to deal with a mysterious and impolite influx of pythons.
by J. D. Robb
When a night out at the theatre is interrupted by the murder of a young woman in Washington Square Park, it seems like an ordinary case for Detective Eve Dallas and her team. But when Roarke spots a shadow from his past in the crowd, Eve realizes that this case is far from business as usual.
For the most up-to-date information on Northwest Regional Library System location hours and services, visit the NWRLS Library Website
. In response to COVID-19, all locations are quarantining returned items. The returned items will remain on your card during quarantine, but you will not be charged overdue fines for items in quarantine.
Starting October 15th, the library will resume charging for overdue library materials. You can return your books in the library drop boxes at any time.
If you have any library related questions, call the Bay County Public Library at 850-522-2100 on Monday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Grab and Go Library Services
We encourage all patrons to wear a mask and maintain social distancing at 6 feet while inside the library. Please do not enter the library if you are sick! All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Computer time is limited to 1 hour per person, per day. Library programming will remain virtual. Meeting Rooms will be closed until further notice.
Bay County Public Library (Starting Oct. 5th)
In Person: Monday - Saturday (9 am - 1 pm)
Curbside: Monday - Saturday (1 pm - 4 pm)
Panama City Beach Public Library
In Person: Monday - Friday (9 am - 1 pm), Saturday (10 am - 1 pm)
Curbside: Monday - Friday (10 am - 4 pm), Saturday (10 am - 1 pm)
Parker Public Library (Starting Oct. 5th)
In Person: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (10 am - 5 pm)
Curbside: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (10 am - 2 pm)
Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka
In Person: Monday and Friday (10 am - 4 pm)
Curbside: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (10 am - 4 pm)
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
In Person: Tuesday and Thursday (10 am - 4 pm ET)
Curbside: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (10 am - 4 pm ET)
Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol (Starting Oct. 5th)
In Person: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (9 am - 2 pm ET)
Curbside: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (9 am - 4 pm ET)
Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford (Starting Oct. 5th)
In Person: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (9 am - 2 pm ET)
Curbside: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (9 am - 4 pm ET)
Curbside Pickup Library Services
Curbside Pick Up Services are available at all branches. Place your items on hold through the NWRLS Library Catalog
with your library card number and pin. You will be contacted when the item is ready for pick up by phone or email. When you arrive at the library, call the library number to let them know you arrived and provide your library card number. We will bring your items out to your vehicle!
Questions about pick up or your card information?
Call the Bay County Public Library at 850-522-2100, Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
BCPL Unstacked Guest Author: John T. E. Cribb
BCPL Unstacked Podcast interviewed New York Times Bestselling author, John T. E. Cribb, about his new novel Old Abe
allows you to travel by Abraham Lincoln's side during the last five years of his life starting at the 1860 election. If you are interested to learn more about John Cribb's new book, writing process, and Abraham Lincoln - click on link
BCPL Unstacked can be followed on Spotify, Anchor, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast and more!
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library Community Garden and Memorial Sculpture
A group of "Master Gardeners" from the Gulf County UF/IFAS Extension Office
worked together this summer to revitalize a demonstration garden that was damaged during Hurricane Michael. Demonstration gardens, sometimes referred to as learning landscapes or teaching gardens, are a collection of plants assembled and organized in a manner that allows garden visitors to access and study them. Demonstration gardens are designed with a particular focus and include plants that support the educational theme of the garden. The garden at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library demonstrates a "Florida-Friendly" landscape, filled with native, heat and drought-tolerant plants and wildflowers attractive to pollinators. Of particular interest to library visitors is the large expanse of native passionflower vine (or "Maypop"), the host plant for the Gulf Fritillary and several other species of butterflies. Library visitors are treated not only to the sweet scent and exotic display of the flowers, but to clouds of orange and black Gulf Fritillaries and hundreds of very hungry caterpillars. The cost of the improvements was made possible by a donation from a generous library patron.
After installation of the garden was complete, members of Boy Scout troop 0347 worked to install a sea turtle sculpture in the garden. The sculpture, which was designed and built by local craftsmen at Monumental Fabrication of America, will be dedicated to the memory of Paula Boyett Boone. Ms. Boone was a beloved member of the library's staff who died in 2019 after a twenty year career with the library, where she led literacy programs for both adults and children. Her friends at the Gulf and East Bay Turtle Patrol selected the sculpture to recognize her contributions to sea turtle conservation in Gulf County; Ms. Boone and her friend Barbara Eells organized the County's first sea turtle patrol in 1990, surveying an area from St. Joe Beach to Cape San Blas and Indian Pass. The sculpture was painted by her friend and fellow librarian, Joanne Whitley, with designs reflecting Ms. Boone's many interests and contributions to the community she loved, including her work as a genealogist and Registrar with the St. Joseph's Bay Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and her interest in animal rescue and rehabilitation.
You can see the demonstration garden and the sea turtle sculpture at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library, located at 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida.
Northwest Regional Library System Mobile Library
Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Northwest Regional Library System will be offering Mobile Library visits in Bay, Gulf and Liberty Counties beginning in October!
The Mobile Library visits will be able to increase Outreach services and provide the opportunity to:
• Borrow books, DVD movies, and Books on CD for all ages.
• Return library materials borrowed from any NWRLS library branch.
• Pick-up previously requested materials and place holds.
• Access free Wi-Fi from our hotspot.
• Register for a library card account with Photo ID and proof of residency.
• Receive information assistance from library staff.
The October visits are:
Callaway Arts & Conference Center
500 Callaway Park Way, Callaway
Tuesday, October 20 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach
Thursday, October 22 from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
901 Ohio Avenue, Lynn Haven
Tuesday, October 27 from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Gulf Coast Career Source Center at the Washington Gym
401 Peters Street, Port St. Joe
Tuesday, October 13 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET
Start Date to Be Determined
Youth Virtual Programming
Programs will be released through library Facebook pages on the specific date/time. The linked programs have already been pre-recorded, and can be viewed earlier.
Book Babies (0 - 18 months)
Gather your baby to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and fun with Sandra from the Bay County Public Library.
Tuesday, October 6th at 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. EST
Tuesday, October 13th at 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. EST
Tuesday, October 20th at 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. EST
Tuesday, October 27th at 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. EST
Read, Rock, and Rhyme Time (3 - 5 years)
Tania from Bay County Public Library will be teaching the ABCs this Fall for Read, Rock, and Rhyme Time. Join us for stories and songs!
Thursday, October 1st at 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. EST
Thursday, October 8th at 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. EST
Thursday, October 15th at 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. EST
Thursday, October 22nd at 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. EST
Letter H - Halloween
Thursday, October 29th at 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. EST
You can pick up a Make and Take Craft after each Read, Rock and Rhyme program through the Bay County Public Library's Curbside Pickup while supplies last.
NWRLS Storytime (3 - 5 years)
Wednesday, October 14th @ 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. EST
Stories, songs, and a felt board activity presented by the staff at the Panama City Beach Public Library.
Spider and Web Make & Take Craft Kit
Available through Panama City Beach Public Library Curbside while supplies last through the month of October. How-to video will be shared through the Panama City Beach Public Library Facebook Page. Sponsored by the PCB Library Foundation.
Take Home Crafts (Recommended for ages 3 - 8)
New craft kits each week available through the Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka while supplies last. This will be through the curbside pickup services Tuesday and Thursday (10 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST).
Teen Virtual Programming (ages 11 - 18)
Programs will be released through library Facebook pages on the specific date/time. The linked programs have already been pre-recorded, and can be viewed earlier.
Wednesday, October 7th @ 2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST
Kat from the Bay County Public Library teaches how to make ghost and skull origami ornaments. These adorable Halloween ornaments are simple enough for all ages!
Fake Blood DIY
Wednesday, October 21st @ 2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST
Program presented by Sam, Teen Librarian at the Bay County Public Library. Learn how to make fake blood for Halloween!
All book clubs require Zoom registration.
Beach Zoom Book Club
Wednesday, October 7th @ 10:30 a.m. CST / 11:30 EST
Book: Shoulder the Sky by Anne Perry
BCPL Zoom Book Club
Thursday, October 8th @ 11:30 a.m. CST / 12:30 p.m. EST
Book: True Colors by Kristin Hannah
Zoom registration required. Email email@example.com for Zoom Invitation.
Book Buzz! Zoom Book Club
Wednesdays, October 7th and 21st @ 12:00 p.m. CST / 1:00 p.m. EST
Zoom registration required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom invitation.
Adult Virtual Programming
Programs will be released through library Facebook pages on the specific date/time. The linked programs have already been pre-recorded, and can be viewed earlier. Zoom programs require registration.
Tuesday, October 6th @ 2 p.m. CST / 3:00 p.m. EST
Ashley from the Bay County Public Library steps through how to create a flyer through canva.com. This is a free, online design program that provides templates to make marketing super easy. Have fun creating!
Art History with the Artist and the Librarian:
The Dark Art of Caravaggio
Tuesday, October 13th @ 2 p.m. CST / 3:00 p.m. EST
Let's learn about the life and works of Italian Baroque painter, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610). Despite being commissioned by the Catholic Church, his religious images were often violent paralleling his life. Zoom registration required.
Register in advance for this webinar:
11th Street Dulcimers Zoom Practice
Friday, October 16th @ 2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST
Zoom Registration Required. Email email@example.com for the Zoom invitation and the mountain dulcimer music.
Poetry Corner: Edgar Allan Poe
Tuesday, October 20th @ 2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST
Introduction to American writer and poet, Edgar Allan Poe and a few of his Gothic poems of mystery and the macabre!
What's Cooking? Asian Cuisine with Kat
Tuesday, October 27th @ 2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST
Program features new cuisines and cookbooks in the collection!
Recycled Book Club: Book Page Beads
Wednesday, October 28th @ 2 p.m. CST / 3 p.m. EST
Rachael from the Bay County Public Library will teach how to make jewelry beads from recycled book pages!
Monday Morning Book Buzz
Mondays @ 10 a.m. CST / 11:00 a.m. EST
Heather, BCPL Outreach Librarian, shares reading trends and Buzz-worthy books!
New eBooks and eAudiobooks
by John Cribb
Old Abe: A Novel recounts the final five years of Abraham Lincoln's life, the most cataclysmic years of America's history. Bound to Lincoln's side, every page of this vivid novel details the President's struggles. We follow him as national tragedy deepens, as he struggles and presses ahead, and as he comes to life once again fighting to save the country. This story spans from the spring of 1860 in Illinois, to Lincoln's election and the calamity of the Civil War, to his assassination at the height of his power.
by Emma Donoghue
In Dublin, 1918: Ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders — Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a rumored Rebel on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other's lives in unexpected ways.
by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff
The former director of special events at Vogue, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff met Melania Knauss in 2003. As their friendship deepened over lunches at Manhattan hot spots, black-tie parties, and giggle sessions in the penthouse at Trump Tower, Wolkoff watched the Mrs. Trump raise Barron and manage her highly scrutinized marriage. After Trump won the 2016 election, Wolkoff became the First Lady's trusted advisor in charge of hiring staff, organizing events, helping write speeches, and creating Malania's debut initiatives. It all fell apart when she was made the scapegoat for inauguration finance irregularities, which nearly destroyed Wolkoff.
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