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April 2019
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Corinne Costin
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Port St. Joe

Charles Whitehead
Public Library

Harrell Memorial
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Jimmy Weaver
Memorial Library

Featured Items 
The Last Romantics
by Tara Conklin

When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time. It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings-fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona-emerge staunchly loyal and deeply connected. Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they've made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love. 
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
by Marlon James

In the stunning first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child. 
Shortest Way Home
by Pete Buttigieg

A mayor's inspirational story of a Midwest city that has become nothing less than a blueprint for the future of American renewal. First elected in 2011, Buttigieg left a successful business career to move back to his hometown, previously tagged by Newsweek as a "dying city," because the industrial Midwest beckoned as a challenge to the Harvard graduate. Whether meeting with city residents on middle-school basketball courts, reclaiming abandoned houses, confronting gun violence, or attracting high-tech industry, Buttigieg has transformed South Bend into a shining model of urban reinvention. 
Girl, Stop Apologizing
by Rachel Hollis

Bestselling author of Girl, Wash Your Face and founder of Rachel Hollis urges women to stop apologizing for their desires, hopes, and dreams and instead to go after them with passion and confidence.
The Island of Sea Women
by Lisa See
Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin w orking in the sea with their village's all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook's mother. Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook's differences are impossible to ignore.  The Island of Sea Women  is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother's position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point. 

The Malta Exchange
by Steve Berry
The pope is dead. A conclave to select his replacement is about to begin. Cardinals arrive at the Vatican, but one has fled Rome for Malta in search of a document that dates back to the 4th century and Constantine the Great. Former Justice Department operative, Cotton Malone, is on the trail of legendary letters between Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini that disappeared in 1945 and could re-write history. Malone is plunged into a hunt that draws the attention of the legendary Knights of Malta. The knights have existed for over nine hundred years, the only warrior-monks to survive into modern times. With the help of Magellan Billet agent Luke Daniels, Malone races the rogue cardinal, the knights, and the clock to find what has been lost for centuries. 

Mostly Sunny
by Janice Dean
The "Fox & Friends" meteorologist discusses her marriage to a 9/11 firefighter, her battle with multiple sclerosis, and the impact of sexism on her career, revealing the strength of deliberate optimism in the face of any challenge.
The Uninhabitable Earth
by David Wallace-Wells
It is worse, much worse, than you think. In California, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. Across the US, "500-year" storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually. Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century. David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await--food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well, transforming our politics, our culture, our relationship to technology, and our sense of history.
Madame Fourcade's Secret War
by Lynne Olson
I n 1941, a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast Resistance organization--the only woman to hold such a role. Brave, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country's conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. Her group's name was Alliance, but the Gestapo dubbed it Noah's Ark because its agents used the names of animals as their aliases. The name Marie-Madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: unthreatening in appearance, yet a tough little animal, that, as she put it, "even a lion would hesitate to bite."
Grateful American
 by Gary Sinise
Theater icon, award-winning film and television star, and American patriot Gary Sinise shares the never-before-told story of his journey from trouble-making Chicago kid to co-founder of the legendary Steppenwolf Theater Company, world-famous actor, and tireless advocate for America's active duty defenders, veterans, and first responders.

The Path Made Clear
 by Oprah Winfrey
Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, "Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible." That journey starts right here. Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The book's ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment, and what life's detours are there to teach us. 
Run Away
 by Harlan Coben
You've lost your daughter. She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found. Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she's not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble. You don't stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home. She runs. And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.
Daisy Jones & The Six
 by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it's the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she's twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she's pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road. Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend. 

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Bay County Public Library
Monday, April 1st @ 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Learn about scholarship opportunities, meet with college admissions counselors, and explore options for career training. Booths will be set up throughout the library lobby.  Representatives will be present from Troy University, Florida State University Panama City Campus, Gulf Coast State College, GCSC Educational Opportunity Center (TRiO), AmeriCorps Goodwill GoodWorks Career Training Center, Haney Technical Center, CareerSource Gulf Coast, and Emery Riddle Aeronautical University Tyndall Campus. 
Fun Fest

Panama City Beach Public Library
Saturday, April 13th @ 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Panama City Beach Rotary 5th Annual Fun Fest is designed for kids of all ages! Balloon pop, go fishing, pizza, face painting, ring toss, bean bag toss, and a dunking booth are just a few of the activities available. Fun Fest will be held outside of the Panama City Beach Public Library. Tickets are $1.00 each or get a value punch card for $20.00. Proceeds will go towards summer library programming and other local charities.
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 Time (Ages 3 - 5) 
Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.

National Library Week (Libraries = Strong Communities): 
Gardening with UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension Office
Monday, April 8th @ 3:30 p.m.
Learn how to make newspaper planters for National Library Week (April 7th - 14th).  

Time Travelers Homeschool History Club: 
Victorian Age
Friday, April 12th @ 10:00 a.m.
Come discover the strange and dangerous innovative Victorian Era. Program for ages 8 and up. 

National Library Week (Libraries = Strong Communities): 
Build Bridges
Friday, April 12th @ 3:30 p.m.
Bridges bring people together in more ways than one. Join us for a captivating story about communities working together, then let's see who can build the strongest bridges using various materials.

Panama City Beach Public Library 

Book Babies (0 - 3 years with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

Beach Kids (Ages: 5 and up) 
Class will meet every other Tuesday @ 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  
Join us for a hands-on STE(A)M project. Registration Required.
April 2nd- Tower Challenge
April 16th - Airplane Science
April 30th - Jelly Bean & Marshmallow Engineering

Sail into School (Ages 3 -4 years with caregiver)
Thursdays @ 9:30 a.m. 
Let's learn about colors, numbers, letters, and rhymes. We will focus on getting kids ready for kindergarten.  

Code Club for Kids (Ages 8 - 14)
Thursdays @ 3:30 p.m. 
Learn how to make apps, games, and websites while gaining skills needed for college and career readiness and life success. This program is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the North Dakota State Library in partnership with Prenda and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries.

Time Travelers Homeschool History Club at BCPL

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Tuesday Tales (0 - 3 years with caregiver)
Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, and finger plays for instilling a love of literacy!

Tuesday Tales Dance Party (0 - 3 years with caregiver)
Tuesday, April 30th @ 10:30 a.m.
Celebrate Children's Book Week and our year of Tuesday Tales with a party! This will be our final session until September.

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

Budding Bookworms (Ages: 3 - 6 years)
Mondays, April 15th, 22nd, and 29th @ 11:30 a.m.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. 
Northwest Regional Library System
Amazon NWRLS Library Wish List  includes donation items that the Northwest Regional Library System would love to receive! Items purchased will go to the library branch with the most need.  The Wish List will be frequently updated.  You can personalize your library donation by picking out a title that best reflects your interests: literary classics, cool children's book titles, mysteries, romance, or non-fiction titles.  Even the smallest contributions are greatly appreciated and help our circulating collection!  
Computer Classes

Bay County Public Library
Computer Basics
Tuesday, April 9th @ 9:30 a.m. 

Internet Basics
Thursday, April 11th @ 9:30 a.m. 

Resume Basics
Tuesday, April 16th @ 9:30 a.m. 

Email Basics
Thursday, April 18th @ 9:30 a.m. 

Group classes take place in the Bay County Public Library Computer Lab in Adult Services from 9:30 - 11 a.m. Registration required. To register, call 850-522-2107.  

Schedule a one-on-one lesson to learn how to use your computer, iPad, Nook, Kindle, Microsoft Office, research databases and more! Each lesson will last up to 1 hour.  

Bay County Public Library
Call 850-522-2107 to set up an appointment.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library 
in Port St. Joe
Call 850-229-8879 to set up an appointment. 

Panama City Beach Public Library
Code Club for Kids (Ages 8 - 14)
Thursdays @ 3:30 p.m. 
Learn how to make apps, games, and websites while gaining skills needed for college and career readiness. Come have fun, make friends, and build cool stuff!  
This program is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the North Dakota State Library in partnership with Prenda and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. 
Hola! Beginner Spanish Class 

Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, April 23rd @ 5:30 p.m. 

Learn beginner conversational Spanish with Karina! Arrive early for a good seat - seating is limited. All ages are welcome to attend.  Program will be held in the Youth Services program room. 
International Tabletop Day Events

Bay County Public Library

Board Game Night
Wednesday, April 24th @ 5:30 p.m.
Bring your favorite board games or try a new game at the library in celebration of International Tabletop Day!  

International Tabletop Day
Saturday, April 27th @ 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m .
Register to play a Dungeons and Dragons: World of Eberron campaign. Call 850-522-2100 to register your spot. 

All  Bay County Public Library p rograms will be held in the Youth Services Programming Room.
Bay County Public Library
Teen Programming

Color and Chill
Wednesdays @ 4:00 p.m.
Join us for coloring, drawing, and relaxing music! Program geared for teens ages 11 and up. Located in the Teen Zone.

College & Career Fair
Monday, April 1st @ 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Looking to start college or plan your future career? Find out ways to make that possible! Learn about scholarship opportunities, meet with admissions counselors, and/or explore options for career training.

Anime Afternoon: Howl's Moving Castle (2004) PG
Tuesday, April 9th @ 4:00 p.m.
It's National Library Week! Celebrate by joining us for a special viewing of this treasured Studio Ghibli film based on Diana Wynne Jone's classic children's novel. Program for families and teens. 

Book Dragons
Tuesday, April 30th @ 4:00 p.m.
Join us for book talks and snacks in Youth Services! Please come prepared to discuss a book you've read and what you'd like to see happening for teens in your library. If you are 14 and up, you can earn volunteer hours with Book Dragons.  Snacks provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 
Classes @ Your Library

Bay County Public Library

Color + Crafts: Introduction to Cross Stitch
Friday, April 5th @ 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Take a 1 - hour art class, bring your own projects, and/or color! Supplies for adorable penguin or pig cross stitch patterns are provided! Try our Cricut Explore Air paper cutting machine. Program open to all ages. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Panama City and the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 

VR VRiday
Friday, April 5th @ 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Experience Virtual Reality using PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift. Ages 13 & under must be with a parent. Contact the Reference Desk to make a reservation or to learn about the VR experiences available, 850-522-2107. 

Sidewalk Stargazing @ Your Library
Friday, April 5th @ 8:00 p.m. 
Event time will be announced a week prior to the event on our Facebook page. If poor sky-viewing conditions are present, the event will be canceled. Program will be held outdoors.

Ukulele Social Club
Saturday, April 6th @ 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Everyone is welcome! The first part of the 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.   

Bonjour! Basic French Class
Monday, April 8th @ 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Hola! Basic Spanish Class
Tuesday, April 23rd @ 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Learn basic conversational Spanish at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Mountain Dulcimer Class
Friday, April 26th @ 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Join us for a mountain dulcimer class. If you don't have a dulcimer, we have a few spare instruments available for class. First part is a beginner lesson; second part jam session. 

Beginner Ukulele & Mountain Dulcimer
Individuals or small groups wanting to learn to play the ukulele or dulcimer can schedule a one-hour session with an instrument tutor at the Bay County Public Library. Bring your own instrument or one will be provided. Learn about the instrument, how to hod it, how to strum, how to tune, and learn to play a beginner song. To book a session, contact Sarah at 850-522-2120 or 

All  Bay County Public Library  p rograms will be held in the Youth Services Programming Room unless otherwise noted.

Panama City Beach Public Library

Sea Needles
Fridays @ 10 a.m.
Bring your needlework crafts to work on at the library. Sea Needles meets every Friday at 10 a.m.

AARP Tax Services
Mondays & Saturdays until April 15th @ 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Volunteers will be on hand to help you fill out your taxes at the library. First come, first serve. 

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe

Friends of the Library Meeting
Monday, April 1st @ 4:30 p.m. EST
All members are welcome. 

Genealogy Lock-in
Friday, April 5th @ 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. EST
Join us for a fun genealogy workshop after hours. Learn tips and helpful information for creating your family tree! Free printing and scanning for the program. Access to genealogical resources are available at the library. Limited space. Register by calling the library at 850-229-8879.

Lunch & Learn: Landscape Gardening
Thursday, April 25th @ 12:00 p.m. EST
Gulf County Extension Agents Ray Bodrey and Melaine Taylor will present a timely topic about landscaping and/or gardening. You are welcome to bring your lunch and learn along with us!

Seaside Stitchers
Saturdays @ 12:30 p.m. EST
Bring your knit, crochet, or needlework projects!

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Craft Day
Thursdays @ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Bring your favorite craft or learn something new!

Family Game Nights
Monday, April 8th and 22nd at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
Every 2nd Monday of the month we play Bingo. Every 4th Monday of the month we play Pictionary. 

Hosford Quilting Class
Saturday, April 13th @ 12:00 p.m. EST
Learn how to quilt every 2nd Saturday of the month!
Book & Film Clubs
Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday,  April 3rd  @ 10:30 a.m.

A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle

The Beach Book Club meets the  1st Wednesday of each month. 

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, April 11th @ 11:30 a.m.

Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

BCPL Book Club will be held in the Youth Services program room. 

Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series
Bay County Public Library

Wednesday, April 17th @ 5:30 p.m.
PBS POV Film: Dark Money by Kimberly Reed (2018) TV14
Book: Dark Money by Jane Mayer

Beyond the Lens will be held in the Youth Services program room. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library
Monday, April 15th@ 10:30 a.m.

Manhattan Beach  by Jennifer Egan

Coffee and tea provided for Library Book Club. 
PBS POV Documentary Film: Dark Money

Bay County Public Library
Wednesday, April 17th @ 5:30 p.m.

Dark Money (2018), a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana-a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide-to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. Official Selection, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Following the PBS POV Documentary Film directed by Kimberly Reed will be an engaging, post-film discussion. The suggested reading is Dark Money by Jane Mayer. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

We recently added new items to our digital collection. Here are a few of our new titles: 

by Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she's constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places...including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.  

Calm Mindfulness for Kids
by Wynne Kinder

Calm: Mindfulness for Kids has everything you need to know about focusing your child's mind to help them enjoy and appreciate things that they take for granted every day, while boosting their confidence and self-esteem. Children are guided through each activity, to make sure they achieve maximum enjoyment and awareness. All children will learn and react to each activity in a different way and parent's notes give advice on how to encourage children to embrace mindfulness in the modern world. Each specially designed activity is flexible for each child's needs and inspires them to seek calmness and tranquility in all situations.

Mama's Last Hug
by Frans de Waal

Mama's Last Hug begins with the death of Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. When Mama was dying, van Hooff took the unusual step of visiting her in her night cage for a last hug. Their goodbyes were filmed and went viral. Millions of people were deeply moved by the way Mama embraced the professor, welcoming him with a big smile while reassuring him by patting his neck, in a gesture often considered typically human but that is in fact common to all primates. This story and others like it form the core of de Waal's argument, showing that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, guilt, joy, disgust, and empathy.

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.